Robert Murray Stamp Shop, Edinburgh
Established 1977
Members SPTA, PTS
Scotland's Best-Stocked and Most Popular Stamp Shop
Albums, Catalogues, and Accessories
We carry one of the best stocks in the U.K.
We are not tied to any manufacturer or supplier, and can stock, advertise, and advise independently.
We keep HUNDREDS of lines in stock, available off-the-shelf, at any one time, and virtually anything else can be ordered without undue difficulty.

As a matter of standard practice we will usually advise shop customers of alternative lines if these give better value for money. If you are ordering by post/phone/e-mail, please say if you would like to hear of any alternatives.
NB; Prices are subject to change. We normally hold any existing stock at its price until new stock works through, so there are times that we will have items in stock at less than the prices quoted here. The same applies to any changes in specifications.


Please get in touch with us regarding any particular items you need.
This website will, bit by bit, eventually be able to show you much of our choice.
(Watch this space - we promise more information in fits and starts !)
SOME OF OUR MOST POPULAR LINES;
Barrington Albums;
Stamp Hinges;
First Day Cover albums;
Prinz System (Hagner) pages;
Ultra Violet lamps
Hawid Mounts
Showgard Mounts

Stanley Gibbons printed album supplements
Junior Albums and Starter Outfits
Cosmic Collecting System
Stanley Gibbons Commonwealth & British Empire Stamp Catalogue
Stanley Gibbons "Collect British Stamps" catalogue
Drying Books
Stockbooks (Compass, Clearview)
Stockbooks (Lighthouse)
Albums by Prangnell, Rapkin (or Sarrat Bookbinders)
Magnifying Glasses
Clearface Bags (transparent packets)
Photograph Corners  
Watermark Detectors   
Hartberger Coin Holders 
Postcard Albums 


 

Last updated Friday 23 December 2016. Copyright Robert Murray, 1999 to 2016.
 
Robert Murray Stamp Shop
5 & 6 Inverleith Gardens
Edinburgh 
Scotland EH3 5PU
Tel. 0131 552 1220 or 0131 478 7021
Homepage; www.stamp-shop.com
Email; murray@stamp-shop.com
How to Order
Mail Orders are accepted by post, telephone, or email. We accept payments by cash, cheque, debit card, Visa/MasterCard, and some foreign currencies.
Basically, we charge [the advertised price of the goods] plus [the actual price of postage] plus [1 per order handling charge]. 
Full details can be seen at our How to Order page.
Our Retail Shop  is our principal method of business, and is open four days each week Customers are always, of course, welcome.
We carry very wide stocks of the whole world - much, much more than is listed on our website.
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STAMP HINGES
Prinz folded hinges - packet of 1,000 - 1.65
Stanley Gibbons folded hinges - packet of 1,000 - 2.25
Prinz folded hinges in bulk. Full box of fifty packets (= 50,000 hinges) - 64.50
"Idea" flat hinges - packet of 1,000 - 85p (7.50 for 10 packets)
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PRINZ SYSTEM PAGES
(commonly known as "HAGNER PAGES"/"HAGNER SHEETS")
These are black board pages with clear strips on either on or both sides. The pages are very roughly A4 size, and fit standard four-ring fittings.
Each side is divided into strips, any number from one to eight (plus one type with three strips of unequal size)

Reference "1" (reference "11" for double-sided) has 1 strip, 245mm deep.
Ref 2 or 22, 2 strips 122mm deep
Ref 3 or 33, 3 strips 80mm deep
Ref 4 or 44, 4 strips 60mm deep
Ref 5 or 55, 5 strips 47mm deep
Ref 6 or 66, 6 strips 38mm deep
Ref 7 or 77, 7 strips 32mm deep
Ref 8 or 88, 8 strips 28mm deep
Ref 9 or 99, has one strip each at 40mm, 68mm, 140mm (narrowest at top)

PRICES; single-sided pages are 5.90 per packet of ten (though we still have stocks of some sizes at 5.25), double-sided are 8.70 per packet of ten (though we still have stocks of some sizes at 7.75). (We also sell split packets at the same price per page, but we certainly would not suggest any mail orders for quantities of fewer than about a dozen.)

