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General Philatelic/Newcomer Cnr : Storing mint stamps and covers, FDC's together?

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DustyMiller
05 Feb 2019
07:29:33am
Hi fellow Stamporamians.
Got perhaps a silly question for the wise ones. I am nearly completing my Kingdom of Laos collection, all mint. I have also acquired quite a few FDC's, some in near mint condition, others show a bit of coloring. I am planing to put my stamps in mounts on Bill Steiner pages. I am wondering if its safe or good advice to store mint stamps with envelopes/FDC's? I came across some debate on another forum, that ended up like a political quarrel on Facebook; i.e. all civility was out the window; subject being if foxing/browning of envelopes and stamps was contagious i.e. creating airborne spores infecting other stamps.
Thank you for advice in advance.
Dusty.
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vinman
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05 Feb 2019
07:42:00am
re: Storing mint stamps and covers, FDC's together?

Hi Dusty,
I kep my stamps mint or used in their own binders and covers in other binders. Not because I am worried about contaminating my stamps with the covers but because it is easier for me and I like the presentation this way. I never thought about the effects of covers mixed with my stamps. I am sure there could be effects over the long term if the covers come intact with your mint stamps.
I will not be the only one that will say, it's your collection display it however it pleases you.
Another thought is are the covers hurting the stamps that are still on them from when they were mailed?

Vince

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05 Feb 2019
08:58:09am
re: Storing mint stamps and covers, FDC's together?

I tend to keep covers and stamps apart (other than those stamps already affixed to covers, duhhhhh)

in part, this is because they belong to different collections, for the most part. Covers are also likely to begin mishaping pages intended to lie flat.

you could try it, though.... what do you have to Loas?

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Tom in Exton, PA
07 Feb 2019
06:58:53pm
re: Storing mint stamps and covers, FDC's together?

And then I show up...

I like EVERYTHING... mint and used stamps, unusual varieties and cancels, cool usage and first day covers! Anything related to that stamp. And if I have the stamp in any form, I have it in my collection. Here's how my album looks:


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My first page in the Airmail section, stamps C1, C2 and C3. For C1 I found this neat registered cover addressed to early known collector Alvin Filstrip. A pair of stamps with plate number! For C2 I just had a mint single, but for C3 I came into this very nice plate block.

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For the one cent National Defense stamp of 1940, I have a plate block and an interesting single. That stamp was from the sheet on top of a printers stack of 100 sheets. Try to find another one of these! It surely needed to be preserved. Then I came across this very cool related meter slogan cancel cover. Why not include it as it tells the story of the national feeling at that time?


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Cape Hatteras block of four stamps. I believe this was the first se-tenant set that created a picture! I loved it when it came out! I was a teenager at the time. I found this large block in a postage lot, so why not save it? And here's a First Day Cover too!

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Here's C78, the 11 cent airmail issue. It was available as a sheet single and in booklet panes under this number. The coil stamp had a different Scott number. So here's a sheet single, a plate block and booklet pane. I try to vary the cachets on my first day covers, so here's a Fleetwood cover.

And that's how I've done my albums. I had one of my albums at a stamp club meeting and I thought this poor old guy was going to have a coronary! He was so worked up that "I was doing it all wrong!" Well, I only have to please one person!

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