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 Posted 11/11/2019  4:22 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add BGLI to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
As a relatively newer collector I am seeing several independent grading services and wondering what the most experienced collectors here think of them in terms of their reputation. I am also curious what people refer to as old green label slabs and old rattler slabs. Is there one grading service that I would pay a premium for a coin in their slab? Are there some services I should stay away from? Thanks
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 Posted 11/11/2019  4:47 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add moxking to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
NGC and PCGS are about your equal at the top of the heap.

ANACS is good too, especially on errors and varieties.
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 Posted 11/11/2019  5:05 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Numis-Northerner to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
When it comes to marketability and selling l PCGS and NGC and your best bet.

If you're just looking for variety and error atributions or just authentication then I would go with ANACS.

As well ANACS for coins that you are just planning on putting in your collection and not selling.

Controversially you could opt out of using any TPGS but I wouldn't reccomend that if you are wanting to acquire higher value coins early on in your collecting career/journey as counterfeits are an issue with key date coins, and higher value coins among other things.

Once you become more experienced with certain series you can start to become more independent with your collections, but this does take years of experience and knowledge to acquire, as well to get the most money out of your coins at auctions PCGS and NGC will often bring the best prices.

And one more thing, not every coin is 'worth' having slabbed, for example, most collectors will say that a coin would have to be valued at $200 or more to justify the grading costs. Obviously if you're getting a coin slab bed for, say, sentimental reasons than this won't apply.

Edit: One more thing I forgot to add is that sometimes there can be gambles with grading when it comes to things like to pop moderns and grade differences can be small and hard to detect ie: a coin that is worth $40 in MS-66 but $500 in MS-67. This should only be done when you have developed your grading skills to where you feel confident in chosen what coins to send.

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11/11/2019 5:12 pm
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 Posted 11/11/2019  6:39 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add IndianGoldEagle to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Hard to add to what they've already pointed out.
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 Posted 11/11/2019  7:18 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add BGLI to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very helpful info and thanks
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