We have been buying customer collections heavily in recent months. We bought some very, very nice collections but have spent far more than we planned to do so! We are working hard to sort through some of the new acquisitions and add the stamps to our price lists and web site. This is going to take months to do. The new material includes some very specialized material from all German areas. If you have hard to find items on your want list, now is a good time to ask.
This month we updated our Austria Part 1 price list for February (and got most of the items listed on our web site too). There are lots of new items that might interest you.

Next month we will (probably) update our zusammendruck price list – our current list is getting really old and we do have a lot of new material for this list.

For those of you in the Mid-West, plan to come see us at the St Louis Expo next month. We will have lots of our Austria and German material there for you to peruse. This is one of the few shows that we do – shows are too much work for me – but we do like to see our customers.

Michel Catalog Source

Our favorite stamp supply dealer for many years was Werner Zielniewicz, but he has now retired. We have been looking for a new source for new catalogs and supplies and have reviewed several prospective German dealers suggested by Werner.

We have ordered the Michel 2016 Deutschland Spezial catalogs from
Herr Richard Hummel , Versandbuchhandlung e.K. , Am Gläschen 23, 04420 Markranstädt
Deutschland, Phone: 0341/990 440 1, Fax.: 0341/990 440 2

His web site is in English, and he accepts payment via PayPal and Amazon. Ordering was easy. I will let you know how the delivery goes!


Periodically, we remind our customers that the American Philatelic Society (APS) is one of the best philatelic bargains around! For $26.25 a year members receive an excellent monthly stamp journal and a myriad of philatelic services.

As the premiere stamp organization in the US, the APS offers a sometimes overlooked benefit to its members. As prospective member applications are reviewed and because the APS demands member responsibility, being a member of the APS brings added credibility when you deal with fellow collectors and stamp dealers. Citing your APS membership when conducting philatelic business is perhaps the single best philatelic reference you can give. Almost all stamp dealers will send stamps on approval to APS members without requiring any additional reference.

APS services include a superb sale circuit, an on-line sales site, an excellent research library, stamp expertizing service, and affiliations with many other collector groups If you would like an application, we have them. You can also visit our web site and click on the APS button. You can use me as your APS proposer reference.



We have been these abbreviations for nearly 50 years and forget that some of our customers are unfamiliar with all of them. (We can tell from all the questions we receive.) We used to list abbreviations used in our lists on the first page but have stopped doing this to save space. Here is a listing of most of those abbreviations.

ANK – NETTO Catalog
CAN or CANC – Cancel
CERT – Certificate
CL – Close
CPCR – Clipped corner
(2 Perfs or more)
CTO – Cancelled to order
CR – Crease
DT – Design Touches Perforations
EX – Expertized
FD – First Day
FERCH – Ferchenbauer catalog
G – Good (stamps have large defects)
G/VG – Good/Very Good (stamps have small defects)
HOFF- Hoffmann PPC
HOR – Horizontal
HR – Hinge remnants
HH – Heavily hinged
LG – Large
M or MAR – Margins
MI – Michel Catalog
NG – No gum
OP – On piece (on paper)
PR – Paper remnants
P – Poor
PC – Pen cancel or post card
PF – Plate Flaw
PPC – Picture postcard
RC – Rounded corner
SE – Straight Edge
SM – Small
SP – Setenant strip
SPC – Special Cancel
ST – Stain
TY – Tiny
TR – Tear
SCHAN – Schantl Catalog
Vert – Vertical