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  1. Is it actual prices like with the GC and HA auction archives ?
  2. For a small number of coins like you have, Challenger, it appears that GC is perfect for you. HA and the others could probably do a good job but I see lots of traffic for gold coin buying with the Sunday-end GC auctions. And they have a cheaper commission structure.
  3. Clean coins by definition can't have luster, right ?
  4. Suppose a lousy die was used for a run of strikings and an image was not sharp....they then used lots of "good" dies with a super-sharp image. Would the non-sharp coins still grade MS70 ?
  5. I've posted about hoards here before and especially these "mini-hoards" that I see being referred to anectdotally without any corroborating evidence. Still, the people posting about them in articles or blogs (like Doug Winter) have reputations that I don't think they would just willy-nilly make up information or regurgitate what 1 person only told them. You would assume they'd look for independent confirmation via a 2nd source and/or look to see if market prices indicate a sudden increase in supply. Or maybe their contacts and sources have proved reliable over the years and that's just it. An esteemed contributor here noted a recent source for these mini-hoards: unclaimed safe deposit boxes (SDBs) held by banks and escheated to cities/states. Sometimes the coins are certified/graded; often they are raw and within the expected grade range. I don't know how often these auctions of unclaimed property/SDBs happen but you clearly have a few dozen to a few hundred coins annually running the gamut from generic common Saints in the AU's or lower grades, up to MS65 (raw or graded) as well as some scarce coins and rare ones (a few hundred total survivors). Who knows, maybe we'll find ultra-rare ones hitting the market worth 6-figures even in AU condition. You probably have similar lost property disposals over in Europe, too. I would guess that maybe you have children/families/beneficiaries of inhereritances who just want a few coins or maybe a few dozen coins sold. I have a few family/friends who have a few dozen (mostly common) Saints/Liberty coins and I can attest their wills do NOT specify that the coins be sold via auction or through a dealer or collector or other expert. Basically, the inheritors are on their own and will probably just go to a coin dealer rather than seek out an expert and delay a sale a few months just to squeeze out a few more thousand dollars or so.
  6. Sounds like a useful addition, thanks. I have been using the HA website for a bit over a year and while not an expert on bidding or use of the website, I have won a bunch of auctions and can navigate around pretty easily. My one quibble is when searching for Past Auction Results I often get a highest price for a member of that group, but not the specific year or mint mark. For instance, when asking for past auctions for 1924 Saint-Gaudens and then once I have the list and then further sort by Highest Price....the 1927-D from January 2020 invariably comes up to lead the board, sometimes with a few other outliers. Though in fairness the bulk of the items , especially as you scroll down, will be the 1924 Saints or whatever you search for. All-in-all, though, I find the HA archives a great resource.
  7. Baseball Cards on HBO Real Sports: If you get HBO or can find it online, the August show had a segment on the soaring baseball and memorabilia card boom. Check out the trailer:
  8. I've been told that 80% of the dealers business is dealer-to-dealer before the shows even start. It's almost like the show dealing with the public/retail is mostly for show and/or fluff. If that is the case, then unlike my club's vendor show, show organizers have less leverage with the dealers. However, you would hope that the dealers realize it's good for the show itself and the hobby to "stick around." Each show is diffferent. At FUN 2020, by the 4th day (Sunday) you clearly had winnowed the dealers and folks were often packing up. I didn't have a problem with that because they had been there for 3 days already, 2 weekdays and Saturday. Plus, they didn't charge admission either so you really can't gripe about who was there and who wasn't. Very few dealers packed it up after Thursday only but a few were gone after Friday or early-Saturday. Shorter shows are obviously different.
  9. Yes, the strikes would be different.....qualities like luster would be affected by the microscopic surface of alternative metals.
  10. I'm going to do some research on this and report back. Wonder why they don't use stronger metals like titanium, aluminum, etc. Must be a reason.
  11. A 1928 MS-66+ CAC Saint sold for $6,250 (w/out BP, $7K with BP) this past weekend:
  12. Great smartphone, make sure your phone resolution is set to maximum or near-maximum. Very easy setting to change. Also, Image Stabilization ON (probably already is but make sure). Do that and it should improve the clarity. If you are having a reflection NOT take the pics from directly above, angle the coins against something at likea 30-degree angle and snap the pics from in front of them and not above.
  13. I think I asked this before somewhere in this or another thread, but I'll re-ask....given today's advanced metallurgy manufacturing and techniques, I would expect die cracks/failures/collapses to be rare or non-existent. True ?
  14. How do we know it is a "die crack" ? If we looked at the die striking it at the time this particular coin was struck, we'd see a matching line on the die between the R-T ? I know that metal dies warp and develop cracks after lots of strikings under high pressure....BUT....does that mean you can't have a die crack when a die is brand new ? I mean, brand new it shouldn't have a crack and you'd expect that the first few hundred (thousand ?) strikes should also be close to flawless, yes or no ?
