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Question: Do you submit coins to PCGS through a dealer, or do it yourself?

I'm thinking of joining the PCGS Collectors Club so that I have direct submission privileges. Thoughts? I've heard some say that a big dealer specialist might get the benefit of the doubt on grading.

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  • 1630Boston1630Boston Posts: 13,772 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I had trouble finding dealers willing to submit a few coins for me so I joined and did it myself :smile:
    jmo

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    Bad transactions with : nobody to date

  • 1630Boston1630Boston Posts: 13,772 ✭✭✭✭✭

    PS
    Welcome @TopoftheHill :smile:

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    Bad transactions with : nobody to date

  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I think it is better to do it yourself...just a personal preference since there is no data to support one way over the other....likely the impression comes from individuals who submit coins with the 'ownership grade' expectations and get something lower....Cheers, RickO

  • oih82w8oih82w8 Posts: 11,892 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I prefer the flexibility of doing it myself...plus you get the neato calendar every year!

    oih82w8 = Oh I Hate To Wait _defectus patientia_aka...Dr. Defecto - Curator of RMO's

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  • TopoftheHillTopoftheHill Posts: 180 ✭✭✭

    Thanks for the responses. Looks like DIY is the way to go.

  • lusterloverlusterlover Posts: 1,256 ✭✭✭✭

    I do it myself also and agree with all the listed positives above, but If you are not experienced, submitting through a dealer may save you some money and heartache as they can help you weed out some potentially unsuccessful and unworthy stuff. Good luck!

  • KccoinKccoin Posts: 1,086 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Ain't nothing to it but to do it!

    I joined so I can send coins in when I want. No dealers here locally willing to submit on my behalf

  • dbldie55dbldie55 Posts: 7,719 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I use my dealer. He includes mine on his submissions. I then do not have to pay the $10 submission fee or shipping. I am sure not all dealers would do this, but I have a great dealer to work with.

    Collector and Researcher of Liberty Head Nickels. ANA LM-6053
  • TommyTypeTommyType Posts: 4,586 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @TopoftheHill said:
    I'm thinking of joining the PCGS Collectors Club so that I have direct submission privileges. Thoughts? I've heard some say that a big dealer specialist might get the benefit of the doubt on grading.

    I think it's huge myth that the person who pays the postage has anything to do with the grades that come back. All of that information is probably stripped out before the coins ever get to the graders. (Now....do "Walkthrough" submissions get special treatment over economy? I have no idea, but that might be a better question to ask since that information may very well travel with the coin....)

    No matter who sends the coins in, the important thing is to be honest with yourself. Don't expect any gifts, because that isn't in the best interest of PCGS....(or the hobby). Prepare yourself for the worst, and you'll probably be happy with the actual results.

    Easily distracted Type Collector
  • jmlanzafjmlanzaf Posts: 31,850 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Depends. If I have a single coin or two, it is prohibitive to send them in myself. There's a certain economy from submitting with a dealer.

  • goldengolden Posts: 9,050 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I do it myself.

  • logger7logger7 Posts: 8,070 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 1, 2017 3:59PM

    I had some beginner's luck getting coins graded when I started in the hobby through the ANA, but I don't think they do PCGS. Collector's club is an excellent option. Edited to add, the free TV is a huge incentive to join.

  • RockyMtnProspectorRockyMtnProspector Posts: 754 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Myself.

    GSAs, OBW rolls, Seated, Walkers. Anything old and Colorado-focused, CO nationals.



    Gonna get me a $50 Octagonal someday. Some. Day.
  • DIMEMANDIMEMAN Posts: 22,403 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I prefer to do it myself.

  • GluggoGluggo Posts: 3,566 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 1, 2017 7:17PM

    I just started I have 3 orders in. I think it's great.
    22 Total coins

  • jesbrokenjesbroken Posts: 9,264 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Was a member across the street, years ago and sent my own in there. Joined here and sent a batch 30 days ago, and a new batch ready to ship out. Only way to go, my opinion. I don't think I would be important enough a client to get the ultra large dealer attention.
    Jim


    When a man who is honestly mistaken hears the truth, he will either quit being mistaken or cease to be honest....Abraham Lincoln

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  • koynekwestkoynekwest Posts: 10,048 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Myself.

  • Type2Type2 Posts: 13,985 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Self.



    Hoard the keys.
  • TommyTypeTommyType Posts: 4,586 ✭✭✭✭✭

    A related question, (just because I don't know):

    If one DOES submit through a dealer, should you expect to pay more than the listed prices, ($20 economy, $32 regular, etc.), in order to compensate the dealer? Or is the price the same, and the dealer gets a cut of the PCGS grading fee??

    (There are additional fees to consider, like shipping, submission handling fee, etc., that one should also be responsible for their share of. Just trying to figure out if the PCGS network of dealers is confined to the same price sheet that the Club members are....)

    Easily distracted Type Collector
  • TopoftheHillTopoftheHill Posts: 180 ✭✭✭

    @TommyType said:
    A related question, (just because I don't know):

    If one DOES submit through a dealer, should you expect to pay more than the listed prices, ($20 economy, $32 regular, etc.), in order to compensate the dealer? Or is the price the same, and the dealer gets a cut of the PCGS grading fee??

    (There are additional fees to consider, like shipping, submission handling fee, etc., that one should also be responsible for their share of. Just trying to figure out if the PCGS network of dealers is confined to the same price sheet that the Club members are....)

    Good questions! I would like to know the answers as well.

  • jmlanzafjmlanzaf Posts: 31,850 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @TommyType said:
    A related question, (just because I don't know):

    If one DOES submit through a dealer, should you expect to pay more than the listed prices, ($20 economy, $32 regular, etc.), in order to compensate the dealer? Or is the price the same, and the dealer gets a cut of the PCGS grading fee??

    (There are additional fees to consider, like shipping, submission handling fee, etc., that one should also be responsible for their share of. Just trying to figure out if the PCGS network of dealers is confined to the same price sheet that the Club members are....)

    Depends on the coin, the dealer, and your relationship with the dealer. Small dealer isn't getting rates better than you, although there is a certain economy from combining shipping charges. A bigger dealer might get preferred rates BUT whether they will pass some of the savings on to you depends on how good a customer you are.

  • WaterSportWaterSport Posts: 6,708 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Only me!
    WS

    Proud recipient of the coveted PCGS Forum "You Suck" Award Thursday July 19, 2007 11:33 PM and December 30th, 2011 at 8:50 PM.
  • Cougar1978Cougar1978 Posts: 7,613 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Myself - dropped the other decades ago.

    So Cali Area - Coins & Currency

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