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I am an intermediate stamp collector with about 12,000 stamps.  I prefer older stamps (pre 1950) and unfortunately started out with a Harris Senior Statesman back in the mid 1970s. Typically this album has one or two pages per major country covering pre 1940 stamps.  I am looking for an album that covers 1840 to 1950 to supplement what I have now  I don't want to spend 100s of dollars.  In my possession I have a Scott International Album Part 1 but it is unfortunately missing some pages and the paper seems a bit flimsy.  I also have a Regent World Stamp album, but its binder has come apart.

Question:  What would you recommend for a pre 1950 stamp album?

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Kevin,
  Well you have two conflicting interests.  You want a better international album that's cheap... it really doesn't exist.  There are international albums, and many options, but none of them are low cost.  Harris albums are as cheap as they come, and one thing most dislike about them are the paper is just, paper.  No heavy stock.
  The other albums like Scott or Heirloom are expensive because they are high quality.  If you really want to protect your stamps, you need to invest in good albums.
  There are two alternatives, but likely you won't be thrilled with either and that is a) make you own.  Get Lighthouse binders and hard stock, and print up your own.  This is a TON of work, but will be a low cost (and you'll then understand why they charge so much for good albums, because they don't just pop out of a pudding tin).
  The second option is to go with a stock album.  These are usually not as good for display, but if you get the right clear pages they can be, and they are great for protecting a stamp.  You can then use a make labels with a small label printer (around $100 for a really good one), and place them on the ends of each row.  Another labor intensive process, but cheaper and easier than making full scale albums.
  The third option is, look for cheap collections of international stamps on ebay or someone selling a used album (album set).  This may be your best option.  The problem is, sometimes these will not be as pretty.  They may have mounts that have been torn off of positions or covering stamp varieties that you don't already have.  But if you want low cost, that is your best option.
What you are looking for otherwise, doesn't exist.
Hope that helps,
-S

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My expertise is in US, but I have a lot of exposure to worldwide, and with wide reference material, I will do what I can to answer questions about global stamps. In US I have extensive experience in all aspects (does include Administrative overprints for Cuba, China, Puerto Rico etc.). Also, Hawaii general issue and Revenue (pre-statehood). Of course still building knowledge but have been collecting since 1980. Air Mail is a favorite area, but not a limitation. Two specialty areas are Large Banknote issues, and Washington/Franklin identification. Strong experience in Carrier & Locals, Private Die (Also known as M&M for "Match & Medicine" but also includes some playing card and perfume stamp issues.) Recently have been building more back-of-book experience, especially around Official, Newspaper, Revenue and tax editions. Some covers, and cancellations, but not my strong suit. Another area I'm recently diving into. What I can't do: Anything non-US, as it's just not an area I focus on.

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30+ years of learning the hard way. A lot of passion for collecting and dealing (as I do both). I don't consider it a hobby... I consider it a serious pursuit that I'm able to do in the hours I'm not occupied by annoying things like sleep. I work closely with some of the global leaders in the expertizing and identification field. Have co-authored several papers (with Mr. William Weiss Jr.) related to identification, as well as tool set to help with quickly identifying the more challenging areas of Washington Franklin. Strong experience in paper types and coil validation.

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Member of APS #222356.

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1870 - 1879 Large Banknote Issues - Easy Identification (co-authored with William Weiss Jr). Washington-Franklin - Easy Identification (co-authored with William Weiss Jr.) Detecting Fakes, Alterations and Counterfeits (APS Summer Session Expertizing Session materials with William Weiss Jr.)

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Thousands and thousands of hours of pouring over hundreds of collections. 30+ years as a collector-to-dealer, avid student of philatelic study. Pre-1900 variation is fascinating, and it seems even after all these years, that I make some discovery every time I look at a new example. APS Summer Session - Fundamentals of Expertizing 2014

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100's too numerous to mention.

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