We are really settled in to our new home and we have divided up our workload so that we have more time to acquire and organize our stock. Jill has all of the stamps and covers from the end of WWII to present and I have everything prior to the end of the war. We each work out of our homes about 15 minutes apart. The only strange aspect is that some customers receive two letters for an order – one from each of us.
One problem area we have is that we still have not found one box containing about 150 lower priced covers and cards which are listed on our website. We have searched high and low and still no luck. Our project for this month is to go over our listings and delete the missing items and add new items. By mid- December at the latest we will have our listings online for covers and cards completely up to date. We apologize for not be able to fill some of customer orders for all items listed currently.
This month we have updated our German area price list part E which lists all of the Germany proper back of the book items and Berlin. We now have 5 lists for Germany proper – from Scott #1 through Berlin issues.
Next month we will update our Luxembourg price list and, perhaps, Part one of our Private Post list. We completely sold out almost half of our private post inventory and have been trying very hard to restock. Private post issues are the most difficult stamps from the German area to locate. Prices for Private Post collections have soared in the past ten years and collections often sell for over 100% of Michel catalog values. We have been successful in acquiring a couple of collections which will enable us to create a new listing. We will revise our on line listing of private post issues at the same time as we update our printed list.
We will be completing our new issue service for 2018 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 well before year end. If you wish to sign up for our new issue service, it is best to sign up before year’s end to start receiving new issues in January.
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 18th 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 $17 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 2019 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.
Of course we also buy complete collections. When it becomes time for you to sell your collection please remember us.
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