Greetings for the New Year 2018

Dear Friends and Philatelic Collectors,

2017 was such a special year for us at the Hungaria Stamp Exchange. We thank all of our existing customers who have supported us for so many years, colleagues and friends for making 2017 an amazing year for us at the Hungaria Stamp Exchange. And we welcome all our new customers and colleagues joining us at the start of 2018!

On a personal note, Alan and Diane had the fantastic opportunity to travel to Hungary in the late spring to visit with family, friends and colleagues in Budapest and Szeged. Culminating the trip was Alan’s presentation to MAFITT. If you happened to miss that blogpost highlighting the trip here are a few photos to enjoy.

Scenes from Budapest

In November our family celebrated the happy occasion of Andrew and Stacie’s wedding at the New England Aquarium in Boston. It was such a beautiful event that we were able to celebrate together.

All good wishes from our family to yours for a Healthy and Peaceful 2018!

The Bauer Family,

Alan, Diane, Andrew, Stacie and Diana

Moving on to the Philatelic portion of our newsletter, Hungaria Stamp Exchange is pleased to offer 2017 New Issues from Hungary, Kosovo, Croatia, Bulgaria, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. We have highlighted the themes and images of these New Issues here for you and are sure they will be enjoyed by country and topical collectors alike.

Finally, for those of you that enjoy browsing in our online store we hope you will check out our expanded Topical Philatelic Collections which now includes a delightful Holiday Philatelic Collection from many Eastern European countries and a fantastic Landmarks Collection. In honor of the 20th memorial anniversary of Princess Diana we are pleased to launch the HSE Princess Diana Collection.

The 2017 Europa Stamp Theme is Castles

Each year the members of the Association of European Postal Operators issue stamps from their respective countries  based on a common theme which emphasizes their common roots of European history and culture.
The castles depicted on the Hungarian release are the Andrassy castle in Tiszadob and the Nadasdy Castle in Nadasdiadany. Kosovo Europa depicts the Castle of Prizren, located above the old city of Prizren that has special scientific, environmental and tourist value. It was inhabited from Prehistoric time until the time of the Ottoman Empire.

Europa Collection includes  Castles of Hungary, Croatia, Kosovo, Moldova, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovenia, Ukraine, and more.

Joint Issue Celebrating the 300th Anniversary of the Birth Of Maria Teresa

This philatelic issue has been released in cooperation with Austria, Croatia, Hungary, Slovenia and Ukrainian Posts. Maria Teresa Queen of the Hungarians, the Czechs and the Croatians, and Archduchess of Austria reigned from 1740 to 1780. As the wife of Francis l, Holy Roman Emperor she also had the title Empress and was the only female who reigned the Habsburg Monarch. She was considered regarded as an enlightened ruler, a great stateswoman and a reformer who also extended the kingdoms she ruled. She also sought modernization and formulated reforms in the judiciary, economy, education and military.  Maria Teresa abolished torture and witch hunting and improved the position of the peasants.  In her legacy, Maria Teresa’s lineage impacted many rulers of Europe. Of her 11 daughters and 5 sons three became the famous rulers, including Marie Antoinette, Queen of France and kings Joseph ll and Leopold ll.


New Issues of Kosovo

The 2017 Issues are truly eclectic and exciting with philatelic offerings ranging from Cities of Kosovo, Folk Costumes of Medvegja, Famous People and Heroes, Domestic Animals and native plants, Supporting Breastfeeding


to the fourth Century Baptismal pools of early Christianity in ancient Ulpiana and the 500 year anniversary of the Reformation.


For the more adventuresome the year set includes a stamp celebrating “High Diving from the Fshejte Bridge”. This very popular water sport in Kosovo is returning after a three year hiatus. The sport is held on the bridge which is 20 meters (65 feet) above the River Drini.


New Issues of Croatia

These continue to be truly wide ranging and artistically distinctive. The stamps range from the commemoration of traditional holidays of Christmas, Easter and Valentine’s Day to the War of Independence: Puma Brigade to the 25th Anniversary of the Accession of the Republic of Croatia to the United Nations. The social awareness stamp Autism-Living in Their Own World is a truly unique issuance.

Other issues include famous Croats: Zinka Kunc Milanov soprano and renown  opera
performer, Frank Supilo politician and journalist and Faust Vrancic mathematician, inventor, linguist; as well as Flora and Fauna,  Children’s stamps and Bridge Across the Lika River and the 100th Anniversary of the Premiere of the first Croatian Motion Picture.


