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Volume 5 of the BPP series is published

Gunnar Gruber: Die Oppelner Notausgabe, Volume 5 in the BPP book series, Radolfzell 2013, hardbound, coloured title, 150 gsm art paper, 170 pages, many coloured and partly black and white illustrations, price 56 euros plus 4 euros shipping costs (domestic; overseas according to delivery method) (more information)


Large crowds at the BPP stand at Sindelfingen

The BPP expertisers’ federation can report a very successful attendance at the stamp fair at Sindelfingen, which took place from 25 to 27 October 2012. The experts had their advice stand immediately next to the entrance to the exhibition hall and most visitors, as in previous years, had in mind the question “genuine or forged”.

The crowd was accordingly large: the BPP fair organiser, Rolf Tworek, spoke of “several hundred consultations”, conducted in three days by the nine experts present. A highlight was certainly the presence of Hans-Dieter Schlegel of Berlin on the Friday and Saturday; he was constantly busy giving information to the visitors and examining their treasures.

BPP President Geigle is quite sure that the new “old” location in the midst of the business activity is ideal for visitors, but also for the dealers present. Only happy faces were to be seen at the end of the event. A development with a future!

Messrs. Fleiner, Geigle, Gruber, Dr Oechsner, Dr Penning, Pfeiffer, Sem, Hans-Dieter Schlegel and Tworek acted for the BPP. A big ‘thank you’ to all!



At IPHLA in 2012, which took place from 2 to 4 April 2012 in Mainz, two Honorary Presidents of the BPP were given the highest awards.

Günter Bechtold was awarded the “Hermann Dening Literature Prize”, with 2,000 euros, which is awarded every three years.

Dr Hans-Karl Penning was awarded the Medal of Honour of the BDPh for his many contributions to philately.

The Board of Directors and members of the BPP warmly congratulate their Honorary Presidents on these outstanding honours.


Please note,

Expertisation can only be done with original material. Scans cannot be assessed.

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