Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands.
|A colourful, smiling parcel has embellished Belgian parcel post stamps since 2003. Collectors of this so-called “kilo mail” can rejoice because the prices these issues are sold for – particular specimens in mint condition –have multiplied.
In this new MICHEL edition, for instance the lowest value for packages up to 500 grammes, which had a nominal value of € 2.48 when issued, is now quoted to be € 25.00, having quintupled since last year. It needs to be seen how the interest in contemporary Belgian parcel post stamps will develop in the future.Owners of these issues should therefore pull out their MICHEL colour guides and thread counters. Have fun!
Photo:Belgian postage stamp for packages MiNo. 83
Stamp collectors specialized in issues of Benelux countries, experts, dealers, thematic collectors, study groups, teachers
108th Edition, in colour
155 mm x 230 mm, hardcover
On sale: 1 September 2023
The Michel Catalog Benelux 2023/2024 (E12) features the popular collection areas of Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxemburg.
Our MICHEL Europe catalogues are essential reference books for any committed philatelist. They provide versatile and easy-to-find information about classic stamps as well as modern curiosities. The occasions for issuing stamps reflect current affairs. Philately can thus make a valuable contribution to the international understanding even in times as challenging as currently.
Our editorial improvements are found throughout the whole edition. Regarding Belgium and the Netherlands, for instance, we added more appraisals of se-tenant printing units. And Luxemburg provided us with the latest numbers of issue of the current year. We could also close gaps in the numbers of issue of stamps from the Netherlands for the period of 1990 to 2010. Moreover, we complemented missing sheet formats or corrected them based on latest research findings. Collectors of novelties can look forward to fresh recordings that reach all the way into June of 2023.
The revision and updating of price quotations was a large focal point. We have registered generally stable market conditions with only a few changes found in the whole Belgian collection area. However, there is a striking demand for contemporary parcel post stamps. Collectors of so-called “kilo mail” should expect considerable price increases. The Dutch postage and December
stamps in cancelled condition also show some fluctuations. This volume contains all novelties presented in MICHEL Rundschau up to and including No.8/2023. We recommend a subscription to our journal, starting with No. 9/2023, or to MICHEL Online so as to stay updated and not miss any future issues.
Our Editorial Team enjoyed the help of numerous supporters from the community of philatelic collectors, dealers and examiners, whom we want to thank for their valuable assistance.
We wish our readers many pleasant hours spent on their wonderful hobby in the company of the new Michel Catalog Benelux 2023/2024 (E12).
Schwaneberger Publishing House
The Editorial Team
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.
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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