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Michel's new North America catalogue about to appear

The latest version of MICHEL’s North America Catalogue (edition 2018, ‘Übersee-Katalog 1.1’) includes some of the most popular collecting areas in the ‘Outside Europe’ sector, like the United States of America and Canada. But there are also countries to be found that are closely related to Europe, like Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, a part of France with a special political status.
Throughout the catalogue you will find clear tracks of the careful editorial revision that this part of the ‘Übersee’-volumes has underwent. The focus of the editorial staff has been on the processing and updating of price quotations, especially those of the USA. Practically everywhere lively price movements can be found. It has also been possible to replace a number of black-and-white pictures with coloured ones, especially seen where it concerns the United States of America, where now all issues from 1947 on are shown in colour.
MICHEL-Nordamerika 2018 (ÜK 1.1); 42nd edition, format 15.5 x 23 cm, 704 pages, more than 7,000 pictures (mostly in colour) and about 35,000 price quotations, bound in hardcover with reading ribbon. Selling price: 89 euros. Available from 22 June 2018 in specialist book shops, stamp shops and on the Internet (

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New publication of Richard Schäfer presented during NABA

(wm) At the recently held NABA exhibition the long awaited book of Richard Schäfer was finally presented. The presentation was done by Walter Brühlmann, professional philatelist of the auction house Corinphila, who accompanied the book project during two years. Schäfer’s new book bears a long title: „Schweizer Bundesmarken. Durheim Ausgaben. 1. Oktober 1850 bis 30. September 1854. Frankaturen – Seltenheiten”. Schäfer is a well-known and respected philatelist, thanks to the eight extensive publications that he already published. His ninth book counts 345 pages with not only elaborate texts, but also with countless tables, quotations, rarity proofs and other illustrations.
Thanks to the clear structure of the book, the information can be clearly surveyed, for the benefit of the reader. The opulent design of the book (hardcover with dust jacket, title in gold lettering and a spine showing an embossed text) leaves nothing to be desired. The circulation of the book is very small: only 250 copies. It will therefore turn out to be a ‘must have’ publication. Proof of the fact that the collectors that visited the book presentation were already convinced of its value was delivered afterwards: the small amount of books that were available was barely enough. Almost everyone used the opportunity to have their copy signed by the author.

Walter Brühlmann (Corinphila) presented Richard Schäfer and his new work. Photo: Wolfgang Maassen

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Successful financial year for Liechtenstein Post AG

(lpag) ‘Liechtensteinische Post AG’, the postal administration of Liechtenstein, has been able to present once again – after several difficult years – a successful financial result. Despite a decline in sales of 1.3%, various efficiency measures have resulted in a positive outcome of 2.23 million Swiss Francs. Risks that have burdened the company in the past years have now been eliminated. Other risks are essentially reduced to future changes in the postal environment.
Despite the good business results, the fundamental challenges remain unchanged. The areas of universal service are facing major challenges. The decline in sales in the strategically important mail business continued in the past year. Although this decline was partly offset by optimizing logistics and the almost unchanged turnover in philately, the situation remains difficult. The strong pressure on the market prices will not lead to any relief, even if the increasing gains in the parcel section are taken in account. Therefore, a further drop in sales is expected for the coming years. This development will have a negative impact on the future result.

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German Christmas Tree Ball Stamp: rarer than the Blue Mauritius?

(Wiesbaden) Due to a two spelling mistakes, the original German "Christmas Tree Balls" stamp was withdrawn by the German post in November 2016; at that moment it seemed that no copies of the faulty stamp had been for sale. A corrected version of the stamp was issued, but then some of the stamps with the spelling errors surfaced: among others a complete mint never hinged sheet containing ten stamps, a pair of the stamp and a sheet containing nine Christmas trees. The stamps were produced on foils that were printed at the backside. So why is the stamp that will be auctioned by Heinrich Köhler in Wiesbaden (Germany) during the 366th Köhler auction on 23 March 2018 (lot no. 2478) so special or even unique? The answer is: because this stamp was produced as one of the very few on plain white carrier film. This type of production is normally reserved for individual (‘loose’) self-adhesive stamps. Or - as in this case - as a sample for a very small number of preferred recipients. Due to the fact that the mistakes in the stamp design were also present on the distributed sample stamps (‘Muster’), all these stamps were recalled too. All sample stamps were returned – apparently with the exception of one – to the German Post.
According to the certificate of the renowned German stamp expert Hans-Dieter Schlegel, it concerns the only known misprint of the ‘Christmas Tree Balls’-stamp that shows a backing foil that has been left completely blank, i.e. without any printed text or illustration on it. On the front of the stamp the vague remnants of the word ‘MUSTER’ are visible.
Many philatelists and stamp collectors will be curious what will happen on 23 March, when this unique stamp will be auctioned. Will it surpass the record price that the famous ‘Audrey Hepburn’ stamp yielded a few years ago? Then, the hammer fell at 150.000 euros.

NEW: Post & Geschichte Magazin, Nr. 16 (December 2017)

(wm) Especially among journalists writing about specialised topics from Switzerland and Liechtenstein, the magazine ‘Post & Geschichte Magazin’ (‘Post and History Magazine’) has a good reputation. It is perfectly made and designed publication and its Editor, Christian Geissmann, always succeeds tot find new, interesting and varied topics to write about. It proves that even a small country can leave a big mark on postal history – which is the case with ‘Post & Geschichte Magazine’).
The main topics of the latest issue of the magazine (December 2018) have the following titles: "The autumn manoeuvers of the III. Army Corps from 3 to 19 September 1900"; "The censorship of Swiss Post in South Africa during the Second World War" and “The launching of the Focke Wulf FW 200 Condor Friesland on 29.11.1944 and the adventurous journey of a postcard from Switzerland to Algeria". Remarkable are not only the presented documents, but also the numerous contemporary historical photos, which Geissmann cleverly fits into the articles written by him. The 48-page brochure in DIN A5 format costs 18 Sfr. and is available from Post und Geschichte GmbH, Postfach 56, CH-5612 Villmergen/Switzerland. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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