Friday, August 05, 2016

2016 continuing 6-2016 and up:

6-2016 "Science":



This issue come to market on April 13, 2016, with two stamps in set.
There is one value with "50 years Mathematical Grammar School - Belgrade" and second with "225 years of Gymnasium Sremski Karlovci"!

One very good design and high importance topic, as education is still priority in national pride!
Cancel is really clever, with OWL in middle as symbol for wisdom - so, for topical collectors it will be item of "must to have".

7-2016 "Fauna":



Issued on April 27, 2016, set of 4 values, and in usual format of 5 sets, with gutter on middle that form one complete picture. I personally don't like this format, as it made just "problems" for collectors (additional album page, hinges, space in album, money spend) but, it is nice looking - isn't?

As is, is! Here we have shown European Beaver (Castor fiber L, 1758), Eastern Imperial Eagle (Aquila heliaca Savigny, 1809), The Griffon vulture (Gyps fulvus, Hablizl, 1783), and The European Otter (Lutra lutra, L, 1758). 

8-2016 "EUROPA":



Issued on may 9, 2016, set of two value. 
To be fair, I really don't like this year design in all of this EUROPA issues, but on this Serbian one, Post of Serbia made one nice "funny" detail on overall picture, so it can have one "satisfactory" level.

9-2016 "Nature Protection":



Issued on May 26, 2016. Set of two value - as usually, showing us Nature around Serbia.
This time it is Nature Reserve in Pester, and Kucaj-Beljanica mountain. 
Nice made, even that printing quality or design still missed color variety, and as this is panoramic view, we will hardly notice there (on stamp) shown sheep and one flower (which I admire well) - Snowdrop !

10-2016 "Stamp Day":



Out on market on Jun 7, 2016. As usually, "Stamps on Stamps" topic!
Nice design showing us first issues of Serbia!
Sheet composition little bit strange and unusual as it is of 16 stamps, but as it is low face value, than it is also affordable!

11-2016 "Olympic Rio":



Issued same day as previous issue, Jun 7, 2016, and mu opinion is DISASTER!
I have one principle, and it is: "If You don't know how to made it - better not made it at all"!

This kind of "modern art" design I really don't like, but other people - other taste! So, set of two values and next one m/s will take from Your pocket some 5-6 US$, and if You specialize in Olympic issues, than You will need it!

12-2016 "Tesla Patent - Transformer":



On market Jun 26, 2016, with little bit "strange" choice of portrait of Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), just on label/gutter we see this great scientist recognizable portrait!
His proto-type are shown, so with his portrait we have one nice issue!

Postage Due 2-2016:



Two stamps, as usually in very low value, of 10 dinar, but IF You will find any dealer that have it in stock - You will be lucky one!
All of catalog will value it low as 0.25 $, but when searching to buy it, You will have difficulty! There is almost no one that have it in stock, and who have it, will ask for minimum of 1$ per sample!
One stamps is for St. Sava Church in Belgrade and second is for Olympic in Rio.
This Olympic come under motto "The medal is won by heart",  probably allusion to doping scandals we have in sport.










Friday, April 01, 2016

2016 start with:

Here we go, 2016 and five (5) issues come to market.
Summarizing face values together, first impression is not so good, as face values go up, so money to spend will be need, more than previous year. But what make good, is that design little bit improve, so Your collection can be better.
Let's start to show:

1-2016 "Monastery":


Date of issue is Jan. 28, 2016. Set of four (4) stamps, showing us UNESCO cultural heritage, with nice "modern" drawing of each Monastery. Even that I don't like, when we show Monastery in modern "way", as I more prefer it with "clear" picture, artist made it with drawing, not photo, so lot of detail of same Monastery is missing in it, but overall, it is just fine.
Face value are little bit high, as it is near 2.00 US$ per set of four stamps (take in mind that income in Serbia are not so high), which will result in less high value stamps from set in used condition, and that will cause problems in completing this set in used condition.

Than, come this design of FDC - which are also made little bit in "fog", 


using "heavy" color in design, didn't improve overall picture.

Improvement are visible in CM of this issue, where "filtered" photo are used:



Monastery shown are from:
Mother of God Ljeviska, Prizren (1306 year),
Gracanica Monastery, Gracanica (1321 year),
Visoki Decani Monastery, Pec (1327),
Patriarchate of Pec, Pec (1320).

All come from Serbian Autonomy of Kosovo, under UNESCO protection, and to all sadness, many time vandalized in history.

