I was hoping that the collective could give me so advice as to the best way to purchase US precancel (used singles). I collect Bureaus and T&T. Specifically I am interested in obtaining common material (catalog price 15c to 20c), as I have many such spaces to fill in my collection.
I have purchased a precancel mixture. Not very satisfied with it. Turned out to be *lots* (~90%) duplicates or damaged. Is that just the way of mixtures, or did I catch a bad beat.
I have looked at precancel sets on eBay
(e.g., 200 all different Florida). Is that a better way to go than mixtures.
Are approvals a good way to go? If so, any approval dealer suggestions?
Also, for common material is catalog pricing notionally equivalent to the retail price for purchasing a single stamp? What is a the notional $/stamp for large (>100) sets of "all different" precancels?
Thanks in advance for the advice.