New Issues of Hungary

Hungaria Stamp Exchange is delighted to offer the fabulous 2017 new issues of Hungary as complete year sets both mint and pre-cancelled, with supplements or as individual stamps and specialty commemorative booklets. We are sure Country collectors as well as Topical collectors will appreciate the depth of topics ranging from celebrations of flora and fauna, traditional holidays of Easter and Christmas to celebrations of the birth of fine artist, cinematic artist and director, writer, composer and mathematician.  There is memorial stamp in memory of the Gulag Gupti Victims, Hungarians imprisoned by the Soviets at the end of World War II and sent to forced labor. Postal commemoratives are well represented in this year’s issuances. In addition to the 90th Stamp Day, there are stamps celebrating Magyar Posta being 150 years old, a Definitive Stamps series and a joint issue with Austria celebrating the first Hungarian postage stamp.

The religious theme is represented by the 500 Year Anniversary of the Reformation, Saint Ladislaus 940th ascension to the throne of Hungary, and the series of stamps presenting the synagogues of Hungary. The 2017 set of two stamps shows the altar and details of the interior of the synagogues in Győr and Pécs.


Also there is a continuation of the Saints and Blesseds magnificent issuances. This year the Saints and Blesseds commemorative honors Saint Margaret, Saint Kinga and the Blessed Yolanda. All three are the daughters of King Bela IV second founder of the state who rebuilt it after it was devastated by the Mongols 1241-42. Each of their lives were influenced by the ideal of poverty prevalent at the time.

Sports issuances include a celebration of the efforts of Florian Albert when he won the Ballon D’Or 50 years ago as well as the stamp celebrating the honor of hosting the World Aquatics Championship (FINA) held in Budapest-Baltonfured 2017.  We were so excited to have had the opportunity to visit this amazing aquatics center during our May trip to Budapest!

And to those collectors that enjoy art stamps, the stamp features the painting Nagybanya Landscape with the Gutin Mountains by Béla Iványi Grünwald. Grünwald who was a leading Hungarian artist of the late 19th and early 20th century and was influential in the Plein-Aire movement at Nagybanya artist colony and later as a leader in Kecskemet.


New Issues of Slovakia

Hungaria Stamp Exchange is delighted to offer the complete Year Set of Slovakia in a lovely presentation booklet or as exquisite individual stamps that are of interest to country as well as topical collectors.

Topicals for Slovakia New Issues of 2017 include: 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima Apparitions, Holidays Easter and Christmas 2017, Tribute to Victims of the Holocaust, Famous People: 19th Century Writer Jozef Miloslav Hurban and Andrej Radlinský, Tribute to Technical Monument Orava Dam and the 25th Anniversary of Art Film Festival.

Princess Diana Topical Collection from Hungaria Stamp Exchange

We are delighted to share some of our enchanting images of one of the most beloved princesses in European history. We hope you will enjoy viewing them as much as we do. See more of the Diana, Princess of Wales Collection in our online store.

Each of us at the Hungaria Stamp Exchange hope you enjoy viewing this sample of some of the most fascinating and exciting Eastern European new issues of 2017. As always we continue to enjoy making these and many other offerings available to you and look forward to hearing from you during the new year!

Philately and the Modern Era Olympics


Philately and the modern day Olympics have a symbiotic relationship starting with the first modern day Games held in Athens in 1896 when Greece issued a series of stamps to mark the occasion. These stamps actually contributed to the financial success of the event which had been impacted by the financial and political crisis of the times.

Demetrios Sakorafos, the founder of the Greek philatelic association, had the idea of issuing a set of commemorative stamps with a nominal value higher than that of common postage stamps, the proceeds to go toward the fund for holding the Olympic Games. The stamps, with designs featuring ancient Greek athletic competitions, earned a considerable sum of money, and the Greek Post became the first sponsor of the Modern Day Olympic Games.

Initially only the Olympic host countries issued stamps to commemorate the Olympics, however this tradition later ended when other countries alongside France issued stamps for the 1924 Paris Olympics. The Uruguay football (soccer) players, participated in the Games for the first time, earning their country’s national team its only gold medal for Uruguay. Their victory in soccer motivated the Uruguay postal service to issue Olympic stamps which featured Nike, the Greek goddess of victory.


As the Olympic movement gained in popularity, interest in commemorative stamps grew among philatelic collectors. More stamps were published featuring specific athletes and sports. Portugal was the first to print the Olympic rings on stamps issued for the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics. Again, part of the proceeds from selling these stamps at higher prices went toward funding the Portuguese Olympic Committee.

The 1948 London Olympics marks the start of mass production of Olympic commemorative stamps. Since that time, these stamps have become part of Olympic history, marking athletes’ victories and other important milestones.


Soviet stamps issued for the 1980 Moscow Olympics featured various sports and Olympic venues: the Krylatskoye Rowing Canal, the cycling track and the sailing center, as well as Red Square and the 1980 Olympics mascot, Mishka the Bear.

When more than 50 countries boycotted the games, these countries also cancelled their planned postage stamp issues or destroyed the issues printed. This was the case with the West German stamps published for the Moscow Olympics. Only three sheets survived: two were taken to the archives, while the other was appropriated by Kurt Gscheidle through his position as Minister of Post and Communications. The stamps, which featured a streaming Olympic flag, even found their way into service when the minister’s wife and son found the stamps at home and used them to post letters. The rare West German 1980 Olympic stamps are referred to as the “Gscheidle stamps” by collectors.



