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Time to begin the chase again

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Well the 2020 registry awards are in the books, it was a good year for me with 6 best in category awards one better than last year.  Hopefully I'll be able to make a couple of additions and hang on to those for next year, that task may be much more difficult depending on if the launce of the ANA registry brings in more heavy hitters from the PCGS registry.  But maybe with a couple of adds here or there I can keep up on most of last years wins.  Time to begin planning and chasing once again to further my collection and hunt down a few new coins for 2021, thanks to  fellow forum member Six MiIe Rick I was able to add a few zincoln coins to my 09 to date Lincoln set already this year including my first shield cents.

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Six is a pretty solid crop! Do you get the certificates in the mail or do you pdf them? My main motivation in getting the printed ones is the 10G set and having all of them from 2016 (Ben's birth year) to however long I can hold onto the streak.

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Congratulations on your Best in Category Awards, particularly as they are US coinage - maybe you should consider a move to the dark side that is world coins as there is no ANA or anything like that to worry about :ph34r:xD

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It will be a great opportunity to help you build any set you are working on Coinbuf. 

Cheers to everyone now that 2020 is over and I sure hope that 2021 turns out to be a great year and things get back to normal by the end of the year.

Happy  Coin Collecting,

Rick

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21 hours ago, Revenant said:

Six is a pretty solid crop! Do you get the certificates in the mail or do you pdf them? My main motivation in getting the printed ones is the 10G set and having all of them from 2016 (Ben's birth year) to however long I can hold onto the streak.

Thank you and a big hand to you for your registry wins including the journal award two years running, very nice accomplishment.   I've been slowly increasing the number of wins for best in category, all together I have 31 best in category awards with the first two awarded in 2012 so it has been a nice run.  Honestly I have not worried about the certificates much in the past, in fact I'm not even sure where I put the ones that NGC used to mail out automatically.   I think I will have the one for my 1940 year set mailed this year, that is my moms birth year set so I was thinking I would frame it and give it to her.

 

11 hours ago, ColonialCoinsUK said:

Congratulations on your Best in Category Awards, particularly as they are US coinage - maybe you should consider a move to the dark side that is world coins as there is no ANA or anything like that to worry about :ph34r:xD

Thank you very much, and like Revenant a big congrats for your journal win.   There are some really beautiful world coins out there, I think that one day I will do some research and find a series with a design that I really like and build some sort of world set.   World coinage seems rather daunting looking through the window per se, so I'll have to dig in and review the sets in the registry and then begin the learning process before I start to buy.

 

9 hours ago, Six Mile Rick said:

It will be a great opportunity to help you build any set you are working on Coinbuf. 

Cheers to everyone now that 2020 is over and I sure hope that 2021 turns out to be a great year and things get back to normal by the end of the year.

Happy  Coin Collecting,

Rick

Thanks Rick, its a real pleasure working with you sir. 

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Well better than half way into this registry year as just under four months left until the 2021 deadline.   My sets received quite a few points when the CAC bonus points were updated, however so did many/most of the top ranked US sets so that ended up a wash for the most part.   As I look back over the first eight months I have not been able to improve as many sets as I would have liked.   The increased money flowing into the coin hobby from the pandemic for many folks has really caused a surge in auction prices for anything nice.   That has resulted in fewer than hoped for upgrades or filling new slots than I was expecting for this this year.   I also decided to allocate some funds to defend a number one set that has been under attack from a former first place set owner which took funds away from projects that I had planned to work on this year.   Not a complaint as I do enjoy the competition, just not the way I expected to spend some monies. ;)

So far this year I have added a total of 18 coins, most were very low value $40-$50 kind of coins.   Several of those were Lincoln Memorial cents as I very slowly continue to fill in the blanks of my Lincoln cent sets post 1958.   With those additions I was successful in moving the main Lincoln set into the number 5 position, a significant milestone for me as I am competing with some super deep pocketed collectors and dealers in that area.   While I cannot ever reach the top in the Lincoln cent category (would require at least a $500K investment) I'm very satisfied with my set.   This is one of the areas I had planned to try and do more on this year, perhaps one or two coins can still be added before the year is over.

A few coins were fun or impulse buys like a very nice Peace dollar in an old Hallmark holder for my old holder set, I sure wish NGC would change how the custom sets are currently setup.   I can add any brand of plastic slab into my old holder custom set, however just as in the competitive sets anyone other than myself can only see the NGC and PCGS coins that are in the set.   This seems really silly given that the sets are not given awards for points but rather on the creative aspects of the sets; well enough of that I'll get off the soap box for now anyway.  I also bought a couple of raw "W" quarters that I was not able to find in change over the year for my Dansco album.

The remainder of this year's purchases have been to upgrade my 1940 year set that celebrates my mothers birth year in order to keep it in the 1st place slot.   Hopefully those upgrades that I have made in this year will cement it at the top for many years.

I was also able to convince NGC to add a new Lincoln cent set to the competitive registry, one without all those unnecessary varieties.  Not to offend anyone but I see mint errors and varieties as defects, flaws, and poor craftsmanship items which have no place in the competitive registry.   Those types of coins are in my view a perfect candidate for the custom set category.  It was fun being at the top for a short time after that set was opened up but I knew that it would be short lived and I currently sit in the 2nd place slot and I expect that I will be lower by the end of the year.  No matter as I'm happy that the set exists for those collectors like myself that don't wish to be burdened with collecting coins we do not want or like just to fill a spot.

Always interesting to take a mid (ish) year look back on what I have done vs what I expected or hoped to do.   Still some time but the budget is mostly shot so I am not planning on any large or special purchases before the year closes out, but you never know.  :)

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Yes you do Rick, that is a set that I put on the back burner many years ago and have not even looked at those coins in years.

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