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Michel Catalog Südlicher Balkan 2021 (E7)

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The 106th edition of the Michel Catalog Südlicher Balkan 2021 (E7) (Southern Balkans) covers in detail the stamps of Aegean Islands, Albania, Bulgaria, Epirus, Greece, Ikaria, Ionian Islands, Crete, Eastern Rumelia, Samos, Thrace. This edition contains approx. 832 pages, 10'100 high-resolution colour illustrations and over 40'400 quotations.

 

 

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Content of Michel Catalog Südlicher Balkan 2021 (E7):

Aegean Islands, Albania, Bulgaria, Epirus, Greece, Ikaria, Ionian Islands, Crete, Eastern Rumelia, Samos, Thrace.

Description:

  • Numerous changed appraisals of Albanian issues between 1920 and 1960 as well as between 2016 and 2018, Bulgarian and Greek issues from 1950 until now
  • Many Albanian stamps show increasing values
  • Throughout this edition, collectors benefit from editorial improvements, such as Bulgarian certificates of validity, continuous dates recorded based on the Julian Calendar while it was valid on Crete, the processing of the overprint stamps of the Aegean Islands or additional information about paintings as motifs on Bulgarian issues.
  • 165 new colour photos make it easier for collectors to identify their stamps.
  • Cataloguing of all novelties presented in MICHEL Rundschau up to No. 6/2021
  • Over 10,100 colour photos and approx. 40,400 price appraisals

The catalog is organized according to collection areas. Cataloging within these sections is chronological, based on issue date. Special stamp types, like official stamps, are located at the end of a collection area section. In order to assist collectors organize their stamps, numerous illustrations are provided, as well as information on similar stamps to help avoid possible mix-ups.


Photo: Albania MiNo. 86
Presenting 165 new photos in colour, at first glance this new MICHEL edition mainly seems to be more colourful than its predecessor. For the collection area of Albania alone, we could add 74 new pictures that will make it a lot easier for collectors to use this catalogue.

Yet in the past year Albanian issues have also shown quite some changes when it comes to appraisals. Surprisingly, the values of numerous older stamps with reasonable prices – from 1920 to 1960 – have quadrupled. MiNo. 86 from 1922, which depicts the Vezir Bridge over the river Drin, showing a tripled value of its cancelled specimens, is a good example of such issues that many collectors of the Southern Balkans are likely to find in their albums.

Target Group:

Stamp collectors specialized in issues of Southern Balkans countries, experts, dealers, thematic collectors, study groups, teachers

Additional Information:

106th Edition, in colour
832 pages
155 mm x 230 mm, hardcover
On sale: 4 June 2021
Language: German
ISBN: 978-3-95402-357-8

Press Release

Last year presented the human race with enormous challenges. Philatelists, who have been able to pursue their hobby in the safe environment of their homes, can consider themselves to be lucky. The selected stamps on the cover document the perspective of various postal administrations on the Corona pandemic.

The Michel Catalog Südlicher Balkan 2021 (E7) is Volume No. 7 of the Europe series, which consists of sixteen titles. This title contains the popular collection areas of Albania, Bulgaria, including East Rumelia and Greece, as well as all formerly autonomous regions and small states, namely the Aegean Islands, Athos, Epirus, Ikaria, Ionian Islands, Crete, Samos and Thracia.

The new edition is even more voluminous and precise than its predecessor. Besides reviewing and updating the price quotations, we have included many new MICHEL numbers. Furthermore we have made numerous editorial changes and improvements. 165 new colour photos will make it easier for collectors to identify their stamps. We also adapted the cataloguing of these issues to today’s MICHEL standards.

One focal point of the editorial processing was the review and updating of price quotations. Regarding Albania, we have adapted many appraisals, particularly within the period from 1920 – 1945, to the current market. Greek obligatory tax stamps underwent a thorough review. Now all the dates of issue of Cretan stamps concur with the Julian Calendar, which was in effect at the time. Concerning issues from Bulgaria, we included the 2017 issues withdrawn from circulation.

This edition features all novelties presented in MICHEL Rundschau up to and including No. 6/2021. A subscription starting with No. 7/2021 is recommended so as to stay updated. Apart from cataloguing all novelties, MICHEL Rundschau keeps its readers informed about anything of significance in the field of philately.

The Editorial Team wants to thank all those collectors, examiners and dealers out there who have contributed to the successful preparation of this reference book by providing suggestions, photos and documented prices.

