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What Nice And Compact US Catalog Do You Use For Keeping Track Of The Stamps You Have And Don't Have?

 
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Posted 07/11/2020   3:38 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add niosurfer to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
For my Brazilian collection I use the RHM catalog, which is very compact and easy to handle. Also very easy to move around and use it as a quick reference to know what you have and what you don't have. See pictures below:






In the picture above you can see that I mark with an "X" what I have mint and with a "C X" what I have cancelled/used. Eventually I will also mark whether it is MNH (Mint-Never-Hinged) or not, but that's a project for the future.

So what US catalog do you recommend me that would be similar to the one above? The Specialized Scott Catalog I have here is very bulky. Not a good resource for a quick reference. My main desire is to have a small/compact US catalog with clear pictures that I can use to keep track of what I have and what I do not have.




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Posted 07/11/2020   4:25 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add niosurfer to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks, but I heard bad things about this one. Like it has no pictures, just a bunch of boxes with descriptions for you to check.




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Posted 07/11/2020   6:16 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Germania to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
It looks like the stamp smarter link rogdcam provided is just what you need. You can print it double sided and only the year groups you collect.

Or you can buy a slightly older Scott Specialized and excise out the postage stamp section by running an xacto knife along the spine.

No matter what you do USA has 3 times as many stamps as Brazil (based on one of the on-line catalogs) so you will necessarily end up with a thicker catalog.
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Posted 07/11/2020   6:40 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Roberto59 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hello.
When you start collecting, anything goes. Then you find an endless number of identical pieces and want to improve the collection. Then they're no good "X" or "XC". I advise everyone to use a method that warns of the status of the piece.
This is mine as an example. I use numbers in the catalogs and color the cells in the excel lists.
Each must invent a method that suits their interests, but it is not practical to use more than one digit no more than 10 codes.
Regards.

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Catalogue pictured says "Stamps in Color."
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Scott's Pocket Catalog is the size of a paperback book. Why they persist in calling it a 'pocket' catalog escapes me. I have a 2011 edition, at least as of then, it has full color illustrations of stamps. Not sure where you heard it didn't. It's still easily carried in a briefcase or bag to shows- when they start having them again.
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Interesting code.
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Posted 07/12/2020   12:08 pm  Show Profile Check 51studebaker's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 51studebaker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I assume Roberto59 means that he uses Excel Conditional Formatting rules to automatically use a color fill for the rows based upon the 'status' number.
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Scott's Pocket Catalog is the size of a paperback book. Why they persist in calling it a 'pocket' catalog escapes me

It dates me, but when paperbacks first made their appearance on the literary scene, they were called "pocket books".
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Posted 07/13/2020   01:34 am  Show Profile Check pascoe's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add pascoe to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I've made a Google Sheet that has all the details I could ever want including if me or my young daughters collects have a copy. I can share a few screenshots later if anyone would like.
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Scott's Pocket Catalog is the size of a paperback book. Why they persist in calling it a 'pocket' catalog escapes me. I have a 2011 edition, at least as of then, it has full color illustrations of stamps. Not sure where you heard it didn't.

Even the 1980 edition, which I used for years as my checklist for U.S., U.N., and Canada, has illustrations, though back then they were black and white. With a cover price of only $2.50, it was an excellent investment.
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Thanks, Robert59. That's indeed very interesting. See this thread where I reference your system: http://goscf.com/t/73467
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