2-2016 "Lunar Horoscope - Calendars, Year of the Monkey":


Feb. 8, 2016 date of issue, with common design as previous years, this time Monkey is in question!
Set of two (2) values, with face value of acceptable under 1.00 $, so, affordable price for collection!
design of stamp alone are fine, but FDC come again under "heavy" use of basic color, so it is little bit "hard" for eye to swallow.

3-2016 "geological Society of Serbia":


Feb. 23, 2016 - yes, improvement in design (compared with previous two of this year), as we have "clear" picture and element shown on stamp! Here we have building, one of founders, medal, stone... shortly, all elements that represent this topic. I must to inform that this Society have 125 year of existence, which will just give real picture of Serbia and Serbian advanced status at the time.
Single issue, with low face value (under 0.50 $), so keep it in hand. yes, for sheet of 8 with gutter in middle, You will need to pay more, but not so high as other can be.

4-2016 "Easter":


Feb. 25, 2016 - Easter time in Serbian Orthodox Church, and people celebrate it!
If we take in mind that postage stamps have limited space to show us some picture, and Frescoes are very complex one, we can not complaint about design. 
This two shown are in National Museum, Belgrade, and named "Resurrection of Christ, 18th century, Boka Kotorska and "Resurrection of Christ", 19th century, Voivodina. Motif on FDC come from "Descent into Hell" 14th century. So one very old proof of Serbian culture back to centuries!
Face value of set of two (2), near 2.00 $, not so "low" as people can think!

5-2016 "WWF - B-Fly":


This is really GREAT! Great in all aspect, as design give us impression that Butterfly are almost in front of our eye!
I like it!
March 16, 2016 - set of four (4) values, very high face value that can reach 1.80 US$, but market will react for sure, and be prepared to pay near 5.00 $ for strip of 4 stamp with gutter in middle!
Again format are little bit "problematic" for collectors, as it is printed in sheet of five (5) sets, with gutter in middle which is complete picture just in composition of all five sets, gutter will show us complete picture!
I like it as gutter is picture of B-Fly life from beginning to mature insect, and colors are very clever used, so impression are great! I think that 5.00 $ on market will be no problem for serious collector.

FDC are little bit less attractive:


because "heavy" use of color, and background of B-Fly are "foggy", but B-Fly are shown well in front of our eye!

Postage due #1 (2016) "The Roof":



As usually, collecting additional income to support home for people, I don't think that this money will help people around, but, let it be!
very low face value of few cents (0.09 US$), and very "simple" design, will never reach significant catalog value, but will make very big trouble to collectors who specialize in completing one country collection! What to do? Take it now, as to avoid pay more in future. I have very bad experience with postage dues stamp for Macedonia, as catalog value it very low, but complete collection of postage due stamp on market are much-much bigger, and sellers ask lot of money for it. So if You have Your "personal" dealer/supplier, include this stamp in standing order, that will save You money in the future!







Tuesday, December 29, 2015

End of 2015 year:

 
In the end, I have all last issues from Serbia 2015 year!

Little bit too many issues this year, caused by some "happy" event that happened for Serbian sport, as Woman Basketball Champ or Water Polo Champ that deserved to be "written in history" on postage stamps!

Which one deserve special mention?
I think that "British Heroines" deserve great attention, as it is part of commemorating WWI, and to remember this brave woman!

Topics from all issues go from WWI to History, Museums, Stamps on Stamps, sport, an so on!

So, I will be "short" this time with explanation, as there is visible all information on each FDC as date of issue, and topic, probably you will need to know that exchange rate at the moment are somewhere at 1 US$ - 110.00 Serbian dinar, just problem are high, as every post administration in our small world will rise postage rate as soon as January 2016, mean, to obtain any issue in the future will be very costly as final price will go up.

Here it is:

21-2015 "Children's Stamp":



What was need for this issue I really don't know, as Serbia have one like this under name "Children's Week", so now we have also "Children's Stamp", not something that I will admire, but, if income will go to common cause, than, let it be!

22-2015 "Joint Issue with Slovenia":



What to say? Nothing!
FDC are poorly design, new format of 8+ gutter, now they added also tabs on lower strip - again, just to make collectors unhappy!

23-2015 "Museum Exhibit":



Fine, but small format, so detail on stamp are too small and collectors will hardly understand it. There is some nice cause on stamps as 200 years of the Saint Peter and Paul art work, 275 of the Monastery Studenica and 275 years of Saint Demetrius Icon!

24-2015 "Water Polo Champions":



Good event, and some "strange" color used on design!

25-2015 "Woman Basketball Champions":



Same comment as previous, what happen with designer really don't know, but, nice topical!

26-2015 "Two Centuries of Tradition - Serbian Army":



To be fair, not every country have so long history and tradition as country and not to say as organized army, so postage stamp of this kind deserve to be made!

