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2009 Red Book.. To buy or not

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 Posted 04/01/2008  11:24 pm Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add mvc to your friends list Get a Link to this Message

I have a 2006 Red Book. Is there any compelling reason to buy the newest version? What have they added?

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 Posted 04/02/2008  05:11 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Ken_3567 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Not really, the prices in those are only a baseline (or approximation) and does not always represent the current value of the coin but gives you just enough to know ballbark numbers. I like it because it has basic info about U.S. coins in a pretty compact format and how much does that info change? I typically swap out guides every three years.
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 Posted 04/02/2008  07:03 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add amac44 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
this what do I buy a hard cover every year and a soft cover every 2 years that I use the hard cover are still in box's they came in
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 Posted 04/02/2008  09:57 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add small change to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The only reason I can think of is that it shows mintages for some of the coins that you won't have in your older book.
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 Posted 04/02/2008  10:52 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add mvc to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
" The only reason I can think of is that it shows mintages for some of the coins that you won't have in your older book."

Right, and I can get that anywhere so I can not think of any other reason as I do not collect the books.
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 Posted 04/10/2008  2:40 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add just carl to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I buy several every year. I keep one hard cover for my collection and two ringed ones for around the house. Then I purchase whatever is the cheapest for Christmas Presents. Again, usually the ringed, soft cover version.
There are some really great reasons for you to buy the 2009 edition. With it you can see that Whitman still has no idea of what coin prices are. I'ts fun to look through this book for all the errors, oversights, mistakes and report it to Whitman. Proves nothing but fun. Then of course the more books you buy the more they will publish making it easier for someone to find at a flea market for $1 in the near future. One of the primary reasons to buy the Red Book is with each purchase you can look into a mirror and say I just helped some people at Whitman keep their jobs. See the more they sell the more they'll make and the less people will be layed off. Now if you don't buy that book and they lay people off that will collect unemployment compensation money, remember that is money you supported with your taxes. So in essence if you don't buy that book, you'll pay for it anyway.
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 Posted 04/10/2008  3:26 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add j-easy to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
what would be a better alternative?
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 Posted 04/10/2008  4:54 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Lucky_13 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I have an 08 and I dont plan to buy another one until 2010
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 Posted 04/10/2008  6:30 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I am tempted to get the 2009 (my newest is 2007) because I got a B&N gift-card from my wife's aunt (the only other numismatist in my family, extended or otherwise).

She was the person that bought me my 2007 and she knew the 2009 was coming out. My birthday is in October and my anniversary in May. What else could she have been thinking? I best take the hint and use part of it for the new Red Book, right?
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 Posted 04/14/2008  05:31 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rohumpy to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I find it difficult to understand the reluctance to purchase a new RedBook each year. The cost is minimal. You and a friend can barely go to McDonalds for less. And it is interesting to compare the books from year to year to see the changes. And there are changes. It just seems like a no-brainer to me.

As for the price info in the book, sure it is out of date by the time you get it. However it is valuable for noting trends in the prices of coins. And it is good for noting the difference in prices between coins--this coin is about double the price of this one, etc.
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 Posted 04/15/2008  01:15 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GFR3 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Normally I would say buy it, because it is probably worth the few bucks (consider it as one less coin you buy this year). However, i'll be skipping it this year. Call me stubborn all you want, but I refuse to buy the 2009 version in April 2008 when I just bought the 2008 version in January! I'll sit this year out and wait for 2010...which will probably be released by Christmas hehe
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 Posted 04/30/2008  04:21 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Archraz to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I say wait a year and buy the previous year's book on uber sale at Boarders for $2. Rinse and repeat each year.
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 Posted 07/08/2008  10:17 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add ColinG to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I don't think you need to buy a new Red Book every year. Three to four years is okay. Instead buy another book. The Red Book is perhaps the Bible for US coin collectors but there are plenty of specialized book dealers which stock unusual titles. Most prices can be found online from the archives of the big auction houses.
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 Posted 07/13/2008  3:39 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add pyrbob to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I think it depends on what you use the RedBook for. They do put new things in each year. For instance the 2009 now has a section about bluebooks and their values. So if you collect Redbooks and Bluebooks then maybe you will want the 2009. If you only use the RedBook for mintages and coin alloys and weights then every couple of years is fine.
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