Just curious if anyone is using slipcases for their Scott binders? I have 15 of my Specialty albums with slipcases and will need about 22 more to completely have all the binders matched to a slipcase. Any opinions on if they are worth it? I've noticed that Scott keeps raising their prices on them (among other supplies).
I have Scott International albums, and I have slipcases for all of them. From my point of view, the slipcases get quite dusty over time, so I think that they are worth it to keep the majority of that dirt off of the albums themselves.
On the other hand, as I only have a couple of these, it's nothing like the expense of 22 slipcases!
I have Scott International albums, and I have slip covers for all of them. From my point of view, the slip covers get quite dusty over time, so I think that they are worth it to keep the majority of that dirt off of the albums themselves.
On the other hand, as I only have a couple of these, it's nothing like the expense of 22 slipcovers!
Good luck with whatever you decide....
Yes, the covers do seem to protect the binder and contents. I should have bought them all when they weren't so expensive now. The OCD thing in me has episodes when I look at the shelves and see some binders with slipcases and some without.
I thought about used slipcases, but in prior experiences with used binders and other supplies, the musty smells and odd stickiness to them kind of ruin the whole thing.
I never go out of my way to pay extra for slipcases for stamp albums -- they are so unbelievably expensive (my cheapskate's opinion). But if I buy a collection or used album, a slipcase is definitely a plus and may factor into whether I bid on an item or not.
That being said, slipcases are definitely a plus. They do more than just keep dust out. They also help keep your binder strong. For non-SI albums (SI albums tend to be much thicker, like 3"-4"), I've noticed that once albums start getting fuller/heavier, the binders tend to lean toward one side. I have a lot of hingeless albums and also Vario-type pages in binders (typically 1"-2" thick). Unless you pack the albums side-by-side fairly tightly, the binders will tend to "lean" in one direction over time if left free-standing -- eventually becoming an almost permanent lean. This is something I've definitely noticed comparing my albums with and without dustcases/slipcases. I've got more than a couple of albums sets with no dustcases, where the entire set leans to the left or leans to the right slightly. But the cheapskate in me has learned to live with it.
The slipcases not only help support the binder joints along the spine (often the weak spot in a binder), they also protect your edges/corners from getting dinged when moving around. Also, if you absent-mindedly lay your mint stamp albums flat stacked on each other, the dustcases helps keep the top albums from becoming page presses for the album pages below, as the dustcase will help support the weight.
If these things bother you, then learn from my cheapskate's mistakes.
I like slipcases. I use the Lighthouse Vario binders and they include slip cases. If anything because it is easy to remove a binder and the albums next to it do not fall over. The slip case reserves the spot.
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