By Michael Baadke

Gert Mueller’s Feb. 20-21 auction offers Germany, Switzerland, worldwide material

January 27, 2015 04:46 PM

  • Only 100 examples exist of this 1953 Germany souvenir sheet created for the exhibition of Transport and Communications in Munich.

The two-day sale in Ettlingen, Germany, includes postal history as well as single stamps, multiples and intriguing varieties.

The Gert Mueller auction firm in Ettlingen, Germany, will conduct a two-day sale Feb. 20-21, offering more than 3,000 collections, lots and estates, with material from Germany, Europe and worldwide.

The offerings include individual stamps and blocks, and postal history.

Many items will appeal to the specialist collector searching for significant varieties to expand a collection or build an exhibit.

As an example, a set of four engraved stamps was issued by Germany in 1953 to commemorate the exhibition of Transport and Communications in Munich (Scott 698-701).

The four designs also exist on a souvenir sheet created in a limited run of 100 on ungummed handmade watermarked paper, for distribution in association with the exhibition.

The watermarks are visible on the face of the sheet and show, from left to right, a post horn, the insignia of the exhibition, and a winged wheel.

An inscription in red references the 1953 event.

The stamp designs are each printed over with two wavy lines that extend across all four stamps, which are imperforate. The souvenir sheet was not valid for postage, therefore, according to the description in the 2014 Michel Deutschland-Spezial catalog, which values it at E17,000.

Only 100 examples exist, according to the catalog and the auction description. This one, described as showing fresh colors and in perfect condition, is offered with a starting bid of E4,000

The auction catalogs for this sale include classic Germany, the federal republic, Soviet occupied regions and more. It also presents a substantial selection of Switzerland among the worldwide offerings.

The catalogs can be viewed online at, and bids are also accepted on the website.

Information is available by e-mail from; by postal mail from Gert Mueller GmbH & Co. KG, Carl-Zeiss-Str. 2, 73275 Ettlingen, Germany; or by telephone at +49 7243 561740.