by John Ineson
Some high prices were obtained for philatelic material at the Gärtner auction held in Germany in September. Nearly thirty thousand lots were offered for sale over five days and this sale included many collections and single Scout items. An unused 1920 Siam/Thailand printed postcard with the 3stg green stamp with the Wild Tiger handstamp overprint in black (Type I) with an estimate of Euro 200 made Euro 1450 (about £1200, US$ 1860). A number of very large lots, which I understand were from the estate of the late Barry Mann from the USA, had various descriptions including Lot 20409A - "A Massive worldwide Scouting Cinderella and Badges, an assortment of many thousands of items, comprising extremely diverse advertising labels and seals, including many blocks and complete sheets, 1960s-1980s jamboree badges, merit badges, and pins etc., which made the estimate price of Euro 5000. Another lot (20417) in 47 large boxes on two pallets was described as "Tremendous unpicked accumulation of Worldwide Scouting Covers having thousands of United States and foreign scouting covers (1930s-2010), the vast Majority postmarked from the 1950s onward, all loosely packed in boxes, and arranged to cover albums, stock books, and file boxes replete with addressed and unaddressed cacheted FDCs, Scout Show, Scout Stamp, SOSSI, Boy Scout Post, and Baden Powell and Scouting Anniversary covers, franked and postmarked Jamboree bulletins and programs, postal cards, and picture postcards, a fabulously diverse accumulation of covers that took decades to assemble,". Estimated at €15000, it remained unsold.
In the sale offered as one lot was the Gold Medal Scout collection of Albrecht Zimmermann from Germany which included many of the best Scout classics and described as "Development and Work of Scouting" on 149 pages with an abundance of good material in the form of letters, stamps, including Mafeking, 1920 Siam Tiger head imprints on postcards, Warsaw Uprising Scout Post many with certificates, letters and postcards, handwritten text by Baden-Powell for telegram to George VI and greeting telegram from George VI to Baden-Powell, to an abundance of stamp issues also with proofs and many other features".