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Who Uses Whitman Folders? Holes Always Seem Too Small?

 
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 Posted 05/27/2019  10:37 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add RPT to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I had a few Whitman Folders in the past and now some newer ones. The holes are always too small. I have to work the hole bigger to get a coin in.

Is there some kind of trick to these I'm missing?
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 Posted 05/27/2019  11:21 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add carlp007 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I had the same problem with Whitman Kennedy Book 1988 to 2005. In fact, I would put the book on the floor and use my weight to get the coins in. No luck. I changed over to a H.E. Harris & Co book without any fit issues.
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 Posted 05/27/2019  12:13 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add aristarchus123 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yup, there is a trick. Gotta push in the edge downward first at the bottom, then pop it in. I found the quarters folders to be the most difficult.
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 Posted 05/27/2019  1:04 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add matthewvincent to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
aristarchus123 describes the technique well.
"Feel the snap!" was Whitman's slogan.
I had the opposite problem....my coins were SO worn
that they would fall out of the hole.
(My folders were from the sixties.)


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 Posted 05/27/2019  1:22 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add T-BOP to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
In my opinion folders are for newbies first getting into the hobby . To the avid coin collector folders serve no cents ( pun intended ). Unable to view reverse , pain in the neck pressing into tight hole and toning the reverse of the coin usually in a bad way .
As you get more into collecting you'll want to not only upgrade your coins but also upgrade to coin albums . More expensive but you won't regret it ; Totally different animal . There are different brand albums out there but I like Whitman blue covers . others like Dansco & Lighthouse .
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 Posted 05/27/2019  1:31 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add fioti to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
There is no reason to put higher grade coins in a Whitman. After all, you want to admire both sides.
I put together a couple of Whitman folders a month, as gifts to YNs, so they'll hopefully upgrade to an album with better pieces. After forceably seating
the bottom in, I angle a shot-glass and 'roll' upwards. This gets the job done
& saves my thumbs.
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 Posted 05/27/2019  2:24 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Earle42 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I used to have all mine in Whitman's. I stored them in what I thought was aitright conditions. Many years later I took them out, unwrapped them, and every coin with a BU front had no luster on the back. I stopped using them for anything not circulated. In fact I have not put another coin into one opting for 2X2s instead.

I also now do not put coins (permanently) with luster in Dansco albums or anything that will have cardboard touching the coin since I am now thinking it was ambient humidity in the cardboard that ruined my coins.
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 Posted 06/02/2019  07:30 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add just carl to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
All such problems are good reasons to switch to Albums.
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 Posted 06/02/2019  07:52 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add T-BOP to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yeah but Carl ,Albums have cardboard too . I have only used albums for my high grade Circulated 1909-1940 Lincolns . All the rest of my coins are loose leaf binders .
Hopefully some day someone will come out with an Album with no paper ,cardboard or PVC , especially made for Gem Bu coins .
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Hopefully some day someone will come out with an Album with no paper ,cardboard or PVC , especially made for Gem Bu coins


Capital holders?
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 Posted 06/02/2019  11:04 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add T-BOP to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Joe , I said Albums not holders . We all know there are plenty of those out there .
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 Posted 06/02/2019  11:11 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add BadDog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I use snap lock 2x2s myself, but if I were just starting out on a collection and wanted it to be an album, then I would probably go with a CAPS album. They're a bit on the expensive side but from what others say they offer excellent protection and viewing.
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 Posted 06/02/2019  11:17 am  Show Profile   Check Singer's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Singer to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Hopefully some day someone will come out with an Album with no paper ,cardboard or PVC , especially made for Gem Bu coins.


I believe CAPS Albums meet this criteria but they are rather large.
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Joe , I said Albums not holders . We all know there are plenty of those out there .



Details, details.

Drill three holes along the edge of a Capital holder and put it in a binder!
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 Posted 06/02/2019  3:57 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CelticKnot to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The only folder I have is a old cent Whitman folder that I inherited and I've left the cents as-is. My wife collects the ATB Quarters in a folder as well. Everything else I have is in a Whitman Classic album, Dansco album, or CAPS album.
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Drill three holes along the edge of a Capital holder and put it in a binder!

Just not the same !
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