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USPS Commemorative Panels

 
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Posted 02/24/2021   9:33 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add gwanghoops to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I finally took a look at an 1995-6 USPS Commemorative Album (blocks, not FDC) my mom gave me years ago and actually appreciated the panels. Broke down and bought more from eBay at around face value.

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The ones I got from my mom in original packaging, 1995-6, were 8.5x11 but all other years I got (70s-00s) and the ASPPP indicates they should be 8.5x11.25. What?

The original 3-ring binders and "photo album" pages were cheap and don't show well, so how do collectors store these pages? Thinking of getting rid of the original packaging but they don't fit in sheet protectors as they are 1/4" too tall. The cost of small mint sheet albums is overkill for such cheaply acquired material. Trimming them down is possible as I don't think there's any resale loss here :-)
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Posted 02/25/2021   09:55 am  Show Profile Check stampCat7's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add stampCat7 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Collectors want items as they were issued. If you trim the pages they basically become worthless
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I concur, do not trim.
I would look for used albums that hold full pages and were marketed originally by 3rd party companies (i.e. Postal Commemorative Society).
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Thank you for the replies. Here's my take.

The original USPS pages are 9.5x11.5 acetate pages that do NOT have a bottom seal and remind me of shiny photo album pages that I would never keep. You can still buy these from the USPS for $1/page.

A cheap solution is to purchase a 9x12 art folio (cheap bound pages in flimsy binder for $10-$16) holding 24-40 pages. Not bad but sucks to store vertically. You can also purchase 9x12 pages but having 9x12 binders is still a storage and cost issue.

What I did for now: find slightly oversized letter sized sheet protectors that fit in 3-ring binders. The Avery sheet protectors fail to cover 3/16" and are 11.25" long. Charles Leonard sheet protectors 48341 are supposed to be 11.5" long. We'll see.

For those who wondered about the 8.5x11 USPS commemorative pages, some dum**ss actually trimmed them and forgot that he did it (me). Yes, I feel badly.
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