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The 22nd edition of Michel's specialized catalog on postal history of Germany and all German collecting areas from the beginning in 1849 to mid 2018 contains approx. 900 pages, 4'400 postmarks and 18'500 price quotations.

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Content of Michel Catalog Ganzsachen Deutschland 2018:

Official postal stationery (envelopes, postal wrappers, card letters, postcards, etc.) with printed postage stamps, including official stamps and those issued by authorities from all German areas, postal stationaries issued directly by the Deutsche Post AG DHL in its own responsibility.


  • First revised edition since 2014 – now in hardcover
  • New, expanded postage tables with all types of postal stationery, even more new information, such as places and numbers of issue for many collection areas
  • Improved listings, such as official stationery with the added imprint of an additional postage stamp on private order issued in the German Empire, the final issues for using up rest supplies and temporary postal stationery from the G.D.R. as well as stamps issued directly by the German postal system can be found easier and more quickly
  • Numerous new images in colour, for instance the temporary issues of the British Zone, etc.
  • Approximately 250 new issues of the German postal system, including new products, such as cardboard envelopes, labels and folding cartons up to February 2018, have been catalogued in this new edition
  • Price movements throughout the book
  • Over 4400 images of imprint of postage, the most important pre-print varieties and watermarks as well as over 18 500 price quotations

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.Exactly 150 years ago the Grand Duchy of Baden issued its first postal stationery, some items of which have witnessed staggering price appraisals by now.

The rather plain postal stationery U4 A for a price of 12 Kreuzer has an estimated value of € 2000 if not used or unused, and even € 30 000 if properly used. In 1858 the postage fee of a letter delivered in-country amounted to 3 Kreuzer; therefore only very few postal matters were sent with 12 Kreuzer.

Image: Baden U4 A

Target Group:

Stamp collectors specialized in stamps and postal history of Germany, experts, dealers, thematic collectors, study groups, teachers

Additional Information:

Edition: 22nd Edition, in colour.
Pages: 896
Size: 155 mm x 203 mm, hardcover
Publisher: Schwaneberger Verlag GmbH
Publication Date: 29 May 2018
Language: German
ISBN: 9783954022250

Press Release

The Michel Catalog Ganzsachen Deutschland 2018 is published as a hardcover for the first time. Besides the fact that this makes it easier to handle and less vulnerable to wear-and-tear – even when used on days of intensive swapping – the larger format has enabled us to include improved information in many sections of the work.

It starts with a new postage table for Bavaria in the introduction, the expansion of the postage tables for all types of postal stationery presented as well as an improved depiction that shows if any postal stationery exists on a certain postage level and when it changed.

Various sections of this book have been newly arranged, which makes it easier to find specific postal stationery. Regarding the German Empire, this concerns the official postal stationery with the added imprint of an additional postage stamp on private order, which is now listed together at the end of the postage stamp imprint series ”Germania“.

In the section “Germany under Allied Occupation”, as is the case with the emergency issues, the final issues for using up rest supplies and temporary postal stationery are now listed together and both have been provided with an overview of the surcharges, respectively the temporary stamp imprints, covering the different occupation zones, which makes it easy to particularly find unused pieces.

Concerning the postal stationary issued directly by the Deutsche Post AG DHL, the issues that show official postage stamp imprints have now been separated from those with individual Deutsche Post postage stamp imprints. Due to a change in the corporate design, now there are almost exclusively postal logos without service area; for that reason issues without or with dated pre-cancellation have also been divided into Categories A and B in this work. The newly introduced post horn logo without the addition “Deutsche Post“ was put into Category B so as to be able to record likely issues in the same category.

Regarding stamps issued directly by the Deutsche Post AG DHL with individual Deutsche Post postage stamp imprints, issues that show a postal logo only in the postage stamp imprint have now been allocated to the relevant categories; thus two new categories – “Camp4us“ and ”Deutsche Post FC“ – have been added. The promotional issues have been integrated the same way into the existing postal logo categories.

Study Groups, experts and interested collectors informed the editorial team about the latest research findings, which were included in the cataloguing. Especially worth mentioning is the area of temporary issues of the British Zone; besides colour photos, we were able to add issuing places and numbers of issues for most of the stamps.

