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I want to re-inventory my Przedbórz stamp collection, and I'm trying out my own cataloging system.

This section proposes a synthesis or set of principles for Przedbórz stamp catalog listings.  The basic principles are:

  1. Stamp numbers are 1-18, which everyone uses. (Posthumous issues would continue to be F3s.)
  2. Major perforation varieties go from fewest to most: This follows PZP [1966].
  3. Proofs
  4. Makulatura ("two-sided proofs") would have an M preceding the catalog number followed by the catalog designation of each side, with the ungummed side first.
  5. Other varieties might be a little ad-hoc. "c" might be compound perfs; "d" might be double perfs; "f" {lrtb} could be fantails on left, right, top, or bottom, with the appropriate lrtb letters following; "i" might be partial imperfs, followed by the appropriate {lrtb}

    "m" might be malformed letters or numbers; "o" is for missing ("omitted") dots; "r" for multi-colored stamps.

    These would come before the proof designation.
  6. Bisects on piece or cover would be preceded with a B, as in B2B....
  7. Finally, the listing would be followed by the type (T1-8 for genuine stamps, F1-5 for forgeries.)

Fischer Catalog & Jankowski and Korzeń
Michel Catalog & Petriuk; Barefoot; Głuszek; and this website
"Union Catalog" (Proposed)
Issue I
     Imperf. 1A, 2A 1B, 2B 1A, 2A 1A, 2A
    Perf. 11½ 1B, 2B 1A, 2A (Barefoot uses 1 & 2, not 1A & 2A) 1B, 2B 1B, 2B
Issue II
     Imperf. 3A, 4A, 5A, 6A 3C, 4C, 5C, 6C 3A, 4A, 5A, 6A 3A, 4A, 5A, 6A
    Perf. 10 3B, 4B, 5B, 6B (both perf. 10 and perf. 11½) 3A, 4A, 5A, 6A 3B, 4B, 5B, 6B 3B, 4B, 5B, 6B
    Perf. 11½ 3B, 4B, 5B, 6B 3C, 4C, 5C, 6C 3C, 4C, 5C, 6C
Issue III
     Imperf. 7A, 8A, 9A, 10A 7B, 8B, 9B, 10B 7A, 8A, 9A, 10A 7A, 8A, 9A, 10A
    Perf. 10 7B, 8B, 9B, 10B 7A, 8A, 9A, 10A 7B, 8B, 9B, 10B 7B, 8B, 9B, 10B
    Perf. 11½ (Forgeries only, mostly F3's) N/A N/A N/A 7C, 8C, 9C, 10C
Issue IV
     Imperf. 11A, 12A, 13A, 14A 11C, 12C, 13C, 14C 11A, 12A, 13A, 14A 11A, 12A, 13A, 14A
    Perf. 10 11B, 12B, 13B, 14B (both perf. 10 and perf. 11½) 11A, 12A, 13A, 14A 11B, 12B, 13B, 14B 11B, 12B, 13B, 14B
    Perf. 11½ 11B, 12B, 13B, 14B 11C, 12C, 13C, 14C 11C, 12C, 13C, 14C
Issue V
     Imperf. 15A, 16A, 17A, 18A 15C, 16C, 17C, 18C 15A, 16A, 17A, 18A 15A, 16A, 17A, 18A
    Perf. 10 15B, 16B, 17B, 18B (both perf. 10 and perf. 11½) 15A, 16A, 17A, 18A 15B, 16B, 17B, 18B 15B, 16B, 17B, 18B
    Perf. 11½ 15B, 16B, 17B, 18B 15C, 16C, 17C, 18C 15C, 16C, 17C, 18C

