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Experienced Collectors Please Weigh In On This About Grading

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 Posted 09/14/2021  1:18 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add grospoisson to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I am thinking about sending coins to ICG(lincolns to be exact) for grading at 12 dollars a coin , I can get an idea of what I have.. Do you guys feel confident that ICG will catch questionable color coins? If most on here think so I may do that.. I have often read that you can expect a grade or two lower from PCGS and NGC. I am also concerned about AU coins. I have a few ICG coins that look better than the same NGC coin of the same date and both have the same grade. If I could ever learn how to take sharp pictures with correct color, I feel confident several members could help with some of my decisions. I already know it's a coin toss! Any thoughts? I have A LOT of PCGS AND NGC coins that I scratch my head and wonder about their grade
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 Posted 09/14/2021  5:15 pm  Show Profile   Check spruett001's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add spruett001 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I don't think I would ever send coins to ICG. ANACS would be preferable to me for avoiding membership fees.
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 Posted 09/14/2021  8:09 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Ty2020b to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I too would never go ICG. For a few bucks more I'd definitely say ANACS. That said, at the end of the day, no matter which TPG you go with it's just an opinion. There are plenty of slabs labeled QC that aren't and plenty of straight grade slabs that are QC/AT, from ANY TPG. That said, I'd trust ICG the least of the bunch to get it correct. I'd recommend just sending in a couple to try your luck with the opinions, assuming posting on here is out of the question.
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 Posted 09/16/2021  7:57 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add OldSilverDollar to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Every ICG coin I've went to sell off barely got raw prices, a few I had to crack out and send to NGC just to make sure I could get NGC prices on them.
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 Posted 09/17/2021  11:42 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add BStrauss3 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
ICG's nickname is "I can't grade" which is truly unfair. There are coins where we could argue the grade in EVERYONE's holders.

ICG will slab counterfeit coins in their educational holder - they're the only ones who do (knowingly).

Their holder is actually quite nice. They have an expired patent on it, based on the stress contour that shows tampering.
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