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14.07.2010 - First edition of MICHEL’s rarities catalogue has appeared
In May 2010, during the London exhibition, Michel’s Raritäten-Katalog / Rarities Catalogue was presented to the public. The catalogue, which is in German and English, is now available: about 1.200

In May 2010, during the London exhibition, Michel’s Raritäten-Katalog / Rarities Catalogue was presented to the public. The catalogue, which is in German and English, is now available: about 1.200 pages and 10.000 stamps with their images and current price quotes, starting from 200 Euros and from around the world. The international auction results of about 1.500 of these valuable stamps and letters are presented in word and with pictures. There are value tables for the vintage issues of many countries, starting of course with those from the 1840s. Unlike the Michel catalogues in German, this catalogue sorts the countries according to their English names.

The publisher, Schwaneberger of Unterschleissheim (Germany), treads new ground with this catalogue, although Scott and Stanley Gibbons have already published catalogues that list all all stamps issued between 1840 and 1940. This new catalogue however is intended for those philatelists that focus on more valuable, better and scarcer material. The real significance of this catalogue lies in the fact that mere data are coupled with the movements of the market, like auction results. It is most interesting and instructive to compare theory and practice!

If the catalogue gets a good reception – a number of well-known auction houses has supported this work by placing advertisements – further editions will appear. Improvements can be implemented then, like the presentation of all material in full colour. Whether the target group for this catalogue as described by the publisher (‘Curious, beginning and interested collectors in general, investors, dealers, teachers on all subjects’) is truly defined has to be seen, but this will be soon visible when the first sale results come in. The catalogue costs 49.80 Euros.