- I understand your reasoning.In a message dated 10/3/05 6:42:05 P.M. Central Daylight Time, mwallace56@... writes:
I actually agree with you and Lindy 100%. I have been collecting
errors for about 30 years now, and until recently had NEVER sent one
in to be slabbed or even bought one slabbed. I too do as you two say
you do, i.e. weigh each piece, check the edges, check specific gravity
when necessary, etc., etc., etc. However, with that being said, I'm
not getting any younger. One day I'll no longer be here. Slabbed coins
are simply a numismatic reality today. Slabbed coins are easier to
sell and usually bring more money. I have no intention of selling any
of my coins, but I want to make it easier for my heirs to, so I've
begun sending in some of the better pieces. A friend of mine, who also
resisted slabbing for years began slabbing his coins a few years ago
for the same reason. I eventually followed suit.
- Slabbing wouldn't do me much good. Most of my coins are
those "obscure, subtle, novel, complex, and compound" errors that
grading services are not well-equipped to deal with. I can see
slabbing some errors like Sac/SBA or SBA/Sac transitional errors, where
fakery could be a problem.
I've been slowly selling off my redundant and lower-quality specimens,
as well as ones I've finished researching or otherwise lost interest
in. I intend to continue to do so until my collection is down to an
essential core. That way my heirs won't have so much to worry about.
Also, by selling off some coins I can afford to buy new ones!