eBay Boo!

We spend a lot of time on Proxibid and so disclose hyped lots on occasion, but little on the portal compares to the exaggerations that can be found on eBay, as in this example. The first photo is how the lot is billed to sellers. How many exaggerations do you see? The second photo discloses the number that we see. (Click photo to emlarge.)


This eBayer makes wild claims. How many do you see?

ebayboos

We find five exaggerations:

  1. Not brilliant uncirculated but doctored.
  2. Plain uncirculated and not mint state plus plus plus.
  3. Not Registry worthy, as this coin does not merit any official grade.
  4. Not “monster rainbow” but toned; it takes three colors to be rainbow, and this has only two.
  5. Not “Best museum quality period!” but silver melt.

ebayboos1

More than ever, with enhanced quality control on Proxibid, it is important to know and note true condition of coins. You’re not an auctioneer if you schedule coin sessions regularly on Proxibid: You’re a coin dealer. So know the trade.

As for eBay, well, we peruse it on occasion for sport!

Proxiblog is an independent entity with no connection to the auction portal Proxibid. Our intent is to uphold basic numismatic standards as established by the American Numismatic Association and the National Auctioneer Association and to ensure a pleasurable bidding experience not only on Proxibid but also on similar portals such as iCollector and AuctionZip.

FIND THE FLAW!


Each of these coins has problems, resulting in our not placing a bid or placing a low-ball bid. Some flaws are based on condition, altering, dipping, hairlines, rim dings or damage. Some coins have more than one flaw. If you can discern the flaw (or flaws) for each coin, post a comment. We’ll disclose flaws tomorrow.

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90


1799


1799g


1885


1857

Check back tomorrow for answers. Happy grading!

FIND THE FLAW: Revealed


Here are answers to yesterday’s “Find the Flaw” column. Flaws are based on condition, others on altering, dipping or damage. Some coins had more than one flaw. How many did you guess correctly? What, if anything, did we miss?<

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WIPED

1839_wiped


WIPED
1911_wiped


CLEANED

1874S_cleaned


DAMAGE

1876_Damage


RIM DENT

1875S_rim

Play “Find the Flaw” each week and make your bidding or consignment dollar go farther! And always remember to add your comment, especially if you see a flaw that we missed.

FIND THE FLAW!


Each of these coins has problems, resulting in our not placing a bid or placing a low-ball bid. Some flaws are based on condition, altering, dipping, hairlines, rim dings or damage. Some coins have more than one flaw. If you can discern the flaw (or flaws) for each coin, post a comment. We’ll disclose flaws tomorrow.

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1839_w


1911_w


1874S


1876


1875S
Check back tomorrow for answers. Happy grading!

Find the Flaw–revealed!

Here are answers to yesterday’s “Find the Flaw” column. Flaws are based on condition, others on altering, dipping or damage. Some coins had more than one flaw. How many did you guess correctly? What, if anything, did we miss?



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PIN SCRATCH
1832rev


DAMAGED
1835rev


POLISHED

1878rev


WIPED
1878a_rev


RIM DAMAGE

1885rev


CORROSION

1943rev


PVC Damage

1950prev


Play “Find the Flaw” each week and make your bidding or consignment dollar go farther! And always remember to add your comment, especially if you see a flaw that we missed.

Find the Flaw!


Each of these coins has problems, resulting in our not placing a bid or placing a low-ball bid. Some flaws are based on condition, altering, dipping, hairlines, rim dings or damage. Some coins have more than one flaw. If you can discern the flaw (or flaws) for each coin, post a comment. We’ll disclose flaws tomorrow.

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1832


1835


1878


1878a


1885


1943


1950p


Check back tomorrow for answers. Happy grading!

Find the Flaw–revealed!

Here are answers to yesterday’s “Find the Flaw” column. Flaws are based on condition, others on altering, dipping or damage. Some coins had more than one flaw. How many did you guess correctly? What, if anything, did we miss?



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FORMER JEWELRY
1874revealed


DIPPED

1875revealed


POLISHED/strong>

1878revealed/a>


CLEANED
1879CCrevealed


RIM DAMAGE

1893revealed


MORE RIM DAMAGE

1901O_revealed


ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE, RIM DAMAGE

1935S_revealed


Play “Find the Flaw” each week and make your bidding or consignment dollar go farther! And always remember to add your comment, especially if you see a flaw that we missed.

Find the Flaw!


Each of these coins has problems, resulting in our not placing a bid or placing a low-ball bid. Some flaws are based on condition, altering, dipping, hairlines, rim dings or damage. Some coins have more than one flaw. If you can discern the flaw (or flaws) for each coin, post a comment. We’ll disclose flaws tomorrow.

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1874


1875


1878


1879CC


1893


1901O_rev


1935S


Check back tomorrow for answers. Happy grading!

Find the Flaw–revealed!

Here are answers to yesterday’s “Find the Flaw” column. Flaws are based on condition, others on altering, dipping or damage. Some coins had more than one flaw. How many did you guess correctly? What, if anything, did we miss?



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Cleaned, Scratches, Environmental Damage
1808_revealed


Scratched, Cleaned, PVC

1840_revealed


Test Cut, Cleaned

1854_revealed


Dipped
1884_revealed


Porous

1913_revealed


Cleaned

1937_revealed


Harshly Cleaned, Environmental Damage

Franklin_harshly


Play “Find the Flaw” each week and make your bidding or consignment dollar go farther! And always remember to add your comment, especially if you see a flaw that we missed.

Find the Flaw!


Each of these coins has problems, resulting in our not placing a bid or placing a lowball bid. Some flaws are based on condition, altering, dipping, hairlines, rim dings or damage. Some coins have more than one flaw. If you can discern the flaw (or flaws) for each coin, post a comment. We’ll disclose flaws tomorrow.

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1808


1840


1854


Franklin


1884


1913


1937


Check back tomorrow for answers. Happy grading!