Buffalo Nickel and Washington Quarter Sets

Discussion in 'What's it Worth' started by Randy Abercrombie, Dec 7, 2023.

  1. Randy Abercrombie

    Randy Abercrombie Supporter! Supporter

    A retired friend of mine is liquidating his collection and asked if I would be interested. I would like to add his Buffalo nickel set (includes a slabbed three legged). Most of the other nickels are average circulated as I recall.... His other set that I helped him assemble is a complete 1932-1964 quarter set that is average circulated..... Anyone have a handle on a value range of these two sets? before I start wheeling & dealing with him?
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  3. Pickin and Grinin

    Pickin and Grinin Well-Known Member

    It really depends on the grade of the three leg and if there are any other majors in the set. IE type 1 1913's and what grade?
    Was the guy just a straight forward date and MM. Or did he collect any RPM's or doubled dies?
  4. BuffaloHunter

    BuffaloHunter Short of a full herd Supporter

    The slabbed three legger alone would be worth a shot at it for the nickel set. Any idea what the grade is on the slab and which TPG?
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  5. Randy Abercrombie

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    Yeah... I know I am armed with little of any valuable information. He used to be my coin collecting buddy and life sent us down different paths some years back..... I just cannot remember the particulars on his set. I know that one day this week he is going to walk into my office with the set and give me a number..... And having not been studying those sets, I just have no idea where to begin value-wise. And there sure won't be any time to do any studying with Christmas two weeks away....
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  6. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Randy, don’t cut yourself short as it’s 18 days until Christmas, not 2 weeks. Lol, they condition of the 3 leg Buffalo is most important and probably worth more than the entire set of Buffalos. As for the Quarters, they have silver so you can roughly figure the price based on that.
  7. BuffaloHunter

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    Is the buffalo nickel set complete, or are there holes? That's going to be the determining factor, really. If the set has key dates/MM's, then obviously the price goes up.
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  8. Randy Abercrombie

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    We were running buddies back when he completed that set late 1990's. We celebrated the completion of the deal. He is as OCD as I am with coins... No way he has pulled anything out of that set so yeah, it is complete.
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  9. charley

    charley Well-Known Member

    You lost me at running.....
  10. Sting 60

    Sting 60 Well-Known Member

    Usually, I would need some time to look at the sets and narrow down what the average circulated coin in the sets look like. Since you have limited time, may I suggest looking at Numismedia. I might be wrong but at least it shows all the washington quarters and buffalo nickels in the same series. It might give you an idea of a price that is fair. Regards.
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  11. charley

    charley Well-Known Member

    Finished the math:

    1) Assumptions- Buffalo Set, no other varieties except 3-Legged. Av. VF20.

    I peg the wholesale @ $2,400.00 presently.

    2) Assumptions-Qtr. Set- no varieties, Av. VF20

    I peg the wholesale @ $630.00 presently.
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  12. BuffaloHunter

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    For the complete 64 coin collection, in average circulated, you can find vendors online that are trying to sell them for around a thousand bucks. Assuming there are no acid dated coins in the mix, I'd be a player at around the $700 mark. As stated already, depending on the grade, the 3-legged might be worth that alone!
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  13. charley

    charley Well-Known Member

    For a Sight-Seen verified VF 20 Set no varieties except the 3'Legged, I will pay you $750.00 without Set limit.

    The $700 is an OK amount for a Sight-Seen G4 Set, though.
  14. Randy Abercrombie

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    Gentlemen.... That is incredibly helpful and I cannot thank you enough.
  15. charley

    charley Well-Known Member

    You are welcome, and that is just the kind of guy I am. No TY required.

    I have no doubt that Mr. BuffaloHunter feels the same. Over many years and a few different platforms, there has been condition/value differences between us, but the one overriding statement to be made is he knows his Buffalos, especially in AU/MS Grades.

    It is also worth noting that he is correct concerning the value of an average Circulated Set (without varieties except the 3-Legged), but the dirty little hidden nuance by the internet Sharks and Dealers, is that G4-6 is considered average circulated for this Series.
  16. BuffaloHunter

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    Charley, you are a hoot. Here in CT and over on PL, I enjoy reading your posts.
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  18. Randy Abercrombie

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    My buddy just came by. As it stands I purchased the quarter collection below and he is going to bring a full V-nickel collection that I am buying from him. Another completed average grade set that includes a very well done counterfeit 1913...... I took a quick photo of the slab buffalo's that I thought @BuffaloHunter might want to see. His buffalo book dates to the 1950's when his mother began the collection and the folder is cool on it's own. But I suggested he get an appraisal on the buffalo set before we do any wheeling & dealing. But I thought @BuffaloHunter and @Pickin and Grinin may want to see the cream of the buffalo crop.

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  20. BuffaloHunter

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    Please take my initial assessment and throw it straight out the window.

    Wow. If the booked bisons are on par with the slabbed examples, that is one fine collection!

    You steered him well with the appraisal advice.
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  21. Randy Abercrombie

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    Actually the booked bisons are truly average circulated.
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