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The reference book Michel Catalog Plattenfehler Bund/Berlin intends to make it easier for all collectors of plate flaws in the areas of Berlin and the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG/Bund) to search for objects of their desire and was designed with that special target group in mind. In addition to the basic cataloguing of the issues, any essential special information about the recorded plate flaws are depicted and explained in detail.



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Content of Michel Catalog Plattenfehler Bund/Berlin:

All currently listed stamps of the Federal Republic of Germany and Berlin, which have plate errors


  • First edition
  • Specialized knowledge about the most popular collection areas of Germany
  • Based on the latest results of philatelic research
  • Only clearly visible, from experts confirmed plate flaws have been listed
  • Latest price quotations – the new findings and the market situation were taken into account
  • Numerous colour images and detailed views
  • About 400 images and 1000 price quotations

The Michel Catalog Plattenfehler Bund/Berlin is a handbook that provides guidance about what can – and cannot – be included in a plate flaw collection. Only deviations confirmed as plate flaws are catalogued. Yet a true plate flaw should be visible. Therefore the MICHEL Editorial Team only presents striking plate flaws that are clearly distinctive to anyone with a 20-20 vision and without a magnifying glass.

Target Group:

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

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Edition: 1st Edition, in colour.
Pages: 176
Size: 155 mm x 203 mm, hardcover
Publisher: Schwaneberger Verlag GmbH
Publication Date: 11 May 2017
Language: German
ISBN: 9783954021635

Press Release

In 1838 The Steadfast Tin Soldier by Hans Christian Andersen was published in Copenhagen. “All the soldiers were almost identical“, Andersen wrote, “only one was a bit different; he only had one leg since he had been cast last, (...) and he was the very one people took notice of.“ Andersen might as well have been a collector of plate flaws.

Stamps are almost identical, and if one of them stands out from of the crowd, it is impressive. Plate flaws – deviations in the image of the stamp due to flawed print forms – make for curious little highlights in any collection. Stamps with plate flaws are special, not despite but rather because of their flaws – just like the steadfast tin soldier.

This MICHEL reference book intends to make it easier for all collectors of plate flaws in the areas of Berlin and the Federal Republic of Germany to search for objects of their desire and was designed with that special target group in mind. In addition to the basic cataloguing of the issues, any essential special information about the recorded plate flaws are depicted and explained in detail.

Therefore this handbook provides guidance about what can – and cannot – be included in a plate flaw collection. Deviations in the images exist in huge numbers, and not nearly, all of them are plate flaws. Chipped paint, paint bubbles or sailings on the plate (Butzenauflagen), for instance, are print accidents; even though they look impressive, too, unlike plate flaws they differ too much to be systematically recorded. Only deviations confirmed as plate flaws are catalogued. Yet a true plate flaw should be visible. Therefore, the MICHEL Editorial Team only presents striking plate flaws that are clearly distinctive to anyone with a 20-20 vision and without a magnifying glass.

The plate flaw research is currently in a transition phase. Hans Zerbel, the print expert of Deutsche Post, retired from his services as a consultant providing confirmations on March 1st, 2017. In the long run, this information void will most likely only be filled by the establishment of a research group that records the deviations on stamps in numbers and various levels of preservation, thus substantiating real plate flaws. In order to make it easier for individuals interested in this research group to connect, MICHEL would like to provide the initial point of contact: Please write to us if you want to become a founding member.

But for now: Enjoy reading this handbook and your discoveries!

Schwaneberger Verlag
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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Plattenfehler Bund/Berlin


Alle aktuell katalogisierten Ausgaben der Gebiete Bundesrepublik Deutschland und Berlin, die Plattenfehler aufweisen.


  • Erstauflage
  • Spezialwissen zu beliebten deutschen Sammelgebieten
  • Auf Grundlage neuester Forschungsergebnisse
  • Nur eindeutige, bestätigte Plattenfehler wurden aufgenommen
  • Zahlreiche Farbabbildungen und Detailansichten
  • Aktuellste Preisnotierungen, die neue Erkenntnisse und die Marktlage berücksichtigen


Edition: 1. Auflage, in Farbe
Seiten: 174
Format: 225 x 150, Paperback
Verlag: Schwaneberger Verlag
Erscheinungsdatum: 11 Mai 2017

Presse Information

1838 erschien in Kopenhagen Hans Christian Andersens Standhafter Zinnsoldat. „Der eine Soldat glich dem andern leibhaft“, schreibt Andersen, „nur ein einziger war etwas anders; er hatte nur ein Bein, denn er war zuletzt
gegossen worden, (...) und gerade er war es, der sich bemerkbar machte.“ Andersen hätte Plattenfehlersammler sein können.

Briefmarken gleichen einander, und wenn eine aus der Masse heraussticht, beeindruckt sie. Plattenfehler – Normabweichungen im Markenbild aufgrund fehlerhafter Druckformen – setzen kuriose kleine Glanzlichter in einer Sammlung. Marken mit Plattenfehlern sind etwas Besonderes, nicht trotz, sondern wegen ihres Fehlers. Ganz wie der Standhafte Zinnsoldat.

Das vorliegende MICHEL-Handbuch will allen Plattenfehlersammlern der Gebiete Berlin und Bund ihre Suche erleichtern und wurde für diese besondere Zielgruppe konzipiert. Neben den grundlegenden Katalogisierungen der Marken werden alle wichtigen Spezialinformationen zu den für sie erfassten Plattenfehlern ausführlich dargestellt und erklärt.

So bietet das Handbuch Orientierung, was in eine Plattenfehlersammlung aufgenommen werden kann – und was nicht. Abweichungen im Markenbild gibt es in enormer Zahl, und bei weitem nicht alle sind Plattenfehler. Abgesprungene Farbe, Farbbläschen oder Butzenauflagen etwa zählen zu den Druckzufälligkeiten; auch sie sehen beeindruckend aus, sind jedoch – anders als Plattenfehler – zu variabel, um systematisch erfasst zu werden. Katalogisiert werden nur als Plattenfehler bestätigte Abweichungen. Doch auch ein echter Plattenfehler sollte sichtbar sein. Die MICHEL-Redaktion präsentiert deshalb nur auffällige Plattenfehler, die für normalsichtige Menschen ohne Lupe gut erkennbar sind.

Die Plattenfehlerforschung befindet sich derzeit im Umbruch. Zum 1. März 2017 beendete Herr Hans Zerbel, Beauftragter der Deutschen Post für Druckexpertisen, seine Berater- und Bestätigungstätigkeit. Diesem Informationsvakuum kann langfristig wohl nur durch die Gründung einer Forschungsgruppe begegnet werden, die Abweichungen auf Marken zahlenmäßig und in diversen Erhaltungsstufen erfasst und so das Vorliegen echter Plattenfehler untermauert. Um die Vernetzung der an dieser Forschungsgruppe Interessierten zu erleichtern, möchte MICHEL einen ersten Anlaufpunkt bieten: Bitte schreiben Sie uns, wenn Sie Gründungsmitglied werden möchten.

Doch zunächst: Genießen Sie die Lektüre und werden Sie fündig!

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Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 15.2 × 20.3 cm

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