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Insider2Insider2 Posts: 14,452 ✭✭✭✭✭

I just went back to page 5400 Aug 1, 2002 in order to start learning more by reading past posts. Many folks have thousands of posts already. I think someone wrote that this website was updated and changed at one time and members lost their earlier posts/history. I'll bet a lot of good info is lost forever. :(

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    3keepSECRETif2rDEAD3keepSECRETif2rDEAD Posts: 4,285 ✭✭✭✭✭

    My guess is 1997 ;)

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    opportunityopportunity Posts: 1,008 ✭✭✭✭
    edited September 19, 2017 2:23PM

    Here's the oldest snapshot I could find...April 8, 2001

    Early American Copper, Bust and Seated.

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    TomBTomB Posts: 20,733 ✭✭✭✭✭

    You will see "joined" dates for the longest-tenured members, like me, of late February, 2001. However, this was simply the date that we longer-tenured members were forced to re-register from the older version of these boards. The previous version of the boards, which did not have the ability to use an avatar, a signature line or to easily embed images and that might see fewer than a few dozen posts per day (including those by Rick Montgomery who was the PCGS board representative at the time) were around in the 1990s and some of us posted then, too.

    When we were forced to migrate to the precursor of this board, we lost all of our private message and posting history and the older threads were archived, but could not be added to, for a number of years. The archive might still exist, but bookmark links that I had kept to access it stopped working years ago. Our oldest troll, the beloved scottieo, was among the members who did not make the migration while our first cranky-over-the-top member, cobb, came back under various names. Folks like ricko and braddick can add more as they were also posting with me under the old board theme.

    However, as for an exact date, I do not know.

    Thomas Bush Numismatics & Numismatic Photography

    In honor of the memory of Cpl. Michael E. Thompson

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    PTVETTERPTVETTER Posts: 5,882 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I remember some of those names on that snap shot

    I guess I am getting old!

    Pat Vetter,Mercury Dime registry set,1938 Proof set registry,Pat & BJ Coins:724-325-7211


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    Insider2Insider2 Posts: 14,452 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Was Rick the moderator or did he just help answer questions?

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    ldhairldhair Posts: 7,124 ✭✭✭✭✭

    This is the oldest link I have that still works. Some fun old members. All my links from the old board no longer work. It's a shame we lost all the history. Wish we still had Russ. I'll bet he could bring some of the old stuff up. Tom gave a great account of what went on in 2001.
    http://web.archive.org/web/20010803102137/forums.collectors.com/categories.cfm?catid=26

    Larry

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    TomBTomB Posts: 20,733 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Insider2 said:
    Was Rick the moderator or did he just help answer questions?

    Rick wasn't a moderator, but he was quite active on the boards and I assume it was because PCGS was attempting to drum up support for, and usage of, the boards. Also during this time, if I recall correctly, in the 1990s PCGS had listed on the website the "David Hall's Top 40", or something like that, which listed the most commonly graded coins and their grades for any given week. Lastly, I think PCGS even hosted some auctions for PCGS graded coins on the site in the mid-1990s, but I am foggy on details of that work.

    I could be wrong on some of the details of these statements as I did not take notes way back when and am simply going on memory.

    Thomas Bush Numismatics & Numismatic Photography

    In honor of the memory of Cpl. Michael E. Thompson

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    TomBTomB Posts: 20,733 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I wish I saved the scottieo thread with the 1804 dollar. It was weird, got more strange all the time, provided parody for others like shiro and didn't it end with the 1804 dollar being lost after falling out of his shirt pocket into fresh cement being poured for a new sidewalk? It was more good natured and apparently harmless trolling at the time.

    Thomas Bush Numismatics & Numismatic Photography

    In honor of the memory of Cpl. Michael E. Thompson

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    RYKRYK Posts: 35,789 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited September 19, 2017 9:24PM

    On the first day, God created Chatroom Chimps.
    On the second day, He created the Forum.
    On the third day, He rested.

