Saturday, July 21, 2007

15-2007: EYOF - Sport:

This nice issue come to IX European Youth Olympic Festival held in Belgrade-Serbia, issued on June 20, 2007, with nice FDC design and numbered block of 2 stamp.

Graphic designer come from Belgrade (Nadezda Skochajich), that made one good job.

Block have 2 stamps face value 2x46 dinar, and dealer are selling it for around 1.50 euro.

16-2007: Equestrian Sport - Horses:
One really "on center" issue, commemorating this sport, issued on June 28, 2007, designer Ana Kostic from Belgrade, set of 4 value + tab on middle, "hard" items for standard collectors because they will need all 5 set in sheet to complete tab picture. Serbia issue this format for long period, and it is difficulty for any collectors to have all issue in this format. Yes - they have prices in catalog, but far away from even face value needed to pay on day of issue.
Set alone is not so expensive, around 3.00 euro without tab on middle, but if You will need complete strip of 4+tab, it will rise to 6.00 euro per set. For full sheet of 5 set that mean 30.00 euro, not small money for new issue! FDC will go to full 6.00 euro.

Friday, July 13, 2007

To start this chapter -need really be "fine tuned" because too much politics are involved in this topic.

Because I'm not of this kind people, I will say what I mean, even if it will offend some one's feeling.

I will start with two illegal issue, in principle - same way that Kossovo start to issue own postage stamp. From start, little bit history:

Like everyone educated, know well, that Kossovo are/is/will be SERBIAN territory, and after Yugoslavian civil war, Kossovo start to fight, by terrorist way, for independence that resulted in bombing Serbia by USA, NATO, EU forces - not clear why, but it happen - probably too much money are involved (rumors about Ahtisari, Allbright, Clinton and other corporation).

Finishing this bombing with installation of UN Administration over Kossovo (UNMIK), which give (without any coordination with Serbian authority) "green light" to issue postage stamp with Kossovo inscription. Because Kossovo are not recognized by UPU, stamp are classified in UN-Kossovo.

Illegal issue like this Dinosaurs set, Princess Diana, Cat, Europa, Sportist, Pamella Parker, Nature and other topic, start to pop-up on market from 1997, 2000 and continue till today, Kossovo are most affordable for all kind of manipulators and "private" editors of this stamp, for simple reason, that NO any kind of order existed on this Autonomy - UN are unable, and in most cases corrupt to stop this illegal activity, and also more criminal activity in other sphere.

Where is printed this issue, who, how, no-one know, but it can be delivered like 50:50 if focused on nationality. Some issue can be "good" for Serbian part of Kossovo, and other for Muslim part (Albanian, better to define it). There where is topic like Monastery, Kossovo fight, Target - all this topic can be good for Serbian market, and there where is an topic Clinton, Charles, Diana - can go to Albanian market, we know why!
From beginning (year 2000 and 2001) face value are inscribed in DMark, and after it in Euros, and first set (officially issued) is from March 15, 2000 year, set of 5 value, face value of 4.00 DMark, and Michel number 1-5, topic "Historic - Archeology", printed in Austria and market value it around 8.00-10.00 euro.

Next issue come on November 12, 2001, with topic of "Children Painting", Michel numbered is 6-10, face value 4.00 DMark, but in dual nominal inscribed, also in Euro, no printer stated, and market value is around 26.00 euros.
Third issue come out on May 2, 2002 - same topic like previous, "Children Painting" and same design like previous, just face value are now in euros. Michel numbered it 11-15, and market will say around 10.00 euro per set. Again, printed not stated.
Quantity for this issue, more speculative types, imperforated, shifted perforation, color shifting - all this "errors" are available on market, but what is rare is really traveled mail from there.
In photos, You will find some samples of cover and post card delivered from Kosovska Mitrovica (Serbian part) and also from Kosovo but with Serbian postage attached!!!!! This few samples, will be worth investment, because rarity and because we see from it, that on Kossovo soil with UNMIK on spot, is possible to use also Serbian stamp, use SERBIAN post (like need to be - by way), and that UN Force are there just to protect criminal structure on this soil.

And here we come with some Scott catalog update - for this autonomy, I see that listing are for 2006 year, where have an issue 21 Sept. 2006 of International Peace Day (funny-tragicomedy for this issue), showing Rugova signing "peace" document with ALBANIAN flag behind(????? Albanian on Serbian territory - really "chutzpa"), Scott numbered it #58, valued on 7.50$, but I don't believe that You will find it less than 7.50 euro!

