In completing the 1970’s stamp project, I know that there are a few ways to tackle the collection aspect of it.
I can go to shows and depending on my preparation, I can score a number of stamps this way. I can also be blindsided by shiny accessories and completely skew my budget.
I can go to shops and do pretty much the same thing I can do at shows, but with fewer people around. I don’t know if this will mean better or worse deals, but it wouldn’t be a bad way to spend an afternoon…or a whole day.
I am on the Staporama forum/website. They have auctions and approvals which sometimes yield some decent bargains (I missed getting the Tokelau stamps I wanted in a recent approval offering–but maybe someday they will appear again.
I can search eBay. There are lots of people selling complete collections of 1970 stamps that look so inviting. Other people have broken them down into smaller sets, but with persistence, tenacity, patience, and lots of checking, I can usually slap together the whole year.
The interesting thing about the last two ideas is that the stamps get sent to me in the mail. This is pretty awesome because some of the dealers send the stamps in nice form and the covers are amazing. I just wanted to share a few with you.