I was thinking about all the different ways my submissions have come together over the years and wondered what other’s journeys had been like.
My first two submissions were essentially all of the coins I had collected at the time. They were short on stickers and long on education. I was working on different sets and all of the coins were related to completing these.
As sets were completed, or as interests gravitated, Items for new sets were accumulated and sent in, but were purchased with knowledge Gained from previous submissions. Success rates improved, including some gold beans.
At this point, the coins needed for sets were few and far between, so I began buying coins that I was not collecting, but that I thought were strong for the grade, to scratch the itch, and then I would submit them with items coins I was deliberately collecting. Success was very high and gold bean rates sometimes around 25-30% of a submission.
From that phase, I began several sets that were not hard to complete per se, but I decided that the whole set would be in rattlers or fattys. Success rate went down, but gold bean rate stayed high. Focusing on old holders both caused me to loosen my standards, and increase the chances a coin was under graded.
This last submission that just arrived at CAC today is a melting pot. A few coins for sets, a few coins that I thought were strong for the grade, two coins that knocked my socks off, and almost 20 coins that I had accumulated and sent in to PCGS for grading recently. So now I get to see how a random assortment of recently graded coins shakes out.
Anyone else see their submissions change over time?