Show Us Your Hansen "Underbids" - He Won, You Lost!
Inspired by the recent "Hansen Cast-Off" and "Collection Value" threads. These are coins you really tried to win at auction, but it turned out to be impossible! - or at least you got a strong feeling it was impossible.
Here is mine - an 1839 Small Letters Capped Bust Half in PCGS VF25 that wound up selling for ~$85k in a Legend auction a couple of years ago. I was prepared to sell off a big chunk of my collection to get this and I put in a very respectable bid, but $85k was way beyond my expectation. And I had the distinct feeling that things could easily have gone into six figures, so I just had to let it pass. Sure enough, the coin later showed up in the Hansen registry sets, so I didn't feel too bad about being an underbidder. And in the spirit of "You Can't Always Get What You Want" I was able to win a reasonably nice details-graded example about a year later, so all's well that ends well.