Surprise in the mail today!

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So I'm outside in the driveway cleaning out trash from my wife's car (it got a bit trashed when we resorted to camping out in it for warmth the week of President's day) and the mail carrier drives up and drops off this yellow padded envelope - which is a complete head scratcher to me because I wasn't really expecting anything.

I open it up and it's the PMG "Best Presented" Plaque - just the PMG one; I'm guessing the NGC Journal one is coming soon and on its own.

I'm really shocked at how fast NGC and PMG have been on getting these things out the last couple of years considering what I know of how long it takes to just get these things made by a 3rd party company and delivered to you. They must be getting the orders over to the award company almost as soon as the announcement is made or even sooner / before the announcement to get them out to us this fast. I was really shocked to get my Journal Award last year on March 2nd but PMG has done one better this year by getting it in just before the end of February. I'm going to be really happy if the NGC one comes early next week and they repeat last year's fast turn-around on the NGC side.

I can't say I could at all blame NGC if they're a bit slower getting theirs out this year than PMG - they have way more to send (like 5 times more) and they're sending out those special coins this year (Side note, but I'm super curious about what that coin is going to be... Did they ever say publicly?)

As soon as I opened it and saw what it was I showed it to Shandy and Sam was right next to her. He immediately flipped out and demanded that it be given to him and took an immediate shine to it.

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Seriously. He seemed really into it. I think because it is black and, yet, somehow still shiny.

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I eventually got to have it back...

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I gotta say, it is a trip to get to have "Best Presented" awards on the NGC and the PMG side. Maybe it's time to start some shenanigans on the Comics (CGC) side? lol (Wife seems very firmly opposed to this lol)

It has been a stressful few weeks here in Houston. This brightened my day in a really nice way.

Edited to add:

Also last week I got my 3rd note storage box and finally got my notes all in the new boxes, taking some time out to do that as "me time" as a break from cleaning the house. I had to cram the two boxes of Zimbabwe notes a little more full than I prefer for the convenience of flipping through so I could fit them all. I definitely need a 4th box soon / at some point. Especially with some plans / hopes to add to the Zimbabwe note set soon with some graded traveller's cheques. 

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That's awesome, congratulations again on the award!

Pssst, you're gonna need a bigger shelf.

Glad Sam liked the plaque so much, that pic of him holding/staring at it cracked me up. :bigsmile: Reminds me of one of my nieces, she's in a similar situation/condition, biggest smile I've seen out of her was when I told her all my junk mail was for her and she opened a Luxury Accessories pamphlet I had gotten from HA. It had all kinds of purses and stuff in it, well, she had pretty much the same expression as Sam. Long story short she wouldn't put it down, took it home and her parents were pissed at me because that's all she would talk about/wanted (stuff in the pamphlet). Ooops. :devil:

So what are the inside dimension of those boxes, how tall of a graded note could I fit in one and how sturdy are they? I've been watching those a long time and they look good.

 

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3 hours ago, Fenntucky Mike said:

That's awesome, congratulations again on the award!


Thanks, again. :D 

3 hours ago, Fenntucky Mike said:

Pssst, you're gonna need a bigger shelf.

Yeah, but not the worst problem to have. lol I don't know exactly what's gonna happen when the NGC one gets here though. lol I'm also out of the little plastic stands that I use for them. I guess I need to hit up Michael's and see if they still have those. I had a spare one sitting around that I bought a year ago for... reasons (possibly linked to eternal optimism)... and I was able to just pop the PMG one on that stand. Maybe the solution is just going to be hanging them on the wall in a big (and possibly growing over time) display.

The stand the PMG one is on was supposed to be for my AIChE "Best In-Practice Paper" award but I realized that keeping that plaque (made of soft wood) would leave indents and grooves in that plaque over time so I took that award off the plastic stand and put it on the wall and that stand has been sitting empty. Now it has something to do.

3 hours ago, Fenntucky Mike said:

Glad Sam liked the plaque so much, that pic of him holding/staring at it cracked me up. :bigsmile: Reminds me of one of my nieces, she's in a similar situation/condition, biggest smile I've seen out of her was when I told her all my junk mail was for her and she opened a Luxury Accessories pamphlet I had gotten from HA. It had all kinds of purses and stuff in it, well, she had pretty much the same expression as Sam. Long story short she wouldn't put it down, took it home and her parents were pissed at me because that's all she would talk about/wanted (stuff in the pamphlet). Ooops. :devil:

I think the single most hateful thing Amazon has done to me in recent years is starting to mail out those holiday toy catalogs... lol 

Ben has not yet figured out the difference between business cards, gift cards, membership cards (like my Top Golf card) and Credit Cards. So he has a wallet full of "credit cards." Uh huh...

3 hours ago, Fenntucky Mike said:

So what are the inside dimension of those boxes, how tall of a graded note could I fit in one and how sturdy are they? I've been watching those a long time and they look good.

The below gives you outside, but I'd put INSIDE at about 212 mm wide and about 125 tall at the edges (the "spine" / lid is curved). It's big enough to hold my world notes in the wider, taller holders.

I would say they're reasonably sturdy for what they seem designed for. They seem like they're meant to sit on a bookshelf and look like a book, not to be stacked really high on top of each other. They're pretty sturdy if gripped at the bottom or the sides but I'd say that trying to hold them at the top / by the lid in the middle is a bad idea. They are just a little "squishy" at this point and I can feel them start to give some if I try to hold them hard enough at that point to hold them when they're full / have the weight of a bunch of notes in them. No complains. I like them. I just would be aware of that one apparent weak point and that they don't seem designed to be held by the "spine" like you would a real book.

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