27-2015 "Gymnasium":



This time it is Gymnasium in city of Krusevac! 150 years, and Serbia have many of this kind!!!

28-2015 "British Heroines from WWI":



Yes, continuing with WWI celebration, and very hard time for Serbian people and country - so British nurses helped in great war, to heal Serbian soldiers and civilians, something that can not be forgotten!!!
Good job!!!
Just to mention which one are commemorated on postage stamp:
Flora Sandes (1876-1956),
Dr. Catherine Stewart McPhail (1887-1974),
Elsie Inglis (1864-1917),
Dr. Isabel Emslie Galloway Hutton (1887-1960),
Evelina Haverfield (1867-1920),
Dr. Elizabeth Ross (1878-1915).

29-2015 "Stamp Day":



As usually every day, and this time, there is almost three same stamp on one!!!

So, it is end of 2015 year, hope that next year of 2016, stamps of Serbia will keep quality and quantity "on level", than collectors can enjoy it.
All of shown are still available to purchase, some in little bit over face value, and for some You will need to pay little bit more or even much more! All depend from who You are purchasing, where I can just suggest, keep Your dealer, and made deals from one source, as all Postal Authority worldwide go up with prices per shipping goods, and it will be much worse in the future!

Same way, I wish to all of my clients just
Very Happy New Year of 2016
many good deals that happen and lot of year to come to be together with me.
Amen!












Saturday, November 21, 2015

14-2015 and continue...

So, as we advance in year, here come news from Serbia Post, some very nice topical, as Light, Football, Children, WWI, Telecommunication....

14-2015 "Year of Light":




Really? Very strange "year of" but, if they made it.!
For this issue, I must to agree, that design is really great, as it mix little bit from mythology and modern art.
Issued on Aug. 26, 2015, set of two values, one stamp that show us light bulb, and second with goddess of light. Very nice work, so stamp will be really good fit for Your collection. Face value is also acceptable (1.00 $ US), but don't be naive and think that any dealer will give it less than 2-3.00 $US + postage, which will be very expensive in the end.

15-2015 "World Cup U-20":


Sept. 24, 2015: very nice achievement by young sportist from small Serbia! To be world champ in football is not small thing, so Serbian Post made one nice m/s to commemorate this event! face value are also very affordable, but in local standard - very high, as 184.00 dinar are not "easy" money.
Probably You will be able to obtain it from dealer for 3.50-4.50 US$ per one, if it will be available in exchange option are hard to predict, as Serbia have still low quantity printing! 
So, keep an eye on this issue!

16-2015 "Joy of Europe":



I still ask myself, why Serbian Post still keep going with this "legacy" issues, as it is not attractive and have no significance in any way. 
Yes, it is nice to say, that issue help to promote children and artwork of pupils, but, to put it on postage stamps are very problematic matter.
Oct. 2, 2015, single stamp in question, face value near 1.00 US$ per single, premium for small sheet of 8+gutter.

17-2015 "Belgrade Defense": 


Oct. 6, 2015: I hear somewhere, that Serbia was under pressure from "above", to stop and cancel issue that will celebrated WWI, as reason not to anger Bosnia Muslim population.
So to avoid any political with Austria, Hungary and others, Serbia Post decided to make this issue under name of 100 yr of Great Defense of Belgrade in the WWI. Who decided this name I really don't know, but we see it here, and face value receive really "degrading" value of 23.00 Dinar (less than $). If You collect Military, WWI, this stamp will come well in collection!

18-2015 "Telecommunication - Pupin":



Oct. 9, 2015: One of great scientist that Serbia give! Pupin, with his patent in telecommunication!!!
Pupin deserve to be on postage stamp, as he is very important in building modern telecommunication!
In design we see portrait of same person, and on FDC and gutter, we see his patent drawing. Design can be awarded some prizes!

19-2015 "Christmas":



Nice, nice, nice.... design is same like all this year back, and FDC even lot of better - Oct. 15, 2015.
Set of 2 value, that cost near 2.00 US$ will satisfy Your need in "Religion" topic. Buy it as You find it offered!

20-2015 "OSCE":


Oct. 20, 2015: To be fair, I think that this issue are very unnecessary as this organization (OSCE) lost own credibility and values over destruction of Yugoslavia. Middle range face value and no need on Philatelic  market, but people are still collecting it!

3-2015 "Postage Due":



As I don't know exactly on which day it was issued, will just mention that here is talking about "Children Week", water polo sport, and one nation leader Milosh Obrenovich, as usually, You will need 1.00 $US per single.