Feedback on the creation of the PCGS sets register
Through Sanjay Gandhi for PCGS ……
The PCGS set register was put online in 2001 and the Define Registry Rewards were introduced with an announcement sent to our members by email in early 2002. The following correspondence below presents the first two messages that were posted regarding member rewards within the PCGS Sets Registry Forum:
March 26, 2002 at 7:04 am:
I received an email this afternoon [from Collectors Universe] announcing the first annual awards from the PCGS Sets Register. It will take place this summer and all winners will receive some prize as well as a plaque. Does anyone think this is a ploy to put a spark back into the PCGS registry?
March 26, 2002 at 7:08 am:
I think this is a great way to recognize some of the registry games [sic] achievements. PCGS stops at the top five [sic] sets. I think some of the top ten sets should get some sort of recognition (at least if the set is complete). I know [sic] how about a webcast of the event?
The first person to PCGS having had the idea of introducing the Set Registry online was BJ Searls. She was with the Set Registry from the start, and I wanted to refer to an excerpt from an article written by BJ on June 18, 2013: “We launched the first version of the PCGS Set Registry online in February 2001, with only 327 sets. . “
This first year of the Set Registry Awards, PCGS awarded 15 membership plaques, and the rest is history! An idea initially conceived as an educational tool for collectors transformed more than beyond what was initially envisaged.
Here’s a recent example of an educational description a member wrote about their set, which was a Toned Showcase Awards entry titled “Across the Spectrum Collection – Toned Types of Morgans”:
“This collection is intended to present examples of the different types of toning that Morgan Dollars can exhibit and serve as an educational set for the enjoyment of others. My goal is to help people new to colorful pieces or collecting to learn more about the ways Mint Bag Toning and Paper Toning can develop. All of the pieces in this collection have been carefully selected to represent a variety of different tone designs – from rainbow stripes, textile, crescent, monochromatic, end roll, and many more. others.
An interesting fact about last year’s Set Registry Awards is that PCGS awarded 379 registry awards in 2020 and our closest competitor only awarded 44 awards in total. PCGS has awarded eight times the awards and recognized more collectors than anyone in the industry!
While the Set Registry was introduced primarily to encourage our members to display the best of the best, the competitive nature is not the only aspect of Set Registry. The following statement is written under our registry information page: “In the registry you can track your inventory with images, costs, market prices, and populations in a secure online environment. A recent survey conducted by PCGS showed that most of our members use Set Registry to track and organize their inventory. In addition, our members also foster growth within our community by sharing their experiences, knowledge and much more with each other in the PCGS Record Collectors Forum. Our forum is where collectors can discuss American coins, world coins, antique coins, banknotes, and more.
With over 134,000 sets of registries and spanning over two decades, we believe that by listening to our members and providing exceptional customer service, the Set Registry experience will continue to improve. We look forward to growing with you and experiencing another year of Set Registry Awards for the year 2022 to come.
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