MJ

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    The Post-man always rings twice. Uhm... ring ring?

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  1. No question there has been unintended consequences. For me the the positives outweigh the negatives. mark
  2. Agree with Mark, who has been generous with his time on these Forums giving us his opinion, advice, and expertise. CAC is 1 more well-informed opinion. If you don't need it, you don't need it. Most in the hobby sadly do or at least benefit from it (and I include myself in that group). As do experienced collectors that buy 100K plus coins Mark
  3. Well, I feel that I know how to grade coins "fairly accurately" and CAC isn't meaningless to me. I also believe that I have more than "little to no knowledge of the hobby" and CAC still has value to me. So, I believe that your sweeping comments are way off base. +1. Well said. mark
  4. From the pics I would say a just there 64. The price paid fits the coin in my opinion. You did fine Mark
  5. I've tried them all and used most. The Eschenbach Precision Folding Magnifier (3x + 6x = 9x) suits me best. I use the 3x religiously Mark
  6. Sometimes you get the bulll sometimes you get the horns mark
  7. I think toned coins are more popular then ever. They still sell for many multiples of typical white coins. Eye appeal has never been more important. mark
  8. A conflict of interest is a conflict of interest. If there is a pecuniary advantage in awarding a higher grade, regardless of amount, that is problematic IMHO. But it's not a conflict of interest and James was trying make it one. Just like Mark was attempting to cast shade and failed miserably. They both pooped the bed. Even a million dollar coin "upgrade" would garner only $10,000. Hardly the incentive to muddy your reputation as a public company. Pebble. Shoe. Ax. Grind. mark You are looking at the effect for a single coin. There are millions of coins that have been certified since the policy started. Even $1 per coin could mean potentially millions of dollars even discounting raw submissions. As for reputation, that ship sailed long ago in my opinion when it began watering down its guarantee and doing so retroactively. That one coin example I used was a million dollar coin. I stepped out. I showed the math. Since you brought it up I would like to see real math on the "millions " of coins that went through this exact tier and their values and subsequent revenue. I think you are pulling numbers out of the air right now for impact. I think you are way way off. Maybe as much as James. If you really want to check facts seek the reasoning behind the 1% fee and the thought process to get there. Maybe just maybe it's not nefarious, sinister nor conflict of interest . Maybe, just maybe it is just sound business decision and has everything to do in getting the coin In the correct holder the overwhelming majority of the time. Shouldn't that be the goal? If it is then there is no conflict of interest. Just a 1% fee on a high value item. Get it stickered and boom, high value coin in a PCGS holder. A trilogy a collector can live with. Bank. A perfect score. Mark
  9. A conflict of interest is a conflict of interest. If there is a pecuniary advantage in awarding a higher grade, regardless of amount, that is problematic IMHO. But it's not a conflict of interest and James was trying make it one. Just like Mark was attempting to cast shade and failed miserably. They both pooped the bed. Even a million dollar coin "upgrade" would garner only $10,000. Hardly the incentive to muddy your reputation as a public company. Pebble. Shoe. Ax. Grind. mark
  10. Your math is fuzzy like Mark's ; ) Isn't 1% of $10,000 only $100..........and not $1000 as you asserted? A 100K coin would be $1000. Big difference and hardly worth calling out a conflict of interest. Man lots of pebbles in folks shoes around here lately mark
  11. Good point. That reverse intrigues the heck out of me. Can't wait to get it in hand. It does look very well done. mark
  12. How do we know DCarr is not Beelzebub? Come to think of it I've never seen them together mark