The first thing I noticed about the catalogs were the oversized loose binding along the spine -- made it look like a book cover that was put on too loosely! Then I realized why -- the cover has a flap that opens out and can be used as a bookmark! What a wonderful idea!!! Below is a pic of a bookmarked page.
Both front and back covers have flaps, so you can actually have 2 bookmarks!
There is a simplified listing for modern stamps. I’m not a big fan of the 1-/2-column combined layout, but I can see how it helps improve grouping of stamp sets. All face-different stamps are illustrated. Production information (designer, printer, print method, pane size, perforation, watermark…) are only provided for pre-1960 stamps.
Full Name: Hellas 2018 Stamp Catalogue and Postal History Volume 1 (1861-1969) Nickname: Hellas 2018v1 Year/Edition/Publication: 2018/9th/2017 Publisher: Karamitsos List Price: unknown, but vv1-3 available for €15 total from Karamitsos as of Dec2018 Binding: softcover, long cover flaps for bookmarking Pages: 362 Dimensions: 6 7/8” x 9 1/4" x 1/2"
Language: Greek, English Color: yes Coverage: stamps from 1861-1969, including airmail and charity stamps Level of Listing Detail: advanced Prices: € Level of Pricing Detail: advanced Advertising: minimal -- occasional small paid text advertisement at bottom (very very few, non-intrusive) -- non-philatelic advertisement, only on back cover
Included features not found in most catalogs: -- quantity issued -- all face-different stamps illustrated in color -- plate flaws illustrated -- overprint variations/error settings -- catalog number cross-reference (limited) -- extended cover flaps can serve as bookmarks
Expected information missing: -- production info/specs for stamps produced after 1960
Personal Rating (out of 5): Rating Comment: I give rating of 4 for excellent information/illustration detail, which often comes at high price. An unusually low catalog cost (i.e., exceptional value) bumps up the rating to 5!
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