On occasion the data used in deciding our TOP AWARD winners are so close that we have to name a tie, in this case with two exceptional Honor Roll houses that have one thing in common: both listened to our analyses of successful auctions and made changes to reflect our recommendations, especially in photography.
To be honest, several Proxibid houses are missing opportunities that Weaver and Bullock readily embraced by providing sharp, expandable pictures of obverse and reverse. We just don’t understand why so many auctioneers on Proxibid, as competitive as you might anticipate NAA members to be, take shortcuts on photos, sometimes only displaying only obverse, sometimes depicting only a box or an album, sometimes neglecting to note key date coins, sometimes forgetting about lighting, and sometimes just blurring the whole shebang.
Check out this article for tips about digital photography.
Weaver Coin Auction and Matthew Bullock Auctioneers upgraded their photography this year so that expanded photos capture the faintest varieties of coins. Bullock, especially, knows how to photograph deep mirrors and gems.
Please do not take shortcuts on photography if you are paying Proxibid fees whose technology is programmed to share the onsite excitement of an auction with your Internet clientele. Nothing sells a coin with high bids as sharp, expandable photography. Several of our Honor Roll houses would be surprised at how much more they might earn with excellent pictures, especially of Morgan dollars. We’ve seen deep mirror ones selling double their retail value as bidders compete for cherry coins.
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