Our reasons for collecting are at polar opposites. Buying with the intent of selling for profit is heavily dependent on the deal you get today. If you overpay for a note today, regardless of the grade, you may never recover your investment. My advise would be to be patient, do your research, reach out to other collectors and stay away from bargain (problem) notes. @gnat makes good points with regards to eye appeal and desirability. Most of the great collections sold over the last decade have been notes bought raw because of their great eye appeal and originality and recently graded. Buy the note, not the holder.
Who would of thought back in December that the stock market would loose 25% within a month. Predicting the collector market can be just as volatile.
I always buy nice looking certified notes that I can afford. I do not care at all about winning some award or claiming my notes are better than anyone else. My eyes are not a microscope so I can not tell the difference in a point higher graded note. I will however use the price difference between notes to buy more notes for my collection.
That works for me but other members may have different objectives for their collection. Be your own person and make the choice that is right for you. That is what matters overall.
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