This summer was unusually dry and our fall color is not up to par as a result. Still we have had a very mild summer and the fall weather is very pleasant also.
Both Jill and I have managed to stay very busy selling stamps all summer. We have also been buying more than usual and have acquired some very unusual material. This month we are mailing a special Austria price list of seldom offered varieties and back of the book items. All items on the price list are one of a kind and most of them have never been in our stock before. This is a chance to add some show piece items to your collection! For those who would like to see pictures of the stamp being offered, all of them are also listed with photos on our web site. If the item is not listed on our site, then it has probably been sold.
Next month we will update our price list for the German Area – part II which is all Danzig stamps.(There are not too many Danzig issues that we do not have in stock.)


We are ending the 17th full year of the Austria stamp club. (Boy am I getting old) 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 2018 membership year.
If you would like to see one of our club bulletins to help you decide , we will send you one.

Pricing of Modern Used Issues

We have had several inquiries from our customers recently asking us why prices for modern used issues are way above Scott prices. We will share our response with you.
Sometimes our prices are significantly higher than Scott because we buy and sell based on Michel catalog prices which reflect the worldwide market price. Scott is the bible for US stamps but not for many other countries such as Germany.
Modern used Germany and Austria stamps are priced the same mint and used. This is because used issues are far, far more scarce than mint. Most of our post 2000 used issues are acquired by having our overseas suppliers visit their post offices and cancel mint stamps and then mail them to us. Modern kiloware containing the vast majority of issues is not to be found. (The reason for scarcity of used issues is that the main post office in each country is the only source in that country for mint stamps. Most issues are not sold in local post offices and hence are not used to post mail.)
Scott prices used issues at one half or less of the mint price – without regard to the availability of used issues – Scott prices simply do not reflect the true market price for modern used stamps. If you can find post 2000 used stamps at Scott prices – buy them – they are underpriced!

Glossary of Symbols

These are the symbols most frequently used in our price list descriptions.
ANK – Austria Netto Catalog
CAN or CANC – Cancel
CERT – Certificate
CL – Close
CPCR – Clipped corner
(2 perfs or more)
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
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