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JUNIOR ALBUMS AND OUTFITS
(Fast-bound)
The majority of collectors probably started with albums such as these. The albums are with fixed pages (i.e. not loose leaf), a squared pattern printed out on the page, and with country headings at the top. Naturally, the larger the album, the more space there will be for each country, although pages are laid out to fit what is considered to be an average mix and balance of numbers for a collector in the UK. (A UK-based collector would expect to have larger numbers of, and therefore need more space for, stamps of the UK, Ireland, Western Europe, the larger Commonwealth countries, and so on. A collector resident in, say, Argentina, would probably gather an entirely different mix of stamps, and would probably find the albums listed here less useful.
See also thematic packets of stamps, often popular with new collectors.
 
Album Price
Outfit Price
World Stamp Album. A thin card-covered (colour illustrated) album, 64 pages, 170mm x 230mm. Pages printed in blue with simple country headings. 5.25
World Stamp Starter Pack. Contains the World album listed to the left, plus a packet of 50 different world stamps, 100 stamp hinges, a little plastic magnifier, and a pair of tweezers. SEE MORE DETAILS 7.95
Transworld Album. Hardback album, 135 pages, A4 size. Pages printed in black with country headings plus some information about each country. 9.25
Super Stamp Starter Pack. Supplied in a blue correx carrying case, contains the Transworld album described to the left, plus a packet of 250 thematic stamps, 1,000 hinges, tweezers (plastic), a small magnifier, and a copy of the little book "Enjoy Stamp Collecting". SEE MORE DETAILS
22.95



De Luxe Stamp Starter Pack. Supplied in a yellow correx carrying case, contains the Transworld album described  above left, plus a packet of 500 different world  stamps, 1,000 hinges, metal tweezers, a 90mm magnifier, and a copy of the book "How to Identify Stamps".  SEE MORE DETAILS
Stanley Gibbons have increased the retail price of the "De Luxe" outfit, and we no longer think of it as being particularly good value. Please see below for our own replacement.
33.95
The Trinity Starter Pack, since its introduction, has become our best-selling outfit. We think it is the best starter pack of its type on the UK market. And nobody else sells them !


"Trinity" Starter Pack. This outfit contains the following items;
{1} Transworld stamp album as described above left.
{2} Pair of Prinz metal tweezers.
{3} Packet of 1,000 folded Prinz stamp hinges.
{4} Approx. 20g weight of world off-paper stamps (good mix, but "as it comes", so includes some duplication). (= hundreds of stamps)
{5} 60mm diameter magnifying glass, glass lens.
{6} "Enjoy Stamp Collecting" introductory booklet.
With a total price of 22.75, we believe this is better than the "Super" outfit above (at about the same price), and compares very well to the "De Luxe" ( but ours is 11 cheaper).
22.75
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Our "Own Brand" starter outfits, made up from what we consider to be some of the best and most suitable components. As independent dealers, we are able to pick and choose the best items from different manufacturers' ranges.
These outfits are well suited for beginner adults, or for more serious junior collectors (or as a next stage up from the starter packs listed above).

Price
"The Granton Outfit". {1} Barrington Prestige four-ring album (in choice of red, blue or green) with 50 blank quadrille pages, {2} packet of 1,000 Prinz folded stamp hinges, {3} pair of Prinz metal tweezers, {4} Stanley Gibbons Stamp Collecting - How to Start introductory book, {5} packet of 20g approx. weight of random world off-paper stamps, and {6} similar packet of U.K. stamps. SEE MORE DETAILS 23.50
"The Newhaven Outfit". Everything listed for "The Granton" (above), plus {7} our own leaflet with advice on soaking stamps, {8} Desert Magic Drying Book (large size), {9} Waltex slide-out 3x magnifying glass, {10}a 120g bag of mixed "standard grade" world kiloware (stamps on paper), and {11) a Compass 8 white-paged stockbook. SEE MORE DETAILS 46.75
BARRINGTON ALBUMS
A popular and well-priced range of albums, all in a quality which compares well to other, more expensive, named makers' products.

Standard Stamp Album Traditional springback album. Comes with 100 acid free white leaves, overall size 11.125 x 9.875 inches, quadrille printed in light pearl grey. Spine in blank. Available in red, green, black, or blue. Comes with cardboard slipcase. Note that in the last few years this album has appeared in different forms (including "Everest") and specifications vary slightly.
 

Album complete with 100 leaves 21.95
Extra leaves per pack of 50 6.65
Binder only & card slipcase
16.50

Prestige Stamp Album Nice quality, without being expensive. Padded 4-arch-ring binder, gold blocked "Prestige" on front cover. Album comes with 50 white cartridge leaves (150gsm) 11" x 9"" with a printed grey quadrille. Capacity of binder about 150 pages. Available in red, blue, or green. (Tan discontinued.)

