Saturday, March 31, 2007

1847 & 1848 year Pre-philately mail cover:

Like what we know, pre-philately in Serbia start on May 25, 1840 year, when was opened first post station in Belgrade.

Yes -existed mail delivery before this date, but it is carried by horse rider, and mail didn't have cancellation, or cancel alone.

When valuing this kind of envelopes, we need to think/care that envelop have nice readable cancel, good condition, visible date and city name, and to know rarities of cancellation and cancel numbers. For this elements, I prefer one nice and professionally edited catalogue of Serbian Phila Club Beograd (cover period 1840-2003), issued in 2003.

On scan is two cover used in 1847 and 1848 year that are shown here.

Looking on market prices, recently it was offered on eBay, and sold for really bargain prices of 10-20 euros, but when is question about really market value - it can reach also more that few thousand euro, all is conditioned with cancel rarities and from where it is delivered. I can see on SFK catalogue one sample of Aa Beograd post, with date May 25, 1840, that have catalogue value of 12 000 euros and I think it can reach much more if offered by any world class auction.
Just to mention that in Serbia was in use also Turkish Post Service (1841-1878), and "DDSG" (Donau-Dampfschiffahrts-Gesellschaft 1840-1880) and according same Serbian catalogue, envelope with this period cancellation can reach from 300.00 to "open" market value.

Friday, March 02, 2007

2007 year:

start with #1-2007, named "International Polar Year" where design is nice, and Maxi Card have it really good. Issued Jan 30 2007, and dealer want for set/single 1.oo euros, for FDC need 2.50 euros, for Carte Maximum full 3.00 euros.

2-2007 is "Actors - Famous TV and Cinema" that is printed in standard sheet of 8+1 tab on middle, and dealer want for full sheetlet 4.00 euros. Issued on Feb 16 2007.

#3-2007 here I LIKE IT - Tourism, and this set together with next issue of Flowers made one excellent combination. For this set, need to give 3.00 euros.

#4-2007 is gived to capital Belgrade, one single value, same design like before one year, when it is issued by name SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO, but with different face value. Dealer want for it 2.00 euro.

#5-2007 one beautifull issue of Flowers, really nice, and I think that cost of 3.00 euros for set is right.

Postage Due - 2007, is also issued, with two stamp, sport topic, and sell for 1.00 euros.


Serbia 2006:

End of 2006 year issue is presented with #9 (Two hundred year of liberation Beograd), where is issued single stamp, and on FDC one old drawing, issued Dec 13 2006 - nice design for FDC, but stamp is full of small detail, that lowered quality.

Dealer have standard prices for new issue, this one is 0.70 euros for single stamp, and FDC go for 2.20 euros.

Number #10 - one nice issue for UNICEF 60 yr. - I'm really sorry, that it is not printed in single stamp block issue, because designer made "full point" with it. Nice, professionally designed and beautiful!

Prices is same like previous issue 0.70/2.20 euros, issued Dec 11 2006.

Number #13 - go to Christmas, issued Nov 20, 2006, in standard topic and picture like everywhere in the world.

Christmas decoration, nice to remember, but no more than that.

Prices go to 1.20 euros (two value set) and 2.70 euros for FDC.

And now #12 - one prize winner (will be I hope) issue for ART, issued on Nov 16, 2006, two value set, Mozart and Rembrandt picture, really intelligent design, and sheetlet of 9+1 tab that differe from common type used before. Something, that I didn't find in other countries, and very near of Czech or Slovakian quality.

Prices go 2.50 euros for set of 2v, 7.00 euros for same set but with tab attached, 38.00 euro for sheetlet of 9+1, and 5.90 euro for FDC.

Number #11 - is dedicted to Theater "Atelje 212", presented with picture of Actors and building of same, not something that catch eye.

Prices standard 0.50 euros for set and 2.00 euros for FDC, issued Nov 10, 2006.

Number #14 - is typical for New Year issue, with Santa Claus dominating stamp, nothing special, but in frame. Stamp will cost 0.80 euro, and for FDC need to give 2.30 euro, issued Dec 1, 2006.