I don't intend this as a whine or a complaint - just want that out in front - but, having seen this, I wanted to comment on it here, this being a journal and a record of my thoughts and a chronicling of my activities here.
After 12 years of getting the "Best In Category" award in the 1932 mint set category, we've been bumped from the top spot in the rankings by a new set. For clarity - there has been a set that out scores us for years now (I think 5 or 6) but it has always been obscured / private / hidden / whatever so we've been the top ranked set - but not really the highest scoring set. The new set started adding coins about 10 days ago and just yesterday a new coin has been added that makes that set outscore us by a whopping 19 points. Really, the thing that shocks me as much as anything about this is that it took this long. I've been expecting / waiting on this for years.
Interestingly, the new set is made up of 5 PCGS coins and 1 NGC coin, making it almost a mirror image of our set, which has long had 1 PCGS coin and 5 NGC coins - the PCGS coin we have is not the same as the NGC coin that they have. If memory serves we actually have an NGC graded coin for the quater slot that that PCGS coin occupies, but it has a slightly lower grade so we don't / haven't used it in the set. I think I'm remembering that right anyway.
This new set has therefore been made possible in part by the rules change this year allowing new PCGS coins into US sets again. But I can't really complain (and don't intend to) - We've been benefitting from the Grandfathering - but to a lesser degree than this set - for the last 7 years.
I shot a message over to Choya about it just to let him know and for the laughs. We'll see if this convinces Choya to finally upgrade that old MS63 Eagle to something with a little more teeth. I've been saying that that coin was a prime target for upgrading / improving the set for a decade now. Even if he does though, this new set popping up just about 5 weeks before the cut-off virtually guarantees that they'll get the "Best in Category" award this year as I simply don't see us moving on a $2000+ dollar coin in that short of a time frame.
Because the set has only 1 NGC coin to our 5 we will still win the "NGC - Best in Category" this year (assuming nothing else pops up in the next 5 weeks), but we won't take both awards in the category, for the first time in almost a decade of having both awards on lockdown.
It has been one hell of a run - 12 years without a single upgrade or change to the set other than new pictures and description updates! I've often wondered if there's another set in the registry that can claim that.