The 105th edition of the Michel Catalog Südlicher Balkan 2020 (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. 896 pages, 9’900 high-resolution colour illustrations and over 40’000 quotations.
Price checks and adaptations throughout the whole edition
Greek and Albanian issues between 1920 and 1960 show particularly numerous price increases
Higher price appraisals also for cancelled stamps issued by Epirus and Crete
New sub-area of Greece: customized stamps
Two Albanian stamps that were never issued have been complemented
Hyper links to issues with the same or similar images throughout the volume, as well as references to possible overprints, help to quickly find specific issues
Other editorial complements and improvements in many collection areas
About 9900 colour pictures and approx. 40 000 price quotations
Includes novelties presented in MICHEL Rundschau up to and including No. 5/2020
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.
For many philatelists, classic stamps with classic motifs are sought-after collectibles. Last year the market prices for high-end stamps from Greece again did not only remain stable but many of them even rose slightly.
As is the case with the air mail stamp MiNo. 444 depicted here, the price appraisals contained in this new MICHEL edition have gone up by € 10 to € 20. The new quotation for this sample, which shows the Erechtheion on the Acropolis, is therefore € 160 for specimens in mint condition and € 140 for cancelled specimens. A close look at this new Europe edition should thus pay off not only for collectors of Greek stamps!
Photo: Greece MiNo. 444
Stamp collectors specialized in issues of Southern Balkans countries, experts, dealers, thematic collectors, study groups, teachers
105th Edition, in colour
155 mm x 230 mm, hardcover
On sale: 5 June 2020
For MICHEL, the new decade has started with a small revolution. For 14 years we catalogued the issues of the European states in 7 volumes. Yet the growing number of pages and the price increases for the volumes have made it necessary to re-structure them. By splitting the series into 16 individual volumes, we can now provide our readers with reference books that better suit their interests as collectors for a considerably lower price.
The Michel Catalog Südlicher Balkan 2020 (E7) continues the new Europe series, which focuses on the popular collection areas of Greece, Albania and Bulgaria, with Eastern Rumelia. Today numerous regions and small states – namely the Aegean Islands, Athos, Epirus, Ikaria, the Ionian Islands, Crete, Samos and Thrace – that used to be autonomous are also part of Greece. By making use of state-of-the-art layout technology, the information contained in our Philatelic Database (PDB) is turned into a user-friendly layout.
The whole reference book has undergone editorial processing. The focal point was the review and updating of price quotations. In general, the recording of the issues were adapted to the latest state of research and updated in many sections. Numerous new MICHEL numbers as well as many editorial changes and improvements were included.
The Greek Postal System has created a new product: customized issues. We have listed them in the index of countries as sub-areas. We were also able to add two stamps never issued to the cataloguing of Albania and included hyperlinks to stamps with the same or similar images throughout this edition. And overprints are hyperlinked just as consistently to their original issues.
In the collection area of Albania, you will find price increases of the issues from the 1920s to the 1960s. Regarding Greece, they are even found in all decades for issues in mint condition as well as for cancelled stamps. Epirus and Crete also show increased prices for cancelled issues.
This volume contains all novelties recorded in MICHEL Rundschau up to and including No. 5/2020. It is recommended to subscribe to MICHEL Rundschau, starting with No. 6/2020, so as to always stay updated and not miss any future issue.
The Editorial Team is grateful to all collectors, examiners and dealers for their contributions and advice, which helped to make this edition a successful reference book.
We hope our readers will have many enjoyable hours spent on philately and this new Michel Catalog Südlicher Balkan 2020 (E7).
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Edition: 105. Aufl., in Farbe
Format: 155 mm x 230 mm, Hardcover
Verlag: Schwaneberger Verlag GmbH
Erscheinungsdatum: 5 Juni 2020
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