The Deutsche Post AG DHL have once again expanded their product range in a number of areas, for instance cardboard envelopes with or without shipment tracking, labels and folding cartons for sending books and goods, an envelope for goods that are sent abroad and folding cartons for packages.

All issues up to February 2018 are included; regarding the postal stationaries issued directly by the Deutsche Post AG DHL, however, only those up to about 2016 have been taken into consideration. As the current novelties have been recorded for the reader, any direct issues not yet recorded will be listed in the monthly issues of MICHEL Rundschau; a subscription to the journal will therefore ensure that you won’t miss any of the catalogued issues.

Our constant monitoring of the market revealed numerous price movements, particularly in the collection areas that are not all that established yet, such as postal stationaries issued directly by the Deutsche Post AG DHL.

An increase of approx. 50 pages is an indication for the numerous novelties issued during the last four year. A complete listing of the large number of novelties, re-numberings and deletions from the previous edition can be found in the index at the end of the catalogue.

Because of a lack of the characteristics of postal stationery, the international reply coupons have been taken out of this reference work and are now included in the MICHEL Germany Special editions in the future.

This 22nd edition of this work has once again been prepared in cooperation with the Münchner Ganzsachen-Sammlerverein 1912 e.V. and as always we are greatly indebted to its chairman and members.

Schwaneberger Verlag GmbH

The Editorial Team

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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Ganzsachen Deutschland 2018


Amtliche Ganzsachen (Umschläge, Streifbänder, Kartenbriefe, Postkarten usw.) mit gedruckten Postwertzeichen einschließlich Dienstpost- und Behördenausgaben aller deutschen Gebiete, Eigenausgaben der Deutschen Post AG, Privatpost-Ausgaben der Deutschen Post AG.


  • Erste Neuauflage seit 2014 – jetzt im Festeinband
  • Neue, erweiterte Portotabelle mit allen Ganzsachenarten, weitere neue Zusatzinformationen wie Ausgabeorte und Auflagenzahlen bei vielen Gebieten
  • Noch übersichtlichere Sortierung und Darstellung zum schnelleren Auffinden gesuchter Ganzsachen, z.B. bei amtlichen Ganzsachen mit Zudruck, weiterer Wertstempel auf private Bestellung aus dem Deutschen Reich, Aufbrauchs- und Behelfsganzsachen aus der DDR und bei den Eigenausgaben der Deutschen Post
  • Zahlreiche neue Farbabbildungen, z.B. bei den Behelfsausgaben der Britischen Zone
  • Ca. 250 Neuheiten der Deutschen Post inklusive neuer Produkte wie kartonierte Umschläge, Aufkleber und Päckchenfaltkartons sind in der Neuausgabe bis Februar 2018 katalogisiert
  • Preisbewegungen im ganzen Band
  • Mehr als 4400 Abbildungen der Wertstempel, der wichtigsten Vordruck-Verschiedenheiten und Wasserzeichen und über 18 500 Preisnotierungen


Edition: 22. Aufl., neu in Farbe
Seiten: 896
Format: 155 x 230, Hardcover
Verlag: Schwaneberger Verlag GmbH
Erscheinungsdatum: 29 Mai 2018Vor genau 150 Jahren gab das Großherzogtum Baden erstmals Ganzsachen heraus, von denen einige mittlerweile enorme Preisbewertungen verzeichnen.

Die sehr schlicht gestaltete Ganzsache U4 A zu 12 Kreuzern ist ungebraucht immerhin mit 2000 €, gebraucht aber sogar mit 30 000 € bewertet. 1858 betrug das Porto eines Inland-Standardbriefs 3 Kreuzer, so wurden die wenigsten Sendungen mit ganzen 12 Kreuzern frankiert.

Abbildung: Baden U4 A

Presse Information

Der vorliegende MICHEL Ganzsachen Deutschland 2018 wurde erstmals mit festem Einband hergestellt. Außer einer besseren Handhabung und geringerem Verschleiß, konnten durch das gleichzeitig verlängerte Format an vielen Stellen verbesserte Informationen in den Katalog aufgenommen werden.

