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Posted 02/24/2012   12:44 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Latinus to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I found this picture on eBay:



Is bundling up stamps like that a good idea? I would think banding groups of stamps might damage the perforations. I would also be concerned that if the little bundles were put into storage for a long time, the deterioration of the rubber bands would damage the stamps.
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Posted 02/24/2012   12:56 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Pookie64 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
It certainly does not look like a bright move. Not a lot I would be bidding on. The stamps also looked creased at the rubber band. It's just careless to do that! You are right on the rubber deteriorating and discoloring the paper it touches.
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Posted 02/24/2012   02:29 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Puzzler to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Dealers used to do this. Still do it but with a paper or plastic band (usually) around the stamps. If done correctly it doesn't damage the stamps, just presses them together.

Rubber bands are bad though. Cheap but bad.
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Posted 02/24/2012   03:06 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Maiden to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I have a few bundles like that which I got in a 'lucky dip' lot, but at least they used paper bands.
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Posted 02/24/2012   08:22 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add spanishmoss to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
This is the sort of lot I love!
It's great for doing projects with kids.

For example, at our last meeting, I came up with an activity called, "Washington or Lincoln" (in honor of Presidents Day).
They had to hinge the appropriate stamp next to a statement describing Washington or Lincoln. Someone had given me a
bundle of Washington definitives which was PERFECT for this.
I then had to spend a lot of time looking for the Lincolns.
(There's a bundle in this picture that would have been perfect!)
It was worth it, though. The kids learned some facts about
the presidents and worked on hinging at the same time.

Someone else's organization makes my "job" easier. If I got that
lot, though, I would remove all the rubber bands and use paper.
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Posted 02/24/2012   08:34 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

Eeeek!
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Posted 02/24/2012   08:40 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jamesw to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The rubber bands make me sad.
I've seen bundles like that at estate auctions (using paper wraps) but could never figure why you would need a couple of hundred 1974 Eisenhowers... unless you were a dealer, I suppose.
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Posted 02/24/2012   08:55 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Maiden to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

Quote:
This is the sort of lot I love!
It's great for doing projects with kids.

For example, at our last meeting, I came up with an activity called, "Washington or Lincoln" (in honor of Presidents Day).
They had to hinge the appropriate stamp next to a statement describing Washington or Lincoln. Someone had given me a
bundle of Washington definitives which was PERFECT for this.
I then had to spend a lot of time looking for the Lincolns.
(There's a bundle in this picture that would have been perfect!)
It was worth it, though. The kids learned some facts about
the presidents and worked on hinging at the same time.

Someone else's organization makes my "job" easier. If I got that
lot, though, I would remove all the rubber bands and use paper.


Your kids wouldnt be interested in learning about Holland would they? I have a rediculous amount of Dutch dupes from a 30000 box lot I was given (for some stamps I have dupes running into the 100's).

Let me know if you can use some and a send some over.
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Posted 02/24/2012   09:46 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add spanishmoss to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Maiden,

Stamps from Holland would be great! I am sure I can come up
with a way to use them.

Many, many thanks!!


(Happy teacher dance)
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Posted 02/24/2012   10:20 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Maiden to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Mail me your address and let me know the sort of maximum you'd want from each stamp (I could literally send several 100 of the same stamp for some of them:p)
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Posted 02/24/2012   12:18 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Scanstamps to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Wow.

I do enjoy buying lots of bundleware and sorting through the stamps-- I collect cancels and minor plate flaws-- but I don't think I'd buy a lot bundled with rubber bands-- pretty much for the reasons you outlined.

Bundled with thread? Yes. That was the way bundleware was often done, in days of old. I've actually bought bundles of stamps tied up with thread, untouched since the 1800's. That can be pretty exciting to look through!

Bundled with paper strips? Sure. That generally doesn't damage the perfs too much, unless the person bundling the stamps made the "stack" unusually tight... in which case the top and bottom 3-5 stamps might be unusable. Or least will need to be soaked and redried, to get rid of the bent perfs.

Since I collect Scandinavia, most "newer" bundleware I come across are made with non-acidic clear cellophane strips, made specifically to bundle stamps. I would have thought this "invention" would have been worldwide, but it seems limited to certain northern European nations.

But no, rubber bands are a BAD idea... not only for the damage to the perfs, but for the chemical breakdown of the rubber.

~Peter
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Posted 02/24/2012   3:48 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Footballphilately to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
That is pretty painful to look at.
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