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Posted 08/24/2019   8:43 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Coastwatcher to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I have a Harris Canada album that goes up until around 2000....somewhere. I haven't seen it since we moved a few years ago and, after searching for it over the last several weeks, I have about given up hope of ever finding it. As such, I've been looking at various candidates for a replacement on the internet. I would like a little nicer album than the Harris was, though, and prefer a ring binder over a post binder because it will lie flat. I would also like an album that has an available slipcase.

After looking at several options, I'm thinking of getting Volume I (1851-1980) and Volume II (1981-2000) of the Canadian Wholesale Supply Dominion Album as offered by Arpin Philately. The cost is very affordable (and includes free shipping), it uses a three ring binder, slipcases are available and I like the look and layout of the pages. Does anyone have any experience with these albums? If so, what are your thoughts? Are there any other albums that you would recommend that I may have overlooked? Please don't recommend Steiner pages. I have the CD and, while I think that they're great for my general worldwide collection, I prefer illustrated pages for my specialized collections.

Here is a link to the Dominion Album that I'm considering - https://www.arpinphilately.com/itm/...lish-version
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Posted 08/24/2019   10:44 pm  Show Profile Check Stamps1962's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Stamps1962 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
CWS albums are nice but.. they require you to break up se-tennant issues into singles. That is the only way they illustrate them.

I use Lighthouse albums, expensive but Arpin often offers them at discounts.
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Edited by Stamps1962 - 08/24/2019 10:48 pm
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Posted 08/25/2019   12:29 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add uboatnut to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
You really need to look at these FREE album ages by Bill Weston available from www.thestampweb.com

Canada Classic Albums

Superb Canada Classic album in full colour produced by William (Bill) Weston of Calgary, Alberta.
This postage stamp album contains all Canadian Postage stamps issued prior to 1973, including many varieties. The album is ordered in accordance with Scott, but due to copyright issues does not include the catalogue numbers.
To cater to the specialist collector this album concludes with a massive 65 page section covering the Centennial Definitive Series. Those collectors not requiring this level of detail can simply ignore these pages when printing.
Note: Due to the full colour illustrations included in this album, it is a large download. If the individual collector would prefer an album with grey scale images, this can easily be accommodated at print time by choosing the appropriate setting in the printer configuration dialogue box.
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Posted 08/25/2019   12:30 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add uboatnut to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
You really need to look at these FREE album pages by Bill Weston available from

http://www.thestampweb.com/albums.html

Canada Classic Albums

Superb Canada Classic album in full colour produced by William (Bill) Weston of Calgary, Alberta.
This postage stamp album contains all Canadian Postage stamps issued prior to 1973, including many varieties. The album is ordered in accordance with Scott, but due to copyright issues does not include the catalogue numbers.

To cater to the specialist collector this album concludes with a massive 65 page section covering the Centennial Definitive Series. Those collectors not requiring this level of detail can simply ignore these pages when printing.

Note: Due to the full colour illustrations included in this album, it is a large download. If the individual collector would prefer an album with grey scale images, this can easily be accommodated at print time by choosing the appropriate setting in the printer configuration dialogue box.
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Posted 08/25/2019   01:43 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Timm to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I use Steiner pages.
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Posted 08/25/2019   02:07 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add DrewM to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I'm not very familiar with the Dominion album, but generally 3-ring binder albums look like 3-ring binder albums, meaning like a school kid's notebook with pages in it. It's not the most elegant look, and if you ever get a chance to see really nice stamp albums, none of them will be 3-ring binder albums. Now if you're not bothered by this, then go for it and get the CWS Dominion album. If the pages are reasonably heavy weight, the layouts are appealing, and you don't dislike 3-ring pages and a vinyl binder, you'll be perfectly happy with it. For me, it's too much in the beginner category of albums which nearly always come with vinyl-covered binders and not very substantial pages. They look good initially, but eventually the vinyl binder cracks along the fold and the pages, if they're lightweight, begin to tear at the holes.

