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Michel Catalog Kuriose Briefmarken / Unusual Stamps - Ganze welt 2nd Edition

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The 2nd edition of MICHEL Catalog Kuriose Briefmarken / Unusual Stamps - Ganze welt covers a very special collection area and makes even newcomers interested in stamps. Stamps from all over the world from 1852 up to and including 2022 that are exceptional because of their shape, colour, material, printing, gumming or anything else.With approx.. 480 pages, this catalog compiles over 5'000 stamp issues from around the world and 39'000 price quotations.




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Content of MICHEL Catalog Kuriose Briefmarken / Unusual Stamps - Ganze welt 2nd edition

Stamps from all over the world from 1852 up to and including 2022 that are exceptional because of their shape, colour, material, printing, gumming or anything else.

  • 2nd edition, in colour of a very special collection area makes even newcomers interested in stamps.
  • Stamps from all over the world from 1852 up to and including 2022 that are exceptional because of their shape, colour, material, printing, gumming or anything else.
  • 480 pages, Over 5000 colour photos and approx. 39.000 price appraisals
  • Novelties until MICHEL-Rundschau 11/2022


  •  Two years after the successful first edition, the motif volume "Unusual Stamps" is published as a completely revised new edition.
  • The new catalogue format, together with an improved layout, makes it possible to catalogue and illustrate more stamps without increasing the number of pages.
  • Both the design descriptions and all price quotations have been reviewed and updated.
  • Price changes since the last issue in 2020 reflect movements in the market.
  • Addition of further stamp issues that either appeared after the first edition or were additionally reported to the editors.
  • Over 5000 colour photos and approx. 39.000 price appraisals
  • Novelties until MICHEL-Rundschau 11/2022
Curiosity is in the eye of the beholder and in philately, as in every other area of life, it is shaped not least by the spirit of the times. Self-adhesive stamps, for example, would only be classified as curiosities by very few people today. This new MICHEL volume therefore endeavours as far as possible to place curiosities in their respective contemporary context and consequently only covers self-adhesive stamps up to the year of issue 1991.
Other techniques and forms, on the other hand, remained philatelic exceptions and will certainly be remembered most clearly after reading the MICHEL catalogue "Curious Stamps". MiNo. 561 from Bhutan also clearly reflects its time, as the "talking stamp" in the form of a record dates from 1973 and thus exemplifies the zenith of modern shellac records. Whether you really want to listen to the folk song recorded on the stamp shown here or "just" collect the stamp: stories about such "curious" pieces are always music to the ears of real philatelists and can be found in abundance in the new MICHEL volume!

Photo: Bhutan MiNo. 561

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Stamp collectors specialized in stamps of unusual stamps, extraordinary stamps of the whole world, experts, dealers, thematic collectors, study groups, teachers

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Title: Michel Catalog Kuriose Briefmarken / Unusual Stamps / Curious Stamps / Extraordinary Stamps
2nd edition, in colour
480 pages
Format: 150 mm x 225 mm, Paperback
Publisher: Schwaneberger Verlag GmbH
Publication date: 2 December 2022
Language: German
ISBN: 978-3-95402-409-4

Press Release:

After only two years we can present the second edition of the Michel Catalog Kuriose Briefmarken. So it has obviously sparked the interest of many collectors. However, there is still no exact definition of what makes a stamp "curious". Certainly, a deviation from the norm is a prerequisite for it, but there is no "norm" for stamps either.

When the first stamps were produced in 1840, the standard was "rectangular, made of paper and produced by a common printing process". Since then, there have been many experiments with manufacturing processes, materials and features. Some have stood the test of time, such as the perforation, which is standard today. The most recent successful innovation was self-adhesive gumming, of which the early experiments are included in this volume until 1991.

We have also introduced time limits for other innovations, because what was originally a special feature may well have become standard later. For this reason, we have inserted a limit in 2010 for laser printing in this issue.

A medical mask for mice is certainly a curiosity, but it also shows how much the Covid-19 pandemic also affected stamps. The pandemic is also responsible for a number of other curiosities. Then there are stamps that can be folded into three-dimensional objects or that are even delivered as three-dimensional objects. In this form, however, they are no longer really suitable for use as stamps.

In this second edition of theMichel Catalog Kuriose Briefmarken, the stamps covered up to and including MICHEL-Rundschau 11/2022 have been taken into account. Further stamps, which will certainly exist, can be found in the following issues of the MICHEL-Rundschau and in the MICHEL-Online.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all readers and contributors who have brought curiosities to our attention.

Collecting curious stamps is a particularly individual kind of stamp collecting. For what may seem unusual to one person is quite normal to another. This volume can therefore only attempt to be a guide through the world of unusual stamps. We now wish you much pleasure in your chamber of curiosities.

Schwaneberger Publishing House
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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