Album complete with 50 leaves 12.50
Extra leaves per pack of 50 5.25
Binder only (when available)
7.95


"Prestige Plus" - the same album but with matching slipcase.
19.50
Slipcase only for the Prestige album (when available)
7.75

Alpha Major Stamp Album Full size 11" x 9" album with 50 white cartridge leaves with feint quadrille ruling printed. Binder available in red, green, or blue, 4-ring fitting, padded PVC.   NOW DISCONTINUED - pages have been the same as Prestige (above) for some time, so we suggest using the Prestige album as the nearest match.

Album complete with 50 leaves
Extra pages per pack of 50
Binder only

Everest Stamp Album Specifications are the same as for the "Standard" above, but the spine is titled. (This album is no longer manufactured. We suggest using the Barrington Standard - the pages are identical, and the only difference is the lack of name on ther spine.)  

Trident Stamp Album A great value large capacity stamp album containing 100 white fine quality acid free cartridge leaves. The page size is 10⁄₈"x 9⁄₄" and is quadrille printed in light grey. The 2 peg
(post) mechanism binder is fully padded and made from plush 'leather look' grained P.V.C. The binder is gold blocked on the spine and is available in Maroon, Deep Blue, or Green. It is supplied in a strong card-board slipcase. This is the same size of page and same peg spacing as the Stanley Gibbons Devon album, and is very popular with our customers due to its competitive price in comparison.

Album complete with 100 leaves 27.55
Extra pages per pack of 50 6.65
Binder only with cardboard slipcase
21.00


Adaptable Stamp Album A 22 ring padded leather-grained P.V.C.binder containing 50 high quality acid free unfaced 150gsm white laser compatible cartridge leaves, quadrille printed in light grey, size
11"x 9⁄₂". The pages lie completely flat. The albums are gold blocked on the front cover and are available in Maroon, Blue, or Green. Each album is supplied in a strong cardboard slipcase.

Album complete with 50 leaves 21.00
Extra pages per pack of 50 7.65
Binder only 16.00
Card slipcase only (when available)
2.90

Adaptable Booklet Album  Matches the Adaptable Stamp Album (above) but comes with clear plastic pages with pockets to fit most sizes of UK stamp booklets.It is a 22-ring leather-grained P.V.C. binder containing 7 (1 each of those listed) polypropylene booklet pages together with black card interleaving. The albums are gold blocked on the front cover and are available in Maroon, Blue or Green. For protection each album is supplied in a strong cardboard slipcase.

Album complete with 7 booklet leaves and interleaving 25.00
Adaptable Booklet Leaves (Below sizes are pocket height x pocket width)
AD2S Extra 2 strip horizontal leaves with interleaves (111 mm x 206mm). (Per 5)
6.50
AD4S Extra 4 strip horizontal leaves with interleaves....(67mm x 206mm)..... (Per 5) 6.50
AD5S AD5S.....Extra 5 strip horizontal leaves with interleaves...(51mm x 183mm).... (Per 5) 6.50
AD6P Extra 6 square pocket leaves with interleaves....(90mm x 102mm)......(Per 5) 6.50
AD8S Extra 8 vertical strip leaves with interleaves........(110mm x 49mm).......(Per 5) 6.50
AD8P Extra 8 'square' pocket leaves with interleaves...(67mm x 102mm)......(Per 5) 6.50
AD15P Extra 15 pocket 'square ' leaves with interleaves.(52mm x 67mm).......(Per 5) 6.50
Spare black Adaptable Booklet interleaving per 10(when available)
2.55
Card slipcase only (when available)
2.90

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ULTRA VIOLET LAMPS
Most commonly used by collectors in the UK for looking at phosphors (or the lack of them), there is quite a variety to choose from. 
UV lamps can be dangerous things, and should be taken seriously. Always follow the instructions, do not look directly at the light, and do not attempt modifications to the lamps. Misuse can cause serious eye irritation.
One of the odd things about using ultra violet light (especially with UK stamps), is that the lamps usually work best when they are switched off !  That may sound silly, but indeed it is often the case that while the lamp is on it is difficult to discern anything of importance. However, in the moment after the lamp is switched off, an afterglow can often be seen, and this is very useful. Phosphor afterglows, but fluorescence does not.
An obvious tip, which many people ignore, is to practice with your new lamp, using items which can only be one thing.

