A Rare Accomplishment....(For me).
Long time member here, who has been inactive for awhile. Forgive me for stepping back in just to toot a horn. But....
I actually finished a set!
I start many sets, even knowing I probably won't finish them. I have an issue spending the required funds for those damn key dates. I started the Walking Liberties in March 2000, with a Teletrade(!) purchase of a 1944 in MS-64. My intent at the time was just having a nice type set example....in my limited budget. While it would have been easy and cheap to upgrade, I still have it for sentimental reasons. (And, it does actually look pretty nice for a 64).
That coin led me to start a "short set" of late date Walkers, mostly in 64 as well. Not sure I ever finished that by the time I decided to complete the WHOLE set. It was a long slog through the 65 coin set, as well as upgrading a fair number of those MS-64 coins along the way. At one point, i did have a 1938-D in XF-45, but I didn't like it. To my eye, that 45 grade was a gift given to a barely XF-40 coin. So I sold it, just SURE it would be easy to replace.
It took me forever to find a 38-D I actually liked. Anyone working a Walker set knows that you can find an MS-65 (expensive!) easier that you can find a nice AU! Time went by, and I finished every single other coin in the set, with an acceptable coin to my eye....except for the 1938-D. But a week ago, I finally found this on Great Collections:
So, I'm now the proud owner of the #38 ranked set of walkers. Okay...that's not all that impressive given that there is a 60% complete set that far outranks me.... But for my budget and goals, I'm going to be proud anyway.
I actually completed it!