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Posted 10/04/2010   9:53 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add fredcdobbs to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Here is an example of one of the pages of a mostly complete 1940's - 80's US plate block collection mounted in Minkus albums. I would estimate 75% of the blocks are stained by the adhesive strip of the "lifetime of sparkling beauty and protection!" of Crystal Mount that was used in these albums. The person who had me look at these was in denial and would not believe that his fathers life long collection was for the most part worthless. But the mounts did protect the gum from having the horrible stigma of being eeeeekk!! hinged.I guess he could flip these over and show off the back side.

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Posted 10/04/2010   10:11 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add modern_who to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
There have been posts about this and I have warned about this. Some have claimed Crystal Mounts are no problem. I have seen similar and am happy to see you have posted an example. So the stains actually went through to the stamps.
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Edited by modern_who - 10/04/2010 10:13 pm
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Posted 10/04/2010   10:16 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add modern_who to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
On the bright side, they can still be used as postage, though it takes a lot of them to mail anything anymore.
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Posted 10/05/2010   01:07 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add smauggie to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
There were some other clear plastic mounts with gold trim that were just as bad. Still, you could put together a nice selection of mint plate# singles (in some cases). Then sell the rest as postage. Probably get 50-70% of face.
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Posted 10/05/2010   03:28 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Prince Afa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I have to say that I'm on the other side of the fence.

I have a Harris Citation and Harris Liberty album. Together there are hundreds of stamps mounted in Crystal Mounts. The last stamps were put in the albums in 1975.

I have never seen anything wrong with any of my stamps. Although I am much more vigilant now.

I must also say that the albums have been sitting in a first floor bedroom closet for the past 35 years.

If I were to see pictures like those the OP has posted, I can't help but wonder if those albums didn't spend some of their past life in a basement or in a garage.
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Posted 10/05/2010   07:25 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add stampvirgin to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
the biggest killer of collections is humidity, plain and simple.
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Posted 10/05/2010   10:19 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Edwin to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
makes me sick to my stomach, and there not even mine...The thought of breaking up mint blocks to salvage 2 of the 4 and use the others for postage.

but I think Smauggie has the best answer so far.


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Edited by Edwin - 10/05/2010 10:22 am
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Posted 10/05/2010   10:32 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add fredcdobbs to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I will add a little to this, the staining to the stamps is not as dramatic as the album pages, the stain is very pronounced though. As I stated not all of the blocks are tainted, some more than others. My best guess is that these were mounted some time in the mid 60's to 70's.Just a guess though, the photos of the remaining mounts show the different phases of deterioration. The upper "self stik" mounts show heavy browning, the crystal mounts are all showing different shades of yellowing and browning.I do not know how these were stored over the last 25 years or so. So here are examples of used on pages with stamps and unused and still in the original packages.






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Edited by fredcdobbs - 10/05/2010 10:37 pm
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Posted 10/05/2010   11:11 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add laswabbie to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Yikes - that picture gave me the shivers! Thank goodness technology has (supposedly) given us lifetime mounts now.
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