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Is there any advantage to having cards graded?
The price difference between raw and graded cards can be substantial. Graded cards are easier to sell. They give a collector confidence in the quality and authenticity of the card being bought. Slabbed cards are also protected from both damage through mishandling and from tampering.
What is the best way to store raw cards?
Card dealers sell plastic sleeves for trading cards. Storage in a cool, dry environment is essential. To prevent unintentional damage, handle cards as little as possible.
How can you tell counterfeit cards from real ones?
Check the weight of the card in question against the weight of a card known to be authentic. Fake cards are usually printed on a different card stock and weigh noticeably less than a genuine one. Inspect the dot patterns on the card. Look for differences between a known card and the suspected fake.
What constitutes a rookie card?
A player's rookie card is represented by his first appearance on a regular issue card from one of the major card sets; e.g. Donruss, Fleer, Topps etc. Although a rookie card can be a First Draft Pick or an Olympic Card, it cannot be a Record Breaker, All-Star, or Diamond King card.
How are trading cards graded?
Cards are graded based on the centering of the image, sharp corners, smooth edges, original color borders, and gloss. Color and focus imperfections, as well as print spots, are examined. Grades range from 1 to 10. For a more complete explanation of grading, visit the Beckett site.

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How much gold is in the new dollar coin?
The current so called "Gold" dollar, struck for general circulation, contains no gold. Specifications for the coin are: size: 26.5 millimeters, plain edge; weight: 8.1 grams; composition: pure copper core with an outer layer of manganese brass (Alloy contents: .770 copper, .120 zinc, .070 manganese, and .040 nickel). However, 22-karat gold numismatic specimens were struck at the West Point Mint.
What was the first coin to have IN GOD WE TRUST on it?
The 1864 U.S. TWO CENT piece was the first coin to have IN GOD WE TRUST on it. The United States Philadelphia Mint issued a Two Cent piece from 1864 until 1873.
What was the last year Indian Head pennies were made?
1909 was the last year in which Indian Head Small Cents were minted. The coin was struck at these United States Mints: Philadelphia, 14,370,645 mintage, no mint mark; and San Francisco, 309,000 mintage, "S" mint mark. The mint mark is on the reverse, below the bow of the wreath.
Has the United States ever had a coin worth less than one cent?
The United States Mint at Philadelphia, issued Half Cents from 1793 until 1857. During those years, with some years in which no coins were issued, five Types of Half Cents were minted.
How can you tell if a 1995 penny is a double-die coin?
The 1995 Lincoln Small Cent Double Die is doubled on the obverse; doubling occurs on the word LIBERTY. This doubling is strong and appears at the top edge of each letter. All 1995 pennies with this characteristic, were struck at the Philadelphia Mint, and consequently, have no mint mark. (Other coin denominations issued from the Philadelphia Mint, have had a "P" mint mark from 1980 to date.)

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How can you tell what year a pocket watch was made?
Compare the serial number, which is on the back plate of the movement, to a Production Dates list for the company that manufactured the watch.
Where can I find a reliable watch repairman?
The American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute has a referral service for watch repair.
Did railroad companies provide watches to their employees?
Railroad timepieces were not purchased by the railroads. However, railroad companies required conductors, engineers, and time schedulers to use railroad approved pocket watches on the job.
How long were pocket watches used by railroad workers?
Railroad employees used railroad pocket watches for a total of 76 years.
In what year was the last railroad pocket watch sold?
The Hamilton Watch Company sold the last railroad pocket watch in 1969.
What was the cheapest pocket watch ever sold?
In an 1892 mail-order catalog, R. H. Ingersoll sold pocket watches for one dollar each. Four years later, in his 1896 catalog, he advertised Ingersoll watches as, "The Watch that Made the Dollar Famous."

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