Aegean Islands, Albania, Bulgaria, Epirus, Greece, Ikaria, Ionian Islands, Crete, Eastern Rumelia, Samos, Thrace.
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.
|Due to their long philatelic tradition, the countries of the Southern Balkans offer a great variety of interesting collection areas and special areas. This applies to classic stamps as well as to contemporary issues, which will surprise readers with new type variations, too, in this latest edition. Yet there are unlimited special areas found in Greek classic philately, as the so-called Hermes Heads show in an impressive way.
Interested collectors will find a particularly clear presentation in this new MICHEL volume that makes it much easier to allocate individual collectors‘ items, thus providing starters guidance in this complex field and offering specialists sufficient information for the expansion of their collections.
As a “philatelic cherry on top“, owners of collections can now rejoice in several higher appraisals of formerly very inexpensive cancelled stamps.
Illustration: Greece MiNo. 55
Stamp collectors specialized in issues of Southern Balkans countries, experts, dealers, thematic collectors, study groups, teachers
107th Edition, in colour
155 mm x 230 mm, hardcover
On sale: 3 June 2022
The Michel Catalog Südlicher Balkan 2021 (E7) is Volume No. 7 of our sixteen titles that make up the Europe series. It covers the popular collection areas of Albania, Bulgaria with East Rumelia as well as Greece with its numerous formerly autonomous regions and the small states Aegean Islands, Athos, Epirus, Icaria, Ionian Islands, Crete, Samos and Thrakia.
It offers friends of classic philately a vast collection area with the issues of the 19th and early 20th centuries. These countries are also a true treasure chest for collectors of motifs. Practically all popular themes and motifs are generously represented. Yet stamps are no longer rectangular pieces of paper used to pay a service in advance. For several years the postal administrations have been breathing new life into philately by introducing fancy formats, unusual printing methods and new materials.
The editorial improvements can be found throughout the whole edition. One example are the complements made to several Albanian sheet formats and numbers of issues. We also discovered several stamps that were unknown and are now listed under new main numbers. But a few type variations have been added, too, and some of issues from Bulgaria as well. In addition to two details on gum creases, 13 new pictures will help collectors when working with their own treasures. Information regarding sheet sizes and various types of paper has been included for Bulgarian package stamps.
One focal point has been the revision and updating of price quotations. The Greek Hermes Heads and contemporary stamps with low numbers of issue within one set show price increases. The demand for cancelled Greek stamps is notable. The sale of an extensive collection of Eastern Rumelian pieces created a lot of movement to the price quotations of the overprint issue of 1885. We have also included three newly discovered variations. And several Albanian FDC appraisals have gone up as well.
This edition contains all novelties recorded in MICHEL Rundschau up to and including No. 5/2022. We recommend a subscription to our journal starting with No. 6/2022 or to MICHEL Online if you want to stay updated. In addition to cataloguing all novelties, MICHEL Rundschau keeps readers informed about anything of importance in the world of philately.
We hope all of our readers will have a fun-filled and relaxing time with their collections and the new Michel Catalog Südlicher Balkan 2021 (E7).
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