Bach stamps, better, some 160 Bach stamps. Bach postage stamps from all over the world, released in more than 50 years. Are we sort of crazy? € 8,000 for some 160 Bach postage stamps, which actually have no such value for "real" stamp collectors? Here is the answer. This offer is actually not ( ! ) for stamp collectors, but for Bach fans, who can and want to afford to support the goal of the "two German Bachs' mission" in the matter of Johann Sebastian Bach.
14 Bach stamp sheets are large enough to hang them as wall decoration in a frame and with passe-partout in your home. If you like this idea, we offer them in my shop. Click here.
Bach postage stamps: Only a really small number of all these beauties have we selected to create this cool page on the subject. We think that the compilation of all Bach stamps, all of which the author also physically owns, is the only such selection in the world.
We assume that you would never have guessed what the first real challenge was when trying to collect all the Bach stamps that exist and have ever been issued. It was the challenge of determining which stamps they were. That is, where to find a complete list of all Bach stamps in existence! If you are "into Bach" and are interested in Bach beyond his musical works and perhaps even beyond his biography, you search many Bach websites on the internet for something exciting. And of course, you google with the keyword "Bach stamps". Read more after the next picture ...
It's not just about discovering new Bach stamp beauties, the next challenge is how to get them. Germany is much too small to find them all. But the whole world ... that's a completely different situation.
Aryeh Oron is an Israeli webmaster, musician and editor who offers – in our opinion – the only similarly complete collection of Bach stamps. However, his Bach stamps are initially based on a ten percent fraction that we ( ! ) sent him for publication. Furthermore, he does not own any physical Bach stamps. Not only have we "just scanned" all the Bach stamps, but we have scanned them all in high quality to put them on our Bach stamps pages. And to share them with Aryeh.
However, at the beginning of our "hobby in the hobby" Aryeh Oron did not yet own ( ! ) the complete collection of Johann Sebastian Bach stamps: Because we found more after some Bach stamps specialists told us about it. And there are Bach stamps which – with almost no detail – indicate that they are Bach stamps. See for yourself with the specimen pictured below, under the buttons ... ––
Did you know that you can even support our Bach Mission by purchasing an item from any vendor in one of the above stores, even if it's not a music gift? Please click on one of the buttons to learn more ... or alternatively, click here.
Would you have discovered, that this one is a Bach postage stamp? Find out why with a click here.
On this one, Bach is mentioned so tiny in the original size, that – as a "Bach stamps collector beginner" – you really would have had problems to identify this one.
In fact, it was a long collaboration between my husband and me, Aryeh Oron and other Bach stamp connoisseurs around the world to even get a complete list of all Bach stamps. But finally – honor where honor is due – there is Paul Gomon, a Bach stamp collector, musician and musicologist in Leipzig, who long, long ago, around the middle of the last century, had published a small booklet on all the Bach stamps that existed at the time when his reading was published. It was only with his expertise that Peter was able to assemble his complete collection of Bach stamps. Of course, every month we are checking with a specialized group of music stamp collectors – they publish the monthly issuance of music stamps worldwide – to see if we remain the address with the collection of the most Bach stamps on the planet. After each new find, we strive to acquire the latest beauty from one of the many "Bach stamp sources" worldwide.
Bach stamps: First you find out if a new stamp has appeared, then you find out where this Bach stamp is offered. Then you order and pay. Then you wait. For up to two months. Finally, such an exotic envelope – not with Bach stamps on it – but with Bach stamps inside, arrives at your home.
If you want to complete the collection of all 160 Bach stamps, it is a time-consuming and expensive endeavor. That is what makes the price, our selling price. It is not about the collection value, how stamps are actually traded at a stamp exchange.
Why buy Bach stamps for a whopping € 8,000 (... check what's that today in your currency)? This question is still unanswered. Well, if you add up all the purchase prices for all the Bach stamps you find here in the stamp store and there on the flea market, you come to the conclusion that € 8,000 is way too much when you add up the catalog value of all 160 beauties (... yes, you are right, some are ugly, but not really many). This is the way stamp collectors decide the value of a stamp collection. However, we are not ( ! ) stamp collectors and the "most complete Bach stamp collection" will never be discovered by a stamp collector. And the offer is not intended as an option for "general stamp collectors". Excuse me? Not for stamp collectors? No, this collection of stamps is for Bach lovers ... and the uniqueness has its price. No ... that was a joke. I do not mean to be arrogant. Read on and discover what makes these Bach stamps so incredibly expensive ...
Bach stamps and more Bach stamps: one of the exotic beauties among 160. Roughly 160.
What a Bach postage stamps sheet.
Okay, you have read so much on this page that you just deserve an answer why this Bach postage stamp collection has such a high price. Firstly, there is the time to find and order them all. It's not like other collections where you either don't have the goal of getting them all, or if you order somewhere, "what you see". It's first the many hours and weeks and months it takes to figure out what the complete collection is all about. And then you follow up on them. You find out about another Bach stamp, and then you research and research ... until you find someone who is willing to sell them. For example, the Bach stamp, three pictures earlier: A Bach fan pointed out this Bach stamp to me. It comes from the former Czechoslovakia. Next, you need to research the year of publication. So you go to the home of the collectors of this country. Finally, you contact stamp collectors' clubs, and you are "passed on" from one person to the next. And in the end, you hold it in your hand after opening the envelope sent to you: the next Johann Sebastian Bach stamp.
Okay, it's not about the "real" value of each Bach stamp, but about the time it takes to get them. But € 8,000 !? Yes. Just like the "Mona Lisa" is not worth the paint and canvas and time it took Leonardo. Of course ... you can't compare the stamps of Johann Sebastian Bach with the Mona Lisa, but you can a little bit. Everything is worth only as much as someone is willing to pay for this treasure. Therefore, it takes a Bach fan and not a stamp collector to appreciate this offer.
Finally, there is another reason why we want this € 8,000 for the whole collection. Our dream was, is and will be – for the coming years, until our Bach Mission web pages are really widespread, because musicians, teachers and children discover them and tell about this offer – to install a next Bach Museum somewhere in the world. Maybe in Germany ... or in the USA, in China, in Japan or in the Middle East in one of these new tourist hotspots of kingdoms and sheikhs. Even if the realization of this plan is still a long way off, your money would give wings to our Johann Sebastian Bach Mission, because – unlike the Bach institutions in Eisenach, Leipzig, Arnstadt and Wechmar – we do not receive any public money from German taxpayers or entrance fees from international visitors.
And there is another challenge. Currently, we are proud to be the only people on earth who physically own these Bach stamps. No one else in the universe has them. And if you buy this collection, we will be left with only a few Bach stamps that we still have because we bought two or three at the time. With your purchase, we will again try to find them all a second time, and we don't know if we will succeed. Again we have to research, write letters, mail, buy, process the incoming beauties, pay – for the Bach stamps and S&H – and organize the next whole collection.
Do we really want to experience this whole procedure again, just to create a then second complete Johann Sebastian Bach postage stamp collection? Sure, we would.
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Of course, you can be sure that if you buy from me, you will have the most complete Johann Sebastian Bach stamp collection in the world. If someone claims that he or she owns a Bach stamp that we do not have listed, and he or she proves which one it is ... then we will "search and search" "fiercely" for this so hidden object. We will do what we can to find this stamp, get it and add it to our – then again – most complete Johann Sebastian Bach stamp collection.
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