Stock Books, Blank, And Special Stamp Albums
Blank albums are the deluxe stamp albums of philately. They are always loose-leaf and frequently have pages provided with linen hinges to assist in their opening and to make them rest flat when the book is wide open.
As the name implies, the pages of blank albums have no printing apart from, usually, a very light quadrant lines to assist you in aligning your postage stamps. Such albums are utilized by advanced hobbyists and also by others who don't wish to be controlled by printed spots for postage stamps. They are available in all qualities and sizes from only several dollars to $50 or higher to get a single volume.
One factor to consider in acquiring a blank album is the excellence of the paper utilized for all pages. This should be strong, ideally of linen material; it should present an even and not glossy surface; and, you should be capable of writing with pen upon the page without concern about blotting.
These are typically stamp albums with pages consisting of a number of pouches - just like an agreement card - within which to keep notary stamps. They are useful to the collector principally for a method to hold copies. They are available in a tremendous variety of types, dimensions, and qualities. The very largest are used by stamp dealers to keep their inventory. The very tiniest are merely one-page pouches called "pocket stock books" - convenient things to carry around loose postage stamps.
In addition to the ordinary albums and stock books mentioned, there are many albums created for a particular function. Such stamp albums include those known as "Mint Sheet albums" - a portfolio-style file in which full sheets of postage stamps may be safely stored. Additional special albums would be the so-named "cover albums." They're a series of transparent envelopes into which just one "cover" may be inserted. By lifting the translucent pouch, you are able to examine each side of the cover without ever taking it out of its container. Such albums are sometimes just a series of tough transparent pockets attached in a ring binder. Others have the pockets organized, so they marginally overlap each other, exposing a portion of the cover in each pouch.