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!

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.

Continue reading “HSE Winter 2017 Newsletter : Honoring Heroes”

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.


Continue reading “HSE Fall 2016 Newsletter”

Winter Newsletter 2016

Dear Friends, Family, Colleagues and Customers,
Thanks to all of you 2015 has been a wonderful year at the Hungaria Stamp Exchange! To those long time customers we value your continued patronage, support and interesting correspondence. To those of you that are new customers, we welcome you into the Hungaria Stamp Exchange (HSE) “fold”. Now we would like to share with you some highlights of our year as well as summaries of the exciting yearsets of Kosovo, Bulgaria, Czech Republic and Slovakia in addition to Hungary.

In 2015 we spent a significant amount of time maintaining relationships with Eastern European stamp suppliers, both commercial and individual. In addition we have expanded our relationships with postal authorities in Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Kosovo, and Bulgaria so we are able to meet more of the needs of our customers with both older stamps and new mint Year Sets. Many of these new and recent issues are lovely to look at and well documented making the stamps and sets inviting not only to country philatelists but topical collectors as well.Old Toys Sheet

The Europa stamps which are issued by all of the Eastern European countries covered “Old Toys” which are just a delight for topical and country collectors alike.

This past summer HSE went “On the Road” and provided a community event at the Oak Bluffs Public Library on the beautiful island of Martha’s Vineyard.

HSE-1The event which focused on the postal stamps of the “Dead Countries” of Eastern Europe attracted a very diverse audience. Interests ranged from cultural attachment to the geography to long time stamp collecting.

HSE-3Alan and Diane had a lot of fun conducting the event and sharing the “Dead Countries” Trivia Puzzle with the audience.


We appreciate your continued patronage and are truly delighted to make these New Issues and other special offerings available to you.

Best wishes from our family to yours for a Peaceful and Happy New Year,
The Bauer Family
Alan, Diane, Andrew, Stacie & Diana

Please come see us at the World Stamp Show in New York City

May 28-June 4, 2016 at the Javits Center

The Kosovo Year Set of 2015 is just lovely!

Two of the stamps represent the historic city of Gjokova while one honors intellectual Anton Cetta who was born in Gjokovo.Kosovo City _1 Kosovo City_2

Several other stamps honor martyrs such as Hashim Hajdini and Human Rights Activist Ukshin Hoti, freedom fighters Haj Kodra and four members of the Lieshi family who fell heroically in the Kosovo war for  freedom and independence.

Kosovo LabyrinthKosovo LynxThere is a unique stamp of the Smira Circular Labyrinth designed in the image of the Dardanian life cycle and cosmic order. For the naturalists there is a set of the Rivers and Streams of Kosovo, as well as a set dedicated to the Balkan lynx which is almost extinct.For the gastronomic there is set of the Kosovo Vineyards. Kosovo also offers a delightful set of stamps of “Old Toys” as part of Europa 2015 and is depicted in the Topicals section of this newsletter.

Topicals Europa “Old Toys”

Hungary Europa Old Toys Kosovo Europa Old Toys

2015 Hungary New Issues

Hungary New Issues continue with a sweeping range of topics from celebrating Space Exploration to recognition of world renowned Performers such as Edith Piaf and Frank Sinatra as well as the Hungarian playwright Jozsef Katona.

Jozef KatonaWomen's Euorpean Basketball ChampionshipContinuing this year are the series additions to Saints and Blesseds, Treasures of the Museums, Stamp Day, and architecture of the Parliament and other historic buildings.There are also some delightful stamps celebrating Women’s Sports and children.


Is a commemorative miniature sheet to record current space research, anniversaries and events on postage stamps. The miniature sheet is intended to appeal to young people by mixing reality and fiction, and photographic and child-like drawings. The  sheet contains eight stamps, uses a combination of offset and UV printing methods.   The stamp marks the 50th anniversaries of the spacewalks by Alexey Leonov and Edward White. On March 18, 1965 Alexey Leonov became the first person to step into space. He spent 12 minutes outside the spacecraft Voskhod 2. On June 3 the same year, the Gemini 4 astronaut Edward White spent 36 minutes in space outside his capsule. The stamps showing the two topical events depict the space probes New Horizons and Dawn. The former was launched on January 19, 2006 as the first mission in the New Frontiers program. Dawn is the ninth probe in the Discovery program, which will explore Ceres as part of its mission and went into orbit round the dwarf planet on March 6, 2015.

Special feature of the miniaSpace Explorationture sheet is that under UV light text describing the space research anniversaries and events becomes visible as do the planets of the Solar System and the stylized orbits of the subjects of the topical events, the dwarf planet Ceres and Pluto.



Magyar Posta is issuing a special stamp to commemorate the centenary of the birth of the American actor and singer Frank Sinatra, Frank Sinatrawho won eight Grammy awards, three Oscars and several Golden Globe awards.


Magyar Posta is issuing a commemorative stamp to mark the centenary of the birth of the French chanteuse, songwriter and actress Edith Piaf.

Edith Piaf (1915–1963) was brought up by her father, who was a street acrobat performer. As she had a weak build, she sang instead of doing acrobatics to earn money with her father. In 1919 she lost her sight as a result of keratitis, and she recovered her sight at the age of seven. She was 17 years old when she gave birth to a child, who died of meningitis not long afterwards. Her talent was recognized while singing on the street. Louis Leplée, the owner and director of the nightclub Le Gerny, launched her career. He gave her the stage name Piaf, which means sparrow in French slang. She first sang on stage in 1935. In 1936 Leplée was murdered and the ensuing scandal could have caused her to return to the streets had not the poet Raymond Asso taken her under his wing. He taught her for three years, wrote chansons for her and managed to arrange her first performance in a revue theatre. In 1941 she was given a role in a film. During the German occupation of Paris she sang regularly for the troops, and organized a gala evening to help the children of prisoners of war. Piaf also helped her Jewish colleagues who lost their jobs or were threatened by deportation. She first appeared on stage in New York in 1947. This was when she met the love of her life, the world boxing champion Marcel Cerdan, who died two years later in a plane crash. As a result, Piaf became an alcoholic, which she remained until the end of her life. In 1952 she married the singer Jacques Pills. Their honeymoon was a giant tour of the United States. They got divorced four years later. By the mid 1950s Piaf’s health had deteriorated but she paid no heed to her doctors’ warnings. She was diagnosed with incurable cancer. On 9 October 1962, seriously ill, she married the singer Théo Sarapo, with whom she scored a hit with the song “À Quoi Ça Sert L’Amour?”. In August 1963 she withdrew to her villa in Plascassier, where she spent the last months of her life under constant care and died on 10 October.


Magyar Posta is presenting the theme of Hungarian saints and blesseds through a series of stamps to be issued over several years. The third part of Magyar Posta’s philatelic series commemorates one of the most important figures in the foundation of the Church in Hungary, Saint Astrik. Saints & BlessedsSaint Astrik (? – ca 1034) was a Benedictine monk, the abbot of several monasteries, ambassador, bishop and archbishop. He became the abbot of the Benedictine monastery in Pannonhalma. In 999 he founded a monastery in honour of Saint Benedict in Pécsvárad, when he was summoned by King Stephen in 1000 to accomplish his most important diplomatic mission, to bring a crown and permission to establish an ecclesiastical organization in Hungary from Pope Sylvester II in Rome. Astrik’s activity was invaluable in establishing Christianity in Hungary and he constantly strove for the salvation of souls by leading an exemplary holy life.


Magyar Posta is presenting the collections of Hungarian museums on special stamps. Some of the highly prized treasures of the Rómer Flóris Museum of Art and History in Győr and the Zsolnay Collection of the Janus Pannonius Museum in Pécs are featured on stamps issued in the series . The new issues are in the format of a miniature sheet of four stamps.

Flóris Rómer (1815-1889)was born 200 years ago. As a Benedictine monk in Győr, he proposed founding a museum in 1857 as he realised that “antique artefacts” were of use in school education. His endeavours came to fruition on 6 May 1859 when the Imperial and Royal Central Board supervising research into and the maintenance of architectural monuments officially founded the museum. His notable successors considerably improved the collection and named the museum after Flóris Rómer.Museums_1

The Janus Pannonius Museum’s permanent exhibition presenting the

Museums_2Zsolnay Collection is housed in Pécs. The objects on display illustrate the development of Zsolnay architectural ceramics from historic revival style ornaments to large scale individual  works. Vilmos Zsolnay invented pyrogranite that enabled the use of very colorful ceramics on the façades of buildings. The basis of this Collection was the Zsolnay collection of the Municipal Museum of Pécs. It provides a historical overview of the manufacture of this form of ceramics and was given to the city by Miklós Zsolnay in 1907. The Zsolnay family founded the museum in 1928 to mark the centenary of the birth of Vilmos Zsolnay.



Magyar Posta is marking the largest festival for stamp collectors, Stamp Day, which this year is being held between 26 and 28 June 2015 in Tata, by issuing a stamp block with a surcharge and a commemorative set of stamps with two denominations.

