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  1. I reported it to mods yesterday but it's still here.
  2. There were quite a few of these that ended on GreatCollections last night. Including some really nice Specimen coins. Good luck in your sale and I hope you find the buyer that appreciates it.
  3. This is a great observation QA. I think it's acknowledged, but not exactly in the way you mean of grading staff turnover. Generally, it's when people talk about the slab history and the standards of how those coins would grade if re-assessed now. There was an interview with JA of CAC in regard to the grading team he has setup in Virginia Beach for CACG. He mentioned that once that team of graders, or at least the senior finalizers retire, they would change their holder or label to signify that somehow. Probably just the label. I should just go re-watch the video rather than paraphrase it from memory. Either way, point stands that he, at least, is going to more directly acknowledge that staff turnover in the product.
  4. As a Buffalo Nickel collector, I'd argue that there are a few instances where the absence of a date doesn't negatively affect the value. Type 1 nickels from 1913. Date is not necessary if you have an S or D mint mark on the reverse. It's a 1 year issue so the date isn't necessary to ID it. 2 Feather varieties can often survive without the date. The date will wear away faster than the details of the feathers. However, with a date missing, it's not likely a huge impact on value. 3 Legs Variety. Date not necessary if you have enough to identify it. 1916 DDO. This one would require the use of Ferric Chloride, baking soda+vinegar, or whatever other chemical would etch the copper layer to reveal the date. This variety is quite rare and even in an acid treated state commands a premium.
  5. So the site @Sandonlinked to provides a boast that less than half of coins submitted for stickering receive the sticker. And the goal is to apply the same stringent standards to the holdering itself. Does this mean they're only going to holder coins with a certain level of eye appeal? Or just that the grading will be more on par with the standards from years ago when Albanese worked on the grading floor. Maybe something before "market standards" started influencing numerical grade? p.s. Sorry to hijack a thread. But to the original poster, what I always noticed was that oldest ANACS holders have more respect than any other generation and are generally seen as good crossover candidates. Not sure the consensus on older NGC holders as there's been so many. And a really good thread detailing that @Conder101 put together that I still reference. I think it may depend on the generation, but I've seen some referred to as undergraded in comparison to today's standards.
  6. I'm pretty sure the 'why' is simply because they could. The late 60s and 70s was a growth period in marketed collectibles.
  7. I must admit I've been away for a bit, trying to catch up now and somehow missed an announcement of CAC grading. If you come across a link please let me know. Thanks.
  8. Getting max value is the job of the fence. For the thief they're in for $0 so any return is positive.
  9. Pretty jealous you have a Rydale. I considered one a few years back but decided against it. Have you seen the pics of the copper cent stackers that have 50 gallon drums full of them? So excessive and definitely not a good store of value. But separating out the copper at least makes hunting varieties a little easier by narrowing the focus.
  10. Let's derail into base metals and lowest acquisition costs. Scrapping! Or, as I like to call it, aggressive recycling. I'm by no means one of those truck driving guys loading up every cut of fence and busted washing machine. But, if I happen to see some janky electronics on the curb for bulk pickup there's a 70/30 chance I'll throw it in the back of the swagger wagon. Which then ends up in a pile in the garage. Which makes for a relaxing experience tearing down later screw by screw. To be further separated into plastics, steel, aluminum, copper/brass, etc... There's so much metal (mostly steel & aluminum) in things people just throw into a landfill. Especially when you consider how intensive it is to mine & refine aluminum. Far less often, I setup the propane furnace on the side patio and melt and pour the items. One of these days I'll actually try some sand or lost-foam casting. That's a "pure" hobby though. The kind that you do for the pleasure and have no perceptions that you'll make profit off of it.
  11. Not exactly a proper paraphrase but this scene did come to mind: Director of Mint - You run the joint. Maybe I'll try to help you, all right. Phila. Superintendent - God bless you, Paulie Robert. I appreciate it. You've always been fair with me. - Now the guy's got Paulie Robert as a partner. Any problems, he goes to Paulie Robert. Trouble with a bill, he can go to Paulie Robert. - Trouble with the cops, deliveries, Tommy - he can call Paulie Robert. - Now the guy's gotta come up with Paulie's Robert's money every week no matter what. - Business is bad? F you, pay me. Had a fire? F you, pay me. The place got hit by lightning? F you, pay me. - Also, Paulie Robert could do anything. Especially run up bills on the joint's credit. - And why not? Nobody's gonna pay for it anyway. - When deliveries are made at the front door you move the stuff out the back and sell it at a discount. - You take a two hundred dollar case of booze Morgan Dollars and sell it for a hundred.