Dies beginnt in der Einführung zum Katalog mit einer neuen Portotabelle für Bayern, Erweiterung der Portotabellen auf alle vorkommenden Ganzsachenarten, zudem in einer verbesserten Darstellung, die nun anzeigt, ob Ganzsachen zu einer Portostufe existieren und wann sie sich geändert hat.

Verschiedene Bereiche dieses Werks sind jetzt neu sortiert, wodurch der Sammler Ganzsachen leichter findet. Beim Deutschen Reich betrifft dies die amtlichen Ganzsachen mit Zudruck weiterer Wertstempel auf private Bestellung, die nun zusammengefasst am Ende der Wertstempelserie „Germania“ zu finden sind.

Im Katalogteil Deutschland unter alliierter Besetzung sind nun auch die Aufbrauchs- und Behelfsganzsachen zusammengefasst und jeweils mit einer die Besatzungszonen übergreifenden Übersicht der Wertaufdrucke bzw. der Behelfswertstempel versehen, die ein leichtes Auffinden besonders von ungebrauchten Stücken ermöglicht.

Bei den Eigenausgaben der Deutschen Post AG sind jetzt die Ausgaben mit amtlichen Wertstempeln von denen mit individuellen Deutschen-Post-Wertstempeln getrennt. Durch einen Wechsel im Corporate Design kommen fast nur noch Postlogos ohne Leistungsbereich vor, worauf im Katalog mit einer Trennung in Ausgaben ohne oder mit datierbarer Vorausentwertung auch bei den Kategorien A und B reagiert wurde. Das neu vorkommende Posthorn-Logo ohne „Deutsche Post“ wurde der Kategorie B zugeordnet, um gleichartige Ausgaben an gleicher Stelle erfassen zu können.

Bei den Eigenausgaben mit individuellen Deutschen-Post-Wertstempeln sind Ausgaben, die ein Postlogo nur im Wertstempel zeigen, den entsprechenden Kategorien zugeordnet, und dadurch mit „Camp4us“ und „Deutsche Post FC“ zwei neue Kategorien hinzugekommen. Die Werbeausgaben sind in gleicher Weise in die vorhandenen Postlogo-Kategorien integriert.

Arbeitsgemeinschaften, Prüfer und interessierte Sammlern teilten der Redaktion wieder neueste Forschungserkenntnisse mit, die in die Katalogisierung eingearbeitet wurden. Besonders ist hier der Bereich der Behelfsausgaben der Britischen Zone zu nennen, in dem bei den meisten Ausgaben neben Farbabbildungen Ausgabeorte und Auflagezahlen ergänzt werden konnten.

Die Deutsche Post AG und DHL hat ihr Produktspektrum wieder zahlreich erweitert, z.B. um kartonierte Umschläge ohne oder mit Sendungsverfolgung, Aufkleber und Faltkartons für Bücher- und Warensendungen, einen Warensendungsumschlag Ausland und Päckchen-Faltkartons.

Bei den Neuheiten sind alle Ausgaben bis Oktober 2017 berücksichtigt, bei den Eigenausgaben jedoch nur bis ca. 2016. Künftig werden auch die noch nicht erfassten Eigenausgaben in den monatlich erscheinenden Heften der MICHEL-Rundschau nachgemeldet.

Von den zahlreichen Neuausgaben der letzten vier Jahre kündet der Zuwachs von ca. 50 Seiten. Eine vollständige Auflistung der zahlreichen Neuaufnahmen, Umnummerierungen und Streichungen gegenüber der Vorlauflage ist dem Anhang am Ende des Katalogs zu entnehmen.

Die internationalen Antwortscheine wurden aus dem Katalog herausgenommen und sind künftig in den MICHEL Deutschland-Spezial Bänden zu finden.

Die vorliegende 22. Auflage dieses Kataloges wurde wieder in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Münchner Ganzsachen-Sammlerverein 1912 e.V. erstellt, dessen Bearbeiter an dieser Stelle wie immer unser Dank gebührt.

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Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 15.2 × 20.3 cm

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