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  1. I also think it is pretentious. Everyone that is knowledgeable will know that the Eliasberg 1913 PF66 nickel is the highest graded. You don't need it on a special label.
  2. Unless it is reserved for coins where there are a small, finite number of coins whose condition census is well known, then this is a horrible idea. It will generate law suits if new examples are upgraded or come to the market (think the newly 1854-S $5 - what if instead of being XF it bested the Pogue AU58+?).
  3. I question the value of the grade review service especially. If a person cannot tell "likely low circulated" versus "likely high circulated" or better, then that person should probably consider another hobby. I'm betting the average novice could match NGC's ranges with a high degree of concordance. Without seeing a coin in hand, I think authenticity review is going to be futile except for the most obvious counterfeit coins. The photo quality is also horrendous. The posters would probably fair better posting here or on other coin forums where there are experienced collectors, dealers, and
  4. Maybe not. Do you have the seller's name and address? Demand a refund and send them comparison photos of a real coin. If they refuse the refund and can be located, contact the U.S. Secret Service and local authorities. Tell them you were defrauded with an expensive counterfeit coin. How did you pay? What venue was the item sold? If you paid by anything other than cash you may be able to reverse the payment or at least find out where the seller banks and his contact information.
  5. The registries already award bonuses to PL/DMPL coins. You could build a PL set there. A special category could artificially increase demand and destabilize the market for these price wise to unrealistic levels. Many will also be moving ATS anyway as PCGS will now designate them as PL.
  6. I had an interesting thought that might simplify the process. Skip Fazzari, a former NCS/NGC grader and now ICG grader, posts as Insider2 on the CU Forums. Skip likes this sort of thing to show off (not a snide remark - he's a nice guy, but he likes to impress others). This would be right up his alley. Post this with the NGC results, better images, and then make a "contest" thread to see if you can convince Skip to do all the work for fun (read as free) based on the images/diagnostics. If he is successful in authenticating it, print Skip's notes and submit to ICG. You'll know ahead of t
  7. See if one of the other services will authenticate it for you.
  8. I didn't realize everything was raw. Discount and bulk grading are available through HLRC. Submit it all to PCGS through Harry. Afterwards you can solicit an offer from him but have no obligation to do so. At least you'll know what you're dealing with at that point. The more you submit, the better the rate you can potentially get from HLRC in terms of grading fees.
  9. For generics, auction houses are a waste of time and money. You will net far more wholesaling them out on your own if necessary. Consider crossing anything of large numismatic value to PCGS, and to CAC if you can get a sticker, and try selling yourself here and on the PCGS forums. If that fails, try consigning them to a dealer. Sometimes you net more from consignments to dealers than you would an auction house. Doug Winter comes to mind and can move things very quickly especially if the quality and rarity are there. Only esoteric and truly better end coins are worth considering the aucti
  10. Unfortunately I'm not joking. I wish I was. The plastic obsession in this hobby is nutty to me.
  11. I've also noticed a lot of NGC star coins being cracked or crossed over to NGC as evident from sales listings with the old NGC labels. I have crossed several over myself. It is anecdotal and hardly a sample size with any statistical power, but still an interesting observation.
  12. I think the decision has hurt the market for NGC registry coins based on my experiences. In fairness, there are a number of confounding variables at play including a choppy (at best) larger market. Some dealers won't even take NGC coins on consignment anymore.