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General Philatelic/Supplies, Literature & Software : Paper weights for Stamp Albums

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hfbaker
09 Jul 2019
06:38:59pm

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I am seeking members opinions on the preferred paper weights for stamp albums. In order to avoid the confusing U.S. system where weights have different meanings depending on whether you are referring to bond, text, cover, tag or index. I will use the metric system of gsm or grams per square meter. My research revealed the following weights for various album pages.

Schaubek ......... 160 gsm
Scott Specialty .. 120 gsm
Palo ............. 150 gsm
Davo ............. 100 gsm
Brittania ........ 160 gsm

I recently purchased some 210 gsm cardstock and thought it was way too heavy.
Please let me know your thoughts.
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BermudaSailor
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09 Jul 2019
07:18:54pm
re: Paper weights for Stamp Albums

I generally use 67 pound acid free paperwork make album pages. This weight provides a modicum of stiffness without losing its pliability. I am not familiar with the gsm system you referenced, do I am not sure where 67 pound paper falls using that scale.

David

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nlroberts1961
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09 Jul 2019
07:30:53pm
re: Paper weights for Stamp Albums

I found 90 lb index to be the best - 163 gsm. Stiff but not overly so and a nice finish. Very comparable to Lighthouse albums. Its also very reasonable on price and is about the the heaviest paper my laser printers will handle. I tried 90 lb vellum but it was a rougher finish, acceptable but I prefer the smoother finish on the index.

Amazon lists this at $8.10 / 250 sheets delivered for prime members :
Springhill Cardstock Paper, White Paper, 90lb, 163gsm, 8.5 x 11, 92 Bright, 1 Ream / 250 Sheets - Index Card Stock, Thick Paper (015101R)

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hfbaker
09 Jul 2019
10:22:59pm

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re: Paper weights for Stamp Albums

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"I generally use 67 pound"



I would guess you are using 67# index which is 120 gsm, the same as Scott Specialty.
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angore
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10 Jul 2019
07:19:49am
re: Paper weights for Stamp Albums

The common index sizes are 90, 110, and 140 pounds. When someone says 67#, it is almost always cover basis weight.

Cover, Index, Bond, text all use different sizes to determine the weight.

A better way to compare is by grams per square meter.

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SForgCa
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10 Jul 2019
09:17:43am
re: Paper weights for Stamp Albums

Based on past involvement in printing many various formats for a large co.
Most printers supply houses will provide sample books of all their offerings - a good way to determine your exact needs.
The grammage system gives one a good idea of the paper density but not necessarily the surface quality and stiffness which is more a factor of how and why the paper was manufactured. Important factors for print quality and durability as well as preventing any future adverse effects..

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