We are still having summer-like weather in early October. This I planted a second crop of all my garden vegetables in the hope that a milder fall than the weather we had in June and July would lead to a good crop. It has! My garden is flourishing and producing more vegetable the second time around. I really enjoy. Growing things although I would never calculate how much each of my tomatoes cost to grow. I hope warm weather lasts for the entire month.

Last month our web site platform was updated by our provider and the update completely destroyed our listings. We have working to fix all of the problems, but we keep finding more and more. If you see something peculiar when you are browsing our listing- send us an email telling us what you found, That will help us identify what needs to be fixed.

This month we updated our Specials page on our web site- take a peek. By the way- our $175 treasure boxes continue to be great sellers. They are best for those who like to dig through lots of stuff ad those who do a lot of trading with friends. We have just finished making up another batch of these boxes so they are ready to post.


We are ending the 22nd full year of the Austria stamp club. If you are a collector of Austrian stamps and covers you should consider joining our group. We publish a quarterly bulletin in color and hold two auctions a year. Our next auction will be included with the January bulletin. Our club auction offer a wide variety of Austria related stamps and covers for very reasonable prices.

Dues are still only $16 a year for our US members and $23 a year for overseas members. You can join by sending us your check now. Dues received from now through December will cover the 2023 membership year.

If you would like to see one of our club bulletins to help you decide , we will send you one.

Stamps We Need

We are frequently asked if we buy stamps – really. After 46 years of stamp dealing, we do have a sizable stock, but we are always in need of some stamps. We can always use the really scarce singles and sets – items cataloging $200 and up. We also like Michel listed varieties of all kinds but especially color varieties.

Here are some of the areas that we most need including even the less rare items-

Austria – #1 to 32 and Germany #1 – 116 mint hinged and never hinged issues. We particularly like Michel and ANK listed varieties.

German private post stamps – all

German offices and colonies – mint hinged and never hinged.

Post WWII local issues for Germany.

German states – mint issues for all areas.



Glossary of Symbols

These are the symbols most frequently used in our price list descriptions.




ANK – Austria Netto Catalog

CAN or CANC – Cancel

CERT – Certificate

CL – Close

CPCR – Clipped corner

(2 perfs or more)


CTO – Cancelled to Order

DG – Disturbed gum

DT – Design touches perforations

EX – Expertized

FD – First Day

FERCH – Ferchenbauer catalog

F/VF – stamps is sound without flaws and nicely centered.

G – GOOD (Stamps will have large defects – a step above throwing it away)

G/VG – GOOD/VERY GOOD (Stamps will have small defects but look nice)

HOFF- Hoffman ppc

HOR – Horizontal

HR – Hinge remnants

HH – Heavily hinged

LG – Large

M or Mar- Margins

MI – Michel Catalog

NG – No gum

OP – On Piece

P – Poor – keep only if stamp is truly rare.

PC – Pen cancel or postcard

PF – Plate flaw

PPC – Picture postcard

PR – Paper remnants

RC – Rounded corner

SCHAN – Schantl catalog

SE – Straight edge

SP – Setenant strip

SPC – Special cancel

ST – Stain

TY – Tiny

TR – Tear

Vert – Vertical



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