Next is Scott #59-62, set and s/s, of 4 value, Ancient coins that show some Roman Empire coin (again some illogical theme), same catalog value for s/s - 7.50 $, and for set it come to 3.75$.

and last what I see are for Sculpture issue in same 2006 year, Dec. 1, Scott number 63, and valued 7.50$.

Again - it will be hard to find it by this prices (in US$) - because on soil of Kossovo, today is valid (officially) Serbian Dinar, but Muslim there use just euro, when someone offer US$ they didn't react.
(will continue)

Friday, July 06, 2007

#13-2007: Really one nice issue, design and I think that they "hit the point", "Easter"!

Everything is done properly, color combination, design, frame, all perfect! Two value issued on March 1, 2007, low face value where set of two can go for 1.20-1.80 euro, and FDC for 2.80-3.00 euro. This set can satisfy few topics, and for sure, world serious collectors will run for.

#14-2007: is to celebrate "Serbia Phila XIV" - Philatelic Exhibition, and issued just in sheet of two stamp, well designed, and can go to "fresque - icons" or "castle" topic, nice color choose, and well designed. Block can go for minimum 1.80 euro.
postage due 3-2007: with one stamp for "roses" design and one for "fighting cancer" with low value, but this two stamp will cost You minimum 1.00 euro.

#10-2007: Like many countries around globe, Serbia this year participated with WWF issue of protected animals, woodpicker, nice design, 4 value set plis one tab on middle, aditional expenses for collectors if want all tabs included in collection, because this sheet is from 5 set, with tab on middle composing one complete picture. Date of issue is April 18, 2007, and set alone can reach 3-4.00 euro (without tab, and strip with tab even more), FDC go for 4.00 euro, and sheet of 5 set absolutely will go for 30-40.00 euro.

#11-2007: commemorating "Table Tennis" issued March 23, 2007, to celebrate European Table Tennis Championship held in Belgrade, and issued in single stamp plus sheet (block) together, where prices for both will reach 2.50+ euro, and FDC can be sold for 4.00 euro, but sheet of 8 plus tab can be high as 15.00 euro.

#12-2007: standard issue for "Nature Protection" (even that Serbia is rapidly cutting forest, for sale on German market), two value set, design with too much color and detail, I personally don't like it, and think that Serbia Post can donate money to Nature Protection Offices, instead of printing this issue. Set of two value, issued on April 20, 2007, set can sell for 2.00 euro, and FDC can reach 3.50 euro, but sheet of 8+tab will have good prices of around 18.00 euro.

Postage due #2-2007,
is continuing in this year with Red Cross topic (I'm not common why they used "wheel" in design?) and one with Sveti Sava image, not "big" in face value just over 30.00 US cent, but from dealer it will be available for 0.75 US$ this two stamp.

#6-2007: After this come new issue commemorating "Europa - Scouting" that is one of better design in past period that I saw. Even that it is common issue in europe soil, I thinks that Serbia made one nice effort in design. Issued on May 3, 2007, with printing combination for set alone, booklet format, and sheet of 8 plus one tab on middle, it will cost collectors for set of 2v = 1.50 euro, booklet will go for 8.00 euro, sheet will reach maximum 20.00 euro and FDC will go for 3.00 euro.

#7-2007: named "75 year from fly of Amelia Erhart over atlantic" I will shortened it to "Aviation" issued on May 21, 2007, is also issued in this combination, but without booklet, and prices can go for set 1 v = 0.75 euro, Carte Maximum can reach 3.00 euro, FDC = 2.00 euro, and sheet of 8+1 tab = 9-12.00 euro.

#8-2007: come for "Serbian chairmanship of the Council of Europe", issued on May 10, 2007 - even that I don't like to mix politic with philately, I think that this is one strictly political issue, where EU made one "double standard" (same like other countries and UN) - stamp is issued to commemorate chairmanship of European Council, (same Europe that bombed and sanctioned same country Serbia, and now - it look like this way - want to "soften" Serbia and take out 15% of territory) where issued/commemorated with one stamp, valued 20.00 Serbian Dinar. Single will reach 0.75 euro, and FDC will go for 2.25 euro. Issue is good for "map" topic.

#9-2007: named after "Personalities", with commemorating two great writers, politics and more. It is one for 200 years of Dositej Obradovic in Serbia (date of issue is May 28, 2007), and second is for 50 years of Zmaj Children Games (date of issue is Jun 1, 2007), booth FDC is in standard design, not something that collectors will "ran for", and set of 2v will sell for 0.80-1.00 euro, and FDC can go for 4.00-5.00 euro (2 pcs).