What do you think about the idea of a "coin grading camp"?
Witter Coins recently held a "camp" for YNs. I understand it turned out to be a successful event.
While looking at forum threads last night (including those whose topic is the current turnaround time for coins being graded by our host) I thought about the possibility of a "coin grading camp".
As a collector I have often imagined what it would be like to have a job at a TPG as a "coin grader". I imagine that it would be both interesting and tedious.
It would be interesting to sign up and participate in a "5 day coin grading camp" [i.e. like the one week summer basketball camps I attended as a high school player], during which ten "campers" live and breathe coin grading 24/7. Each of the ten campers would pay a fee to participate in the camp.
The coin grading camp could be sponsored by a TPG.
Have the 10 campers learn about grading for the first 3 days and then for the 4th day have the 10 campers actually grade 1000 coins for 10 hours (100 per hour) under the real life performance expectations placed upon actual graders.
Have 1,000 coins preselected (i.e. 200 2021 MS ASE coins; 200 Proof ASE coins; 50 AGE MS coins; 50 AGE Proof coins; 50 Modern MS clad coins; 50 Modern Proof Clad coins; 100 MS, Proof and Circulated pre 1965 20th Century US coins; 100 18th and 19th Century MS, Proof and Circulated US coins; 100 MS, Proof and Circulated World and Ancient coins; and 100 MS, Proof and Circulated Error Coins).
If 1,000 coins is too large, reduce it by half to 500 and adjust things accordingly.
Have the ten campers sit at well lit tables laid out in a row. Feed the 1000 (or 500) coins to the first camper in the row of tables to commence the grading. Once the first grader finishes with a coin, have that coin passed along to the second and subsequent camper in the row. Repeat until all 1,000 (500) coins have been reviewed and graded by each of the ten campers. The grade assigned to each coin by each of the ten campers is recorded.
Start the grading by the ten campers at 6:00 a.m. or 7:00 a.m. and finish at 4:00 p.m. or at 5:00 p.m.
After the 4th day grading marathon finishes have the ten campers and coin camp staff go have dinner and talk about the day's events. Make sure that they have a copy of their recorded grades for the 1,000 (or 500) coins.
While the ten campers and staff are having dinner take the 1,000 (or 500) coins and have them actually graded by TPG grading staff. Have the actual grades assigned by the TPG to the 1,000 (or 500) coins recorded.
On day 5 of the camp have a session where the ten campers are given the results of the actual grading of the 1,000 (or 500) coins. Have them compare the results of the actual grading with their own personally assigned grades. Then have a session where the TPG graders who actually graded the 1,000 (or 500) coins meet with the ten campers and discuss the individual coins and results of the grading of same by the ten campers and the TPG graders.
If 1,000 coins is too large in number, reduce it by half.
I do not know if our host would think that the idea of a "coin grading camp" is good idea or not (i.e. would it be beneficial to TPG to a degree that would justify the time and expense of setting it up and conducting same). However, from the perspective of a collector, the idea of immersing yourself into the fine details of the real world of coin grading is intriguing.
What do you think and would you sign up as a "camper"?