Well , Texas has entered Phase 3 of the recovery but I suspect many are a bit too eager to get back to normal. Our county is one of the lucky ones – mainly because we are not in a well travelled part of Texas. We have had just well under a hundred cases until the last week of June. Since the loosening of epidemic restrictions the number of cases has jumped to 260. Fortunately most of the new cases are young people who do not require hospitalization – but. .. . Summer has been full blown here since the last week of May.
We have had a lot of exceptionally nice sunny weather here and it has been great to spend time outside.
This month we have updated our Germany Part C which includes the most WWII issues. There are many price changes on this list – most are decreases and quite a few are substantial.
Next month we will update our Austria Part A 2 list which includes the post WWII Austria issues. There will be a lot of new items on this list including an extensive listing of the overprints on the Hitler head issues immediately after the war.
We are continuing working on our cover listings on for the web site. It has been a most neglected section of our listings because it takes a lot of work to list, add images, and organize this section. We have not yet added any of our recent changes and additions to our site because we still have not got them organized well yet. We hope to get this done this summer. When completed we will double the number of covers currently displayed on our site.
Deutschland-Spezial 2020 – VOL I
Not surprisingly this year’s catalog is not much different than last year’s version. The pages from both editions match exactly from page 1 through page 1168 of 1216 pages. The are no major updates of any section of the catalog and only a handful of price changes here and there. The few price changes I found were mostly very small increases and decreases among mint never issues and hinged issues.
I found a couple of significant price changes among Wurttemberg listings
MI 46 * was 100 Euro is now 200 Euro
MI 46** was 230 Euro is now
MI 50* was 900 Euro is now
MI 50 ** was 1800 Euro is now 1500 Euro
MI 58 * was 440 Euro is now 450 Euro.
MI 58** was 1400 Euro is now 900Euro
There are almost no price changes among Deutsches Reich proper.
Zusammendrucke issues display a few price changes here and there
KZ13 ** was 100 Euro is now 200 Euro
KZ16* was 270 Euro is now 480 Euro
German offices/colonies and occupations show few price changes of any kind.
I acquired my catalogs from Richard Hummel at sammler-buch-versand.de for 130.02 Euro. (If you buy both volume I and II together the price is a bit cheaper due to combined shipping – 214.04 Euro net.
Deutschland-Spezial 2020 – VOL II
Vol II has even fewer price changes than Vol I. The only price changes I could find were a very few price increases in the Post WWII locals section. The increases were all very small and mostly among used issues.
1x-16x U was 340 Euro is now 270 Euro
20-29** was 550 Euro is now 600 Euro
19A-20A U was 160 Euro is now 180 Euro
I could not find any price changes in other sections of the catalog.
As has been true for some years now, the only significant changes in Vol II are the new issue listings.
Our Treasure Boxes
Due to the Corona virus shutdown we have been selling a lot more boxes than usual. We still have quite a supply of treasure box material – excess stock, areas we don’t normally stock, and just plain stamps we don’t have time to examine. We always insure that there are stamps of value included in the boxes but otherwise don’t check anything. There of course will be a lot German and Austrian related stamps and covers in the lots but there can be almost anything philatelic, These lots are designed for collectors who like to search through lots of philatelic items. Each $175 lot is different from the others and each will fill a medium priority box.
Our Online Specials
We offer specials on our web site regularly. For some reason we sell fewer of these than we expected to sell. It seems that our web site customers just don’t notice the special listings. We think this is happening because we frequently get orders for items in the regular listings which are also offered in the specials section at a lower price.
We also list items in the special sections which don’t quite fit into our regular categories – e.g. mini-collections and unusual varieties.
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