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Post & Go Presentation Packs - How do you store yours?

 
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stevevp
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PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2013 7:12 pm    Post subject: Post & Go Presentation Packs - How do you store yours? Reply with quote

I'm not a great fan of presentation packs so don't generally collect them. The exception is the Post & Go issues where it is a convenient way to purchase them from the Philatelic Bureau - and possibly the only way.

Grateful for any advice on the best way to store them - if I need a Presentation Pack Album, what's the best brand? - or should I just split the pack and put the stamp strips in an album?

Many thanks, Steve

PS On a similar vein. How do you store your Prestige Booklets? I have mine in a small binder, in plastic sleeves, split vertically, two pockets to a page. It's a convenient and compact method of storage but I detect the booklets are starting to bow a bit in the middle so it might be time for a rethink.
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PostPosted: Sat May 18, 2013 7:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Steve,
my definitive PPacks are stored in a 'Royal Mail Presentation Packs' Album. The quality of the album is not terrific, but at least the packs are together and protected. Business Sheet Headers are also stored in a RM PPack album, but because they are flimsy, I wrap them in the packaging card that RM send with each delivery - black back with clear foil and roughly the same size as a presentation pack

Here's a pic from my defins ppack album (taken with iPhone so pretty grainy)



PSB's and Folded Booklets are kept in a Lighthouse Album called 'Optima'. I use their transparent sheets - Optima 2C for PSB's and Optima 4C or 5C for the folded booklets.



Hope this helps,
Marc
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PostPosted: Sat May 18, 2013 11:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Marc,

Many thanks for your reply. I really appreciate your taking the time to include photographs.

My concern with the Royal Mail products has been the quality of the plastic they use and that it might not be acid free. I have some of their old FDC albums where the plastic has started to split and there has been the beginning of some adhesion to the FDCs themselves. But my albums are about 20+ years old so I would hope they've improved the product. In any case the stamps are further protected by the presentation pack sleeve. It certainly looks a neat solution and one to consider. I presume Lighthouse don't have a similar product.

I really like the look of the Optima album for PSBs. I presume you are using the Gigant binder? I think I will be investing in these very soon. It's interesting you should show a shot of your folded booklets as I have a problem with them too. The small format binders I have make for excellent storage but as less "nice" for actually browsing through the booklets. I did try the larger format Stanley Gibbons booklet albums but found that the pages were so wide that even the opened booklets moved around in the pocket, became out of alignment and looked messy. Yours look as though they stay nicely lined up so that might well be the answer.

Once again, many thanks for your help. Plenty of food for thought!
Kind regards, Steve
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PostPosted: Sun May 19, 2013 4:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Steve,
Binders for my PSB's and folded booklets are called 'OPTIMA G Binder incl. Slipcase' (costs about 30 EUR).
http://www.leuchtturm.com/epages/leuchtturm_eu.sf/en_EU/?ObjectPath=/Shops/leuchtturm_eu/Products/319597/SubProducts/319597

Glad I could be of help.
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PostPosted: Sun May 19, 2013 2:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks again Marc. Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 12:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Marc,

By way of a follow up. I went ahead and ordered the Optimas some weeks ago. They are certainly a quality product.

I've now had time to start my reorganisation and have a couple of questions if I may. I had intended to ask how you store the longer booklets, mainly in the F series eg FE1 but I note that you are storing them folded. Is this because they are just a bit too tight for the pockets as they do just about fit lengthways? I also wonder whether Lighthouse have changed the page sizes slightly as my F series (and similar) booklets protrude out the top of the pockets, especially those in the top row. I think I shall be using 4C rather than 5C pages.

Other than that I also need to work out how to store regular and Cylinder booklets eg the PM series. I will probably store the the CYLs on the page after the regular ones rather than mix them up, similarly the A & B (left and right) versions of various booklets, again, in the F series.

And finally I need to sort out some labelling which will probably be paper inserts either hand written or printed. It's going to be a bit of a labour of lover for those winter months!

Steve

PS To get back on my original topic. I decided to go with Lighthouse Royal binders for the Post and Go issues. Again, a quality product just a shame that no one seems to do clear pages in this size.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 6:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Steve

glad to hear you went with the Optima solution.

Actually, I have ONE binder for all my decimal folded booklets which is split into 2 sections. Each section is sorted according to SG.

SECTION 1). ALL small size booklets (e.g 10p-FA's, 50p-FB's, ... + the 2.00-FW's)
The small size booklets are all stored in page type 5c. They are opened (flat) and not folded. I have about 40 pages of 5C. Regarding height: if the booklet is pushed in the sleeve right down to the bottom, I have about 1mm space remaining at the top. In other words, they are fully covered, but it's a tight fit. If you're fussy about the protection then you might want to try the 4C as you suggest, but for me 5C is good enough.

SECTION 2). ALL large size booklets starting with 65p-FC's, 70p-FD's up until 1.90-FV's . This section also includes FH1a - FH4b).
The larger sized booklets are stored in type 4C and are NOT folded. If you look closer at the pic above, you can just about see the 70p and 65p shining through on the right hand side. They just about fit width wise in the pockets, leaving about 3-4mm space in total. It's a bit of a squeeze, but they fit. Regarding the height, they are completely covered. I have about 52 of these pages.

I don't split my booklets between cyl and non cyl, as I don't have enough with cyls. But if I were to specialise these, then I would probably create a second binder just containing the cyl booklets in the same layout as above. In my case, if I do have a booklet with a cyl, then I usually store it in the same pocket as its brother (2 in 1)

My PSB series is also stored using the optima system (page type 2C)

Re. the PM series: I don't store these in the Optima system, because I already had a load of 'regular' Lighthouse binders. I store all the self adhesives using LB4 pages. All window and barcode booklets are also stored with LB4 pages. For the KX and LX series I use LB3.

Re. labeling: I don't store labels alongside the booklets unless something is pretty special and not quite clear to the eye of the 'beer holder' Wink Again, on the pic above, you can see on the second row up there's a little piece of paper (about the size of a machin) tucked into the pocket, and in this case it says 'FW7 Blue Fluor', which points out that there is also a FW7 Yellow fluor version.

Hope this helps. If you have any further Q's don't hesitate to ask.

Marc
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Marc,

Many thanks for your response.

I can see now that you have the booklets open. I've checked again and they certainly do fit - although I wouldn't want to take them out too often once they are in! I think I'll stick with 4C's for all the smaller booklets to give them a bit more all round protection.

For the PMs I'll stick with the 3C's. I really like the look of the Optima which gives me the exact mix of storage and display I'd wanted. They are a pleasure to look at rather than the generic binders with black Vario pages I've been using. I've put a scan below (albeit with a black background). I guess they must look pretty good with the LB pages too, but they're quite a lot more expensive for the numbers I'll need.

Anyway Marc, I really appreciate your help with all this. I hadn't expected to struggle quite so much with storage but given the cost of the binders it was important to get it right this time. There'll probably be a load of generic binders going on Ebay for 99p later in the year! Wink

Cheers for now, Steve

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