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    ldhairldhair Posts: 7,124 ✭✭✭✭✭

    scottieo lost the coin while running the backhoe at work. Those were some of the most fun threads ever. The guy had the board rocking. It was crazy.

    Larry

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    cameonut2011cameonut2011 Posts: 10,062 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @RYK said:
    On the first day, God created Chatroom Chimps.
    On the second day, He created the Forum.
    On the third day, He rested.

    Where does Laura fit in all of this?

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    rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Yes... Carolj used to be the moderator.. and when the Open Forum was active it would drive her to distraction.. some of the posts were rather 'risque'.....There was a lot more humor here in those years....and the earlier forums lacked the pictures.... On the snapshot from Opportunity, there are several names no longer active... I miss the contributions many of those individuals made... Askari was an excellent contributor for example... And in February 2001 we had to re-register and lost all our previous post count... but the forum was much improved technically. Cheers, RickO

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    Coin FinderCoin Finder Posts: 6,953 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Late 90's.... There were two revised boards before the big revision in February 2001. I thought at the time they just discontinued it so I didn't check. Low and behold I checked in March 2001 and rejoined, again for the third time....Lost all my posts...

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    ScarsdaleCoinScarsdaleCoin Posts: 5,189 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Remember in very late 1990's here is a pic from around 2000

    Jon Lerner - Scarsdale Coin - www.CoinHelp.com
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    rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @ScarsdaleCoin.... neat screenshot... and I do not see any names listed there that are still active... Cheers, RickO

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    ms70ms70 Posts: 13,946 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Wow! The OF is still swirling around in cyberspace!

    Great transactions with oih82w8, JasonGaming, Moose1913.

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    Insider2Insider2 Posts: 14,452 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Hey, on some computer cloud stored in the depths of a CIA building...

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    calgolddivercalgolddiver Posts: 1,402 ✭✭✭✭✭

    and who could forget BONGOBONGO

    Top 25 Type Set 1792 to present

    Top 10 Cal Fractional Type Set

    successful BST with Ankurj, BigAl, Bullsitter, CommemKing, DCW(7), Elmerfusterpuck, Joelewis, Mach1ne, Minuteman810430, Modcrewman, Nankraut, Nederveit2, Philographer(5), Realgator, Silverpop, SurfinxHI, TomB and Yorkshireman(3)

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    19Lyds19Lyds Posts: 26,472 ✭✭✭✭

    I was reading the boards WELL before I put my timidity aside and joined. My very first post was a whine about the quality of the coins in the 2001 Kennedy rolls offered by the US Mint.

    https://forums.collectors.com/discussion/282433/my-first-2001-kennedy-roll-big-pic/p1

    I decided to change calling the bathroom the John and renamed it the Jim. I feel so much better saying I went to the Jim this morning.



    The name is LEE!
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    keetskeets Posts: 25,351 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Larry, thanks for the links. I still remember that "format" fondly and although it is gone and probably wasn't as useful as this one, I liked it.

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    OPAOPA Posts: 17,104 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @calgolddiver said:
    and who could forget BONGOBONGO

    One time poster, but what a thread. I hope he found the "rat coin" that he was looking for. :)

    "Bongo drive 1984 Lincoln that looks like old coin dug from ground."
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    messydeskmessydesk Posts: 19,704 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Insider2 said:
    Hey, on some computer cloud stored in the depths of a CIA building...

    Well the current NSA Cybersecurity Czar used to post here. Maybe he has an old archive "at work."

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    Insider2Insider2 Posts: 14,452 ✭✭✭✭✭

    No telling who collects coins.

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    66Tbird66Tbird Posts: 2,858 ✭✭✭

    Ahh, Memory Lane, Camelot was great. So many years, so much knowledge pass down. Awesome place.

    Need something designed and 3D printed?
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    rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I would really like to see the board re-establish the Open Forum... it was tremendous fun... great discussions and lots of laughs.... Great place to unwind, relax, share stories... etc....Cheers, RickO

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    HighReliefHighRelief Posts: 3,658 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I miss Saint Guru and his humor here on the forum, he always had something to contribute.

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