Some questions about rattlers and slab generations
Hey guys. I'm getting back into collecting after quite a few years of not doing much.
I never really cared or looked into the different generations of PCGS slabs but I have some interest now.
A few questions:
How do I know I'm looking at a "rattler"? (I see people on eBay calling several different types of PCGS cases rattlers)
Is there anything to look out for when buying rattlers?
Are there any fake slabs out there? I know the original slabs don't really have much in the way of modern authentication.
Does the "rattling" hurt the coins inside at all?
I've noticed some of the early ones have different things on the labels (for Buffalo nickels for example, some say "Buffalo" and some say nothing)
Basically, I want to collect slabs with some history, but is there any reason to collect second gen over first gen slabs?
Anything else I should know about collecting rattlers?
Thanks so much!