Other Cataloged Varieties
  1. Michel Ost and Jankowski and Korzeń do NOT list other catalog varieties. But Petriuk uses Michel numbers so either he's defining new ones, or there is some other specialized Michel catalog I've not seen.
  2. PZP lists many varieties, but does NOT assign separate catalog numbers, although in Issue II (PZP page 1087) proofs and makulatura are grouped as follows:
    Group I has no background color, Group II has the changed (rose or green) background colors, and
    Group III are two-sided "proofs" or makulatura.
  3. An "s" in the Fischer listing (e.g. 2Bs, 4As, 7As, etc.) is actually part of the catalog number, not a plural designation
Fischer Catalog
"Union Catalog" (Proposed)
Issue I
    2 gr "Brick-colored": 1AP1, 1BP1
Green: 1AP2, 1BP2:
"light-brown red " or Green: P1A (perf.), P1B (imperf.) (perf. or imperf.):"orange-brown": 1PA;   "Olive-green": 1PB "Rust-colored" or Green: 1P Greenish: 1APa (imperf); 1BPa (perf.); Red-Orange-ish: 1APb (imperf);1BPb (perf.)
    4 gr 2AP1, 2BP1: Olive
2AP2, 2BP2: Light brown
Olive or Light brownish: P2A (perf.), P2B (imperf.) (perf. or imperf.): "Olive-green": 2PA;   "orange-brown": 2PB Olive or Light brown: 2P Olive-Greenish: 2APa (imperf); 2BPa (perf.); Olive brown-ish: 2APb (imperf); 2BPb (perf.)
  Other Varieties
    4 gr 2Bs: Two rows of perfs. on top and one row on the sides and bottom       Type 7 missing dot: "o" before proof designation, if any, i.e., 2Ao, 2Bo, 2AoP...., etc.
Issue II
    Without background color (& ungummed, per Petriuk) 3AP1, 4AP1, 5AP1, 6AP1 3Pa, 4Pa, 5Pa, 6Pa 3PA, 4PA, 5PA, 6PA   3{A,B,C}Pa, 4{A,B,C}Pa, 5{A,B,C}Pa, 6{A,B,C}Pa, where A,B,C is picked based on the perforation code.
    Changed background color (3AP2, with Rose background, mistakenly omitted from the catalog) 
4AP2 (Green background), 5AP2 (Rose background), 6AP2 (Green background) 
3Pb, 5Pb (Light Rose background); 4Pb, 6Pb (Green background) 3PB, 5PB (Rose background); 4PB, 6PB (Green background)   3{A,B,C}Pb, 5{A,B,C}Pb (Light Rose background); 4{A,B,C}Pb, 6{A,B,C}Pb (Green background)
  "Makulatura", or printers' waste (or "two-sided proofs")
    1st number is the front side, 2nd is the gummed side. 3A/4A, 3A/6A, 4A/5A;
P1 proofs: 3A/4A P1, 3A/6A P1, 4A/5A P1, 5A/4A P1, 6A/3A P1, 6A/5A P1
3Pc1 = 3Pa/4Pa; 3Pc2 = 3Pa/6Pa; 4Pc = 4Pa/5Pa; 5Pc = 5Pa/4Pa; 6Pc1 = 6Pa/3Pa; 6Pc2 = 6Pa/5Pa (Barefoot calls these "se-tenant," and does not assign catalog numbers.)   M3A/4A, M3A/6A, M4A/5A, etc.
  Other Varieties
    Perf 10 X 11½ 3Ba N/A; N/A;   3Ba
    "PRZEDBÓKZ" Variety 4As, 4Bs, 4AP1s, 4AP2s (P1 & P2 being the above proof varieties)       4Am, 4Bm, 4AmPa or b, etc.
Issue III
  "Makulatura", or printers' waste (or "two-sided proofs")
    1st number is the front side, 2nd is the gummed side. 7A/8A, 7A/10A, 8A/7A, 8A/9A, 9A/8A, 10A/7A 7Pa = 7B/8B; 7Pb = 7B/10B; 8Pa = 8B/7B; 8Pb = 8B/9B; 9Pa = 9B/8B; 10P = 10B/7B     M7A/8A, M7A/10A, M8A/7A, M8A/9A, M9A/8A, M10A/7A, etc.
  Other Varieties
    Malformed 2 in pos. 43 7As, 7Bs 7A2, 7B2     7Am, 7Bm, etc.
    Short-bottom Z in Grosze N/A N/A     7Az, 7Bz, etc.
    Partial imperf (#8 imperfed on right and bottom) N/A N/A     8Bi-rb, etc.
    Broken Box under left 10 N/A N/A     10Am, 10Bm, etc.
Issue IV
  "Makulatura", or printers' waste (or "two-sided proofs")
    1st number is the front side, 2nd is the gummed side.
(Petriuk uses one catalog number for all gum-side varieties)
11A/12A, 11A/14A, 12A/13A, 13A/12A, 14A/11A 11Pa = 11C/{12C or 14C};
12Pa = 12C/{11C or 13C};
13Pa = 13C/12C;
14Pa = 14C/11C;
    M11A/12A, M11A/14A, M12A/13A, M13A/12A, M14A/11A, etc.
Issue V Varieties
     (Fischer lists no Issue V varieties) (Petriuk assigns no catalog numbers for Issue V varieties) 15a = extra line in right margin;
16a = missing dot at left of "1918"
16b = top fantail, perf 10;
17a = right fantail, perf. 10;
17b = left fantail, perf. 10;
18a = right fantail, perf. 10
(see Barefoot, pg 26.)
  16{A,B,C}o = missing ("omitted") dot at left of "1918"

16{A, B, C}ft
17{A, B, C}fr
17{A, B, C}fl
18{A, B, C}fr
(I have genuine 17A,Bfb,ft,fr bottom fantails, and various and various fbF1, fbF3 ftF3, frF3 bottom, top, and right fantail forgeries)

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