Wednesday, March 30, 2011

20-2010 Davis Cup Winner:

I was waiting for long time to receive this issue from Serbian post - Jugomarka, but in the end, it was impossible to have it directly from distributor. Explanation come that this stamp was sold-out at the day of issue. Here it come some very serious questions about issue alone:

Stamp, FDC - come out from print and are officially available on June 20th, 2010! Final match of Davis Cup was on June 19th, 2010 - can someone from reader explain me - how it was possible to prepare, print, distribute this stamp in so short period of few hours?

By education, I'm printing plant technician - for sure, I know how much time will take, to prepare all work for printing stamp like this. And I think that it is impossible for few hour to made.

Probably "third sense" was in action, and probably, Serbian Posta made all work done, even before final match was finished! They (officials in Serbian Post) take great risk to made all work done before they even know who will be winner?

So - I was in deep trouble like supplier of new issue for this country, but, to my luck, my client understand it well and even agree with option, that this issue can be very well classified like "speculative", because suddenly, someone purchased all quantity printed. By way - printer is ZIN printer - it is Printing Company for paper money production - it is really surprise, because official printer in 2010 was/is FORUM - what happened that Serbian Post made it in ZIN company, I really don't know!

Any way, because no stamp was available - I go to well know internet auction, eBay, and purchased it there from dealer in Serbia. here again come surprise - searching around, analyzing where seller reside, I discovered that all three offered samples, come from Krusevac town in central Serbia! What happened with Belgrade dealers?

In the end, I purchased one sample from each option, and when calculating all together (PayPal fees, Postage, Asked prices) - I come to balance sheet, that say:
m/s of 8 stamp + gutter have tag price of 44.00 e. Great - isn't? Pair set with gutter go to
5.50 e, single stamp for 2.50 e, and FDC have it at 8.00 e.

Serbian people know to say: "Ko voli - nek izvoli" ("Who like it - invited to take it" - in free translation).

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Just today arrived material from Serbian Post, better say "ex-Jugomarka" shop re-start to deliver back orders from 2010 year, after some very "problematic" closed-door period. They changed name to "Serbiamarka", probably because dispute with FIFA (?) organization. from this issue, come "closing" of official contractor for Serbian Post "Jugomarka". rumors was around, because unlegalized use of FIFA logo on World Cup issue.

As was - we will never know, but here it is - still not all issue from 2010 year (I don't received World Cup set, and Davis Cup set), but hope that will help:

14-2010 "World Cup - FIFA":

Issued at Jun 23, 2011 - with one set of two value and m/s with so big face value that didn't match any postal rate at the time (even now, no postal rate for 177 dinar). Just recently one info come from Serbia, that this m/s existed in all post branches, but is prohibited to sell because dispute with FIFA. Any way - to obtain it (and it is possible) You will need to buy it on eBay or from some very trusted dealers. As I know - prices are around 5.00 euro for mint m/s and same for set of 2. If You will find it on PU cover - it will be really rare.

15-2010 "Icons - Joint Issue with Russia":

Shortly, beautiful issue - masterpiece of Icons and Religious topic - come to the market on Jun 28, 2010. Joint with Russia, so nice, that many asked to have it. Face value is not so big, but if You will need also Russian - prepare some more to invest. At market it is around 2.60 euro for set of 2, sheet of 8 will cost You nice money - but You will have nice item.

16-2010 "Tour de Serbia":

Even that it is far away from range of "Tour de France", this event was enough important to Serbia, and they made one nice stamp to celebrate it. Issued on Jul 1, 2010 - one, single stamp, face value of 50.00 dinar. Coincidence? 50.00 dinar for event "50th bicycle tour"!!!! No matter - nice design and nice issue, that is worth on market around 1.30 euro.

17-2010 "Gucha - Trumpet gathering":

Issue come on Aug 13, 2010, single stamp, I don't see reason why to made it! probably it is some kind of tourist propaganda - nothing more than that. Single stamp of 44 dinar face value, which mean 1.17 euro on market for this single stamp. Only if You collect music instrument on stamp - You will need it.

18-2010 "Youth Olympic - Singapore":

Aug 14, 2010 - worth to have it? No! Design, importance, - nothing that is! Just topic and it is all! face value go up to 51.00 dinar - on market is around 1.36 euro, mostly available on market, even sheet of 8 is not something that will catch Your eye!

19-2010 "Mother Theresa":

Out from print on Aug 26, 2010 - this single stamp have nice topic, and also important to remind people about modest life, good human, help for poor! No need to explain who she was, but I think, that she deserve better designed image on stamp! Single stamp, valued 50.00 dinar, but market (because of popularity) value it on 1.33 euro per single stamp.

Postage Due 3-2010:

Like usually, small amount of 10.00 dinar face value - one go for Holly Sava Church, and second is for unknown purpose - probably for "Children" (stamp design), but if You will try to obtain it from market - prepare 0.26 euro for any single stamp, prices is not small for it - because almost no one will have it to offer!!!!

With this - we finished 2010 year issue - on this blog You will not see (yet) Davis Cup issue and FIFA issue, which will be added at the moment when I will have it.