I'm getting back into the hobby and an interested in buying a 1909 SVDB Lincoln cent graded by PCGS. Do dealers still use grey sheet or eBay sales? Where can I get some pricing history for an MS coin?
ebay would likely give you a history
Other coin auction sites as well
PCGS Coinfacts would seem to be the place to go to get pricing, population and auction data on virtually every US coin-
For the 1909-S VDB Lincoln cent the direct link to that page is-
I agree with Tom, the 09-SVDB is a popular coin so there are plenty of recent auction results you can review on coinfacts and get a feel for what this coin is going for on average at auctions. Ebay closed sales will give you an idea of more the retail sales vs the auction data. I would also suggest that you review the sales on Great Collections, that data is not included in the coinfacts sales.
Dealers are kinda all over the map on what they use, some do use the graysheet, some do not. If you have access to a current graysheet that is also a good resource. Best of luck on finding a nice coin, certainly one of my favorite coins.
Ebay sold listings for only PCGS coins.https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2334524.m570.l1313&_nkw=1909+s+vdb+pcgs+-roll&_sacat=0&LH_TitleDesc=0&rt=nc&_odkw=1909+s+vdb+-roll&_osacat=0&_sop=10&LH_Complete=1&LH_Sold=1
You did not say if circulated or MS and then if BN, RB or RD. There is a coinfacts page for each BN, RB or RD (see tabs at top of page noted by TomB.
If you then go to the pcgs auction prices realized (can access by clicking the blue 'Auctions' or at bottom of pcgs home page) it will come up with no sorting. You can then sort for PCGS only (or All), CAC only (or All), it is set for Exclude eBay but can include with All (it will give a warning on these so double check the actual eBay listing noted), and then All or BN, RB, RD individually. Also there is a sort for the grade range (and sale date if you wish). Clicking on the column titles will sort the current listings by that column.
Link for pcgs auction prices realized or 1909 S VDB
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What ever you do, don't buy one that has not been authenticated and graded by a reputable third party grading company. My preference is PCGS Extremely good counterfeits of this and every other key coin are flooding the hobby. These copies are very, very good and it takes an expert to know for sure (for the most part, some are laughable for every one of those there are 25 or 30 excellent copies).
Be aware and be careful and buy from folks you trust.
I forgot to mention that each of the auction prices realized is an active link where clicking will take you to that auction lot.
I do not think that you should expect any dealer to sell a coin to you based on prices you saw on Greysheet, eBay or any other auction. Go to their websites to see what they are selling for. They may buy at auction and relist on their site or eBay at 20% higher. A sell price on eBay yesterday is no assurance that you will get the same coin for the same price today.
Welcome back to the hobby.
Welcome back to the hobby.... Caution is the important point.... Key coins (such as the '09SVDBcent) are widely counterfeited, so the advice to buy certified coins, from a reputable source, is sound advice. If it looks like a really good deal, it likely is not. You can check the BST here, members post good coins and most are well known on the forum. Good luck and let us know how it goes. Cheers, RickO