September and October were are best two sales months in many years – thank you all! We have been busier than usual just keeping up with orders. We have also been buying more collections than usual and are trying very hard to get the new material listed on our price lists and web site.
Jill and I continue to divide up our stock. She now fills the orders for Liechtenstein, DDR and post war Austria. Soon she will get the post war Germany stamps. This dividing up our stock of stamps is creating a lot of new space in my office and we continue to uncover items long buried under more stock. The down side of this organization is that quite a few orders are being shipped in two separate mailings, but so far the system is working well and my workload is being significantly reduced . Yea!
This month we have updated our German area price list part D which includes German plebiscite and occupations issues from Romania through Zara. As usual we have lots new material added to the list so we you find some items that you are seeking.
Next month we are working on updating our Part 1 Austria list. This list has become so large that we are dividing it into two parts – the issues from 1850 through 1948 in part A1 and the issues from 1949 through the present in part A2. The December list with be Austria part A2.
We are completing our new issue service for 2017 now. Provided that there are no unprogrammed “late” releases in December by Austria or Germany, we should have year sets posted to our customers well before the end of this year. We will also complete 4th quarter mailings of new issues by mid-month.
Christmas Gift Certificates
Every holiday season we offer Christmas gift certificates aimed at getting our collector customers gifts that they will like. The trick is for you to let your family members know that they can get you a gift certificate in lieu of yet another sweater for Christmas. (Collectors always “need” more stamps!) Several of our customers get multiple gift certificates from family members every year permitting them to be able to buy items long standing on their wish lists.
When asked what you want for Christmas – suggest a 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 16th 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 still 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 2017 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
German offices and colonies – all
Post WWII local issues- both for Austria and Germany.
German states – mint issues for all areas.
German setenants never hinged – Particularly issues from 1920 -1935 and early Berlin issues.
Of course we also buy complete collections. When it becomes time for you to sell your collection please remember us.
PO BOX 23049
BELLEVILLE IL 62223
OFF: 618 277 6152
FAX: 618 277 1050
WEB SITE : RSchneiderStamps.com