Certification and slabbing of coins has become very important during
the past few years. There have been many opinions regarding the value
of such activities. I shall try to give some opinions on each.
Certification (the process of authenticating and grading) is
subjective, no matter the grading service which offers it. Certainly,
it is believed that there are more reputatble grading services than
other, but that is beyond the scope of my discussion. Certification
should be used only as a guideline, and not as a final opinion of the
coin's grade. To compare, let's take an analogy. Let's say you're
buying a diamond. There are some subjective factors to buying the
diamond, one of which most notably is color. There are minute
differences in color which can make enormous differences in price.
Let's say, for example, that "Grading Service 1" grades a diamond of
color E. Who's to say that someone else won't grade it an F or D?
Same with coins. If "Grading Service X" grades MS 65, who's to say
that other grading services won't grade differently?
Slabbing is very useful for people like me who drop everything every
single day. But some people don't like it, and that's their opinions.