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November 2012

Fall has arrived in our area - there was no transition from summer weather - it just turned brisk! The good news is that I don’t have to cut the grass, but the bad news is that the falling leaves are piling up.

We took a week off in late October and saw a few shows in Las Vegas - the Terry Fator show was my favorite - weather there was almost the same as in the St Louis - not the mid 80's we expected. It seems like the weather patterns every where have changed in the past ten years. The vacation break was really needed though

We continue to be as busy with our stamp business as ever. We have purchased some large collections and have lots of material to organize for sale. The trick has been to find the time to do the organizing!

This month we have updated two lists. Germany Part II and the German area Part II list. We updated the first list in order to correct a lot of omissions from the last edition. Somehow we mitted several long series of catalog numbers. The German area list contains quite a bit of new material.

As the holidays approach we are again offering an additional 5% discount for those who read this newsletter. Remember that you have to ask for the extra 5% discount to get it. The offer is good on all orders posted during November including on line orders.

Next month we will update our German Area List Part II.

Your Christmas Want Lists

Now is the time to let your family know what you want for Christmas! Some of my customers' best stamps come to them at Christmas. We always get quite a few orders from family members for Christmas presents - almost always because the collector thought to provide want lists for family members! If you are tired of sweaters and ties for Christmas you might try distributing Christmas want lists for stamps.

A good way to give a collector a stamp gift is to give a stamp 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 List

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 - holler!


We are ending the 12th 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 only $15 a year for our US members and $22 a year for overseas members. You can join by sending us your check now. Dues received from now through December will cover 2013 membership.

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

Danzig and Memel - mint and used

German colonies - all

DDR Official issues

German states - mint issues for all areas.

German setenants never hinged - Particularly issues from 1920 -1935 and early Berlin issues.