I haven't gotten much accomplished lately. I've kind of bee in a weird place with my collection. Sort of walking the line between exhilarated and overwhelmed. I still haven't finished the new Zealand project.
Whenever I get like this, I just randomly start looking through boxes and envelopes, which inevitably leads to feeling overwhelmed. Like, there are so many stamps and will I ever achieve any of my goals?
Part of my problem, I know, is I seem to have a habit of bringing in more than I organize or process, so they build up.
For instance: I have been trying to move along through the alphabet, finishing countries as I go. Right now I am to the point of just about finishing the "A" & "B" countries, although I do routinely sidestep this process to work on other countries that don't begin with A or B. I do have most of the BIG countries done in these 2 letters, so I just need to cleanup things and get the smaller, minor countries done.
But lo and behold, I've been picking up collections here and there and now I have envelopes full (AGAIN) from countries I have already thought I was done with. So now I feel the need to go back and revisit all these countries and process more stamps instead of moving forward and tackling unexplored territory.
I'm sure I will figure it out.
I have also been trying to work out what exactly I want to do with all the duplicates I've been amassing. Some I will keep for further study, but many I do not need.
About a year ago I picked up a 9 volume collection in Minkus Comprehensive worldwide albums (see picture). These albums, and most pages were like new. In fact I don't think they were used at all. Each binder had 2 yearly, worldwide supplements in them. Each one arranged A-Z. There were 16 supplements in all, plus the original one-volume Worldwide album 1840 to about 1965. The single volume album had a decent amount of stamps, and was clearly used for a while. It looks like the collector intended to expend, got all the binders and supplements, but never went any where with it.
I originally thought about flipping these, just to get rid of them, but decided to hold on to them for while. Then another collector made the suggestion to use these albums for housing duplicates. Hey, why not? I already had them but some work was going to be needed to collate them.
So, about a couple months ago, I spent about a week collating all 16 yearly supplements so they were alphabetical. The other day I finally decided to start mounting duplicates into these albums. Still not sure why, but that is what I am doing. They are mostly cheap stamps anyway. What it does it keep my backlog of duplicate-filled envelopes down a bit.
I am also going to make All-Dfferent country packs to sell ( or trade, maybe) with the triplicate stamps. there sure is enough to go around, that's for sure.
One thing I would really like to do however, is find 3 or 4 more binders, like the ones in the picture, so I can spread out the pages a bit more and each album won't be so bulky. I just don't know where to look for them. I am assuming they are no longer being made?
I guess I could buy cheap collections, if I find them, just for the binders, but I really don't want MORE STAMPS right now....UGHHHH!!
If anyone has any that they want gone, because I kow Minkus is not a very HOT ticket item, please let me know. These are the 2 1/2" binders.