Stickers In Album or seperate

#1
Hi all being into the cards as well as stickers in the card world sticking your card into an album is taboo as it immediately deduces the value of the card and we all like the cards in its best condition in a protective sleeve In the sticker world I guess its different do we all like our stickers laid down in the album provided for that particular set or do we keep the album empty and the stickers separate in protective sleeves Think its an individual thing but what do you do ?
 

Pavle

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#2
I wrote a post about this a while ago. You can read it on this link.

In my opinion it all comes to what makes you happy? What do you enjoy? Do you enjoy trying to glue stickers inside precisely or you prefer putting them in a binder?

If we collect to follow the trend or make an investment, then that is not the true meaning of the hobby. Personally, for the collections that I would never ever consider selling, I always stick them inside the album. They look much better inside. Stickers are created to be sticked inside.

On the other hand if we are investing that is a different story. Obviously loose sticker set is worth more then a complete album because a buyer enjoys sticking stickers inside himself. But then again, God knows what will be a trend in a future. Nobody anticipated empty albums to be worth more then complete one one day (Take Munich 74 by Panini as an example).
 

Caniggia

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#3
I could never miss pleasure to put stickers in my album, even i know it will loose value. The day this hobby will be just a business for me, probably i will stop it. When i'm the buyer I try to find or album + complete set (for new releases, as I do every time with Navarrete with WC or Copa America albums) or complete albums for old ones. From the 90's to now I can also buy albums without complete set because is not a dream to find missing stickers and same stickers are still possible to be attached. I keep empty albums only for special edition of WC, for example Brasil 2014 edition from Ecuador i have only the album plus the extra stickers, i does make any sense to have an album empty with only few stickers inside.
 

Makhno

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#4
Same as Cannigia! All my albums are completed (almost) and all the stickers are stuck inside. Except for extra stickers edited for some countries : I have the empty album and I leave the extra stickers unstuck.
 
#5
I agree with Cannigia and Makhno. I like to stick the stickers in my albums, and I keep them that way since I do not do this as an investment, but for a hobby.
 

ilias

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#6
Same as Cannigia! All my albums are completed (almost) and all the stickers are stuck inside. Except for extra stickers edited for some countries : I have the empty album and I leave the extra stickers unstuck.

What I do is complete the album first. And spare I keep them in my sleeves and too-loaders.
 
#7
I feel that an intimate bond is created when peeling a sticker off its backing and putting it into a folder. As the album progresses, it becomes a labor of love, increasing the sentimental value of the folder, even if the monetary value decreases because of it. The sense of accomplishment when placing the last sticker in is a personal memory that holds greater value than money going into a Paypal account.

I also know that I have paid more attention to the content inside the pages of my albums because I am affixing the stickers inside than if I had just left them unused. It's been an opportunity to learn more about players, clubs and leagues that I would not otherwise pay much attention to.
 

Makhno

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#8
I feel that an intimate bond is created when peeling a sticker off its backing and putting it into a folder. As the album progresses, it becomes a labor of love, increasing the sentimental value of the folder, even if the monetary value decreases because of it. The sense of accomplishment when placing the last sticker in is a personal memory that holds greater value than money going into a Paypal account.

I also know that I have paid more attention to the content inside the pages of my albums because I am affixing the stickers inside than if I had just left them unused. It's been an opportunity to learn more about players, clubs and leagues that I would not otherwise pay much attention to.
I think most of us feel the same. I can't say better.
 
#9
I feel that an intimate bond is created when peeling a sticker off its backing and putting it into a folder. As the album progresses, it becomes a labor of love, increasing the sentimental value of the folder, even if the monetary value decreases because of it. The sense of accomplishment when placing the last sticker in is a personal memory that holds greater value than money going into a Paypal account.

I also know that I have paid more attention to the content inside the pages of my albums because I am affixing the stickers inside than if I had just left them unused. It's been an opportunity to learn more about players, clubs and leagues that I would not otherwise pay much attention to.
Total agree @J.L. Robert, you couldn´t say that in better way.
 
#11
I did both last WC, one for the sentimental value and one for the 'real' value ;)
Greetings.
I agree with you, after completing the album by pasting the figures, I buy another Brazilian version and international version with the loose figures, but even for me who live in Brazil, the Brazilian albums end up becoming more expensive and rare too. And I still have two children who collect as well.
 

Helios

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#12
I have to confess I did not paste Euro Cup and World Cup stickers for a long time, but collected only sets and empty album.
I only stuck non sports albums like star wars , harry potter among others with personal lower interest for me.
I rediscovered the importance of sticking coincidentally on holidays when World Cup album Brasil 2014 came out..
So now I do both with the important PANINI EC , WC & FIFA 365 series ( different editions only extra sticker set + empty album/starter) and with all others just keep a completed album.
Sometimes the background design of an album like with FIFA 365 2017 is so fantastic I feel a bit uncomfortable to cover it up with stickers..;)
 

ilias

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#13
Personally it's what you like, I know most people prefer sticking the stickers on the album, but enjoy them as a loose set is an art too. I love looking at my stickers loose as much as I like them stuck on the album.
 

LeicesterRob

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#14
Sometimes the background design of an album like with FIFA 365 2017 is so fantastic I feel a bit uncomfortable to cover it up with stickers..;)
I agree too @Helios and @ilias

Sometimes I think that albums with very colourful pages and have lots of background shots often take away from the visual impact of the stickers.

Simple clean backgrounds (like the early 80s league albums or Europa 80) work well and for me represent Panini in its golden age. Stickers then stand out well on the page and look absolutely great stuck in the albums.

I like the Foot 16/17 album and stickers but when you see pages completed the final result isn't so pleasing. This type of album works well unstuck (for me anyway).

It's a good debate as I'm sure there are many that have different views.

My preference is to always stick them in (given reasonable time to do so) and if possible to keep a full second set lose (not always possible)
 
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