*"Obscured sets are not eligible for awards and will not receive a rank. They are placed according to their score."
Check out the news story at http://coins.www.collectors-society.com/news/ViewArticle.aspx?IDArticle=4055&Obscured-Sets-in-the-NGC-Registry.
I've now got the highest rank in seven more competitive sets, but other sets with higher scores are still listed above mine. I appreciate what NGC has done, and I think they're on the right track, but it does taint one's improved rank a bit. It's a lot like all of the sports records that have an "*" by them to indicate that the record may be questionable or qualified in some way.
If folks want to keep their sets obscured for whatever reason, that's fine with me. Just don't include them in the registry at all as long as they're obscured. After all, what's the point now that these sets are not ranked and are not eligible for awards.
I really hope that the new NGC policy will encourage those with obscured sets to open them up. It's nice to have a #1 set, but I'd rather have an open registry.
**OK, I did add one coin last night (picture below), but without the new policy it would only have bumped me up to #2 in USA/Philippines 5 Centavo series.
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