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Calstamp

04 Apr 2022
09:12:17am

Looking to move beyond Scott. Interest is stamps not postal history. Seeking SOR member feedback re catalogue purchase.

Based on internet research, have seen reference to three specialty catalogues: Hellas, Hermes, and Vlatos.

Understand the Hellas catalogue consists of (at least) three volumes. With Vol 1 covering 1861 - 1969.

While pricing/valuation is not a key concern appears the Hellas catalogue offers the most recent version/update.

Other than cursory mention, have not found details re Hermes catalogue.

Priority: Bilingual content (English). Preference: Color illustrations.

Thanks in advance.


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04 Apr 2022
09:18:26am

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I have an older Vlastos catalogue, it comes in two parts, is bilingual (at least for the basic information) and full colour. It is incredibly detailed when it comes to older Greece and BOB material.

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04 Apr 2022
09:23:03am

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Calstamp

04 Apr 2022
09:46:34am
re: Greece: catalogue recommendation


Thank you, Jansimon.

As always your response is very helpful and appreciated.

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04 Apr 2022
10:06:27am
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I have the Hellas catalogue set. Highly recommended

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Calstamp

04 Apr 2022
11:31:27am
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Dave Sheridan, thank you.

Did you also review other Greece catalogues before purchasing the Hellas catalogue? And if so, what was the deciding factor re the Hellas catalogue?

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nigelc
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04 Apr 2022
12:09:39pm
re: Greece: catalogue recommendation

My Greek catalogues are rather out of date but I use:

- Hellas (published by Karamitsos) - 2 vols. - 2008, I also have a 1 volume Hellas coins catalogue and the 2004 Pocket Hellas stamp catalogue.

- Vlastos - 2005 - 3 vols. 2005 and the 2005 Vlastos Smart small format catalogue of the Hellenic Territories.

- Hermes - 2002 - 1 volume.

plus other more specialised catalogues and handbooks.

I tend to use Hellas most. I've had several editions and they all been very reasonably priced. The two volume 2008 edition was twenty euros.

I find it helpful to have the different catalogues as they have different strengths and to some extent list different stamps and varieties, postmarks etc.

Vlastos lists more of the local and bogus issues.

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Calstamp

04 Apr 2022
02:49:27pm
re: Greece: catalogue recommendation


Thanks, Nigel. The info you shared is very helpful.

Agree re likely benefit of owing multiple country catalogues, given the respective strength/focus of each.

Given you own the one-volume Hermes catalogue, what do you consider to be its primary strength or focus? (Am asking because this is the candidate for which I have found the least background.)

Thanks again.

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05 Apr 2022
01:16:55am
re: Greece: catalogue recommendation

Jim: Wespex 2022 is around the corner and they usually offer for sale quite a few of their older catalogs and miscellaneous litterature, from various libraries and donated collections. If you want me to glance through what Greece catalog they may have, and see if I can pick something for you, message me.
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Calstamp

01 May 2022
01:56:45pm
re: Greece: catalogue recommendation


Subsequent to my posting of early April, purchased the two-volume Hellas catalogue (official title: "Stamp Catalogue and Postal History") via Subway Stamps. A real bargain at 6 USD plus shipping.

The Subway closeout is for the 2003 edition, which I believe was the initial edition for this two-volume set. Its a softcover, and lists Michael Tsipidis as the Editor-in-Chief. A. Karamitso is cited as the publisher.

The catalogue is printed on coated paper and features bilingual (parallel) content. Illustrations are at 100 percent for stamps of Greece up to the 1900/1901 overprints, and 75 percent thereafter.

Vol 1 (446 pages) includes releases through Oct 2002. Of particular interest to me is the narrative and listings re the Large Hermes, Small Hermes, 1901 "Flying Mercury" series (including hints re spotting differences btwn Type I and Type II), and the 1911 "Engraved" and 1912 "Lithographic" issues.

The section re the large Hermes Heads and Small Hermes Heads includes matrices linking the various catalogue numbers (Helles, Vlastos, Hermes, Michel, Yvert, and Scott). Also include therein is "earliest known date of use".

Volume II (332 pages) covers the stamps of the New Territories and Cancellations.

The Hellas catalogue set is attractive in its presentation and authoritative in its content. A great addition to the philatelic reference library.

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Calstamp

04 Apr 2022
09:12:17am


Looking to move beyond Scott. Interest is stamps not postal history. Seeking SOR member feedback re catalogue purchase.

