Saturday, June 15, 2019

2019 year: Start with:

1-2019 "Year of The Pig":

It is now, an "standard" design for this topic, "New Year" (China), which come, again, in two stamps in set. 
Date of issue are Feb. 5, 2019, with Pig as one of 12 symbols from China Lunar Calendar.
Not lot to say about design alone, as it don't have too much space to explore, but, in the end, it is one nice design with popular topic.
face value are still in low range, and set can be obtained as low as under 2.00 $ price range.





2-2019 "Easter":

This one issue, come with standard set of two, and back to "oval shape" design (that remind us to egg). 
design is very good, with reproduction of  two frescoes from Studenica Monastery. 
Face value is again under 2.00 $, but if You need FDC, that need to prepare little bit more!
Issued on Feb. 21, 2019.




3-2019 "150 years of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi":

Single stamp issue, Feb. 28, 2019, good design, but design of FDC say much more about this great person!
Small sheet composition of 8 stamps with gutter on middle, with symbol on gutter of "charkha", well know symbol of passive resistance.
Single stamp value are 1.41 $, but here You will have another option with gutter attached, and whole sheet of 8 stamps, which will increase value of the same.




4-2019 "Flora - Mushrooms":

Yes, good one issue, for sure, less good than "mushroom" issues we know from post-WWII period, but still good one. 
March 3, 2019, four stamps in set, sheet composition of 4 sets, and this time no gutter involved.
Official name is "Flora - Fungi", but I like to call it mushroom just.
On design, we see: Psilocybe serbica, Tuber petrophilum, Coprinopsis picacea and Octospora pannosa.

Now, as it is very popular topic, and set have four stamps in it, probability that You will need around 3.00 to 4.00 $ in cash to obtain this set. 




5-2019 "50 years of Radio Belgrade":

Not too much to talk, and design in such way, that this issue will be forgotten very quickly.
Single stamp, under 0.50 $ market value, come to the market on March 12, 2019.



6-2019 "100 years of the Assoc. of Drama Artist of Serbia":

Next one issue that will go un-noticed, and again with design that is something between "home work" and "must to made". Here we have luck, because FDC is much better designed.
Single stamp, less than half $ value, and probably available on market!
March 27, 2019.



7-2019 "Doyens of Serbian Acting":

March 27, 2019, 8 stamps in set, very popular actors shown, standard design that we know from past.
Not too much to talk about, except that it is under 5.00 $ market value.




8-2019 "Cities of Serbia":

Oh, I like this design!
Even that design is not so "spectacular", I still like it!
April 11, 2019, two stamps in set, Zrenjanin and Pancevo shown.
FDC and CM available, and 2.50 $ of market value worth.




9-2019 "Fauna - Protected Animals":

Four stamp in set, that come to the market on April 18, 2019, will give very nice addition to Your collection. 
Design very similar to previous issues, with Rupicapra rupicapra balcanica, Ursus arctos, Plecotus marcobullaris, Mustela eversmanii shown here.
FDC have one very nice design and sheet composition of 5 sets with gutter on middle. Gutter again is one "picture" which will just increase market value!
market value, at the moment stay with 3.56 $ per set, but whole sheet of five can go up to 23.00 $.







Saturday, March 30, 2019

2018 - End of the Year:

So, here it is last issues from 2018 year.
Little bit too late, but it is our life when Post around World come to halt (almost), for reason of our "modern" life and profit-for-any-price management.

What I can say about Serbia issues of 2018 year?
One for sure, negative side is that they made 30 issues (commemorative), and 4 or 5 from common issues. For small country as Serbia is today (8+M citizens), it is not something that need to be. Today, most of post offices around country (and worldwide) use this "stickers" or labels for postage pay, not postage stamps at all, so what was reason to make 30 issues? Yeah, to make money for sure, but also, as I see, to celebrate and remember history of Serbia and peoples living there.

This 2018 year, make few anniversary for Serbia, just to mention this great WWI, where Serbia lost many soldiers and civilians during war, we know for sure, that they lost most of all sides fighting this great war. So, naturally, Serbia issued few stamps celebrating this sad part of history.

So, let it go:

23-2018 "Synagogue in Serbia":



Issued on Oct. 19, 2018. Set of three (3) values, showing us great architecture of this time. We have here Synagogue in Belgrade, Novi Sad and Subotica, which are most known in this part of Balkan. All have very big history and are well preserved.
Issued in sheet of 9 stamp, this time without gutter on middle of sheet. Face value are minimal, somewhere around 0.50 US$, but as it is in small sheet, this issue will have over face value price tag.

24-2018 "Liberation of Serbia in WWI":



Date Nov. 1, 2018, with six stamp in set, and I can say, done in well made design, probably best in 2018 year. Title of issue is Liberation of Serbia by Joint French-Serbian Army, so I can say, that politics interfere little bit in this issue, as we know well that France actually fight together with Serbian Army, but after WWI, same France asked Serbia to PAY all help they give to Serbia and Serbian people.
This set is made in booklet format only, so You will need some 5.00 to 6.00 US$ to have it.

