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For broadcast on CBS Radio Network stations 
October 28-29, 2000:

Putting them away.

The Stamp Collecting Report, I'm Lloyd de Vries.
What's a good U-S stamp album for beginners? According to an 
online discussion, two good bets are the Scott Minuteman and 
Mystic's new American Heirloom. While neither shows nor has 
spaces for every U-S stamp, it's unlikely that most beginners 
will acquire early rarities or modern varieties. The Scott, a 
two-volume set, runs about sixty dollars; the Mystic, one 
volume, about thirty-three.

Obviously, these are for SERIOUS beginners! There are less 
expensive, sometimes even FREE, albums for children.

Both Scott and Mystic are binders, which allows you to add or 
subtract pages. There are a number of album page-creation 
programs on the market, and even a website or two, or you can 
use standard computer software. In fact, if cost is a 
consideration, or the collection is limited to a period of time 
or a subject, you might consider making up your own album.

Both Scott and Mystic prefer to deal directly with customers. 
Both have 800 numbers and web sites.

And that's stamp collecting this week. 

I'm Lloyd de Vries, CBS News.  {800} 572-6885  {800} 433-7811

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