Based on internet research, have seen reference to three specialty catalogues: Hellas, Hermes, and Vlatos.

Understand the Hellas catalogue consists of (at least) three volumes. With Vol 1 covering 1861 - 1969.

While pricing/valuation is not a key concern appears the Hellas catalogue offers the most recent version/update.

Other than cursory mention, have not found details re Hermes catalogue.

Priority: Bilingual content (English). Preference: Color illustrations.

Thanks in advance.


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Jansimon

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04 Apr 2022
09:18:26am

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re: Greece: catalogue recommendation

I have an older Vlastos catalogue, it comes in two parts, is bilingual (at least for the basic information) and full colour. It is incredibly detailed when it comes to older Greece and BOB material.

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04 Apr 2022
09:23:03am

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Calstamp

04 Apr 2022
09:46:34am

re: Greece: catalogue recommendation


Thank you, Jansimon.

As always your response is very helpful and appreciated.

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DaveSheridan

04 Apr 2022
10:06:27am

re: Greece: catalogue recommendation

I have the Hellas catalogue set. Highly recommended

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Calstamp

04 Apr 2022
11:31:27am

re: Greece: catalogue recommendation


Dave Sheridan, thank you.

Did you also review other Greece catalogues before purchasing the Hellas catalogue? And if so, what was the deciding factor re the Hellas catalogue?

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nigelc

04 Apr 2022
12:09:39pm

re: Greece: catalogue recommendation

My Greek catalogues are rather out of date but I use:

- Hellas (published by Karamitsos) - 2 vols. - 2008, I also have a 1 volume Hellas coins catalogue and the 2004 Pocket Hellas stamp catalogue.

- Vlastos - 2005 - 3 vols. 2005 and the 2005 Vlastos Smart small format catalogue of the Hellenic Territories.

- Hermes - 2002 - 1 volume.

plus other more specialised catalogues and handbooks.

I tend to use Hellas most. I've had several editions and they all been very reasonably priced. The two volume 2008 edition was twenty euros.

I find it helpful to have the different catalogues as they have different strengths and to some extent list different stamps and varieties, postmarks etc.

Vlastos lists more of the local and bogus issues.

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Calstamp

04 Apr 2022
02:49:27pm

re: Greece: catalogue recommendation


Thanks, Nigel. The info you shared is very helpful.

Agree re likely benefit of owing multiple country catalogues, given the respective strength/focus of each.

Given you own the one-volume Hermes catalogue, what do you consider to be its primary strength or focus? (Am asking because this is the candidate for which I have found the least background.)

Thanks again.

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rrraphy

Retired Consultant
05 Apr 2022
01:16:55am

re: Greece: catalogue recommendation

Jim: Wespex 2022 is around the corner and they usually offer for sale quite a few of their older catalogs and miscellaneous litterature, from various libraries and donated collections. If you want me to glance through what Greece catalog they may have, and see if I can pick something for you, message me.
rrr...

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"E. Rutherford: All science is either physics or stamp collecting."
Calstamp

01 May 2022
01:56:45pm

re: Greece: catalogue recommendation


Subsequent to my posting of early April, purchased the two-volume Hellas catalogue (official title: "Stamp Catalogue and Postal History") via Subway Stamps. A real bargain at 6 USD plus shipping.

The Subway closeout is for the 2003 edition, which I believe was the initial edition for this two-volume set. Its a softcover, and lists Michael Tsipidis as the Editor-in-Chief. A. Karamitso is cited as the publisher.

The catalogue is printed on coated paper and features bilingual (parallel) content. Illustrations are at 100 percent for stamps of Greece up to the 1900/1901 overprints, and 75 percent thereafter.

Vol 1 (446 pages) includes releases through Oct 2002. Of particular interest to me is the narrative and listings re the Large Hermes, Small Hermes, 1901 "Flying Mercury" series (including hints re spotting differences btwn Type I and Type II), and the 1911 "Engraved" and 1912 "Lithographic" issues.

The section re the large Hermes Heads and Small Hermes Heads includes matrices linking the various catalogue numbers (Helles, Vlastos, Hermes, Michel, Yvert, and Scott). Also include therein is "earliest known date of use".

Volume II (332 pages) covers the stamps of the New Territories and Cancellations.

The Hellas catalogue set is attractive in its presentation and authoritative in its content. A great addition to the philatelic reference library.

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