December is usually a slow month for stamps because of the holidays. Not so this year – December was our busiest month of the year.

Christmas was really good for the Schneiders again this year. All of the girls were here and we had a lot of people at our house this year.
We are working hard on our web site. Every time we get all of the buds out – they creep back in. The software provider for the site keeps making changes to the software and each change affects the way our program runs. We just discovered that their software has been duplicating our listed items which have pictures so that we frequently have multiple duplicates. Now we are redoing all of our listings to purge the duplicates. Whee!

This month we have updated our zusammendrucke price list. This list uses Michel numbers exclusively as Scott does not list most of these items at all.

Next month we will update on Germany Part II price list which covers the inflation period. We have a great many new items for this list. We continue to try to update our private post list, hut a large collection we purchased in late November is still enroute from Europe. We need that collection to produce a worthwhile list.

We just saw this word online: “Bundespraesidentenstlichwahlwiederholdungsverschiebung” which means a “postponement of voting runoff repetition in a presidential election”. Wow!


We are just now finishing mailing all of the 2016 new issues The Germany Post issued five stamps in late December which were not on their new issue schedule. We did not receive these issues until early January.

If you would like to start a new issue service, we can supply anything that the posts of Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein or Luxembourg issue. We tailor our new issue mailings to the needs of each customer. Most customers collect all of the issues listed by Scott catalogs as major catalog numbers as these will be the stamps that spaces are provided for in American made albums. Some of our customers use European albums and we can tailor our mailings to include issues that will appear in these albums too.
If you want to sign up for new issues, all you have to do is let us know which issues you want and we will send on approval via quarterly shipments. (We can also wait until of the end of each issuing year and send you new issues in one big batch. The yearly shipments have become very popular as you can put the stamps on anyone’s album pages for at least several months into the next year). No deposit is required. (We prefer though that you give us a MC/Visa/American Express account number and then we charge the issues as we ship them – it really simplifies our book keeping.)

Dr Ferchenbauer’s Austria Handbook

We continue to maintain a small stock of the 2008 Ferchenbauer edition which is in 4 hardbound volumes and weighs 18 pounds. (That’s 3 times the weight of the 2000 edition.) There are about 2800 pages total – each page in color with images that are so true in quality that they can be reliably used by collectors to verify their own varieties. Essentially the catalogs list and describe all philatelic items created from 1850 through 1918 – stamps, covers and postal stationery. Prices are given for all items.

We are the sole US distributor for this handbook/catalog set. Again – we have a small supply of these catalogs on hand. The price of the set of 4 catalogs – delivered – is $360.00.

Due to the high shipping weight, we are offering the catalogs to US customers only.

Our Price Lists

Over the years our customer orders have shifted from coming from our price lists to ordering directly from our web site. Nevertheless we continue to mail at least one price list every month. The printed price lists do contain many more items than are listed on our web site – especially singles form sets. We try to send you only those price lists that you want. Following are all of the price lists we publish. If there are any that we publish which you don’t receive but want, just let us know which additional lists you want.

➣Austria and related areas

➣Austria covers, cards and ganzsachen

➣Germany proper

➣German WWI and WWII occupations

➣German Private Posts

➣German Zusammendrucke

➣German Offices and Colonies

➣German States

➣German area covers and cards


➣Soviet Zone and Post War Locals


➣German Private Post


➣Year Groups

Keep in mind that we review our mailing lists often and try to limit our mailings to active collectors. If you have not made a purchase during the past year, your name may be deleted from our mailings. If you haven’t ordered anything in a long time but you still want our lists please let us know.

Contact us at:
R Schneider Stamps
PO Box 23049
Belleville IL 62223
Office 618 277 6152
FAX 618 277 1050
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