Tata  lies on the river Által in northern Transdanubia, where tStamp Day _2 pnghe flat Kisalföld and the Transdanubian Mountain Range meet at the north-western entrance to the Tata valley separating the Gerecse and Vértes mountain ranges.Stamp Day _1

The city of Tata has been inhabited since ancient times, which the archaeological finds suggest the presence of pre-historic man here . The favorable conditions and thermal springs in the locality have attracted man to this spot for thousands of years. Under the kings of the house of Árpád there was a royal estate here. Written records from the 9th century show that this was the site of a Benedictine Abbey. The name Tata first appeared in a written source in 1221. Tata, the “City of Living Water”, was chosen the Hungarian capital of biodiversity in 2010 in acknowledgement of the city’s attachment to natural values.

HOUSE OF PARLIAMENT IV Hunting Hall and Delegation Room

The Hungarian House of Parliament is one of the most beautiful public buildings in the world. Since 2012 its special architectural solutions have been presented in a new philatelic series.ParliamentThe commemorative miniature sheet issued in 2015 as part of this series contains eight stamps capturing the Hunting Hall and the Delegation Room and some of their distinctive features. The Hungarian House of Parliament is the third largest building in the world used for this purpose.




Hungarian Academy of Arts


Magyar Posta salutes the headquarters of the Hungarian Academy of Arts, Pesti Vigadó, built 150 years ago, by issuing a commemorative stamp.


Is  a stamp block with a surcharge to support youth stamp collecting. The theme of the stamp block is provided by the illustration of the epic poem based on a folk taleMattie the Gooseboy

Mattie the Goose-boy by Mihály Fazekas. The stamp shows Mattie the Goose-boy with his geese. Magyar Posta donates the amount of the surcharge that is HUF 150 for each block, to supporting youth stamp collecting.


Unicef Stamp

Magyar Posta is issuing regular stamps to welcome UNICEF operating in Hungary for forty years. On the stamp design a graphic work entitled “Children’s Tree” can be seen, while on the first day cover the main aims of UNICEF are displayed. On the special postmark that belongs to the stamp there is the UNICEF Hungary logo.



We hope you enjoy viewing all these delightful stamps and souvenir sheets! 


Hungaria Stamp Exchange (HSE) began in Hungary in the 1940’s by Béla “Bill” Bauer. The company was started not even as a business, but a trade with friends. Béla kept a very close relationship with this small circle of friends, some of whom are still our customers. When Béla and his wife, Rita, emigrated to the United States during World War II, he put the business on hold until they got settled. He then restarted the business in the 1950’s with a small core group of customers. He serviced these customers until he passed it on to his son Alan in 1982. The company served the same small group of customers and friends until 2004, when Alan created a web presence for the company, with the assistance of his son, Andrew. The website was born. Following that the business expanded exponentially. Creating the HSE store with inventories of stamps of all of the Eastern European countries allowed the business to expand internationally and process orders for customers in any country, 24 hours a day. Today we have over 600 active customers on all continents and many countries worldwide. Throughout this growth, we have continued to maintain the highest level of personal customer service to our loyal customers throughout the world.  HSE stocks stamps from over forty countries throughout Eastern Europe and Asia. We have a wide range of other of philatelic items such as supplies, catalogs and albums available to our customers and these are all illustrated in our store. Our online stamp store has a great selection but with a stock of over a million stamps it’s hard to keep them all online, so do let us know if you can’t find a stamp on your want list.

We currently Stock Stamps from the following Eastern European Counties:

Albania, Austria, Bulgaria,

Baltics – Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania,

Czechoslovakia – Slovakia, Czech Republic,

Greece, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Turkey,

Yugoslavia – Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, (F.Y.R.O.M.)Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia

Russia & Former Republics

Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan,  Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan

Previously Existing Eastern European    (“Dead”) Countries

Central Lithuania, Cilicia, Crete, Danzig, Eastern Rumelia, Eastern Silesia, Epirus, Hatay, Istria, Ljubljana, Memel, Thrace, Trieste-Zone A/B







Kosovo 2014 New Issues

We have exciting news!

The Kosovo year sets have traveled from Kosovo to Slovenia, maneuvered through the customs gridlock at JFK airport, and then braved two hearty New England blizzards to be available for your stamp collecting enjoyment. If you take a few minutes to gaze at these beautiful stamps, we are sure you will agree it was well worth this amazing journey!















View more information on the Kosovo 2014 New Issues.


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