25-2018 "100 yr of End of WWI":



here we have another issue commemorating WWI, and this time, it is for Doctors that served in WWI on the Serbian Army. Again set of 6 values, and again in booklet format.
Date of issue Nov. 11, 2018.

26-2018 "100 yr of Accession of Voivodina to the Kingdom of Serbia":



Yes, it is important, yes it is history, but why they didn't made better design?
It is "bleak", it is some kind of poorly made design.
Issued on Nov. 23, 2018, in small sheet, with high face value of almost full one US$, that is really high for standard in Serbia.

27-2018 "150 year of Church of the Emperor":


To be fair, even I, who lived in Yugoslavia (Serbia, Voivodina), don't remember this Emperor, and his past!
Probably people that obey Religion, and learn little bit of history, know this Emperor, and probably it is issued just for reason to remember him this way to the future.
One stamp, low face value, with well made design.

28-2018 "In't Day of Persons with Disabilities":


Not many people know, that exist this day on the International level, isn't?
One stamp issued, low face value, design with one nice slogan: "J=DNAKI" (equal = )/
I like it, just because this slogan, but not because design of stamp.
Dec. 3, 2018.

29-2018 "SLAVA - Celebration of Family Saint Patron's Day":



Much better made than other, I can say!
Peoples that collect Icons and Fresque, will need it for sure, but best come from FDC design, where we can almost feel the Icon itself.
Two stamp, one with St. Stephen and another one of St. John, really nice design.
Issued on Dec. 4, 2018.
Keep an eye on this issue!

30-2018 "Family Album - WWI":



Important is just  this WWI title, but I think, it was unnecessary issue.
We have two or even three issues to remember this WWI, and next one, with family album pictures are more than need.
It is made in set of six values, with gutter between. I don't think many people will look after this issue. 

So, it is all for 2018, probably some items I didn't have here, as Serbia Post, deliver just "regular" issues to the subscribers, so, it will not be surprise, if we will find some another stamp issued in 2018 year with perforation varieties or something like that. We will follow situation and inform if something will discovered.

Saturday, February 09, 2019

2018 continue II:

13-2018 "World Champ Football":

As we know, this World Cup was held in Russia, despite many obstacles it was one real show of sport and organization was just perfect!
Serbia, made this postage stamp in "nice" way. I can say just "nice" because artist have some "new way" idea in making design. Composing Russian achievement in cosmos with football competition is little bit challenge, so, design come in just "nice" way!
Two stamps in set and one miniature sheet come to the market on June 14, 2018, with face value in very affordable scale. 5.13 US$ per set and m/s is really low as can be.





14-2018 "Children's Stamp" - Baby Zoo:

This issues come in every year, and this is one that will, probably, continue in the future, even that I don't like it, because here we have clear intention just to take some money, for product, that we really don't need. "Children's Stamp" in name, hardly that Serbia children will benefit from this!
On postage stamps, four in set, we can see "children's" of animal in Belgrade Zoo, wolf, goat, mare and swan. Set of four have lowest possible face value, and on market will be available around 1.70-1.90 US$. On market arrived on June 19, 2018.



15-2018 "Science":

What we have here, are portrait of scientist that are important for Serbia and world. Four stamps in set, set that is well designed in booklet format.
Persons on stamp are: Stevan Boskovic (1868-1957), Mihailo Petrovic Alas (1868-1943), Antal Koch (1843-1927) and Vladimir D. Laskarev (1868-1954).
Booklet come to the market on July 10, 2018, and on market, You will find it for around 4.76 US$.




16-2018 "Tourism":

really nice issue, tourism and nature shown from Kopaonik Nature Reserve, with typical Serbian house on it. Design well made and face value minimum, but market will ask for around half dollar per this single stamp. CM are worth to have.




17-2018 "Ljubichevo Game":

Again one "modern" design, for stamp that are here, just to remember this Ljubichevo region and game that are held there every year.
Nice for collectors of HORSE on stamp, but nothing more than that!
One stamp alone, minimal value, and hardly that it will reach some market value more than dollar per stamp.
On market at Aug. 31, 2018.


18-2018 "Monastery and Fresque":

This one issue are really art! very balanced design,color composition just perfect, and celebrating 600 years of Monastery Manasija! Yes, You see it correct, it is 600 (six hundreds) years back, when Serbian people made this monastery, today named Manasija, and also Resava Monastery. Endowment of Despot Stefan Lazarevic (Serbian ruler), the son of Duke Lazar and Duchess Milica, the knight of the Order of the Dragon. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Order_of_the_Dragon).
Issued on Sept. 14, 2018, single stamp that is worth to have.
Minimal face value for stamps, but on market will be somewhere on half dollar, and for FDC and CM You will need to prepare more than 6.00 US$.



