Well, here we are again. It's been about two years since I thought that I might be finished my "first" set. I had some money to spend and I figured that Ebay would be kind and send me the coins that I still needed. And, also, those coins that I wanted to upgrade. Definitely had that one "WRONG". Here I sit after over 10 years now---still looking and hunting---still having FUN---but still not done.
In fact, since NGC has reworked the point scoring system [ Nice job by the way], I have now added a second Doc's Walkers registry set. I was a bit bored and saw a potential avenue to use that second set as a teaching tool.
As most of you know, I try for only "original skinned" and "original patina" coins. That was and still is the ultimate goal. The other desire that I had was to use my coins to help folks grade better and to educate folks about the Walker.
With that in mind, I am currently just finished putting pictures up for "ALL" my second set. And, am currently---with my wife's help---redoing virtually "ALL" of my "early" Walker pictures from my first set of coins. Thanks to my dear wife, Barb, we now have even better pictures to look at. She has gotten much better with the digital camera and we are working as a team. Coins can be a family adventure if you make the effort.
Think that I should say that my intent was never to have the number one set---or even close to the number one set. My intent was to present a set--now two sets-- that could be used for educational purposes. Sets that everyone could get some information out of regardless of what numbered set that they became in the series. I knew, from the beginning that I did not have the money to compete for the top spots. But, I figured with dedication and knowledge that I could show folks that a wonderful and 'original' set could be assembled. And, as it turns out,still mostly done with coins that have been obtained from Ebay auctions. It proves that, although extremely hard to do, it can be done if given enough time and funds.
For those of you that care about Walkers, I will still try to take individual coins and post them on various threads. I will also still try to use the WYNTK threads in the future---for additional grading opinions that I have about the Walkers. As many of you know, I am not about my ego---but will try to help any interested Walker collector at any time. Any questions that any of you may have about my Registry Sets---or Walkers in general---please PM me and ask me. I will answer them as best that I know.
I started with the 'early' years---figuring that they were the hardest to acquire. Then, in 2006, I stumbled onto an original grouping of coins that had been stored in old Wayte Raymond pages and in the old blue Whitman holders. Most were wonderfully NT toned to some degree. All in all, I bought 49 MS Walkers from 1936--1947 from the same Carolina seller.
NGC was kind enough to pedigree these coins and I sent a total of 56 MS coins to them in the same submission. Want to add that the grader[s] at NGC were very exacting and were 'right on' with their grading. They were certainly in my head and me in theirs. I was more than pleased overall.
I will hasten to also add that, although I have sent the majority of my coins bought raw to NGC---I have also used PCGS and have bought some PCGS holdered coins. The truth is that "Both" services have some nice coins in their respective holders. Wish all of you the best in your collecting efforts. Bob [supertooth]
Some dates of "special" interest would be the following: 1917D Rev, 1917S Obv--1918S--1920D--1921--1921D--1933S--1935S--All coins from 1937 to 1939 inclusive--1943--1944S--1945S and 1945DRead more...