Has anyone built a price compare chart between PCGS, NGC, and the other TPGs that are out there. I've had a few real bombs that I sent into PCGS that I paid $35 + shipping only to discover my coin is worth $1. Mostly with dimes or nickels seeking full bands or full steps and didn't get it. Wondering if it would be worth going with a lower named TPG
and if you get back one of your coins that appears to be a rock star, send that one into PCGS and pay for cross-over consideration. With that, your rock star coin gets PCGS slabbed.
PCGS and NGC are pretty much on par with each other price wise and in some instances PCGS is cheaper when you consider that NGC charges $5 a coin extra for a scratch resistant slab while the standard PCGS slab is scratch resistant.
The one area NGC is significantly cheaper is 1955-1964 world coins. PCGS is $27 for the world economy tier and their modern starts with 1965 where NGC's modern starts at 1955 so you can get those graded for $17. Hopefully PCGS will reconsider the gap. Conversely for the coins that do quality for the PCGS world modern tier PCGS is a dollar cheaper per coin or $6 dollars cheaper per coin if you wanted the NGC scratch resistant slab. If I remember right PCGS return shipping costs are a little cheaper now than NGCs and I know for sure PCGS uses priority/express mail instead of registered so you get it back MUCH faster when it's done.
As far as sending to lower tier TPGs first, it doesn't really do any good. ANACS can be all over the place with what they give details grades too and just because ANACS or ICG calls something x grade doesn't mean PCGS or NGC will. You can always try a cross over but the success rate for randomly graded things that weren't hand selected is low, probably even very low.
The lower tiers are good for things like cheap Morgans that you want to sell online or low value coins not worth the PCGS/NGC fee, but if something is worth the PCGS or NGC fee it's worth going there the first time. In the long run you'll end up spending more trying to "screen" the coins having them graded at a lower tier TPG
first and then cross or crack them out and resubmit them to PCGS than you would just sending them to PCGS the first time.
I've heard dealers will send in large quantities of high grade examples anticipating some high dollar graded examples. Any that don't make the high grade will still be sold as well. Even if they lose money on multiple average grade coins they can still make money overall, with just one or two high grades.
It would be interesting for input from large volume dealers about rates they pay for bulk submissions. (Might be a cause or reason for them not to share that info though. TPG
's rules or competition?)
There's been a lot of posts on that recently in the TPG
forum, it's just kind of a lot to retype.