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re: status of your submissions

Those other folks on the West Coast... give you a lot less. It's been awhile since I've sent anything to PCGS, but I remember their order status was a lot less descriptive than NGC. Plus, PCGS' customer service isn't as friendly...

Allan C Ong

Allan C Ong

re: Latest Submission Results

A bit disappointed, but a nice surprise 2007 Presidential Proofs: 4 x PF-69 UCAM. Time to send in another one. 2007 Clad State Quarters: 1 x PF-70 (Washington), 4 x PF-69. I got Montana in PF-70 during my last go around. I hope this doesn't mean that I have to send in FIVE proof sets to get them all in PF-70!! :-) 1988-S Silver Eagle Proof: PF-69 UCAM 2006 Silver State Quarters: 1 x PF-70 (Nebraska), 3 x PF-69, 1 x PF-69 Mint Error (Colorado). Now THIS was a surprise. The proof set wa

Allan C Ong

Allan C Ong

Re: Talk about embarassing

Looks freaky the first time... Entering a certificate number and finding it owned by someone else may seem strange a first. But it's happened to me before. Could usually be that someone sells the coin on ebay and forgets to remove it from his registry set. As far as the "research" is concerned -- NGC usually just sends an email to the owner and tells him/her that someone tried to enter the same certificate number into his registry set. It's happened to me before.

Allan C Ong

Allan C Ong

re: Federal Crime

I could be wrong but... ... I think it's only a crime to deface US coinage and currency and then try to spend it. Otherwise, selling colorized Silver Eagles or Kennedy Halves would be illegal (and they advertise it on TV). Then again, I'm no expert in that field so don't take my word for it :-)

Allan C Ong

Allan C Ong

re: Is it worth slabbing?

Depends I personally would slab uncommon/rare/valuable coins either to protect them from the elements or if I would want to sell them later. For instance, I would slab a 1979-S Type 2 (Clear S) Anthony Dollar but not a circulated 1960 Franklin dollar (unless I had a good reason to). I slab most, if not all, proofs and bullion.

Allan C Ong

Allan C Ong

re: ICG and ANACS

Consistency is the key?? If consistency is your benchmark, then the most consistent TPG in the industry would have to be SGS, right? I mean, doesn't matter what you send them -- they ALWAYS come out either PF-69 or PF-70!! They're absolutely worthless PF-70's but they're consistent... :-D

Allan C Ong

Allan C Ong

Interesting predicament

re: Dual Ownership? It's happened to me before but mine was accidental. I had slabbed a bunch of 2005 Clad JFKs and had sold 1 or 2 on ebay. While adding one of them, I typoed the last digit and submitted. Turned out that the number I'd accidentally entered was the same one I sold on ebay... What I think has happened in your case is that the person may have removed it from his set but has not unregistered it yet...

Allan C Ong

Allan C Ong

re: BEWARE

Add "Silver" and you've got it... Seems like everyone wants Gem Silver JFKs, State Quarters, etc. Can almost never find Clad PF-70 quarters or halves (at least, older dates) on ebay anymore. Selling Clad PF-69s is also a pain... nobody seems to want them...

Allan C Ong

Allan C Ong

re: DON'T SEND MODERN PROOFS IN FOR GRADING

Not so for all dates -- it could be quite the opposite. If all you're after is PF-69 or lower, I agree. However, if you want the perfect 70, it's quite the opposite. A 2000-S Sac Dollar runs anywhere from $200 to about $500 on ebay. Buying the coins raw and sending them in would probably cost less. Granted for recent issues (i.e. 2006), it's probably cheaper to get them slabbed rather than send in your own.

Allan C Ong

Allan C Ong

re: HCGS, SGS

HCGS and SGS aren't the same -- not according to a site I found regarding TPGs. I found this site to be quite useful regarding TPGs. http://www.camacs.com/coin_grading_services.html

Allan C Ong

Allan C Ong

re: turnaround times

PCGS Regular vs NGC Early Bird PCGS Regular is actually more expensive at $150 because there's a 5-coin minimum. NGC Early Bird has no minimum number of coins submitted. After experiencing some difficulties with PCGS, I don't think I'm going to be renewing my account with them. NGC customer service is better anyway...

