My evolution as a collector
I thought the story of my evolution as a coin collector might be an interesting case study for the forum, especially since there may some people here who are on a similar path. If you're younger than me and you're seeing something familiar, maybe you can catch a glimpse of your future? If you're older than me and seeing something familiar, then please tell me where I'm going.
1980s: Collected Lincolns and Jeffersons out of circulation. Teenager with no income.
1990s: College/grad. school years. Started buying lower-priced coins, and developed an interest in Morgan Dollars, especially PL and DMPL. Didn't really have the finances to go after a lot of PCGS material yet.
2000-2004: gradually phased out Morgans after getting frustrated with subtle differences in grading between non-PL, PL, and DMPL examples, and the huge price swings. Already recognized gradeflation was a problem for any grade-sensitive series. Moved on to circ. large cents and bust halves.
2005-2008: Saw early copper prices increasing to nosebleed levels. Bust halves are not that hard to locate. Moved into Seated H10c, 25c, and 50c. All of these sets are still active in 2021.
2006-2011: Purchased a set of mostly BU Barber dimes in PCGS 1989-era holders, and upgraded them. Built the set into a top-5 set in the Registry, only to realize by 2011 that demand was weak. Prices dropped steadily in lower MS grades. I got out before I got squashed. I kept a handful of key dates that have done well and offset my losses quite nicely.
2011-2017: I bought a lot of Type coins from many different series while working on Seated sets only. I bought too much Proof Type, which is languishing in value. It will have its day, though.
2017-2021: I got massively frustrated with incessant arguments over CAC vs. non CAC material. I trimmed my new coin purchases to Seated 25c and Seated H10c only, PCGS only. Got my Seated 25c set up to "Epic, but not close to Hansen" level. Virtually disappeared from this forum for a while due to a long hours devoted to a career transition.
2021: I have basically run out of Seated 25c to buy. Upgrading is very difficult and expensive. Added a couple of Seated 50c and a 1795 Flowing 50c recently because I just want some new coins. I think I might want to collect 1790s U.S. Type coins next.
Notice that there is no gold on the list. Is that where I'm going?