The US issued a variety of stamps for the 1980 summer games, replacing the five Olympic rings with five stars on those stamps. Unlike the other countries boycotting the event, the US did not destroy the stamps.


5The ever increasing popularity of Olympic commemorative stamps was becoming so great that a special body was set up under the International Olympic Committee (IOC) patronage in 1982. The International Olympic Philately Federation (FIPO), has conducted the Olymphilex world philatelic exhibitions since 1985. Since 1984, the IOC and FIPO have awarded the annual Prix Olympia, honoring the three most attractive postage stamps issued by post agencies of various world’s countries on the occasion of the Olympic Games.


Russia began issuing commemorative philately materials dedicated to the Sochi Games in 2011. The plan is to issue a total of four souvenir sheets — small groups of postage stamps still attached to the sheet on which they were printed, 45 stamps featuring various designs, 41 artistic stamped envelopes, and 15 stamped postcards.


A special souvenir sheet is devoted to the Olympic Torch Relay. It was put into circulation on October 7, 2013, on the day the Russian stage of the relay kicked off. The stamp features the relay’s emblem, and on the margins one can see the map of Russia, the Olympic Torch, the Moscow Kremlin and the Sochi Seaport Terminal building.

Russian Commemorative stamps and souvenir sheets of the Sochi Olympics can be ordered from the Hungarian Stamp Exchange by emailing your request to [email protected]  and will be available in approximately one month.


 Prior year Olympic stamps issued by Greece, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Czechoslovakia and Russia are available in the HSE store:

 For those collectors interested in Russian stamps including those issued by the during the Soviet Era, click this link to the HSE store

For collectors interested in stamps issued by Greece more information is available at this link to the HSE store

We hope you will enjoy the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games! 


Riding in the Pan-Mass Challenge 2017!

Alan will be riding in the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) for his 15th year!

🚴 The PMC is an annual charity cycling event held to raise money for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Dana Farber is a a world-leading cancer research and treatment center in Boston, MA. 100% of every rider-raised dollar goes directly towards research, in the form of an unrestricted grant.

🚴 A portion of online orders at HSE will be donated to the PMC from today, July 25th to Sunday, August 13th.

🚴 Below is a link to donate directly and support Alan’s ride. The rides take place on August 4th & 5th but you can donate until late October Continue reading “Riding in the Pan-Mass Challenge 2017!”

Budapest Travels 2017

Heading off to Budapest

The sun is sliding down the horizon at Logan airport, Boston USA, as we, Alan and Diane, wait for the Lufthansa plane which we will board to start our journey. We will travel  to Frankfurt, Germany and then on to Budapest, Hungary.

We look forward to an invigorating ten days spending time catching up with friends, colleagues, and family members. Alan will present his research paper in person at the MAFITT (Hungarian Society for Philatelic Research) meeting in Budapest on Saturday and then he plans to spend time browsing local stamp shops. We are very pleased to be meeting with representatives of Magyar Posta regarding our expanding business relationship and the artist stamp proposal. We also plan to meet with both an internationally recognized art historian and an art curator. Between all that, we look forward to enjoying tasty meals at local bistros and cafes, doing some sightseeing, and visiting with family and friends.

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HSE Winter 2017 Newsletter : Honoring Heroes

Dear Friends, Family, Colleagues and Customers,

Greetings from wintry New England!

All of us at Hungaria Stamp Exchange want to thank you for helping us have a terrific year! We appreciate your wonderful support and enthusiasm for the advancement of Eastern European philately. This past year we enjoyed chatting, emailing and even meeting in person at the World Stamp Show in New York last spring and look forward to continuing the dialogue during 2017. If you happened to miss the previous blog posts from the World Stamp Show 2016, we invite you to sort through the blog archive and check out those exciting postings. In this issue we will be sharing a summary of our Stamp Collector Survey with plans for new collector development as well as highlights of Alan’s anticipated presentation to Mafitt to support his membership nomination. And of course, we will be spotlighting the New Issues of Hungary, Kosovo, Bulgaria, Slovakia and Czech Republic.

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HSE Fall 2016 Newsletter

Fall in New England is here with a display of colors in the foliage and crisp cool evenings.

Wrap-up from the World Stamp Show 2016 New York, New York

Just before the start of summer, all of us from the Hungaria Stamp Exchange had the incredible opportunity to attend the once in a decade World Stamp Show held in New York.

WSS Photo 3a

WSS 2016:  Andrew, Stacie, Alan


and Diane

Penny Black Stamp Display

Penny Black Stamp








At the Show we saw the Penny Black Stamp, the first uniform adhesive postal  Stamp in the world

John Lennon (1)

John Lennon’s Stamp Album







and the boyhood stamp collection of Beatle John Lennon.


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