Our weather this year has been nearly perfect – especially when we see the weather the rest of the country has been getting. Today we are in the mid 80’s with forecasts for more of the same. My fall vegetable garden is going great. I ordered bush green bean seeds and got vines instead so I reused my six foot poles that I used earlier for the tomatoes and now the vines have topped the poles and are growing across the top of the poles to each other. I have six other types of fall vegetables growing – so far all successfully. Whee!
Business has been slow since mid summer so I have been organizing some stock books that have been bursting at the seams. I enjoy doing this and always find good items long since forgotten or hidden under other stamps. The only negative is that when I reorganize a stock book I end up with three new stock books and less and less space on my bookshelves. When I moved into my office three years ago with wall to wall shelving I thought that my space problem was permanently solved. – wishful thinking.
This month we have updated our Deutsches Reich zusammendrucke list. Sure enough this generated about five new stock books. We have been able to restock most of the sold items and acquired lots of new material. Prices for setenants have changed quite a bit the past five years – there are significant increases and decreases throughout the list. Hopefully you will be able find a few items to fill in those spaces.
Next month we will update our Germany proper price list Part 1. This list covers the early issues and has been our most popular list in recent years. We have lots of Michel varieties on the list in addition to most of the elusive mint and used issues of the period. We will expand the number of images on our web site in this area by about 400 images.
We will be completing our new issue service for 2021 soon. We are having great difficulty acquiring all new issues of German and Austria as the quality of their postal service continues to decline. Neither country provides a wide variety of stamp issues to local post offices. It is very very difficult to find postally used commemoratives from either country because most citizens can not buy them for postage.
Our Mailing Lists
Periodically we update our mailing list to remove inactive customers. If you have not bought from us from our price lists 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. The vast majority of our customers now order from our web site or send us want lists. By mail price lists are becoming rare birds now.
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.
GC – German colonies only
If you aren’t getting a category of lists that you want – just let us know!
We are ending the 21st 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 2022 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 almost 50 years 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 mint
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.