I got a fantastic Question today. OR <<<Question>>> Hi Yennus, Those 2010 pandas look bargainy. But they have put me in a little dilemma .. a) I have put aside some $$$ for an order of 20 x 2011 NGC MS69 pandas, but now you're offering the '10s @ the same price. and I can't get them both! My gut wants to stay with the safety of having the slabbed coins for the same price( graded , easier resale , etc..), but on the other hand I'm probably as bullish as you on the 2010's for their potential. b) If pandas are primarily for the international collectors market, I think people may have been more concerned with buying food, and keeping their house, than collecting coins? ..just an opinion, could be very wrong c) I was looking to make the purchase soon, either way, but I'd really appreciate your opinion on this one. 20 x 2011 graded/slabbed? .. 20 x 2010's? ..or a mix of both? d) I know you're really busy atm, so I'm not expecting a detailed answer or anything, just an idea on which way you would go ...which would be greatly appreciated!! e) Godspeed with the panda hunt, Chris!!! and thank you in advance .. Cheers, xxxx. <<< END >>> Answer: This is pure opinion. Hi there, thanks heaps for this question. I think it is a really good one. a) I think your gut feeling is probably correct. If you can get NGC MS69 2011 Pandas for the same price as BU 2010 Pandas, I think you are onto something good. We are already towards the end of 2011, with 2012 Pandas a few months away, I think you can expect to see a small and quick price appreciation with the slabbed 2011s. My guess is that we will probably see a larger price appreciation on the 2010s in the next 6-12months (lower mintage + older coin), but getting MS69 2011 Pandas at about $60 is a BARGAIN! It doesn't hurt to go 50/50 on Slabbed 2011s and BU 2010s. Which one will do better? No one really knows. Personally I am trying to hoard as many BU 2010s as possible, because in a few years time, the slabbing fee will be marginal to the worth of the coin. But that's a different question for another day b) I think many people make the mistake of thinking that Pandas are primarily for the international collectors market. On the contrary, Pandas are sold first and foremost as bullion coins and are made available to the public like ASEs and Maples. The difference between Pandas and other bullion coins (like ASEs and Maples) is that older Pandas appreciate in value, whereas standard bullion coins usually don't. This is the Pandas advantage. Sold as bullion, but appreciates like a fine wine Pandas are coins for the masses, not only the collector. c) A mix of both is probably the safest way to go. But I'm a big fan of following your gut instincts Either way I think you will do well. l believe the entire Panda market is currently undervalued, and that even the lowliest Panda will appreciate in the future. d) Yeah sorry this is rushed... I gotta take my son for a walk. e) Thanks heaps, it's my pleasure Fantastic question! Many thanks, Yennus.