A topic that is near & dear to my heart, "Zusammendrucke" literally means "combinations".
The Michel German specialized catalogue uses the word to describe combinations of stamps printed adjacent to each other that may include different face values, colors, designs, or printed upside-down. Michel values for Zusammendrucke includes all combinations of pairs, strips, blocks, panes, and sheets, vertical, horizontal, and gutter positions.
Most of the philatelic world recognizes these multiples by the French words "se-tenant" and "tête-bêche", as used in the Scott catalogues. However, with the exception of a few booklet panes, Scott does not provide catalogue values for the vast majority of Germany zusammendrucke, leaving the collector unable to identify the rarity and values of these stamps.
The first Germany zusammendrucke identified by Michel began in 1910, and continues to this day.
I hope this thread will create interest into the vast world of German zusammendrucke!
Pictured here is my recent acquisition of Michel catalogue H-Blatt 49, a single booklet pane of 10 stamps from July, 1931. These panes are valued with the tiny margin at the left, indicating it was cut for a booklet.
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One of the most commonly found series of Germany zusammendrucke stamps, are the Paul von Hindenburg definitives. Values range wildly on these combinations from 1 Euro for the more common pairs, to hundreds of Euros for complete booklets and sheets. Used stamps are often valued the same, or even more than mint, with covers containing unusual combinations commanding high premiums.
Pictured here is a random photo from my collection.
I'm not familiar with Germany stamps and was wondering why six of the pane's positions (in the OP) were taken by what I assume are labels -- was that a common practice at that timeframe?
It was a common practice, Steve, but I've never inquired as to the reason why. This came from a booklet of stamps that was priced at an even 2M.
If I were to speculate wildly, I would guess that it had something to do with a shortage of coins due to post-war metal shortages, but I need to research that. Looking through the Michel catalogue, all of the complete booklets from that era were priced in even numbers ... 1M, 1,50M, 2M, 2,50M, etc.
Did the booklet panes of that era vary in the number of positions per pane or were they all a consistent 10?
If the latter, it might also have had something to do with standardization in the production process (my wild speculation).
Panes varied from 6 - 10 stamps. Most booklets have a pane with an 'X' or an advertising label included.
It appears Germany went through a LOT of trouble to make the prices of these booklets a round number.
Pictured here is a photo of both booklets (exploded) that I purchased late last year. The total Scott value for these is $1200 for the 4 panes. Michel value for these as complete booklets (exploded booklets do not affect value) is 3750€, or roughly $4900. The seller listed them using Scott catalogue numbers & values, and as a result, way undersold them. I paid less than 10% Michel value for the lot. The lesson here is to check the Michel catalogue on all multiples!!!
Note the additional panes:
The pane of (10 x 10pf) plus pane of (5 x 'X' & 5 x 20pf) is Michel cat # MH19 The pane of (6 x 10pf & 4 x 15pf) plus pane of (6 x 'X' & 4 x 20pf) is Michel cat # MH20
I want to clarify my comment on "Panes contain 6-10 stamps".
I am speficically referring to Booklet Panes. Most booklet panes were cut from sheets, so it is possible to have these same panes in larger multiples. However, Michel does not list these airmail panes in sheets, as it does the von Hindenburg stamps, so I don't know if there are other combinations out there. I would love to see them if they do exist!
Here's a photo of Michel H-Blatt 69 and H-Blatt 70. These came from two different booklets - each one costing 2M.
Like the the previous airmail panes, these contain cinderella-like labels. In some cases, the labels had advertising or propaganda, and the panes are valued according to which label is present. The von Hindenburg issues have an endless supply of different labels!