So how did you do with your 2019 Collecting goals ??
So how did everyone do on their collecting goals this year??
I guess mine were better than I expected after I look back. Basically, I started out 2019 with 2 goals. One was to hit 90% complete on my Showcase set on CONECA top 100 Lincoln RPM’s. That did not happen, in fact I fell back from 87 to 86 percent complete because I traded one of those RPM coins – the 1918 D/D RPM 1 in 63 BN to an unnamed collector. He sort of taps me on the shoulder now and then when he wants to trade for something he wants and I always need. We really do not have a friendly conversation parse, it’s always just business. He does not do the registry thing, but must have a fabulous set from what I can tell. So this year’s trade was his ICG MS 65 1943 DDR for my 1918 D/D. The 1943 DDR would have been an upgrade in any MS grade for my XF 45 example but to my surprise it crossed at PCGS as a MS 66.
I have another trade still in the works with another unnamed collector on another Forum who I have never met but trust him immensely as he is beyond a doubt the best Cherry Picker of Lincoln cents bar none. He has numerous discovery coins listed on Wexler’s site and is attempting a complete variety set of all RPM, DDO, DDR, etc. One day I saw a list he posted of what he was still missing and I was shocked to see I had a coin he needed. So, I sent it to him saying find me something I need. Well, its coming soon and I trust it will be a good one. It will be my first coin of 2020.
Anyway, I bought or traded almost twice as many cents this year (45) compared to last year (27). But while my raw Capitol Board set is up to date with all the 2019 Cents, my slab set is not – that too will be a 2020 goal.
Another goal I had was to continue the upgrade of my modern proof 69 DCAM Lincolns with PR 70 examples. This was a continuation of an effort started in 2018. I never could bring myself to drop $300 to $2000 on these cents like so many did years ago so with the purchase of my 1986 I am good for now. Likewise, my goal has been to cherry pick a PR 69 DCAM 1998 S Close AM proof. Hopefully that will happen in 2020 as well.
I had the good fortune of starting 2019 with some cash after selling off some upgrades. That cash bought me 2 difficult varieties. A raw 1945 DDO that graded MS 64 RED and a ANACS 1992 D Close AM in AU 55. Here again luck was with me for what I over paid in my opinion for the 1945 DDO, I made up for getting the 1992 D to cross to AU 58. And with those 2 purchases it brought my total needed number of Lincoln varieties to 9 left. So you can bet those 9 will be part of my 2020 goals.
Since I have but a few varieties left its been rewarding to just upgrade some of my existing Lincolns. As a cherry picker you just never know what you will find. As I was searching an auction site I discovered the second most scarce 1911 D RPM. I had the top pop example at AU 53 and was able to push it up to AU 55 with this pick. But it can’t last for long as someone should grab that spot with a MS example soon. And Finally, I posted on another tread my shock again in not only cherry picking a 1930 D RPM # 2 (it’s so hard to see) But I was very please to have it grade MS 63 BRN. A very nice upgrade for my VF 35 example.
My main goal for 2020 will be to continue the hunt and upgrade a few more varieties if I can find them until the next revised edition of the cherry pickers guide is published sometime in the future. I would like to hear your report on your collecting goals for 2019 (if you had any) and what if anything you hope to accomplish with your collection (s) in 2020.