SHORT WAVE LAMPS (short wave is best for UK and some foreign phosphors, coatings, paper variations, some repairs and fakery)
UVS1. Prinz Mini ultra violet lamp (256nm) battery operated (batteries not supplied). 23.95

LONG WAVE LAMPS (long wave often more effective for fluorescence, as well as for some of the phosphors which unlike UK are longwave)
UVL1. Prinz Mini ultra violet lamp (366nm) battery operated (batteries not supplied). 11.95

SPARE TUBES can be supplied for the Prinz lamps; Short wave is 17.95, long wave 7.95. It is not a bad idea just to buy the lamp that you will use most, and a spare tube for the other version, so that you have the alternative to hand. Switching tubes is fairly easy, but if you are doing it often we'd recommend buying both lamps rather than risk breaking a tue or lamp with repeated changing.

 

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Stanley Gibbons Products. We keep the full range with very few exceptions (these exceptions tend to be the items with only a tiny demand, but we can provide them to order very quickly). Prices are the same as in SG's price lists.
 
Gibbons springback albums
Springback albums - some old favourites amongst these !
1. Tower album (75 pages) DISCONTINUED  (leaves DISCONTINUED
2. Senator Standard album (50 pages) 32.95 (leaves 10.95 per 50)
3. Senator Medium album (50 pages) 29.95 (leaves 9.95 per 50)
4. Simplex Standard album (50 pages) 32.95 (leaves 10.95 per 50)
5. Simplex Medium album (50 pages) 29.95 (leaves 9.95 per 50)
6. Utile unfaced album (20 leaves) 64.95 (leaves 39.95 per 20)
7. Nubian album (50 leaves) 59.95 (leaves 23.95 per 25)

Peg-fitting albums - loose leaf without the rings.
1. Devon album (50 pages) 39.95 (leaves 10.95 per 50)
2. Exeter album (25 pages) 99.95 (leaves 51.95 per 20) DISCONTINUED but we have some very good (second-hand but unused) in stock - please enquire.
3. Plymouth album (40 pages) DISCONTINUED (leaves 49.95 per 20)
4. Philatelic album (20 pages) [to order] 240.00 (leaves 52.00 per 20, 36.95 for unfaced)
5. Oriel unfaced album (20 pages) [to order] 210.00 (leaves 85.00 for 20)
COVER ALBUMS
We stock more than a dozen types, and can supply even more to order. The two most popular are listed here;
Kestrel Cover Album a four-ring binder with 20 double-pocket polypropylene leaves, with thin black inserts, will take covers up to 8 5/8 x 4 7/8 inches. Available in red, blue, green, or black.
 
Album complete with 20 leaves 11.95
Extra leaves per packet of 10
(Double or single pocket)
5.25
Special price; Extra leaves per packet of 20
(Double or single pocket)
7.95
Special price; Extra leaves per packet of 50
(Double or single pocket)
18.45
Binder only 7.75
Album complete plus slip case 18.95
Slip case only 7.75
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HAWID MOUNTS
These a plastic strips for holding stamps, which can then be mounted on a page, leaving the stamp unmarked (unmounted). The back of the strip is either black or clear, the front is clear, and the strips are welded along the lower edge.

Sizes available - sizes quoted are the size of stamp the mount will fit - the mounts are actually a little bigger.
When ordering, please state whether black backround or clear background are required.

CUT-TO-SIZE (50 mounts per packet)

Ref. (Black) Ref. (Clear) Size Suggested Uses Price
6014 7014 21x24mm UK definitives 2.35
6109 7109 35x35mm UK square commemoratives 3.50
63537 73537 35x37mm UK commemoratives 3.85
63735 73735 37x35mm UK commemoratives 3.85
6017 7017 41x24mm Old UK commemoratives, horizontal 2.35
6030 7030 44x27mm UK 1953-66 high values etc. 2.35
6101 7101 41x30mm UK commemoratives, horizontal 3.50
6052 or 63035
7052 30x35mm UK Machin recess high values 2.35
6060 7060 24x41mm Old UK commemoratives, vertical 2.35
6113 7113 30x41mm UK commemoratives, vertical 3.50

STRIP SIZES - all 210mm long (25 strips per packet)

