Tuesday, April 15, 2014

2014: Start nice!

Here we are again!

1-2014 "Opening of Negotiation":

I will call it more openly "Opening negotiation of capitulation"!
Funny, cynical, but probably correct. And more than that - I really don't understand what was need to made this stamp? Just to say to the public and citizen that finally EU "broke" any possible option to stay "neutral" on the Balkan?

Issued very quickly after New Year, Jan. 21, 2014, one single stamp, minimal face value of around 0.26 $ per stamp. Nothing important on design except that it is nice topic of "Flags on Postage Stamp".

2-2014 "Lunar New year":

At the time of Yugoslavia, this topic was not common to made, but as time come, many countries made it and Serbia didn't stay away - as I see, even they made it better than other countries around!

Date is Jan. 31, 2014, two stamps in set, face value of less than $ (0.77 $) that will make it very affordable to have in collection. Topic is also popular, because it is "Year of Horse" in China Lunar Calendar, also can be included in "Horoscope" topical.
I will suggest to have it in collection, because it is still available around market!

3-2014 "Winter Olympic":

Not perfect, but very nice made. As we know, it is organized in Sochi - Russia, and Winter Sport is also popular around globe. Figure Skating and High Jump - shown on postage stamp. Set of 2 stamp, will take from You less than $ in face value, but if You will ask for sheet of 8 + gutter on middle - be prepared to pay on market some 15.00 $ minimum. Personally - I like it, even FDC is better than set alone!
Issued on Feb. 7, 2014.

4-2014 "Art(ist)":

Say what You want, but I will mark it as worst design in last period! What it is? Free expression of designer? Probably! But I don't like it! Than, 3 stamp in set, face value of near 1.50 $, Shakespeare, Lermontov and local Nushic on postage stamp. As I have in stock, Bosnia (Serbian part) made this issue much-much better as for eye, same for soul!
FDC improved little bit overall feeling, but still not for my taste!

5-2014 "Easter":

Noooo, it is running away from past design, where it was made just of "Fresque" on stamp, now, Post decided to be more "close" to the Catholic way, and less Orthodox Russian or Greece, probably EU is pressing too hard?
Two stamp in set, less than 0.70 $ face value, too small picture for this original painting!
Because I sold all FDC from stock (it is still popular topic of "Religion on Postage Stamp") I can not tell exact day of issue.

Postage Due 1-2014 "For displaced & refugee":

As usually, it is very low face value, obligatory just one week on all post, face value of 0.11 $, with really humanitarian intention of "New Roof" - mean to collect income for building homes for refugee and displaced that live in Serbia. As we know, Serbia have more than 2 million refugee from Croatia, Bosnia, Kosovo and other part of Yugoslavia. No world organization care about this people, and this is just one really symbolic way to help this people.

Friday, April 04, 2014

12-2013 till end of year 2013

Finally, I have last shipment of FDC from Serbia 2013 year. Yes, too long and didn't have listed it here (end of 2013), it happen because Serbian Post again made some kind of "break" in producing and delivering FDC's from August till end of 2013. What happen? I really don't know, even my source in Belgrade didn't know what is really happening there, probably payment dispute to the printer, nothing strange if it is true.
As is - is, and here we go with:

12-2013 "Equestrian" Ljubicevo Games (Horses):

Given to the public on 30 Aug. 2013, set of 4 value, in sheet of 5 set and gutter between two stamp. Gutter on full sheet are different for each set, little bit difference of most till today made, where it was like complete picture.
Face value for full set is little bit over 1.00 US$! 1.04 $ actually, that is very affordable (if You will take account just face value) for "Sport", "Horses" topical collector, but - You must count that no dealer will sell it by face value, and yeah - postage cost will kill us!

13-2013 "Joy of Europe":

Issued on 2 Sep. 2013, set of 2 stamp. I still can not understand why they continue with this "topical", name "Joy of Europe", as we know, that it was very attractive festival in SFR of Yugoslavia time! Because all this "new independent countries" abandoned "motherland" of Yugoslavia, I really don't see reason to celebrate something that don't have any significance in today's "new world order". Yes, it is nice and good effort, but just at the time that our children have REALLY joy in own country!
Face value is little bit under 1.00 $ (0.80 US$) per set, and just "Bicycle" topical collectors will be happy to find it in collection. Nothing "great" to say about this issue!

