28.04.2017 - Specialized ‘MICHEL Deutschland’ (2 volumes) published

(wm) It’s the same every year, around the Easter time: this is the moment the latest edition of MICHEL’s most prestigious stamp catalogue will appear. We’re talking of course about the latest version of - what’s called in Germany - MICHEL’s ‘Deutschland-Spezial-Katalog (Band 1+2)‘. Those philatelists that have Germany as their main collecting area – certainly when they maintain specialised collections – are eager to have this impressive catalogue set on their desk as soon as possible. And that’s no wonder: the two hardbound volumes (respectively comprising 1.408 and 1.216 pages) offer everything a serious Germany collector could want. All in all the two catalogue volumes contain 14.000 illustrations in colour, along with no less than over 200.000 price quotations. It’s almost unbelievable.
The editors at Schwaneberger Verlag have been very busy. In Volume 1, this time, they have reworked the part that concerns the occupation issues of Germany during the second World War, and the same goes for the German Feldpost (Field post) issues. The result is that the amount of information has been doubled, when compared with the data that can be found in the previous version of this catalogue. Much work went into reworking the plate errors of the so-called Brustschild stamps (Breastplate issue), the postage stamps of Bohemia and Moravia, the plate errors that can be found on the stamps of the free city of Gdansk (Freie Stadt Danzig) and the issues of Memel area. With regard to Volume 2 we should mention the significant number of newly catalogued varieties and plate errors. Many Germany collectors have a soft spot for these issues.
The editorial staff of the MICHEL catalogues reports that users of the new catalogue will notice that there are "lively price movements" for issues that appeared before 1945. It concerns especially the issues of the classic German States, the German colonies, the Memel area and Sudetenland. Price movements are also to be found after the year 1945, especially with regard to the issues of the ‘Alliierten Kontrollrat‘ (Allied Control Council), Berlin and Brandenburg, the Soviet Occupation Zone, Saarland and early stamp booklets issued by the postal administrations of the German Federal Republic and Berlin.
We expect that the new edition of the ‘Bible for Germany Collectors’ will meet strong demand, even though the selling price (each volume costs 88 euros) could be felt as a hurdle. Look at it this way: if you manage to find in your Germany collection just two of the newly discovered plate errors, your expenses will have been more than compensated.