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Posted 05/16/2019   09:24 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wheatcent to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Currently I live in New Jersey. A quick search through the APS website for all the clubs in New Jersey shows that all the local clubs are quite far away from where I am. I'll look into them though.
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Posted 05/19/2019   08:25 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add BrotherSquint to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
For me the best part of the APS circuit books is the fact that they come directly to your door. There's only one stamp store worthy of the name in my entire state. And while stamp shows are great, the timing doesn't always line up for me and attending usually requires a long drive. Some might wonder if the cost per circuit is worth it. Once postage and insurance is totaled the cost per circuit approaches $10 before you purchase a single stamp. For me that price of admission is a trade off I decided is worth it given what I receive in return. I'm glad that the APS and collectors/sellers invest the amount of time/resources they do in exchange for what I imagine is often a marginal return.
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Posted 05/19/2019   10:08 am  Show Profile Check revenuecollector's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add revenuecollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The last several APS circuits I've received have resulted in zero purchases, meaning I'm out of pocket $10 per circuit just for the experience. I wouldn't consider canceling though:

1. There's a price to be paid for convenience of delivery and the ability to peruse at your own leisure with all your tools and references at hand.

2. Those rare occasions when unrecognized cancels and plate varieties show up make it all worthwhile.
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Posted 05/19/2019   6:42 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add oldguy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I find every circuit is an education in itself. On top of that I get to see first hand some stamps and items that I can only dream of owning.

My favorite opportunities are the discontinued books. You can only buy the entire discontinued book, but deals are truly extraordinary. You have request each circuit, but they are always full of gems.
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Posted 05/20/2019   01:07 am  Show Profile Check TheArtfulHinger's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add TheArtfulHinger to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Wheatcent, I'm not sure what you collect, but most circuits I've been on contain plenty of stamps for beginners. Yes, you'll see some expensive items, too, but I've seen books filled with nickel and dime stamps. You might want to start off with just one or two circuits to see what you're getting into; probably not a good idea to start off with a half dozen circuits right off the bat.
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