I am starting a Box of 20 Slabbed Type set

Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by russell1256, Mar 23, 2023.

  1. russell1256

    russell1256 Well-Known Member

    Here is what I have so far . . .
    1911 BARBER QUARTER PCGS AU-53.jpg 1913 Buffalo Nickel Type 1 PCGS MS64 obv.jpg 1831 Bust Half Dollar PCGS VF20 obv.jpg 1922 Grant No Star Commem Half Dollar PCGS AU58 obv.jpg
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  3. charley

    charley Well-Known Member

    Keep going. Nice start. I am a fan of VF-XF pieces, when building a box of 20.
  4. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    You’re off to a very nice set. All of them are eye appealing to me.
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  5. lardan

    lardan Supporter! Supporter

    CT is correct. A lot of eye appeal here, all very nice.
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  6. BuffaloHunter

    BuffaloHunter Short of a full herd Supporter

    Very nice, indeed.

    You prompted me to look at how many pieces I have in my slabbed type set to date. I'm sitting at 42 currently.
  7. ToughCOINS

    ToughCOINS Dealer Member Moderator

    Excellent start . . .
  8. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Supporter! Supporter

    Nice start. I thought about doing that too, but my collecting budget just won't stay above water. LOL
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  9. Mr.Q

    Mr.Q Well-Known Member

    Excellent collection you have there. Those coin are more than start in my opinion. Thanks for sharing.
  10. johnmilton

    johnmilton Well-Known Member

    You can start with a box of twenty, but as a 70+ year old collector who has been at it since the 1960s, the number of boxes gets much bigger. I have an almost complete type set on the NGC registry, missing the latest pieces. If you were to put my collection into boxes of 20, there would be 16 or more more boxes. Don’t feel bad. I thought it was impossible when I was in my 30s.
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  11. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & Eccentric Moderator

    Enjoy it! I started following the "Box of 20" concept in 2014.
    I'm a not-quite-60-year old collector who had the same problem.

    My Box of 20 of nine years ago is now in three categories, and each "box" has well over 20 pieces and the collection continues to grow. Now I've almost reached the space limit of my safe deposit box.

    Box of 20 is good for discipline- it makes you constantly improve the quality of your holdings. But the downside is that eventually you may reach a point in your upgrading where it becomes too painful to part with some of your darlings in order to add more. You'll get to where you have twenty super nice pieces you really would prefer to hang on to.

    That's fine, though. I say by all means, do follow the B20 strategy for a few years, until the "drop one to add one" aspect becomes too difficult. I really advocate this type of collecting, at least as a discipline for someone to follow over the span of five years or so. It teaches material detachment and helps one develop one's eye for quality coins. And it liberates you from the structure of sets. You don't have to add something because you "need" it to fill some predetermined hole. You add it only because it's something you like and want. And you don't need key dates this way (though if you want to add some, you can).

    I like your beginning so far. Solid stuff!
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  12. BuffaloHunter

    BuffaloHunter Short of a full herd Supporter

    Well said, Rob.

    You explained the evolution of an accumulator to a collector.
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  13. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & Eccentric Moderator

    And yet at the end of it all, I'm barely more than an accumulator, having such a freestyle, "no rules" collection. But I like to think there's a little more rhyme and reason to it than just a random accumulation, of course.

    As to the B20 collectors, there's the eye on quality over quantity, for one thing. and it's certainly more focused than some random mixture of junk and gems piled into a cigar box.
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