Tuesday, December 29, 2015

End of 2015 year:

In the end, I have all last issues from Serbia 2015 year!

Little bit too many issues this year, caused by some "happy" event that happened for Serbian sport, as Woman Basketball Champ or Water Polo Champ that deserved to be "written in history" on postage stamps!

Which one deserve special mention?
I think that "British Heroines" deserve great attention, as it is part of commemorating WWI, and to remember this brave woman!

Topics from all issues go from WWI to History, Museums, Stamps on Stamps, sport, an so on!

So, I will be "short" this time with explanation, as there is visible all information on each FDC as date of issue, and topic, probably you will need to know that exchange rate at the moment are somewhere at 1 US$ - 110.00 Serbian dinar, just problem are high, as every post administration in our small world will rise postage rate as soon as January 2016, mean, to obtain any issue in the future will be very costly as final price will go up.

Here it is:

21-2015 "Children's Stamp":

What was need for this issue I really don't know, as Serbia have one like this under name "Children's Week", so now we have also "Children's Stamp", not something that I will admire, but, if income will go to common cause, than, let it be!

22-2015 "Joint Issue with Slovenia":

What to say? Nothing!
FDC are poorly design, new format of 8+ gutter, now they added also tabs on lower strip - again, just to make collectors unhappy!

23-2015 "Museum Exhibit":

Fine, but small format, so detail on stamp are too small and collectors will hardly understand it. There is some nice cause on stamps as 200 years of the Saint Peter and Paul art work, 275 of the Monastery Studenica and 275 years of Saint Demetrius Icon!

24-2015 "Water Polo Champions":

Good event, and some "strange" color used on design!

25-2015 "Woman Basketball Champions":

Same comment as previous, what happen with designer really don't know, but, nice topical!

26-2015 "Two Centuries of Tradition - Serbian Army":

To be fair, not every country have so long history and tradition as country and not to say as organized army, so postage stamp of this kind deserve to be made!

27-2015 "Gymnasium":

This time it is Gymnasium in city of Krusevac! 150 years, and Serbia have many of this kind!!!

28-2015 "British Heroines from WWI":

Yes, continuing with WWI celebration, and very hard time for Serbian people and country - so British nurses helped in great war, to heal Serbian soldiers and civilians, something that can not be forgotten!!!
Good job!!!
Just to mention which one are commemorated on postage stamp:
Flora Sandes (1876-1956),
Dr. Catherine Stewart McPhail (1887-1974),
Elsie Inglis (1864-1917),
Dr. Isabel Emslie Galloway Hutton (1887-1960),
Evelina Haverfield (1867-1920),
Dr. Elizabeth Ross (1878-1915).

29-2015 "Stamp Day":

As usually every day, and this time, there is almost three same stamp on one!!!

So, it is end of 2015 year, hope that next year of 2016, stamps of Serbia will keep quality and quantity "on level", than collectors can enjoy it.
All of shown are still available to purchase, some in little bit over face value, and for some You will need to pay little bit more or even much more! All depend from who You are purchasing, where I can just suggest, keep Your dealer, and made deals from one source, as all Postal Authority worldwide go up with prices per shipping goods, and it will be much worse in the future!

Same way, I wish to all of my clients just
Very Happy New Year of 2016
many good deals that happen and lot of year to come to be together with me.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

14-2015 and continue...

So, as we advance in year, here come news from Serbia Post, some very nice topical, as Light, Football, Children, WWI, Telecommunication....

14-2015 "Year of Light":

Really? Very strange "year of" but, if they made it.!
For this issue, I must to agree, that design is really great, as it mix little bit from mythology and modern art.
Issued on Aug. 26, 2015, set of two values, one stamp that show us light bulb, and second with goddess of light. Very nice work, so stamp will be really good fit for Your collection. Face value is also acceptable (1.00 $ US), but don't be naive and think that any dealer will give it less than 2-3.00 $US + postage, which will be very expensive in the end.

15-2015 "World Cup U-20":

Sept. 24, 2015: very nice achievement by young sportist from small Serbia! To be world champ in football is not small thing, so Serbian Post made one nice m/s to commemorate this event! face value are also very affordable, but in local standard - very high, as 184.00 dinar are not "easy" money.
Probably You will be able to obtain it from dealer for 3.50-4.50 US$ per one, if it will be available in exchange option are hard to predict, as Serbia have still low quantity printing! 
So, keep an eye on this issue!

16-2015 "Joy of Europe":

I still ask myself, why Serbian Post still keep going with this "legacy" issues, as it is not attractive and have no significance in any way. 
Yes, it is nice to say, that issue help to promote children and artwork of pupils, but, to put it on postage stamps are very problematic matter.
Oct. 2, 2015, single stamp in question, face value near 1.00 US$ per single, premium for small sheet of 8+gutter.

