A new book by David Schwager on sample slabs from third-party grading
services is set to be released on Sept. 17.
Schwager said, “Originally distributed free to collectors, these
sample slabs have an active secondary market, with many desirable
varieties commanding $100 to $300.” The book will cover 580 types from
32 grading services and his goal for the book is that it helps define,
organize and energize the sample slab collecting field.
Here is one of three recent auction sales we're profiling that show the
range of the market and illustrate that for sample slabs, it’s the
holder that’s important.
1964-D Roosevelt dime, PCGS Mint State 64 Sample Slab
Those seeking to start a collection of sample slabs will find plenty
of Roosevelt dimes certified in earlier Professional Coin Grading Service and Numismatic Guaranty Corp. holders that are very affordable.
This older green-label PCGS sample slab contains a lustrous 1964-D
Roosevelt dime graded MS-64. It sold for a bid of $5 at a May 31 GreatCollections.com auction (where, with the $5
buyer’s fee, the total came to $10).
Just from eBay lots that have sold in the last few months,
one could put together a set of at least six different PCGS and NGC
sample slab types with slab and label variations for less than $15 per
coin. A 1964-D Roosevelt dime small “rattler” PCGS MS-64 sample slab
sold for less than $12 (including shipping) in a June 23 eBay auction.
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