I don’t know if many / any others here do but I like watching Pawn Stars – I know it isn’t real, but it’s usually at least mildly entertaining.
I haven’t had cable in 10 years, so I watch it on Hulu when I have time and / or can get away with it with my toddler, who doesn’t seem to find it terribly interesting.
As a result, I don’t know how old / dated the episodes I’m seeing are – I just play what’s there. So what I’m about to comment on may be very old news to others here.
I saw a couple of episodes recently that I think were part of “Season 14” (whatever that means for that show) where coins feature prominently, and I was surprised to see NGC “name dropped” both times – NGC specifically.
In the first instance, a guy brought in a set of Oregon Trail commemoratives and Rick makes a comment about how to sell them and get the most out of the coins he’s going to have to take them out of the frame / display holder they’re in and get them graded by “NGC or somebody.” The thing that was interesting was that NGC was named, but not the other guys / leading competitor. They were just part of “or somebody.”
In the second instance I noticed, a guy brought in 2 graded coins. One he was asking about $30,000 for and the other he was asking about $15,000 for. One was graded by NGC and the other was graded by PCGS. Interestingly, a LOT more screen time was spent showing shots of the NGC slab and you can see the name NGC I think 3 times. You only see the PCGS on the PCGS coin once. That said, the NGC graded coin was the more valuable of the two, so that might have been the driver there.
I’ve seen other episodes in the past where Rick got a note graded. I don’t recall if he ever said the name of PMG or if they showed the label / holder in detail, but I thought it looked like it was graded by PMG and not PCGS currency.
Anyway… Just something interesting / funny that I noticed while watching a show and seeing my hobby and TPGs pop up in the “pop culture.” The apparent preference / bias towards naming / using NGC just really stuck out at me in this case.