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P0CKETCHANGEP0CKETCHANGE Posts: 2,259 ✭✭✭✭✭

As many here know, I walked away with a couple patterns from the Bass collection after the auction during FUN. Today, I opened this unexpected piece of mail from HA—what a pleasant surprise, and a very nice touch (and good marketing).




Nothing is as expensive as free money.

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    lermishlermish Posts: 1,954 ✭✭✭✭✭

    While I have had issues with HA regarding their slow logistics, this is a delightful touch and an amazing example of high end customer service that I would hope for from a top-notch classy operation. Kudos to HA.

    That is some neat additional provenance @P0CKETCHANGE to keep with special coins!

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    DCWDCW Posts: 6,977 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Heritage is food at sending the old flips and envelopes if they are consigned with the pieces. It's a nice touch.
    I've purchased a few of the Partrick pieces and they sent his old envelopes that he scribbled all over. Many times, there were other clips from auction catalogs in those envelopes.
    Just goes to show the collector mentality.

    Dead Cat Waltz Exonumia
    "Coin collecting for outcasts..."

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    MFeldMFeld Posts: 12,056 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Walkerguy21D said:
    That’s cool.
    Surprised that they weren’t with the coins at the time of auction, but it’s nice that they made the effort to reconnect the provenances afterwards.

    If/when the old envelopes are with the coins at the time of the auction, they can get lost or mishandled. That said, there are advantages and disadvantages to each option.

    Mark Feld* of Heritage Auctions*Unless otherwise noted, my posts here represent my personal opinions.

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    RLSnapperRLSnapper Posts: 524 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @MFeld I am a bit surprised at your response. "If/when the old envelopes are with the coins at the time of the auction, they can get lost or mishandled." I would not want to consign to an auction house that would think losing/mishandling the Grellman card of my 1852 N-6 Large Cent stating the coin is the plate coin was OK. Matter of fact Stacks/Bowers had the card in a flip with a barcode on it that matched the barcode they placed on the PCGS slab so they DON'T get lost/mishandled.
    What would be the disadvantage you mention to having the associated ephemera for each coin auctioned listed and handled as part of the entire auction lot ?. Every coin has a history and story to tell....the auction tags, collector envelopes and the like help to tell the story in a different way.
    Maybe this is why I have never consigned to Heritage. They consider the ephemera "A thoughtful keepsake" and not as a part of the coin's rich history and story.

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    Pnies20Pnies20 Posts: 2,068 ✭✭✭✭✭

    That is awesome. A great addition to the great purchases

    BHNC #248 … 108 and counting.

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    MFeldMFeld Posts: 12,056 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 5, 2023 12:41PM

    @RLSnapper said:
    @MFeld I am a bit surprised at your response. "If/when the old envelopes are with the coins at the time of the auction, they can get lost or mishandled." I would not want to consign to an auction house that would think losing/mishandling the Grellman card of my 1852 N-6 Large Cent stating the coin is the plate coin was OK. Matter of fact Stacks/Bowers had the card in a flip with a barcode on it that matched the barcode they placed on the PCGS slab so they DON'T get lost/mishandled.
    What would be the disadvantage you mention to having the associated ephemera for each coin auctioned listed and handled as part of the entire auction lot ?. Every coin has a history and story to tell....the auction tags, collector envelopes and the like help to tell the story in a different way.
    Maybe this is why I have never consigned to Heritage. They consider the ephemera "A thoughtful keepsake" and not as a part of the coin's rich history and story.

    I don’t understand how you interpreted my comment to mean that it was OK or acceptable to lose or mishandle an envelope of the type being discussed. That’s not what I said.

    Edited to add: in answer to your question, as I indicated in my initial reply, the disadvantage of having the associated ephemera at lot viewing with the coins would be its possible damage or loss.

    Mark Feld* of Heritage Auctions*Unless otherwise noted, my posts here represent my personal opinions.

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    DisneyFanDisneyFan Posts: 1,722 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I just finished Ian Fleming's "The Diamond Smugglers" whereby mine workers are x-rayed for hidden diamonds before leaving the mines. This made me realize how difficult it must be to keep track of all material in large organizations dealing with small valuables.

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    braddickbraddick Posts: 23,127 ✭✭✭✭✭

    That is neat.
    Saving the original materials associated with the coin's history is in and of itself adding providence and appeal.

    peacockcoins

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    ZoinsZoins Posts: 33,910 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 5, 2023 10:24AM

    I have some old flips that came to me from Heritage, Stack's and others.

    How do people keep these with the slabs?

    With Heritage, there are often attached with rubber bands while Stack's tapes it on to the slabs. Both make it a bit harder to store in slab boxes.

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    jt88jt88 Posts: 2,838 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I think the surprise is the letter. Every auction house would mail the original holder or bag if they have it. I received few from sb in the past. But HA took the time to write the letter that’s surprise and nice. I just sold a 1902 PCGS UK medal on eBay. I also mailed the original box from the Royal Mint. I did not mention that box on my eBay listing.

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    RLSnapperRLSnapper Posts: 524 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Zoins I keep my ephemera in separate flips. Each flip is labeled as to which coin it is associated with. These are stored in a separate box..not with the coins themselves.

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    LewLew Posts: 170 ✭✭✭

    This is paper envelope for a
    78-S Morgan I got at a Stack's Bowers Auction last fall.

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    BStrauss3BStrauss3 Posts: 3,167 ✭✭✭✭✭

    They have done this for years - I have the original EPN paper envelopes from my purchases.

    -----Burton
    ANA 50 year/Life Member (now "Emeritus")
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    rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    That is a nice touch.... Especially for provenance collectors. May well add a premium at sale time as well. Cheers, RickO

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    WAYNEASWAYNEAS Posts: 6,355 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Way to go HA. :)
    Wayne

    Kennedys are my quest...

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    MrEurekaMrEureka Posts: 23,947 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @P0CKETCHANGE said:
    As many here know, I walked away with a couple patterns from the Bass collection after the auction during FUN. Today, I opened this unexpected piece of mail from HA—what a pleasant surprise, and a very nice touch (and good marketing).




    Given Bass' notes re: J-312, will you investigate further?

    Andy Lustig

    Doggedly collecting coins of the Central American Republic.

    Visit the Society of US Pattern Collectors at USPatterns.com.
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    P0CKETCHANGEP0CKETCHANGE Posts: 2,259 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @MrEureka said:
    Given Bass' notes re: J-312, will you investigate further?

    Probably not. PCGS certified it as J-312, and I’m content with that expert opinion.

    Nothing is as expensive as free money.

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