  15. I've noted that interesting quirk about the 1921's before.....the relative ranking hardly moved over 70 years.
  16. That coin was ranked 4th in the Top 1921's. Roger's book has a nice researched back-and-forth between the CT museum curator Godard and Mint honcho Comparette in obtaining coins for the CT State Museum. Akers Comments excerpts: "The standing of the 1921 in the overall hierarchy of Saint-Gaudens double eagle rarities has changed less over the last seven decades than any other regular issue in the series. During that time, some issues have dropped precipitously from their place at the top (1924-S and 1926-S for example) and others have risen substantially (1920-S, 1930-S and especially 1927-D) but the 1921 has always been recognized as being among the top four rarities of the series, both 70 years ago and today, at least with respect to value. The only thing that has changed is the other three coins with it at the top. The 1921 is now considered to be the second most valuable regular issue Saint-Gaudens double eagle, surpassed only by the 1927-D whose extreme rarity was not recognized fully until the 1950s, at least in comparison to other issues in the series. Judged solely on its population rarity, meaning the total number of specimens known in all grades, the 1921 is certainly rare, but not exceptionally so, comparable overall to the 1920-S, but actually less rare than the 1930-S and 1932. However, as a condition rarity it is the unrivaled "Queen" of the Saint-Gaudens series because the condition at which it becomes extremely rare and valuable is lower than for any other issue. Of course, every Saint is a condition rarity at a certain level. For example, any issue is (or would be if one existed) a great rarity in MS68 or 69. For some issues MS67 is the rarity point, for others it is MS65 or MS66. But no issue, not even the 1927-D, is as difficult to locate in MS64 or higher grades as the 1921. Only four or possibly five specimens are known in the MS65 and MS66 grades combined with nothing finer. Even in the MS63 and 64 grades, the 1921 is a major rarity with no more than 12-15 examples known of those two grades combined.... "...there are only four 1921 double eagles that grade MS65 or MS66 combined. A fifth may exist if it isn't actually the fourth as I conjecture. The best two are the George Seymour Godard specimens which were probably obtained by Godard directly from the mint in the year of issue. Both came on the market in 1982, an extremely depressed coin market at the time, and were sold by Stack's in separate sales. The first, sold in March 1982, was purchased by a dealer and ended up a couple of years later in the William Crawford collection when he purchased it from a Superior sale in 1984; it is now owned by a prominent East Coast Saint-Gaudens specialist. The second Godard piece was sold in Auction '82 as Lot 447 where it was described by Norman Stack as "A twin to, or marginally better than the example we sold in our March sale." (It is important to note here that to every cataloger, including Norman Stack and myself, if you are describing two equal coins in separate catalogs, the second specimen you are describing is always "marginally better" than the one you just sold; it's our nature.) In my opinion, the two Godard pieces are so close in both overall quality and general appearance that it would be difficult, if not impossible, to choose one over the other as "the best". Both are absolutely fabulous coins. This second example is the one now offered here as part of the Dr. Steven Duckor Collection. The third notable 1921 is the Eliasberg specimen, sold with his incomparable collection in late 1982. (Obviously, 1982 was the greatest year ever for buying a gem 1921 Saint!) I purchased the Eliasberg specimen at the sale and subsequently sold it to Dr. Duckor, who later sold it in 1993. It is now in the Simpson Collection graded MS-65+. Many coins, especially the Saints, were ultra-conservatively graded in the Eliasberg sale, but the 1921 takes first place in that regard by a comfortable margin. It was graded "AU55 obverse, MS60 reverse" and realized $28,600. The fourth great 1921 known to me is the only one graded MS65 by PCGS and I feel it could easily have been given the same (+) designation that the Eliasberg specimen received or even graded MS66. I had never seen this coin prior to its appearance in the Goldberg's Dr. Hesselgesser sale in 2007, but the million dollar price it realized confirms its high quality. Could this specimen be the Belden Roach (Feb. 1944)-J.F. Bell (Dec. 1944)-F.C.C. Boyd (WGC 1946) coin? That coin was described in succession by the three most prominent auction houses of the era, B. Max Mehl, Stack's and Numismatic Gallery, as: a) "Brilliant Uncirculated. Perfect in every way.", b) "Brilliant Uncirculated, absolutely flawless."; and c) "A brilliant uncirculated gem". This was the only 1921 Saint ever so described and since it is obviously not one of the Godard coins or the Eliasberg specimen, it may be the coin sold by the Goldberg's in 2007 or it could be a fifth gem quality specimen. After selling the Eliasberg coin in 1993 when he received an offer for it that was just too much to refuse, Dr. Duckor never really planned on ever purchasing another 1921. However, when he recently had a chance to buy one of the two MS66 Godard specimens, he couldn't resist and now he has actually managed to replace and upgrade both the 1920-S and 1921 from the Eliasberg Collection with the even finer specimens now offered here in his collection."
  17. Did great work in "24" and MARATHON MAN. If the company he works for just sells bullion, no objections.
  18. I have to say that I have found virtually all of the dealers courteous, respectful, and friendly -- whether it is the new Mt. Kisco (Westchester) show...the old Westchester Quarterly Show....or the monthly Parsippany Show. And FUN was lots of fun. I can't recall a single negative or even cold attitude from one dealer. And I was looking for it to report back here.
  19. That's more of an issue when you have big stuff to transport. At least 1 or 2 or even 3 cases of coins can be moved in 1 or 2 suitcase-like cases. My astronomy club has folks bring huge telescopes and lots of equipment. You can EASILY save a few hundred dollars by not having to transport something like that back across the country. Some of our folks must spend thousands of dollars transporting stuff acrosss the country, then you also add in lodging, transportation, and food for anywhere from 2-6 workers.
  20. You're talking coin shows here, right ? Do the Big 3 (FUN, ANA, Long Branch) charge more for premium booth locations ?