19-2018 "Joint Issue Serbia-India":

Great 70 years pass in this contact between Serbia and India, and design go for two great scientist, I can say, mostly important scientist for human race! It is Nikola Tesla, and Swami Vivekananda.
Design just perfect, and printing sheet composition even better made.
On market come at Sept. 15, 2018, with affordable face value. How much it will cost on market I really don't know, but I'm sure, not less than 2.50 US$ per set of 2, and if You wish also sheetlet format with gutter on middle, You will need very high of some 35.00 US$ per sheetlet!


20-2018 "Joy of Europe":

For me, it is strange that Serbia continue with this topic, to celebrating Children's Week, with happening that give importance to our children and education.
So, shortly: single stamp, "middle" face value, no significance on Philatelic market.
Issued on Sept. 28, 2018.



21-2018 "Stamp Day":

I will suggest, to Serbian Post, to stop with this issues, and if to continue, to continue just once in 5 year period, because we see that all idea for design are gone. This time we see in design radiogram, and team that operate it (on FDC), but overall design are lost!
On market Oct. 2, 2018, minimal face value, hardly that will reach half dollar on market!


22-2018 "Christmas":

Here we have two stamps in set, as usually, design from religion, fresque from Sopocany Monastery, which come back to 13th century!
When I thinking little bit about this fact as 13th century monastery, or 600-700 years back, that SERBIAN people made, and build, I come to conclusion  that it is one very-very old CIVILIZATION in question, it is not some "new" Republics for "new" nationality (to mention, that "new" can be applied" for all less than 80 years existence) - civilization, that, from history, all west powers wanted to destroy. Ottomans, West, and sometime east just attack this very advanced CIVILIZATION, that left behind many "educated" countries.
Two stamp in set, Oct. 10, 2018, well made. Keep it in Your collection, it is worth this 2.36 US$ on market, for set!



Saturday, January 05, 2019

2018 continue:

8-2018 "Serbian Dictionary":

Here we come with one very important issue for Serbia and history worldwide, as it is talking of 200 years of Serbian dictionary. 
Lot of countries even don't have this life spam, and many even didn't exist before this time.
Can You count me how much countries have this 200 years in existence?
Not many - isn't?
And Serbia, as it is small today, and as all big power wish to see this small Serbia even smaller, have just dictionary made before 200 years.
Yes, it was made by great person - Vuk Stefamovic Karadzic.



Not something in "big" design, or some kind of masterpiece, but one very balanced design, with low face value  (0.22 US$) for single stamp, little bit more for FDC and this sheet of 9 stamps with gutter on middle.

9-2018 "EUROPA  - Bridges":

Very popular issue in all Europe, and this year it come with "Bridges" on topic. Serbia made choice and show us this two beautiful architectural work. It is two new projects, that was made after "big powers" total destruction of bridges around Serbia in last conflict. As Serbian know, and as they are still strong in mind, two bridges are built with great perfection and art!
One is named "Gazelle" (in Belgrade), and second is "Zezeljev" bridge in Novi Sad, combined road and railway bridge, which was originally build in 1961 and demolished by NATO bombing in 1999 (reason for demolition - ask in NATO).



Issued in two stamps in set, with little bit high face value of 1.60 US$ per set, but, You will need little bit more to pay from any supplier. Sheet of 8 and one gutter on middle.

10-2018 "Postal Museum":

One really nice set, showing us items from past, that was used in post offices. perfect design, perfect sheet composition, perfect color choice!
This Post Museum have great 95 year of existence, with all kind of items stored and preserved as time go on.
On this set of 4 stamps we see: postal carriage (made by Carrozzeria Italiana Cesare Sala, Milan, Italy), Inductive headset (Ericsson), Personal telephone of King Peter I Karadjordjevic and Inductive switchboard and Hughes Telegraph device.
On gutter between two stamps we have other items shown from post history.
One of really nice items to have in collection.



Four stamps in set, with 1.80 US$ face value, but "problematic" is this sheet composition, where You have five set (strip format), with five different gutters between two stamps, so if You will wish to have all option than You will need this sheet of five sets, which will cost You little bit more than You expected.

11-2018 "Art - Writers":

Personally, I don't like this design, even as it is talking about "Art" (we, simple people, when hear ART, we have picture of some painting, sculpture, murals.... for sure, not writers), showing us portrait of well know writers in Serbia and worldwide.
Here we have set of six stamp, which will inform us about:
Ivan Sergeyevich Tutgenev
Kosta Trifkovic
Maksim Gorky
Aleksa Santic
Milosh Crnjanski
and 
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn



As mentioned, six stamps in set, booklet format, higher face value of 2.80 US$, and two FDC.

12-2018 "European Nature Protection":

Every year this issue are coming to the market, which I really don't like, not because it don't have significance, but because this stamps are more better suited for "Tourism" section and not (as it don't have nothing in connection with actual protection of nature), in "European" frame.
Two stamps in set, showing us beauty of Serbian nature: Waterfalls of Sopotnica and Cerje cave.



From design and work of artist, hardly that You will feel real beauty of this two spot in Serbia, as it is made by artist in little bit "naive" way, but, probably, this stamps will made "click" in Your head, and will result in real sight by yourself.
Two stamps with "middle" face value of 1.70 US$ per set.