All You Other [TPG's] Are Just Imitating.
Entry posted by Fenntucky Mike ·
Most of my graded notes are in PMG holders, like 99.9%, but on occasion I will pick up a note from an "off brand" slabber or PCGS, not because there is a great note housed in the holder but for the holder itself. Buy the note not the holder, not in these instances. I just find it interesting/funny/weird when I see Ukrainian notes housed in "off-brand" holders and since they are all dirt cheap, I'll pick them up from time to time and add them to my collection.
Some of these actually have a few nice features which the PMG holders don't, the ACG holder actually had a protective film over the holder (which can be removed) protecting the holder from scratches and rubbing during shipping and while handling. Nice. The other thing I like about some of these is the information on the label, notes or descriptions on the labels like "With latent imprint "КРБ" at left on front" and "Printing: ISPB-France" are nice to have and really help collectors, I think. I guess the more information on the label the greater the opportunity for a "mechanical error", and probably cost, but you would think that most of the labels are saved as templates for each Country and Pick #, and that the templates can be adjusted as notes come in or by some other method. Displaying letter prefixes as they are printed on the note, in the native language/text, instead of translating them to English would be nice as well. Sorry got off track there for a moment.
Back to the off brands. There are a bunch out there and I'll pick up more from individual companies as they become available, one per is plenty, and the worse the note in the holder the better, I think. It just makes the thought process behind the question of "Why would you slab that note in that holder?" that much more of an enigma.
This is probably my favorite.
Anyone have any notes in atypical holders? Post'em if you do!
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