...as I'm bowing out of these auctions.
Timing was never something that seemed to worked in my favor, neither was luck, but with both being somewhat out of my control I can only sit back and watch as more amazing notes hit the auction block. Namely, three color trials and a printer's design being auctioned by the same seller who listed the 42 specimens only a few weeks ago. I suppose having a severe case of not wanting to let go, a set discretionary budget, and an acute lack of patience probably doesn't help my cause either.
First is a 1993, 2000 Karbovantsiv color trial note. This is the fourth such note that this seller has listed, the first three being graded 67EPQ x 2 and another 66EPQ by PMG. The 67s went for $600, not including taxes and shipping, and an offer was accepted on a $999 BIN price for the second. The previous 66EPQ was listed with a BIN price of $999, with an offer being accepted for the note earlier this year. Bidding on the below note is currently over $500. Hopefully this seller has a few more up their sleeve and I'll be in a position to bid on them.
EDIT TO ADD: HAMMERED AT $720
Next is a 1992, 100 Karbovantsiv color trial note. I don't have any records of this note, or another, being auctioned, making this note a first time offering of the type. Bidding is currently up to $505 on this note as well, but it should go much higher.
EDIT TO ADD: HAMMERED AT $710
Also, we have what I believe to be another color trial but it is labeled as a P#88s. A #88s is a 100 Karbovantsiv specimen of the second series coupons with red-overprint "ЗРАЗОК" on the face and back with solid zero prefix and serial number, the color palate is orange, violet and grey, the note below appears to be a first and second printing red ink color trial. The color trial notes are typically identified by the color variations when compared to specimens or an issued note. The color trial notes of this denomination will also have a solid zero prefix and serial number, same as a normal specimen note, and no red-overprint "ЗРАЗОК" on the face and back. There are additional color trial notes with "SPECIMEN" in block letters stamped vertically in red on the left side of the face, these are very rare. Unfortunately for me the label isn't fooling anyone as bidding has reached $510 for this note.
EDIT TO ADD: HAMMERED AT $700
Finally, a 1992, 50 Karbovantsiv printer's design. I love this note! I also have no record of this note, or any other, being made available. Currently unlisted in Pick, the seller must not have paid for variety attribution , it is listed in at least one other reference but not most, and none list this color. This note is great, an unreleased denomination for this issue, an unlisted color variety with printer's annotations, and the first time it's been available for purchase. This is possibly a unique note. Of course, the seller may list several other after this note is sold, who knows. Bidding is currently at $500 and should climb from there.
EDIT TO ADD: HAMMERED AT $710
It's difficult to say how rare some of these color trials and printer's design notes are, especially as it seems PMG does not list these notes, P#'s, separately and possibly lumps them all together under the series and denomination specimen P#, making the Pop Report even more worthless than it already is. The one thing I do know is that there is a LOT of unique paper out there, especially for the coupons of '91-95.
It's the eternal question of do you dig deep and go for these or establish a limit? Well, I've hit my limit and am going to have to let these pass, no matter how much I would like to keep going, at least I'm able to document them in my records and have decent images as well. I'm currently saving and selling off some coins in hopes of acquiring a U.S. NBN of all things. It's doubtful that I will win that note either but I'm going to give it a try, I already have my limit established, and if I don't win that note I will be left with a sizeable stash of mad money for the next note. As there always seems to be another note on the horizon.