When the roll sets first went on sale, many were expecting them to sell out within a the first few days. The anticipated quick sell out was based on the expectation that only a limited number of the roll sets would be available. The first Two Roll Set featuring the “Birthplace” design only had 96,000 sets available. After the sell out, prices zoomed higher on the secondary market.
The US Mint ended up offering significantly more of the “Formative Years” two roll sets with the most recent sales figures indicating 297,520 units sold. The roll sets also perhaps experienced a boost after Coin World and other print coin publications reported on Formative Years Double Die varieties which had been found in the US Mint’s two roll sets.
Tomorrow the third release for the 2009 Professional Life Cent Two Roll Sets will go on sale at 12:00 Noon ET.
Separately, another US Mint product has sold out. Some time within the past few days, the 2008 First Spouse Bronze Four Medal Set had its product page status changed to “Sold Out.” These sets had been offered at $12.95 and contain each First Spouse Bronze Medal issued for 2008.
I have had one of these sets on back order for about three months. My expectations of actually receiving the set are low. The First Spouse Bronze Medal products are becoming somewhat notorious for being constantly back ordered and eventually having these orders canceled after the product sells out.