After three years here in north east Texas I should be getting used to the different weather patterns than we had in Illinois. We had a very mild summer this year with only two 100 degree days and the pick the time and date of the first 103 degree contest when uncompleted. Nevertheless we are still having mid 80- low 90 degree weather at the end of September. In late August I planted second crops in my garden as my tomato plants finally stopped producing. Last year my lettuce and onions made it through the winter so I am trying a wider variety this year – it’s a lot of fun watching everything grow. Gardening is a snap when you have hired help to do all of the heavy work! So far my zoysia grass is still bright green. In Illinois it starts to brown at this time of year. I suspect the Zoysia might stay green well into winter here.
This month we have updated our German area list Part C which covers Estonia through Marienwerder. We are working on our Zusammendrucke list for the Deutsches Reich for November. It has been two years since we updated this list. There have been quite a few price changes in that period both up and down. We also have added quite a few items to the list.
We will also update our Specials page on our web site in the ext few days so if you use the internet – take a peak. By the way- our $175 treasure boxes continue to be great sellers. They are best for those who like to dig through lots of stuff ad those who do a lot of trading with friends.
SHIPPING RATE CHANGES
We have not changed our shipping rates in over ten years. Meanwhile the Postal system has steadily increased mailing and insuring rates. So effective 1 October we have changed out shipping fees as follows:
US and Canada
Orders under $50 – $3.00
Orders over $50 and under $200 – $4.50
Orders over $200 and under $500-$7.00
Orders over$500 and under $1000-$14
Orders over $1000 – FREE
Orders under $50 – $3.50
Orders over $50 and under $200 – $5.50
Orders over $200 and under $500-$10
Orders over$500 and under $1000-$20
Orders over $1000 – FREE
AUSTRIA PHILATELIC SOCIETY (US)
We are ending the 21th 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. Our club auction offer a wide variety of Austria related stamps and covers for very reasonable prices.
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 the 2021 membership year.
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 46 years of 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. We also like Michel listed varieties of all kinds but especially color varieties.
Here are some of the areas that we most need including even the less rare items-
Austria – #1 to 32 and Germany #1 – 116 mint hinged and never hinged issues. We particularly like Michel and ANK listed varieties.
German private post stamps – all
German offices and colonies – mint hinged and never hinged.
Post WWII local issues for Germany.
German states – mint issues for all areas.
Glossary of Symbols
These are the symbols most frequently used in our price list descriptions.
** – MINT NEVER HINGED
* – MINT HINGED
U – USED
ANK – Austria Netto Catalog
CAN or CANC – Cancel
CERT – Certificate
CL – Close
CPCR – Clipped corner
(2 perfs or more)
CR – CREASE
CTO – Cancelled to Order
DG – Disturbed gum
DT – Design touches perforations
EX – Expertized
FD – First Day
FERCH – Ferchenbauer catalog
F/VF – stamps is sound without flaws and nicely centered.
G – GOOD (Stamps will have large defects – a step above throwing it away)
G/VG – GOOD/VERY GOOD (Stamps will have small defects but look nice)
HOFF- Hoffman ppc
HOR – Horizontal
HR – Hinge remnants
HH – Heavily hinged
LG – Large
M or Mar- Margins
MI – Michel Catalog
NG – No gum
OP – On Piece
P – Poor – keep only if stamp is truly rare.
PC – Pen cancel or postcard
PF – Plate flaw
PPC – Picture postcard
PR – Paper remnants
RC – Rounded corner
SCHAN – Schantl catalog
SE – Straight edge
SP – Setenant strip
SPC – Special cancel
ST – Stain
TY – Tiny
TR – Tear
Vert – Vertical