We wish our readers lots of fun with the newMichel Catalog Südlicher Balkan 2021 (E7) and their own collections.

Schwaneberger Publishing House
The Editorial Team

ABOUT MICHEL

MICHEL provides top-quality information for collectors

Thanks to decades of experience and constant revision, the MICHEL catalogs are unmatched in terms of lay-out, comprehensiveness, accuracy and production. MICHEL catalogues provide all key information on stamps, postal stationary and coins. The systematic collection of data on collectable items, a well-organised system and detailed illustrations ensure easy use and a quick way to find required information. Each new edition of a MICHEL catalog is completely revised, updated and expanded so that it always reflects the latest situation on the market.

Users of the MICHEL catalogs value the comprehensive and detailed listings of collectable items. The MICHEL catalogs are among the best in the world when it comes to details, comprehensiveness and illustration. MICHEL products have been awarded well over 600 medals (including 31 gold), diplomas and honorary prizes in the course of the company’s history. The expertise of the Schwaneberger publishing house’s staff is outstandingly represented in the MICHEL catalogs.

The colourful, varied range of products includes standard and special-edition catalogues for Germany, Europe and overseas. There is also philatelic literature, the MICHEL-Exklusiv album, the MICHEL Colour Guide, the MICHEL-Lux examination lamp and the MICHEL-Rundschau monthly magazine. More than 85 different products in total.

MICHEL also enjoys a good reputation in electronic publishing thanks to various software programs, websites and e-catalogs. It is no wonder that the MICHEL catalogs have been known for years as the “philatelists’ bible”. However, bearing this accolade brings with it the responsibility of always remaining at the top with regard to quality.

The 669,000th MICHEL catalog number was issued recently. A look at the most important of the 85 different MICHEL catalogs reveals that the catalogues for Europe and overseas alone make up some 25,000 catalog pages. They contain 314,000 pictures and 1,800,000 price quotations. Most of this information is stored in powerful picture and text databases and is consulted, revised and corrected for each new edition of a MICHEL catalog. And of course that also applies to each individual page, irrespective of which MICHEL catalog it comes from. MICHEL goes to great lengths on its customers’ behalf. MICHEL’s editorial team spends an average of 45 minutes on research for each new set of stamps. Around 18,000 new stamps appear each year, which are then catalogued and published in the MICHEL-Rundschau, as well as in the relevant MICHEL catalog and online catalogue.

100 years of the MICHEL catalogue

It is more than 100 years since the stamp dealer Hugo MICHEL from Apolda in Thüringen published the first MICHEL stamp catalogue in 1909. He thereby created a product that would be continually be improved, but never surpassed. In the same year, publisher and philatelic editor Hugo Schwaneberger founded a publishing company that bore his name. The philatelist, who was well known in his field, created the Schwaneberger Album, the first album to adopt a scientific approach.

Owing to the great demand for MICHEL catalog, Hugo MICHEL was no longer able to dedicate himself to his career as a stamp dealer. He therefore sold the rights to the publisher Schwaneberger. The catalogue, which had only covered Europe until that point, was expanded by the new publishing house to include overseas countries.

Hugo MICHEL continued to edit the catalogue supplement, which is today known as the MICHEL-Rundschau. The company was then bought by the publisher Eugen Berlin. He moved it to Munich in 1950 where he came across a company, the Carl Geber printing works (now the Gerber Satz und Gerber publishing house) that was able to draw up the complicated catalogue typesetting. The publishing rights went to the Hohenester/Gerber families who assigned them to the publishing house, now trading as the “Schwaneberger Verlag”.

At the turn of the century other stamp catalogues had already appeared, but the remarkable success of the MICHEL catalog was attributed to its sophisticated and comprehensive cataloguing system. The stamps were numbered successively from the first number for each country, yet at the same time organised according to various sub-categories and genres, and described as fully as possible. This system was refined over the years and adapted where necessary - but never had to be changed! In fact, the MICHEL numbering system has become standard in Germany. This is underscored by the numerous licence contracts that the Schwaneberger Verlag has concluded with other publishers. All stock lists of German dealers are organised according to the MICHEL numbering system. Collectors exchange, buy and sell using MICHEL numbers.

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Weight 2 kg
Dimensions 15 × 23 × 3.2 cm
Language

German

Publisher

Michel

Interest

Philately

ISBN

978-3-95402-357-8

Country

Albania, Bulgaria, Crete, Greece

Accessory Type

Catalog

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