How do you manage update stickers?

Bagpus

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Hello all,

I started collecting football stickers this summer and am looking for people’s thoughts on update stickers. Reading this article, it seems that for the Panini major tournament albums there are a few main ways that people keep their stickers:

1) Keep them sealed in their pack – I get why value-based collectors do this, but it is no what I enjoy currently.
2) Stick the update stickers over the top of the original base set sticker – Wasting the original base set stickers doesn’t seem like a great proposition.
3) Stick in the update stickers first, then only add the necessary stickers from the base set – This seems a reasonable approach, especially when completing albums in retrospect. Not sure I’d want to sit on all my Euro 2020 stickers until after the final though! None of the Panini albums have ever had complete squads too, so even by doing this the album isn’t an accurate guide to the squads in the tournament. It is still just a sticker collection showcasing 90% of the players. I’d still also want to find a way to store the other unused stickers from the base set.
4) The “Spanish method” – It seems that you peel back a small amount of the backing paper, trim it off and then stick the update sticker just to the side of the sticker that you are replacing, thereby allowing you to life and view the base set sticker underneath. I like the idea of this very much. Has anyone got any pictures or videos of someone having used this method for their Panini World Cup or Euros albums? The only thing I could find is this video for a Spanish league album:

For those of you who actually dare to take them out of their pack, how do you store yours? I’d love to see some picture and/of videos from some of you who have found good ways of approaching the update sets, so they can still be enjoyed and not just stored.

One other question: I have the update sets for the 2010 World Cup, 2014 World Cup (Belgian set), Euro 2016 and 2018 World Cup. Are these stickers sheets perforated to make it easy to separate these individual stickers from each other? It doesn’t look like it and I’m worried to try if I am just going to damage them. I hope the only way to get the individual stickers is not to just peel them off

I am asking for advice because I think I am leaning towards either doing the “Spanish method” or just not bothering with them at all. Collecting unorganised sheets of update stickers and not being able to insert them anywhere feels pointless.
 

PMadden85

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This is great and loving the Spanish method. I've always been put off actually getting the updates because of just not knowing what to really do with them. I collect for myself, I'm not interested in selling anything on but would still never stick over another player. My only other path was to get 2 books, 1 original and 1 with updates but it's just not cost effective (for me) and I feel then it would lead to chasing other versions or country variants of the updates/stickers in general.
Really glad this has been brought up though and look forward to seeing what other peoples methods are. But I think I'm going to start using the Spanish method. Muchos Gracias!
 

dantzig

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When the update packs come in sheets, most likely I'll leave it that way, because I have to either peel them to stick in the album (not going to EVER happen) or I have to cut them in singles (I'm not a professional cutter)... So for WC's and Euros, option 1.

Now, if the stickers come individually and still don't have space for them, like portuguese or spanish league replacement stickers (BIS), I have my own not-original method (can't recall where I saw it): very similar to that "spanish method", but instead of peeling part of the back of the sticker, I'll just use transparent tape to stick to one side... have done it plenty in my own videos:

 

LFC1892

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1-If they come in sheet of 6 for example I will leave them be.

2-If they come as singles then I will sleeve them then put them inside one of the panini boxes you get from ordering missing stickers. After that they go with the proper album inside a magazine bag.

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Bagpus

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When the update packs come in sheets, most likely I'll leave it that way, because I have to either peel them to stick in the album (not going to EVER happen) or I have to cut them in singles (I'm not a professional cutter)... So for WC's and Euros, option 1.
When I was looking at the update sticker sheets for the 2018 World Cup yesterday I realised that it doesn’t appear as if they are perforated and can easily be pulled apart.

I do see people selling individual stickers from update sheets though and can’t imagine they all have professional cutters.
 

dantzig

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When I was looking at the update sticker sheets for the 2018 World Cup yesterday I realised that it doesn’t appear as if they are perforated and can easily be pulled apart.

I do see people selling individual stickers from update sheets though and can’t imagine they all have professional cutters.
I know it's not that hard to cut the stickers with minimal precision, but I'm not trying that with just scissors... Obviously when it comes to money, some people just do whatever it takes.

it's not a big deal anyway, I save them similar to @LFC1892, be an album with stickers attached or loose... Usually my own albums have the update pack opened, so I can see right away who were the players.
 

LFC1892

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LFC1982- where do You buy sleeves in these dimensions for a stickers?
I buy them from local hobby shops but if you search amazon or ebay you will find them. Ultra Pro 50 sleeves in a pack.
They are a little too big for the Euro stickers but perfect for FIFA365 & Copa America.
 

Bagpus

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Now, if the stickers come individually and still don't have space for them, like portuguese or spanish league replacement stickers (BIS), I have my own not-original method (can't recall where I saw it): very similar to that "spanish method", but instead of peeling part of the back of the sticker, I'll just use transparent tape to stick to one side... have done it plenty in my own videos:

Do you use just normal tape for this, or a premium one that is low tack and removable? I’d be worried about it damaged the album.
 

dantzig

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Do you use just normal tape for this, or a premium one that is low tack and removable? I’d be worried about it damaged the album.
Just normal (but quality) tape... They are my own albums, so no need to remove the tape or the stickers... but it's up to you what you prefer.
 

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