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Which catalog?

ameis33 - 5/25/2009 at 15:16

This evening i was surfing a bit on ebay, and i've found at least four different catalogs about russian philately




Can someone make a small presentation of them, showing differences, features, particularities, etc.

Here other two books, i don't know how much related to philately or postal history, but nice...

Gary - 5/25/2009 at 17:11

Excellent questions!:!!

jlechtanski - 5/26/2009 at 21:04

If no one else is going to voice any comments here are my two cents worth.

The 1857-1995 catalog is an inexpensive black and white catalog that is not very detailed. Imperial issues are covered in 7 pages.

The Zagorsky 1857-1991 catalog is more detailed catalog in color. The real details are in the more specialized individual catalogs for 1845-1917, 1918-1923 and 1923-1940. The first two are in Russian and English.

The Soloviev 1857-1919 seems to just issued. At 54 pages it could be somewhat detailed.

The Liapin looks like a winner. I have the old black and white version and it was very detailed. The example pages on the eBay site are impressive.

GregMirsky - 5/27/2009 at 01:59

It really depends what you are looking for.

Liapin 2009 is the latest catalog with all sorts of stamp varieties, etc. It also has detailed catalogs of all related areas, Civil War, etc. At the same time - it stops showing images of the stamps after 1960 and descriptions of 1961-1991 are limited.

Zagorsky 2009 on other hand has significantly less stamp varieties, but illustrates all stamps up to 1991. It is a good solid basic catalog. Standard Collection company issues it every year. It also has number of other specialized catalogs on postal stationary, RSFSR Specialized, USSR Specialized, etc.

Soloviev issues complete catalog every year covering period from 1857 til 1991. 1857-1919 Catalog published in 2009 is pretty good. It has (for example) illustrations of margin texts/ plate numbers of Imperial stamps of 1900s.

So each of them has it is own pros and cons.


Gary - 5/27/2009 at 15:53

There is also the "investor" aspect that cannot be overlooked. The more catalogs you have, the better the opportunity to use one with low prices for buying and one with higher prices for selling. I have often seen 'undervalued by Scott' that translates into by using a different catalog, I can justify a higher selling price.

We should also consider Scott, Gibbons, Michel, Yvert et Tellier, and all the other possible catalogs available from various countries.

Alep - 5/29/2009 at 14:54

I would state that the Liapin 2009 catalog is under any criticism in many aspects (especially historic) as concerns all other than the 'Main' Russia (Imperial, Soviet). The latter is described well. Also Soloviev made a lot of mistakes concerning the Civil War, Ukraine etc issues. It looks as both Liapin and Soloviev are very little familiar with the research made by the Western philatelists and published there in the Russian philately journals. Zagorski is good as a whole, although it deals only with Imperial and Soviet Russia, inc. the USSR. However, these areas are well studied in the literature published in the USSR and modern Russia.