At the other end of the spectrum are Lighthouse, Davo, Lindner, and other very attractive, high quality stamp albums. Some of these manufacturers sell a Canada album. Davo does. Their pages are very nicely laid out and uncluttered. Their paper is reasonably heavy. But they only come in 2-post binders. No ring binders. And the coast of a full Davo Canada album will run you as much as a thousand bucks by the time you buy each set of pages. Don't faint because the others cost even more. Lighthouse sells a full Canada album that costs over $1500. I have no idea who buys these albums, but I'm not one of them.

So . . . cheap or expensive -- with the cheap album looking a bit cheap and the expensive choice looking really nice but costing an arm and a leg. If there were just a good middle choice, an album with high quality paper, uncluttered layouts, and good binders, both 2-post and 3-ring. And there is.

It's the Scott Canada album. You can get the entire album with binders and all groups of pages for $380-400. Not cheap but a stone-cold bargain compared to the others. More than a vinyl binder album, but it will last a lifetime and look elegant in the process. And you don't have to buy it all at once, if you don't want to. Buy a binder (2-post or 3-ring, whichever you prefer) and buy one set of pages, then add another group of pages every once in awhile until you have the whole album. Each group of pages costs about $50. Check either Amos Advantage or Subway Stamp Shop.

That's what I'd do, anyway; But whatever album you get will work just fine, I'm sure.
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Posted 08/25/2019   02:31 am  Show Profile Check GeoffHa's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GeoffHa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Gibbons offers a five-volume Canada set for 200, with slipcases available @ 20. Page 17 of the attached PDF

http://www.michaelkay.co.uk/brochur...brochure.pdf

As always, worth looking at auction lots for collections housed in more expensive albums of the Lighthouse type.
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Posted 08/25/2019   09:21 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add fantail to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Shipping from Arpin is not free for stamp albums. They charge a min of $13.50.
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Posted 08/25/2019   8:36 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add gmot to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
To add to above comments - Not a big fan of the CWS albums, they look rather cheap IMHO, having bought a couple as feeders in the past year. The pages aren't very heavyweight, and the binders look like something you'd use for an old office manual. But I'm a sucker for nice albums...

But yes, Lighthouse albums - 3 of them get you to 1999 and they are very nice quality - will set you back $720 CAD, although Arpin has them regularly on sale. They do free shipping in Canada if order >$100. That's what I use and very happy with them, although I did create a collation list to match Scott #s to the placement of stamps on the LH pages.

Palo - that has illustrations for all stamps, if you go with the regular pages, would work out to about $350 USD for 2 albums ($230 for pages, $120 for albums). Hingeless pages will run 3 times as much. They use Scott order of course, being based on Steiner.

If you're not in a hurry, the advice to pick up Lighthouse or another high quality album as part of an auction is great. You can often find albums for much less than cost in great condition, along with some stamps too. I got duplicates of the LH pages for the 1990s that way.

You could of course use Steiner or another source to self-print pages and enhance to include illustrations in the spots. But that would be a fair amount of work.
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Posted 08/25/2019   10:30 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Coastwatcher to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks all. Having read the comments, I'm not sure that the Dominion Album would be right for me after all. I think I'll go for the Palo albums as I have several of their hingeless albums and I really like them. I'm not going the hingeless album route with Canada because I plan on mainly collecting them used. Of course, any mint or valuable stamp will be placed in a mount.
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Posted 08/25/2019   10:35 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Andyrich74 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I have my Israel collection in Davo Luxe albums; and love them. Of course, not hingeless as you spoke of; but really like them. Hope you enjoy in whatever you decide to do, that's the most important thing.
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Posted 08/26/2019   09:02 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Coastwatcher to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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Shipping from Arpin is not free for stamp albums.


Although I've decided to go a separate route, anyone possibly interested in the Dominion Canada album can get one from Collector's Supply House, the retail arm of Canadian Wholesale Supply, with free shipping. This applies to both the US and Canada.

http://www.collectorssupplyhouse.co...dominion.htm
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Posted 09/08/2019   8:28 pm  Show Profile Check Stamps1962's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Stamps1962 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
gmot:

Is the collation list you created available as a pdf file? I could sure use it if so. Other might be interested as well.
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Posted 09/08/2019   11:31 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add gmot to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
It's part of an Excel spreadsheet, but I can certainly extract it and PM it to you (or anyone else) in either format. Just let me know!
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