March was a fun month . We switched internet service in an attempt to gain faster service. So far it has been a disaster. We have had the technicians here four times and they cannot get their system to work at all. Our service was completely down for 8 days in late March. Since we do most of our business online – not having the internet is a bid problem!
The plus side is that we have had more time to work on updating our web site. We have added hundreds of new items – all with images. We are listing our new stock to our regular inventory and updating our web site listing at the same time.
This week is our time to transfer our vegetable plants from my work room to my garden. The tomato plants are already 12 inches high and the pepper plants almost that big – so we expect early picking this year. As soon as we have everything transferred to the garden I plan to start new seeds indoors to plant outside after the first crop is past its peak. I have my gardener do all the heavy labor and I get to think up new ways to expand what we grow. It keeps me out of trouble.
We have been making many revisions to our web site listings. The major additions this month occur in the covers sections – we added about four hundred covers and cards. We also made many additions to the Germany Section from Scott #1 through Scott #321. There are about 2100 items listed in this section.
The bigger auction firms are now conducting their auctions online as well as by mail and live. As a result there are far more bidders participating in the auctions and auction lots are now selling at higher prices. This is particularly true for collection lots.
I bid in many auctions and watch the results for German and Austrian related lots closely. If you read our newsletters regularly you have noted that auction sales have been getting steadily stronger across the board. Online auctions are leading the pack with consistently exceptional sales. US auctions continue to out perform European auctions. Despite the stronger Euro these days bidders are more likely to find better prices among the European auctions.
2021 NEW ISSUES
We have finally completed the 2021 year sets for Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein and Luxembourg. The year sets can be ordered online. Assembling complete year set has become more difficult every year as overseas post office reduce distribution of new issues in their countries. The German postal service is the most difficult to work with but we will continue to acquire new issues for our customers who want them.
AUSTRIA PHILATELIC SOCIETY (US)
The Austria Philatelic Society (US) is entering its 22nd year as a stamp club focusing on the Austrian area. We have members throughout the US and abroad. The club is anchored by its quarterly bulletin and twice a year stamp auctions.
If you collect stamps and/or covers from the Austrian area you should consider joining our group; we have members from beginners to extremely advanced collectors. Dues are still only $16 a year. Ask us for a free sample bulletin and application. Check out our website at
If you collect Austrian stamps or covers give our club a try!!
MICHEL DEUTSCHLAND SPEZIAL KATALOGS
The 2022 Germany specialized catalogs (Volume 1 and 2) will be released in Germany on 4 April. The prices for these catalog remain the same as last year. You can order them from Schwaneberger Verlag GmbH (firstname.lastname@example.org) They accept Paypal and credit cards. The total price for each volume including shipping is $129.
Michel Deutschland Spezial Katalog 2021 Band 1 (Germany Specialized vol. 1 – 1849 – April 1945), in German, MICHEL catalogue Germany specialized 2019, Vol. I: Over 6000 high-resolution color images and approx. 96,000 price evaluations.
Michel Deutschland Spezial Katalog 2021 Band 2 (Germany Specialized vol. 2 – from May 1945 – now), in German, Around 10,000 images and over 115,500 price quotes
SCOTT 3 ** F/VF $4700
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