The "PHILATE-LIST" has been around a long time, since 1968 to be exact. It started as an effort to get rid of my duplicates and unwanted general, world wide material when I became serious about specializing in the German area. When I retired, I turned it into a consignment list for other collectors to sell their unwanted material. For about four years, in the early 1990's it was a great success. About 7,000 lots of material moved from someone that was uninterested in them to new and welcome homes. The small commissions collected paid for the printing and mailing of 16 "PHILATE-LISTS" to a mailing list of over 1,000 collectors. But like all good things, it came to a slow end as even collectors run out of unwanted material.
But who are you dealing with on this internet web of mirrors and smoke? It is important to know who is on the other keyboard BEFORE you send any of your hard earned cash anywhere.
I am a member of the American Philatelic Society, membership #164521 (I had #45354 at one time but dropped my membership for a few years). I am an accredited APS Philatelic Judge. I support, through my membership the Philatelic exhibitors group (AAPE) and the APS research Library.
I have been a member of the Germany Philatelic Society since 1963, membership # 2794. I am very active there. I am an elected Director, the Editor of the Bavarian Study Group, the Director/Editor of the Early Empire Study Group and the Web master of the GPS site. I have written a number of articles for the Society's Journal and am the author of A German Handbook, a continuing effort ( now at over 260 pages), covering the varieties and plate flaws of German stamps, written in English.
I have two BIG loves in the German areas. One is the 19th century issues. I have a Gold winning (nationally) exhibit of the 1889-1900 Crown and Eagles issue and am a member of the German "Arbeitsgemeinschaft Krone/Adler e.V." study group of the BDPh. in Germany. If you would like to see the first frame and have some spare time (the images are large), go to my exhibit. The other joy is the German Inflation Period. Here too, I am building up a national exhibit, although Vermeil is the best I have done to date.
Solutions Plus, Inc was founded shortly after I retired. It is a legally chartered corporation (State of Minnesota), and now 8 years old.
My reasons for doing all this are simple. I want to promote collecting of the German Areas, find new homes for much of my material and meet new collectors. The effort on the Internet is an experiment in doing this. I don't know how successful it will be but time will tell. In the meantime, I will continue to develop new ways to encourage collectors of German Stamps.