I think that this is very useful info. I would like to add that if
you go to major shows, ANACS will take submissions at the show after
giving you an unofficial opinion. I believe that PCGS might also do
that, but I'm not sure. My experience with ANACS was very positive.
>Dear friends, First, you need to get out the checkbook, or get ready the
>credit card. Nobody encapsulates your coin for free. Then, you need
>oversized flips to hold your coins. ANACS has little bags that go inside the
>flips. They will gladly sell you them. PCI and ANACS are the services you
>can go to individually, without going through a collector club, or dealer
>network, I do not know about SEGS or ICGS.
> You need to use an envelope that is protective. I think it should have a
>safety mailer inside. You can't send registered mail in one of those padded
>jiffy envelopes. Make sure your coins do not rattle in the package.
>You need to send them in, listed with retail values, on a submission form. I
>think most of the grading services have web sites with forms you can download.
> I know registered mail is expensive. However you do not want to
>underinsure your coins. Some coins are not easily replaced.
> Expect a wait of 3-4 weeks, minimum after sending your coins out, to get
>them back. PCI has 6 day turnaround. The others charge more for fast
> HTH, and good luck. If you do not like the grade you get, you can pay for
>a regrade. Roxanne