I first met--not in person perhaps, but through post--Markus Brandes in early 1990s, a time when there was no internet and all correspondence had to be made through normal post. Despite his young age--we were both teenagers--Markus was already a professional in autograph collecting, and in fact the international collectors club that he had launched back then provided me with a lot of addresses through which I built my own collection. I had to give a break to collecting, but Markus, with his great enthusiasm, dedication and energy, became one of the most respected autograph dealers in the world. Well deserved! Now, after almost a quarter of century, I am back to my beloved hobby, and it is none other than Markus whom I turn to for support. Vielen Dank. Markus!