So I just sent in a total of 31 coins on 2 orders (20 in one, 11 in another) to help complete and improve my collection. I spend quite a bit of time deciding what I want to send, sometimes trying to help open up new categories or slots overall. But a majority is to move a few sets up the ladder. Winning last years contest helped me rate some coins and even conserve some of them.
I'm working what to send next year as this is the last of my coins..... I have other hobbies to feed (Cruise Travel, Ham Radio, Model Railroading, MIDI Compositions, etc) and are being neglected by my coins lately. But I will say that the Pandemic has made my coin collection come to life. So I will slow down and plan next year's submissions.
First submission for next year will be a Restoration Submission..... Large number of coins in this, so I'll be determining which ones to send. I do plan on taking pictures of these coins and taking "after conservation" when they come back. Many have mentioned they would like to see a "before and after" pictures of said coins. I have some simple and complex restoration..... I even have one that needs "help" because of PVC damage. Overall..... there will be a good sample of restoration from haze to material stuck on coin. I have 27 coins that need help.