Allan C Ong

Allan C Ong

re:Poor Customer Service @ NGC

28 calendar days or business days? 12-day turnaround (Modern/Early Bird) is in business days, not calendar days. Also 'Modern' is running a few days behind. Modern is currently at 19 days (about a month) and Early Bird is at 23 days. You can always check on NGC's webpage. If you need the coin by Father's Day, best bet would be to send it Express (48 hrs, though at $50/coin I wouldn't do it very often)... As for selling a PF-68, it's possible but I do agree with you...

Allan C Ong

Allan C Ong

re: SGS PF-70s

YGWYPF... "I think SGS guarantees that everything you send them comes back MS70. Why waste all that time sorting, or even looking at your coins for submission? Just send them to Star Grading Service. Judging by Ebay - they seem to be doing a BANG up business."   -- That's kinda sad, really... New collectors who don't know any better think they're getting a bargain. Except that later on, they'll find that their SGS PF-70 isn't really worth much (or anything at all). -- I think that esta

Allan C Ong

Allan C Ong

re: NGC and How LONG IT TAKES TO GET YOUR COINS BACK!!!

Turnaround time... Is stated in Business days and not calendar days. 15 to 17 days is roughly 3-4 weeks. I've had no problems with using the "Modern" tier as far as timeliness is concerned. When they're shipped, it's usually via Registered Priority Mail... Unless you have money to burn, have a large corporate account, or really needed your coins yesterday, there's no need to spend the extra cash for the FedEx shipping (at least, that's what I've found)

Allan C Ong

Allan C Ong

Interesting goof

It was bound to happen sooner or later... Submitted the following: 2 x 2005-W, 5 x 2006-W ASE + 1 2005-S Sac. After waiting the requisite amount of time for Modern (which I must say was quicker than I expected), I see that it would mail today. Checked my order and was a bit shocked to see: 2 x 2005-W and SIX 2006-W!! Guess my Sac Dollar got promoted to .999 silver Luckily I was able to call in and stop it before it leaves the building... Problem now is that one of the coins came back PF-70

Allan C Ong

Allan C Ong

Open holders

Has anyone ever come across holders that have been resealed? Had to refund a buyer when he told me that the holder appeared to have been tampered with. Holder appeared to have either been cracked open or improperly sealed and someone tried to fix it with superglue. Has this ever happened to anyone before?

Allan C Ong

Allan C Ong

ICG vs NGC

Crossovers... Coins graded PF 70 by ICG -- how likely are they to cross over to an NGC slab? Is it even worth it to try? While I don't mind trying, I do mind losing the fee in the event they don't meet the grade...

Allan C Ong

Allan C Ong

Turnaround Times

I think that volume is the magic word... ... especially with Modern and Early Bird. They can hire more world class graders, but I think it boils down to the volume of submissions coming in. I mean, I'd be lying if I said that I don't check my status every day to see if they've come out yet. 500 world class graders and probably hundreds, maybe even thousands of submissions per day (NGC also accepts foreign submissions, remember?) probably still can't get it all done unless maybe you force th

Allan C Ong

Allan C Ong

Toning or Corrosion

Coloration on some silver proof quarters... I'm finding some of my Silver Quarter proofs some orange/brown coloration showing. Is this the coin getting toned or am I seeing the beginnings of corrosion? I was thinking of sending them in for slabbing but I don't know if I want to pay $12.50 for NGC to tell me that it's a no-grade...

Allan C Ong

Allan C Ong

re: OK, new approach...

I wouldn't count on it... You're assuming that some of the sets will come back with 1-2 coins graded PF-70. I sent in a 2000 Silver Quarter set which came back with 4 PF 67 and 1 PF 66... In the long run, it may turn out to be cheaper getting the PF-70's on ebay...

Allan C Ong

Allan C Ong

Grading times

Just spoke to NGC... Modern is running about 1-2 days late, (Not So) Early Bird about 8 days... hopefully it clears up after the holidays (I hope)...

Allan C Ong

Allan C Ong

re: After 45 days...

When you say '45 days' do you mean calendar days or business days? Also bear in mind that the holidays throw everyone's schedules...   Oh, when I spoke to NGC last (about 2 weeks ago, I think), they did indeed confirm that Early Bird was running 11-12 business days late... I think I'll avoid that service for awhile...    

Allan C Ong

Allan C Ong

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