17-2015 "Belgrade Defense": 

Oct. 6, 2015: I hear somewhere, that Serbia was under pressure from "above", to stop and cancel issue that will celebrated WWI, as reason not to anger Bosnia Muslim population.
So to avoid any political with Austria, Hungary and others, Serbia Post decided to make this issue under name of 100 yr of Great Defense of Belgrade in the WWI. Who decided this name I really don't know, but we see it here, and face value receive really "degrading" value of 23.00 Dinar (less than $). If You collect Military, WWI, this stamp will come well in collection!

18-2015 "Telecommunication - Pupin":

Oct. 9, 2015: One of great scientist that Serbia give! Pupin, with his patent in telecommunication!!!
Pupin deserve to be on postage stamp, as he is very important in building modern telecommunication!
In design we see portrait of same person, and on FDC and gutter, we see his patent drawing. Design can be awarded some prizes!

19-2015 "Christmas":

Nice, nice, nice.... design is same like all this year back, and FDC even lot of better - Oct. 15, 2015.
Set of 2 value, that cost near 2.00 US$ will satisfy Your need in "Religion" topic. Buy it as You find it offered!

20-2015 "OSCE":

Oct. 20, 2015: To be fair, I think that this issue are very unnecessary as this organization (OSCE) lost own credibility and values over destruction of Yugoslavia. Middle range face value and no need on Philatelic  market, but people are still collecting it!

3-2015 "Postage Due":

As I don't know exactly on which day it was issued, will just mention that here is talking about "Children Week", water polo sport, and one nation leader Milosh Obrenovich, as usually, You will need 1.00 $US per single.

Saturday, August 01, 2015

11-2015 and up

...after period of silence, for trip in Yugoslavia (Serbia/Voivodina), coming back with few new issue of Serbia:

11-2015 "Radio Show - Good Morning Children":

Nice attempt by Serbian Post, but I can say little bit naive.
It is nice to celebrate 60 years of this radio show, and it is really good way to educate young population (not to talk about result), but design is really "naive", feeling that I have.
Portraits of radio host, birds singing on middle, so...

Issue come on market at June 1, 2015, as it is low face value, You will be able to obtain it on "exchange" base with collectors in Serbia, but to purchase it, prepare around 0.40-0.50 US$ per one sample.

12-2015 "Post of Serbia 175 year":

This is much better designed than previous, with great 175 years in existence of Post in Serbia, so issue are important for history, and education, and celebration!
Set of two value, showing us one stamp with history, and one stamp with modern period, design that can be included in few "Topical" collection as "stamp on Stamp", "Horses", "Buildings"...

Issued on June 5, 2015, in modern quantity, with acceptable face value, but if You wish to have it in sheet of 8+gutter, or also FDC be ready to pay premium.

13-2015 "Art":

Really "Art"? I don't think so, but, not in my power to decide or influence!
Celebrating two artist, with showing us one work of each, but it is far away of topic "Art".
Issued on June 10, 2015, two set value, under $ face value, who like it, will be happy with face value.

2-2015 Postage Due:

As usually, one small dimension stamp, to collect extra money for Sv. Sava Church, which is in process of building for almost 120 years, and still in. I was there before few weeks, this monument will need next 120 years to finish, and yeah, lot of money!
You will probably find this stamp easy in Serbia, with collectors that exchange stamp.

Friday, June 19, 2015

5-2015 continuing:

5-2015 EUROPA:

Must to mention, that quality pf printing improve greatly as printing company shifted from FORUM to ZIM. It is more "eye catching" and more higher resolution, so we see it on quality of stamp!

So, 5-2015 come as many country go with "Old Toys" name,  Serbia is showing us nice design, but (my opinion) little bit "naive" - nothing terrible, as we know that this topic is not so "wide" in range.
Issue come to market on April 16, 2015, in set of two stamp, face value around 1.50 $ per set, but keep an eye on FDC, as it can reach on market more than 6.50 $.

6-2015 2nd Serbian Uprising:

Important history for Serbian people, as this uprising give whole Serbia new dimension in managing own country, still occupied by Turk, and for sure, deserve to be on postage stamp.
One sheet of two stamp, showing us some detail of happening alone, place where it happen, leader, coat of arms... design little bit too "dark" as probably to show us that this past, was not so "bright" in Serbian history, because of lot causalities. This two stamp have little bit high face value of 2.05 US$ and as printing quantity are low (30 000), this resulted in high price tag for FDC (near 8.00 $ that dealers ask), I will suggest to wait little bit with purchase.

