Your grandfather isn't weird, he knew that the original cellophane not only keeps the jacket clean, but also helps keep them from splitting once the fragile binding-paper tape becomes brittle.
Grabbing a record by the edge and sliding it out of the paper sleeve contributes to the dreaded "Hiss" caused from micro scratches from both the paper pulp, and insignificant seeming specks of dust and grit that settles on the surface while playing.
Learn to hold the album horizontally against your body, and apply gentle pressure against the far edge, which will cause the cardboard to bow in such a way as to allow you to slip your free hand into both the cardboard & paper sleeve and with your index & middle finger on the label, and your thumb on on the OUTER EDGE, withdraw the record out & onto the spindle without leaving fingerprints on the surface (which hardens and causes the equally dreaded "Pops" when the needle reads your latent finger prints as Grooves)
A great start to a fantastic collection. A different kind of record collection would be to find radio station or dj copies of records of one hit artist before their one hit...such as the Monkeys...before the Monkeys each of the guys cut solo records on their own..same with a lot of groups, and solo artist that never made it to the top, or just about made it...or artist that moved away from a group and tried a solo career...lot of single 45 rpm records just floating around out there.
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