October colors were superb this year – lots of rain and sun! They are predicting a cold winter – that I can do without.
We have never been busier here. When we revised our web page we made it more receptive to collectors looking for specific stamps and as result our sales have significantly increased. Both September and October were our best two sales months – ever. We continue to revise our web site and expand the items listed.
Jill and Stacey are working hard to organize part of our stock for sale at stamp shows and bourses. It has turned out to be every bit as difficult as we expected it to be, but we are making progress We thought we would be ready by December, but now we are not so sure!
This month we are publishing our list for Post World War II Local issues. It has been several years since we published a list including these. Finally good post war local issues is exceedingly difficult because it is a most popular area. We recently acquired a superb collection of locals which included many exceptional pieces. This listing is by far our most extensive ever. All stamps are listed by Michel catalog numbers as Scott has still not discovered these issues. Also – a great many of the better items are one of a kind so those who order early will have the most success in getting what they want.

As the holidays approach we are again offering an additional 5% discount for those who read this newsletter. Remember that you have to ask for the extra 5% discount to get it. The offer is good on all orders posted during November including orders placed on our web site.

Christmas Gift Certificates

Now is the time to let your family know what you want for Christmas! Some of my customers’ best stamps come to them at Christmas. We always get quite a few orders from family members for Christmas presents – almost always because the collector thought to provide want lists for family members! If you are tired of sweaters and ties for Christmas you might try distributing Christmas want lists for stamps.
A good way to give a collector a stamp gift is to give a stamp gift certificate. We will provide certificates in any amount. (We add an extra 10% to the value of every gift purchase – e.g. a 50 dollar gift is really a $55 gift certificate.)

Our Mailing Lists

Periodically we update our mailing list to remove inactive customers. If you have not bought from us within the past 12 months but wish to continue to receive our monthly price lists, please let us know and we will keep you on our mailing list.
If you have a computer but have not visited our web site, you should give it a look. We have many thousands of items listed and also have hundreds of pictures of the more expensive items. You can order directly on line. As we have price lists for 17 different collecting areas, and many of our customers collect only some of these areas, we have organized our mailing lists into the following categories
All – Lists for those who collect all areas we stock,
Austria – Lists for Austria and related areas.
Gal – Lists for Germany and all related areas – e.g. states, colonies and occupations.
Germany – Lists for Germany proper, Soviet Zone and DDR only.
GA – Lists for all German areas except Germany itself.
GS – German states only.
If you aren’t getting a category of lists that you want – just let us know!
We are ending the 13th 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.
Dues are 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 2014 membership.
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 40 years 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.
Here are some of the areas that we most need including even the less rare items-
WWII German occupations – all except Bohemia and the General Government.
German private post stamps – all
Memel – mint and used
German colonies – all
Post WWII local issues.
German states – mint issues for all areas.
German setenants never hinged – Particularly issues from 1920 -1935 and early Berlin issues.