OK, so new question that I've seen mentioned here: Why is grading seen as a bad thing, or basically an insult to the community? Because that's the impression I'm getting anytime grading is mentioned. If that's true, why?
Somewhat triggers in a few the unkind version of one-upmanship and the darkside need to put down another. For example:
I started a small company which grew bigger than I cared to deal with nor could I handle so I sold it. The first billion was spent on the normal things, homes, fast cars, women, yachts, private plane, you get the idea. Second billion I spread around on private islands and big ranches.
Next I play with my hobbies, maybe pick up a baseball team, back an Indy car driver team, make a run at the America's Cup as well as work on my stamps. [Think Jimmy Thudpucker collects stamps Doonesbury 4-15-1979 https://www.gocomics.com/doonesbury/1979/04/15
--If you cannot read it see ** below]
I realize seeing as how I accidentally got a duplicate US Scott C3a (just like Jimmy), I go for fun and buy all the known copies except the one or two unaccounted for ones. Then I carefully reassemble the sheet with all stamps in the correct position. I then put it on display at the next major international stamp show where a hidden microphone is placed to record the people's comments and mutterings as they view it for the first time.
I promise you that within the first ten comments
, at least one person will say
, "But they are all hinged now. I can stop looking for a copy as I only collect NH--he ruined it for me.
A second comment will be along the lines of, "Why did he bother getting the straight edge copies and those several poorly centered ones? I guess the putz could not afford all excellent copies. And just look at position 58, it is the best of the bunch here, but barely graded a 95. See honey, my 23 year old perfect ten arm candy you, that is why I only do the best stamps that grade 98 or higher. You are my 10 honey, you beat them all. [Oh Farnsworth dear, you make me giggle. I knew a ten was the best and thanks for buying the DD, little licky things, ah, stamps, for my mail. My two Ds together are 44, right?]
Yeah, I think that story covers it.
** Not my description but it works:
(There's a great old Doonesbury strip where Jimmy Thudpucker, the super-rich rock star, tells his wife he has taken up stamp collecting – then calls a stamp dealer, asks for a complete run of Monaco stamps, hangs up the phone and says "well, that was fun. I guess I'll do Netherlands next." The internet, and eBay
in particular, have essentially turned us all into Jimmy Thudpucker.) From https://mightygodking.com/2008/07/2...-go-to-cons/
Lastly for those who do not recognize US Scott C3a: