A day for extreme celebration
The most important day for me as a Walker collector has arrived.
The 16 YEAR enterprise has been realized.
Well, I never thought that this day would ever come but I have, FINALLY, completed my Full (1916-1947) Walker set!!
This saga began in the summer of 2005, when we were all quite a bit younger and I was MUCH more driven and fearless!! LOL I had a couple of inactive years but decided to totally commit, in Fall 2009. So much did I learn along the way. The hours, days and years spent on this series. Searching and researching. Studying and comparing. All the while never giving up. It feels soooo GOOD to have reached my goal. I can FINALLY kick back and relax, now.
The last piece of the puzzle and the rarest coin in the ENTIRE series.....The fabled 1921-S, has been added. It is an NGC XF 45, so it is not a mint state example like the rest of my set. HOWEVER, I feel that this piece matches well, in quality, with the rest of my set and, more importantly, it is solid for its assigned grade. I may or may not try to upgrade it to AU or even MS, because at this point, I really like this coin.
I was underbidder on THREE 1921-S coins before this one: A PCGS MS 62 from the famous Western Reserve set, a PCGS AU 58 CAC and a PCGS AU 55 (this one wound up in the #1 NGC set). All went for money that shot WELL BEYOND THE MOON and, at least, two of these set new price records.....
When I saw this piece, it spoke to me, almost immediately. It has, IMHO, great detail and separation, no rim dings, with smooth, original, gray surfaces and also traces of mint luster with no spots or deep abrasions. So, after examining it, as quickly and thoroughly as possible, I jumped on it, as I really didn’t think I would find one that would please me more, anytime soon. Sooooo FEW of these ever trade hands, as they are FAR rarer in XF/AU than in MS and MANY are of very POOR quality. NGC Census is just 27/152. I did a search on both Heritage and Great Collections archives and there’s almost nothing like this. The one or two that did sell are not as nice as my coin, IMHO. I am pleased as punch with this example. To me, It looks like the old XFs, of yesteryear---before gradeflation was rampant, from when I was in my early 20s and collecting raw Walkers in XF/AU circa 1992.
I ended up in the #8 spot, at NGC, which I feel is rather respectable. Especially, given the growth and resurgence of the NGC Registry, in the last few years. There have been a TON of new sets created, lately. I should be #7, as Big Tex is a phantom set that was sold off years and years ago (September 2006), but that is inconsequential to me.
Thanks, and I can't wait to hear your thoughts!!
“I may not believe in myself but I believe in what I’m doing” ~Jimmy Page~
My Full Walker Registry Set: