What's your best eBay.

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by Detecto92, Jun 17, 2012.

  1. Detecto92

    Detecto92 Well-Known Member

    There isn't a free lunch when it comes to buying coins on eBay, but sometimes people are asleep.Or someone lists a buy-it-now for a really low price.

    What is your best eBay win?
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  3. Kirkuleez

    Kirkuleez 80 proof

    I bought a PCGS PR-64 OGH 1881 three cent nickle for $200. Sent it to NCS and got back a PR-67. I don't have the coin anymore, but it was the best purchase that I ever had off of ebay.
  4. ikandiggit

    ikandiggit Currency Error Collector

    I bought a whack of ancients on Christmas Eve a few years ago. No other bidders so I got most for the initial start price. I saved about 90%.
  5. AngelKitty

    AngelKitty Sparkles *n* Cats

    A week ago I got a 2005 BU silver eagle for $30, free shipping. And when I say BU, I mean BU - three miniscule little marks on the field of the obverse, but otherwise no toning, no spotting, no nothing. I checked it and yes, it's genuine. It's my lucky ASE now - I swapped it out with my old 2005 ASE, which was also BU but with significantly more dings from being in a roll. The old one is going to be a present for my little sister. :D
  6. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    I ended up buying many ancient coins that ended up going cheap over the normal asking price many net dealers ask for, some even bargains like an NGC octavian denarius, julia paula denarius, many many more.

    I missed out on a athens owl graded by NGC in great shape for $275, I bought other coins before I saw it. Needless to say someone saw the deal and bought it and relisted it days later for $900.

    I still get good deals. Only a half dozen or so ended up being overpaying but I wanted them that bad.
  7. RedRaider

    RedRaider Well-Known Member

    I take advantage of people that take crappy pictures of raw coins (mostly IHC's) and offer a return policy.

    1864 L IHC paid $26, came back MS63BN. Sold for $600.
    1864 L IHC paid $284, came back MS63RB
    1871 IHC, paid about $500, came back MS64BN (gorgeous coin too!, look at the avatar!)

    I have had some other successes, but these are the ones that stand out the most to me.
  8. 1970 Silver Art

    1970 Silver Art Silver Art Bar Collector

    My best ebay win since I became an ebay member occurred in late December 2011 when I bought a gold-plated 1-oz .999 silver art bar for "only" $41.94 (spot silver was $27.77/oz when I bought this). The silver art bar was a gold-plated version of a 1979 Green Country Mint "Dogs Playing Pool". These are very rare with mintages between 10 to 150 for each of those type of bars minted in the late '70's. This ebay win was a BIN auction that was priced too low relative to the true collector value of the bar. The reason that this was my best ebay win because those Green Country Mint art bars usually get ebay winning bids that range from $85 to $140 whenever they show up for auction which is not very often. Relatively speaking, the $14.17 over spot silver premium that I paid for mine was a great deal for that particular type of rare silver art bar. I suspect that the ebay seller did not know what he had and priced the BIN too low and I saw it just in time to buy it.
  9. TheCoinGeezer

    TheCoinGeezer Senex Bombulum

    I got a lot of PL64/65 Canada half dollars certified by ICCS for less than melt on a BIN.
  10. roll searcher

    roll searcher coin hunter

    1858 Seated half for $20. G-4; I know its not that great but the 2012 red book says its worth $35.
  11. Pilkenton

    Pilkenton almost uncirculated

    Mine was for selling. I sold a very common, very worn Mercury dime a year or so ago for $13. During the same time however, I sold a Morgan silver dollar for $8.
  12. TheNickelGuy

    TheNickelGuy Coin Collector

    I got two dandy nickels that come quickly to mind in the past 3 years.
    First was a 1883 With Cents Liberty Nickel that was priced at No Cents Levels in the condition it is in. Title said "With Cents" and it was a Buy it Now late night 6 days and 23 hours to go listing when I found it.
    Sale price: $22.50
    Estimated delivery: 3-6 business days
    Shipping & Handling: US Postal Service First Class Mail $3.00

    I think it is every bit AU55, the pictures are terrible.

    The other is even better and a gem in my proof set.
    I bought a 1942 P Silver War nickel that had a pretty bad picture
    but I thought I could see something better than the images provided.
    People stayed away because the shipping was $7.65.
    Item name: 1942-P Jefferson Nickel UNC Raised Ridge No Reserve
    Sale price: $13.01
    Someday I'll get these graded.

    I think I have a Ty 2 Proof here, 99.9 % sure, if not, the 6 steps and condition of it would make it worth a bunch anyways.

  13. VNeal

    VNeal Member

    I search out OLD first generation PCGS key date morgan slabs MS 64-65, crack em send to NGC and most come back 65-67
  14. camlov2

    camlov2 Member

    My best ebay purchase was for a national banknote for our local bank. (Chico Ca). I paid money for it and could probably sell it for money as well. The key isn't if I got a great deal, just that it is the purchase I am the happiest with.
  15. 10gary22

    10gary22 Junior Member

    I grabbed a lot of Silver Washington Quarters for melt. The set came from the 1948-64 Whitman Album. The 56 was a type B. Felt good about that one. lol
  16. rodeoclown

    rodeoclown Dodging Bulls

    Can't recall most but the one that stands out the most would be a 1938-D Walking Liberty in VG condition for around $45.00
  17. geekpryde

    geekpryde Husband and Father

    Bought a 1964 Kennedy PF68 Cameo, when it showed up in the mail it was an Accent Hair type worth ALOT more money. But I've used that example a few times already. I am trying to get another ebay deal so I have some other awesome story to share next time.
  18. elijahhenry10

    elijahhenry10 New Member

    I have never gotten too great of a deal on eBay. I find better deals at coin shows and dealers.
  19. cciesielski01

    cciesielski01 Laced Up

    I got 4 or 5 barber dimes for about 3.50 shipped a couple years ago late night sniping for the win
  20. Cherd

    Cherd Junior Member Supporter

    The best deals that I have seen on Ebay are for the people that buy my coins!! :mad:
  21. -jeffB

    -jeffB Greshams LEO Supporter

    Best by percentage? Probably the seven "unknown metal" rounds I got for $51 (from our good friends at THR), which turned out to be .999 silver. Not a bad deal for 7 troy ounces.

    Best by straight dollar discount is probably the 1 oz AGE I got for $835 shipped, when gold was around $1350.

    I've had quite a few other goodies, though, some through pure luck -- like the 1964 proof set I snagged because it was listed with a BIN below melt, and it turned out to be Accented Hair. A pile of mostly-unimpaired silver proof sets and loose dimes for about half of melt. A roll of 2002-S silver halves for $100 when melt was over $220 (the description didn't mention that they were silver).

    The key for me is lurking in the new BIN listings, and catching lots that are missing key terms from their descriptions. Of course, it's hard to find those lots other than by stumbling on them -- if there were a reliable way to find them, people would be finding them, and bidding them up.
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