I was thinking about this subject the other day.
To me, there are a few pedigrees that really mean something. I would buy these named coins sightUNSEEN:
Simpson (I have an advantage)
Lord St Oswald (1794 Type)
Jung (any coins from is "the Type set" I would have bought sighUNSEEN)
I'm sure there are others, if I remember, I'll post later
Hit or miss but overall superior (I'll always consider any coin w/these names):
Bass-earlier sales not the current one
Are there any other pedigrees you would buy sightUNSEEN? I'm curious if there are any pedigrees I did not name and you think you'd buy a coin from them sightUNSEEN.
Yes, not every collection will be 100% great. But the ones I named are as good as you will ever see. I bought Blays 14-D 1C totally sightunseen knowing he searched he world for the very best.
Remember, its not fully about the name. It is about the quality of the coins overall. Do not throw names out if you have not seen the coins!
BTW, I would have paid much more for the 14D if I had too. I badly wanted his 55 DD, but I whimped.
J-1776, I don't know the name of the person that owns it but if I did and if I had the money. It's my understanding that coin is never coming to market.
The only collection that I have ever actively pursued was the recent Blay sale, as a longtime Lincoln cent collector I did want to have one of his coins in my collection. Overpaid mightily for the one I did get, but I knew I would likely have to going into the auction. But that is the only time I have ever bought just because of the name of the collector that previously owned the coin.