Storage for worldwide stamp collection (pt4) -Blank stamp album pages

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Blank album pages are…well, blank. Something a collector can fill anyway desired. The most common blank stamp album pages are not fully blank, but they have grid of grey dots as well as black page border. These are commonly known as quadrille album pages.

Blank (quadrilled) stamp album page

Blank (quadrilled) stamp album page

Blank album pages should be made of high quality archival paper (meaning heavyweight, acid and lignin free pulp). Affixing stamps on blank pages happens the same way as with other stamp album types – either by hinges or stamps mounts.

With blank stamp album pages a space conscious collector can easily make a similar layout to stockbook pages; meaning that each page accommodates approx. 30 stamps placed in 4-5 rows. Organized this way a complete worldwide stamp collection would take approx. 18,000 one-sided pages. If using glassine interleaving between pages, one could make two-sided pages and thus cut the need of space and pages with 50%.

When it comes to total costs, blank pages are much cheaper alternative to house a complete worldwide stamp collection (of 530,000 stamps) than commercial pages or DIY (printed) pages :

  • Blank stamp album pages with pre-printed border (and grid) cost approx. 30€/100 pages. So the required 18,000 album pages would total 5,400€.
  • Quality binders (at least 3-4 ring bind) from local bookstore cost 5-10€/piece and can accommodate up to 250 pages. The required 72 binders would total at least 360€.
  • Stamp hinges cost roughly 1€/1000 hinges; adding 530€ to total cost.
  • Total: approx. 6,300€.

But like with DIY album pages, there are several factors that can be used to fiddle the total cost. How tightly stamps are organized will affect the number of pages (and binders) required. Choosing a cheaper paper (and binder) type will affect notably on total costs, but it will also place stamp collection to a risk of various types of damages.

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