Friday, March 01, 2013

Serbia - start 2013

1-2013 "Lunar Horoscope - Year of the Snake":

Serbian Post start 2013 year with good starting pole. Let's hope that they will continue and surprise us with more than this first nice issue! I go around web, and can not say that many countries made such nice design, just what is missing, is m/s or if not, at least, one printing sheet of 10, instead it come out in "simple" two stamp set, with face value of 68.00 dinar (less than 1.00 $), but because of "hot topic" around, be prepared to pay much more than that - somewhere between 1.60-1.80 US$ per set of 2 stamp.

Very nice design, "Snake" and "Horoscope", made by (again) Boban Savic M.A. who deserve congratulation from public!

I like it well, and suggest to all - "Must Have It"!

On market from Feb. 8, 2013.

Serbia 2012 - till end of year:

15-2012 "Literature - Authors":

Issued on Sept. 3, 2012. Set of 3 stamp, with: Vojislav Ilic (1862-1894), Janko Veselinovic (1862-1905) and Vuk Stefanovic Karadzic (1787-1864). Three "pillar" of Serbian literature that really deserve to be celebrated on postage stamp!

If we are looking on design alone, it can not be classified like "great", better say it is just "ordinary" design, with portrait of all three persons, and in background of stamp is home of each, where they are born (except one, probably no archive picture of his home). 

Face value of this issue are not so "small" (by local standard), it is over one US$ per set, but because still "small" printing quantity that Serbian Post made, it can rise on market to 2.50-3.00 US$ per set, on market.

16-2012 "Museum Exhibit":

Come out on Sept. 27, 2012. One set of two stamp, with, I can say, average design. One stamp are "simple" design (bronze statue), but second stamp with "saber" are much better shown.
Face value again around 1.00 $ - will be available on market - You don't need to worry, probably someone will have it on exchange base, and not more than 1.50-2.00 US$ on market!

17-2012 "Joy of Europe":

Every single year, one issue with this topic/name. But, I have an wish to scream! ENOUGH! Or continue, but take some another, better design! I understand that it need to be some kind of  "award" to the children, or some kind of "kick" or "mood" to give young people in Serbia, but it can be done with other, much better designed issues!
Out on market on Oct. 10, 2012. Single stamp, with 46.00 dinar face value (around half $), for sure You can have it somewhere on exchange base, and on market slightly over face value (1.00 $).

18-2012 "Battle of Kumanovo":

One very important battle in Serbian history, where Serbian Army victory over Ottoman Army give one "New World Order" (like some people used to say). Set of two stamp, Oct. 24, 2012, portrait of four great persons in Serbia: gen. Radomir Putnik, Stepa Stepanovic, colonel Zivojin Misic, regent Aleksandar Karadjordjevic
Stamp of 22.00 din, are well made, and second stamp with painting of Paja Jovanovic - Osveta Kosova (1913), are less attractive, because it is reproduction of original painting, too many detail on one small stamp! 
Face value of 76.00 dinar, will give You very affordable price to obtain set, that can be selected to few topic in stamp collecting.
Market value? Not more than 1.85-1.90 US$ per set.

19-2012 "Stamp day":

To shout? Not bad at all - but not for stamp design alone, but for FDC and CM - it is made perfectly!
One single stamp in this issue, with "building, stamp on stamp, architecture" topic, and on FDC and CM - great issue of first m/s  of  Yugoslavia!!!! 
face value really-really low, just 22.00 dinar (0.25 $), but because popularity, hardly that You will have it less than 0.55 US$ per stamp.

20-2012 "Christmas":

Again one disappointment with this design. "Dark", small element, I don't know, not something that will "catch" Your eye. But - probably other people will like it.
Two stamp in set, 68.00 din face value (0.88 US$), affordable for sure. 
On both stamps are icons from iconography/master Dimitrije Bacevic.
because of topic, probably You will need to pay slightly more than face value, but not more than 1.63 US$ per set of two. Come to the market on Nov. 1, 2012.

21-2012 "Common Issue":

I don't have precise date of issue of this 3 stamp, but it is just "common" design, with three stamp in set,  face value are very low, 10.00, 11.00 and 50.00 dinar at all - which give You less that 1.00 $ for it. Nothing to "run after", there is "digital TV", "for displaced people" and "museum items" there, but because small dimension of stamp, it give feeling of "not important" status.
You will find it easy in exchange corner with someone, and on market will be plenty available under 1.50 $.

22-2012 "Airplane - Serbian Air Force":

Finally one eye catching issue! Great in all aspect! Come on market on Dec. 24, 2012, set of 6 values, high face value of 231.00 dinar per set! (near 3.00 $), but worth to have it!
See just "art work" of Boban Savic M. A. - it give You "wish" to grab this issue at the spot!
Issued in booklet form, but sold in separate from booklet cover, which make You cry!
There is picture of balloon "Serbia", airplane "Ikarus S-49", "Fizir FN", "Soko-Jastreb", "Rogozharski IK-3", "Lasta 95". 
For sure, You will like it, and try to obtain it as soon as possible, because prices can just go up, I think till 8.50-11.00 US$ per booklet (cover included).