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My best ‘pick in years

Posted: Wed Apr 01, 2020 9:03 pm
by DHalladay
This just arrived in the mail. I’m still in disbelief. I always look for this VAM, but it’s the first one I’ve ever found.
It is also one of my best cherrypicks ever. :D

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I noticed it the same day it was listed on eBay – in an actual auction (!) amid the massive ocean of Buy-It-Now/opening bid stupidity that eBay has become.

The photos weren’t quite big enough or clear enough, but something interesting seemed to be going on in front of Liberty’s eye. And something even more interesting seemed to be along the front of her neck. I downloaded the best photo, enlarged it, and fiddled in Photoshop to enhance the details.

“Yep, that’s it!”
(my coin-in-hand photo below)

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When I showed the photo and the VAMworld attribution page to my non-numismatic wife she said, “even I can tell they are the same.”

So I bid just under Greysheet and waited. A day before it ended, after I’d finally been outbid, I upped my bid to the lower range of what recent actual sales for the generic date+grade have been at Heritage. Wow, I was high again.

Then Sunday night, with 15 minutes left in the auction, I started watching in real time. I also did 3-minute updates for my wife. More than once I said, “This isn’t going to happen; the VAM is too popular and there are too many people who know what it is.”

But no one else showed up. My high bid never budged. The only thing that changed was when the auction ended and the eBay system refreshed to say, “You won! Pay now.” I don’t know if there’s a record for shortest payment time in history, but I may be in the running.

The current total VAM 1D population in PL at PCGS is just three – a 61, a 62, and a 64. The total DMPL population is just two, both 64s.

C’mon PCGS, reopen so I can get the attribution put on the holder!
(my coin-in-hand photo below)

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Re: My best ‘pick in years

Posted: Wed Apr 01, 2020 9:17 pm
by bobbyjenkins
Dennis,

I've just got to say...

You SUCK!!!!

Congratulations. That's one awesome pick. So nice to hear about these to put some excitement back in the game.

Re: My best ‘pick in years

Posted: Wed Apr 01, 2020 9:55 pm
by jgrinz
3 guys were "picking" at it pretty heavy though
Congrats .. :-)

Re: My best ‘pick in years

Posted: Wed Apr 01, 2020 10:03 pm
by collectinsince65
Dennis
Great pick!!!
I remember when I received my first U suck
This is the first time I am handing it out
**You Suck!**

Re: My best ‘pick in years

Posted: Wed Apr 01, 2020 10:07 pm
by lioncutter
Awesome pick Dennis!

Re: My best ‘pick in years

Posted: Wed Apr 01, 2020 10:24 pm
by collectinsince65
Luv when a larger dealer only lists for what's on the label

Re: My best ‘pick in years

Posted: Wed Apr 01, 2020 10:27 pm
by jgrinz
collectinsince65 wrote:
Wed Apr 01, 2020 10:24 pm
Luv when a larger dealer only lists for what's on the label
My Thoughts exactly

Re: My best ‘pick in years

Posted: Wed Apr 01, 2020 10:30 pm
by tmanhg
VERY nice Dennis. Congrats!!

Re: My best ‘pick in years

Posted: Wed Apr 01, 2020 11:02 pm
by RogerRock
SWEET PICK Dennis ! Congrats !

Re: My best ‘pick in years

Posted: Wed Apr 01, 2020 11:08 pm
by vamnuke
8-)

Re: My best ‘pick in years

Posted: Wed Apr 01, 2020 11:16 pm
by impairedsquirrel
WOW! SWEET pick Dennis!
Sooo, is it time to start chasing that WOW! set now?

Re: My best ‘pick in years

Posted: Thu Apr 02, 2020 2:13 am
by bhinkle
PCGSMS64PL WOW! Congratulations Dennis.

Re: My best ‘pick in years

Posted: Thu Apr 02, 2020 2:19 am
by PacificWR
Very nice!

Re: My best ‘pick in years

Posted: Thu Apr 02, 2020 4:59 pm
by vamsterdam
if ya don't look, ya don't find. great pick!

Re: My best ‘pick in years

Posted: Thu Apr 02, 2020 7:02 pm
by dave700x
Awesome cherry pick Dennis!!! 8-)

Re: My best ‘pick in years

Posted: Thu Apr 02, 2020 10:07 pm
by iwillbenice
Very nice and a tuff pick. :D

Re: My best ‘pick in years

Posted: Fri Apr 03, 2020 9:06 pm
by Mhomei
Super pick for that grade
.....good eye Dennis, you suck for sure.

64 has been my target for this variety

Re: My best ‘pick in years

Posted: Sat Apr 04, 2020 12:45 am
by PickNGrin
THEY ARE GOING TO LOCK U UP!!!! VERY NICE PICK! :D