14-2013 "Constitutional Court":

If not funny - it will be very sad! Which kind of celebration? 50 year of Constitutional Court?
What exactly if we know, that in Serbia, politician is changing constitution after every election (that happen frequently) and "constitution" start to be just like some kind of "shield" for every possible problems in Serbia!
This single stamp come to the public on 14 Oct. 2013, with "Coat of Arm", "Book of Constitution" and "Statue of Justice" on it!
Provocative in every aspect! 
Face value for this single stamp is 0.26 US$, very available around!

15-2013 "Stamp Day":

Really nice design! You have here shown all that represent one post activity! From map (on FDC) to hand cancel, envelope, leaf, seal... Really good work of artist!
Come to public on 25 Oct. 2013, single, again low face value of 0.26 US$ per stamp! If You need something "good" in Your collection, obtain this single stamp together with FDC - and You can go to exhibition!

16-2013 Christmas":

To be fair? Nothing "special" with this time! If not good FDC design, it will go unnoticed!
Two stamp in set, face value of 0.80 US$, probably just for "Religion" on stamp collectors!
Out on the market on 28 Oct. 2013.

17-2013 "Njegos":

Fine, it is very important person for Serbs. He was great poet, prince-bishop, and ruler of Montenegro!
So, deserve to be on postage stamp, it is 200 years of his birth, and Serbian is searching for self-boost in national "feeling". What Montenegrin say? Hmmmmm, better ask them - there are very different opinion for and against this "ruler"! I personally can say, that he was great!
Single stamp there, little bit more than usually face value - 0.54 US$, design is much better on CM than on stamp alone!

18-2013 "Science and Education":

This set can be named just "Education", because showing us 4 stamp in set, all of Gymnasiums in Serbia (Prijepolje, Novi Pazar, Mitrovica, Pancevo), with tradition of more than 175 year. Nice for one small country, under Turkish rule, that keep own education and didn't give up for foreign ruler education!
Set of 4 stamp, all in same face value, together give little bit over $, 1.04 US$ per set. If You collect "Architecture" or "Building" topical - it is for You!
Come to the public on 20 Nov. 2013.

19-2013 "King Aleksander I Karadjordjevic":

If Njegos, than also King Aleksander - isn't?
yeah, it is 125 year of birth, and many nationalist will be happy to see it on cover, but, I'm afraid, that also many will be using heavy cancel for this in post offices! Seriously, it is not bad design, showing us portrait of King, and his coat of arms/seal.
good topical in any case! As King deserve, it is also face value bigger than "ordinary" single issue - this one come up with 0.59 US$ face value, but be prepared to pay little bit more!

20-2013 "Joint issue with Algeria - Carpets":

2 Dec. 2013, not bad, not bad at all! Nice design showing us Serbian and Algerian carpet, that as I know are very valued, not like Persian carpet - but very near of it! This m/s is showing us motifs on carpet of this two countries, tools for producing same - one small "museum" on postage stamp!
Recommended to have it - if not for something else, for history alone!
There it is two stamp in it, 1.09 US$ face value, not expensive, affordable and good design - You need more than that in Your collection?

21-2013 "Military Industry":

28 Nov. 2014, long tradition in Serbia, good quality production till today. Here we celebrate 160 years of "Zastava" factory, that produce very fine weapons for military, private, sport use. design is also not bad, showing us cannon, factory.
On FDC even technical drawing of "Kokina pus'ka"! Go and take it! Face value are standard of 22 dinar - 0.26 US$. 

22-2013 "Stefan Nemanja - Icon":

If Njegos, if King, than we have also one Holy Stefan! 6 Dec. 2013, single stamp of face value 0.26 US$, fine tuned design that have significance - keep it in collection!

and in the end of year:

Postage due 3-2013:

As usually there is 10 dinar face value for each - mean 0.11 US$ per one, of this 4 last issued. For Serbian population it is not little - it is actually good money (if we see it in quantity printed).
here we have again one building of library, handball sport, Red Cross and family (this one with very nice slogan there - "Listen mam and dad - I want sister of brother"!