Ref. (black) Ref. (clear) Size Suggested uses Price
1021 2021 21mm UK postage dues, Canada 1967 6.15
1024 2024 24mm UK definitives, old commemoratives 6.15
1026 2026 26mm Various countries definitives, commemoratives 6.15
1027 2027 27mm UK 1953-66 high values 6.15
1029 2029 29mm Various inc. Guernsey, Jersey 6.15
1030 2030 30mm Many commemoratives 6.15
1031 2031 31mm Various 6.15
1033 2033 33mm Many world issues 6.15
1036 2036 36mm UK "square" commemoratives 7.85
1039 2039 39mm Various 7.85
1041 2041 41mm Many commemoratives 7.85
1044 2044 44mm Many world issues 7.85
1048 2048 48mm UK definitive blocks of four 7.85
1055 2055 55mm Large stamps, various blocks 7.85

BLOCK SIZES - all sealed top and bottom, generally suitable for blocks of stamps, miniature sheets, etc.
 

Ref. (black) Ref. (clear) Size No. per packet Price
1066 2066 66mm x 210mm 10 6.15
1070 2070 70mm x 210mm 10 6.15
1076 2076 76mm x 210mm 10 6.15
1086 2086 86mm x 210mm 10 6.15
1201 2201 130mm x 85mm 10 6.15
1280 2280 122mm x 90mm 5 2.75
1202 2202 148mm x 105mm 10 6.15
1203 2203 160mm x 120mm 10 6.15
1204 2204 210mm x 170mm 5 6.15
1318 2318 297mm x 210mm 5 9.75
Also available - mixed packets, long strips
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SHOWGARD MOUNTS
These a plastic strips for holding stamps, which can then be mounted on a page, leaving the stamp unmarked (unmounted). The back of the strip is either black or clear, the front is clear. The strips are welded along the upper and lower edges, and have a horizontal split half way down the back which allows the insertion of the stamp. The "gard" type of mount is generally a little trickier to use, and can obviously only be resized in one dimension (whereas Hawid etc can be resized in two), but hold the stamp much more securely, and can even be used sideways on the page.

Sizes available - sizes quoted are the size of stamp the mount will fit - the mounts are actually a little bigger.
When ordering, please state whether black backround or clear background are required.

CUT-TO-SIZE (45 mounts per packet - only 30 per packet in the 35x37, 37x35, and 36x36 sizes)

Size Suggested Uses Price
21x24mm UK definitives 2.95
36x36mm UK square commemoratives 2.95
35x37mm UK commemoratives 2.95
37x35mm UK commemoratives 2.95
41x24mm Old UK commemoratives, horizontal 2.95
44x27mm UK 1953-66 high values etc. 2.95
41x30mm UK commemoratives, horizontal 2.95
30x35mm UK Machin recess high values 2.95
24x41mm Old UK commemoratives, vertical 2.95
30x41mm UK commemoratives, vertical 2.95

STRIP SIZES - all 210mm long

Size Suggested uses Number of strips
per packet
Price
21mm UK postage dues, Canada 1967 22 6.50
24mm UK definitives, old commemoratives 22 6.50
26mm Various countries definitives, commemoratives 22 6.50
27mm UK 1953-66 high values 22 6.50
29mm Various inc. Guernsey, Jersey 22 6.50
30mm Many commemoratives 22 6.50
31mm Various 22 6.50
33mm Many world issues 22 6.50
36mm UK "square" commemoratives 15 6.50
39mm Various 15 6.50
41mm Many commemoratives 15 6.50
44mm Many world issues 15 6.50
48mm UK definitive blocks of four 15 6.50
55mm Large stamps, various blocks 15 6.50
60mm UK commemorative fourblocks 10 7.50
66mm Various blocks and miniature sheets (Only available with black background) 10 7.50
70mm Various blocks and miniature sheets 10 7.50
76mm UK gutter pairs (strips 264mm long) 10 7.50
91mm UK miniature sheets (strips 264mm long) 10 8.95
100mm Various blocks and miniature sheets (strips 240mm long) 7 7.50

BLOCK SIZES - all sealed top and bottom, generally suitable for blocks of stamps, miniature sheets, etc.

Size No. per packet Price
78mm x 98mm 24 2.45
123mm x 90mm 5 3.95
148mm x 105mm 10 7.50
162mm x 97mm 10 6.50
160mm x 120mm 10 7.50
190mm x 115mm 10 7.50
204mm x 62mm 10 6.50
210mm x 170mm 5 7.50
Also available - mixed packets

As we are principally an over-the-counter shop business, rather than a mail order/online business, this page is intended for guidance rather than as a definitive list of stock and prices.
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