7-2015 Science/Personalities:

Nice set, even that it show us personality of Serbian science, set of two stamp, one is showing us portrait of Jovan Cvijic (1865-1927),  Serbian Geographic Society, and others. Second stamp is for Dr Acim Medovic (Dr Joachim Medowic, Poland) (1815-1893), Medicine was his field! 
Issue come to market on May 8, 2015, as set of two in m/s, face value low 0.90 $, so sheet of 8 and gutter will be nice to have in collection.

8-2015 ITU (International Telecommunication Union):

This topic have an nice popularity, as I see also one article in Linn's Stamp News, so, 150 years of In't Telecommunication is not small things! Serbia made it with very good design, of one stamp, showing us symbol of ITU, 150, 1865-2015, and main point in design is AVALA Tower on hill near Belgrade!
Some politician will be not so happy to see this tower on postage stamps, as we know that in near past, this tower was bombed till didn't fall down, and it took some few days for "great machine" of biggest army in this world to destroy it! But, as almost every person, who have Yugoslavian root, all nationalities around, connected with Yugoslavia, donated money, and tower rises again, better, nicer, higher!
Suggest to all - grab it as chance arrive to have it! It is low face value 0.70 $ great design, sheet of 8+gutter are very affordable, so go after it!
Issue come out on May 15, 2015!

9-2015 Native Fruit of Serbia:

This is great, really great design! I saw some from other countries, this year, it is popular, but no one as this! here we have artist in work, giving us "feeling" that this fruit is here, in front of our eye!
Set of 4 stamp, gutter between two stamp, but You will need one printing sheet of 5 sets to have complete picture of gutter between two stamp, which is almost "must be" if You want to have complete collection. 
What is on each stamp: Plum - The Early Bird (Prunus Domestica L.), Pear - The Karaman (Pyrus communis L), Quince (Cydonia oblongaMill.), Apple - The Budim (Malus sylvestris L).
I will tell You, as I lived there - this is great fruit to taste in the world!
This set of four is very affordable, as face value reach 1.60 $, and FDC is one "classic" style!
Issue come out on may 27, 2015.

10-2015 Nature Protection:

So here come "problem" for collectors of topical! Why? Because designer and Serbian Post Company, decided to made one issue with few topic as: Nature, Train, Flora, Trees.... so, collectors will need quantity to be available, but as quantity printed by Serbian Post Company range around 
30 000, this issue will be missing in many collections!
Set of 2 stamps, face value that go to near 1.00 $ per set, but real/market value will increase to double as quantity will be short for all!
Sheet of 8+gutter, great in design, showing us animals around forest in Serbia.
Suggest to obtain it as fast as You can!
Issue come to market on May 20, 2015.

Thursday, April 09, 2015

2015 - Beginning of the year:

1-2015 Writer B. Copic:

2015 year start with single stamp, commemorate 100 yr of birth of very popular writer Branko Copic.
Design (as usually for "portrait on Serbian stamps") are, what to say, my opinion is, not something special.
Issue come on market on Jan 27, 2015, single stamp, and due some inflation in Serbia, face value are low, as 0.30 US$.  I think that You will be able to find it "on exchange" base from any collector in Serbia.

2-2015 Lunar Calendar:

This is little better issue than previous, as design in question. We have this topical in some years back, and all are well designed, as also FDC will give You much better picture about.
Must to mention, that You will need some extra money, for this issue, if You wish to keep in collection few option of it, because this is printed with one stamp that have engraver logo "under tail" ("G"), so, keep looking on cover, probability that You will have it are small, but chance exist!
Date: Feb 19, 2015, face value some near 1.00 $ per set of two, keep an eye on it!

Postage due 1-2015 "Hand-to-Hand":

As usually, one simple stamp, for donation to people "without roof" - hardly that collected money will have any impact on people in need, but, this is not our topic.
Date of issue not known, and face value are some 0.08 US$, but hardly that someone will sell it less than 1.00 $ per sample - probability that You will have more success in exchange base are great!

3-2015 Easter:

This is finally one significantly better made than previous years! Great design that reflect all tradition in Serbian Orthodox Church, I like it well, and really recommend to everyone who collect "Religion on Stamp", this is "must have" item!

Two stamps in set, with very affordable face value (less than 1.00 $), FDC cover that is well made, now, how much will dealer/s charge You is good question, but I'm sure that not big bucks need, because of low face value!

Issue go to market on Feb. 25, 2015 - have it soon as You can!

4-2015 Movie/Theater Directors:

One already known topic in Serbian Philately, that, I really don't admire - yes, it is important in every country culture, to celebrate important directors and authors, but to make it in set of 8, You degraded importance of topic alone! 
So, as any one like, this set of 8 have face value of "high" 1.50 to 1.60 US$, than if You decide to go after FDC (4 in set), You will need some 10.00 $ to prepare.
Issue come to market on march 26, 2015.