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 Posted 12/14/2019  06:27 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Hunter611 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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If my wife sells my collection for what I told her I paid for it, some one will be very happy. If she finds out how much I actually paid for it she might kill me, so either way I'm dead ;) and not my worries ;)


Would love to see that on someone's headstone! SO funny.

I agree!
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 Posted 12/14/2019  07:33 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add T-BOP to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'm sure the majority of us would not recover the money we spent on our coin collection . But that's not the point ( to make money ) for me and many others to just take pride in our accomplishment and to have fun collecting .
As far as I'm concerned the 16-D in my Mercury dime collection in mid to upper circulated condition is finished without it , and I'm ok with that . Same for my Walking Half set, all nice circs but no 21 or 21D . And most of all my Lincoln wheat set 1909-1940 pds In VF-20-AU-58 complete except for the S-VDB . And I'm ok with that too .
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 Posted 12/14/2019  12:28 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add acloco to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Not sure any collection is ever completed.

As a collector, we will always peruse coins in the series we are currently working on and those that have been completed. The "search"....never ends.
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 Posted 12/14/2019  3:05 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add hfjacinto to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
As a collector I pursue a series until I think I am done and I consider it done.
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 Posted 12/16/2019  09:42 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Here's a thought, instead of building up a set from the common dates, how about starting a set off with the key dates and then building backwards, that way the biggest hurdle is jumped first
I always thought that would feel anti-climactic.
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 Posted 12/16/2019  10:27 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add hfjacinto to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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I always thought that would feel anti-climactic


Me too, I hate paying the full price, but its cool when all you have is just one hole and saving up for it :)
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 Posted 12/16/2019  12:15 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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its cool when all you have is just one hole and saving up for it
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 Posted 12/16/2019  5:34 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add january1may to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Here's a thought, instead of building up a set from the common dates, how about starting a set off with the key dates and then building backwards, that way the biggest hurdle is jumped first
I've seen a lot of people here recommend this, though usually for slightly different reasons - basically, key dates tend to get more expensive faster than more common dates, so (supposedly) if you don't buy the keys immediately, it would be much harder for you to afford them later.

Of course this applies much more to the big-name US coin series, where the key dates are expensive but otherwise easily available; if you're collecting something else, you might end up having to wait months or years until you find the rarer dates/types anywhere anyway, so you might as well stock up on some commons while waiting for the key.

I also would say that "start with the keys" is very bad advice for YNs (and/or low-budget collectors in general), who often wouldn't be able to afford the keys at all until/unless they start earning more money; some of them might even end up sticking with a key-less set, because those few pesky remaining holes just don't feel worthy of spending that much money on.
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 Posted 12/16/2019  10:19 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add SaintRidley to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
What is this done?
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