From the Road Report Archive

February 9-18, 2007: The Long Beach Expo


Day 9:

We have unplugged our table lamps, shipped home several enormous boxes of auction catalogs, rolled up our banner and have closed the book on another LBE.

This one will not go down as record setting, but it was a nice show overall with decent sales and better buying. Plus we didn't lose any of our display case keys during the week which is always a bonus.

We ended on sort of a medium note, as Saturday brought moderate traffic, but a number of serious sounding tire kickers who we wouldn't be surprised to hear from in the coming weeks.

And either we encountered a misleading number of serious new collectors among the visitors to our table during our stay out here, or there really are a lot of people entering the market and interested in relatively expensive and high-end collector coins.

We also encountered many 'Type 2' collectors - those that believe that all coins of the same grade are created equal and who simply don't understand that quality differences can be this big (hands held far apart). We do our best to try to educate and illustrate the differences which can exist among "identical" coins, and to show some recent auction results where two of the same grade coins were offered and one sold for double the other. But with some people, that message just does not resonate. At all.

And that's OK - we really believe that everyone should collect whatever they want however they want. Plus the population of really choice coins is limited, and it's best not to waste them on those who don't appreciate them.

Speaking of choice coins, we did have an interesting exchange with another dealer about an item in our case during the afternoon.

He saw that we bought a really nice early type coin in a PCGS MS64 holder for which we were asking more than '5' money - i.e. more than an MS65 is listed for on the Greysheet.

Even though the other dealer agreed that the coin was superb, his view was that we "couldn't offer the coin at '5' money (notwithstanding the fact that we paid that much for it) unless we actually upgraded it first".

Now, we can appreciate that this concept might be revolutionary to some people, but we bought the coin because it is spectacular and we have never seen another one like it. And it occurred to us that things must be pretty far out of whack in this hobby for someone to consider the slab grade first, then the price, then the Greysheet when evaluating a coin. We would suggest that such an assessment might begin with the actual coin itself.

Oh well. We'll keep doing what we do and hope that we find a few like-minded collectors who share this apparently revolutionary vision.

Our next show is not until Baltimore, though we cannot rule out the possibility that we will show up in Charlotte as well.
 

Day 8:

And on the 8th day, at approximately 3:00 PM, it got really, really busy.

I don't know why, or how, but after a significant amount of non-activity all morning and then some pleasant discussion and coin grading activity in the middle of the day, we suddenly had a flurry of coin selling in the late afternoon.

A number of dealers who had looked at coins and considered buying them earlier in the week all showed up to buy at the same time. Plus several collectors. Plus 2 calls from customers wanting to order a number of coins off our website. And all this within about an hour.

And it was good.

On the other hand, a lot of what we sold, again, was new, cool stuff we bought specifically to put on the website. And now we can't. C'est la vie!

We are always intriugued to see what happens when we buy a really choice and beautiful coin at auction and pay a strong price for it.

Often someone will come to our table, pick up the coin, admire it, ask how much, check the price vs the sheet for that grade and tell us our coin is too expensive for a 64 and that they 'saw a 64 for $xxx at dealer ABC's table'.

And then the next person will come to our table, pick up the same coin, see the same price, and buy it immediately.

The moral of this story is four-fold:

  1. Everyone likes choice, beautiful coins.

  2. Nice coins are never inexpensive.

  3. The sheet is not written with nice coins in mind.

  4. If you are looking for coins which are nothing special or just average for the grade and which trade only for sheet levels, we probably aren't the right dealer for you.

But that's OK -

We also had some fun this day with a collector and his young YN son who found us via this website and came to the table to discuss the wonderful world of early gold. And it is wonderful, and the coins are beautiful and rich in history and eminently collectible. On the other hand, these collectors also had a real concern about the plethora of reworked and doctored material in this specialty, and wanted to know how they could protect themselves from buying problem coins.

Now, you can discuss this sort of thing all you want, or you can trust a dealer to do it for you, but we believe there is absolutely no substitute for seeing actual coins yourself and knowing exactly what to look for - so our own Dave Wnuck accompanied the two of them to lot viewing at Heritage to review the lots of early gold coins in this session and to see what they would see. By all accounts, it was enlightening.

We'd highly recommend that anyone considering embarking on a new area take a similar approach:

  1. See as many coins as you can in your area of interest and develop your own understanding of what to look for (and what to avoid).

  2. Read about and study these coins, including a review of recent auction prices and trends to really understand the market.

  3. Only buy coins (especially expensive items like these) after you have done enough homework to be comfortable with your purchase.

That wraps up Friday.

Saturday promises to be frenetic, as we typically have many visitors this day, and also need to clean up all loose ends, ship our coins out, pack up and catch a late night flight home.

The next recap will be the last as we close the book on the Long Beach Expo, February 2007.
 

Day 7:

Directly after Wednesday came Thursday, the 7th day of our California odyssey with a new twist - today the public would enter the picture.

And they did, right at 10:00 AM, easily identifiable by their visitor badges and Greysheets. I would describe the crowds as moderate, and tame.

This day would also be important for several other reasons:

We would be able to pick up our NEWPs from the Goldberg auction, which we were excited about. Some really cool coins in there, including many we were surprised to be able to buy, and all are now in our display cases. Some are even on this site already!

Our first grades came back from PCGS, with everything pretty much where we expected it. While of course we don't want to get unreasonably low grades, it may shock the reader to learn that we really don't want some absurdly high grades either. We figure if we are getting undeserved results, then so must everyone else, and that isn't good for the overall market. In our warped view of the world (by current numismatic standards) we'd like everyone - not just us - to get grades that properly reflect the coins inside the holders. Thats all. Nothing more.

And then Heritage session 2 would quietly erupt at 1:00 PM, with 15 to 20 people in the room, another unseen group bidding by phone, a vocal podium and prices that were absolutely all over the place:

  1. Lot #2008, an NGC MS 65 Elephant Token hammered for only $7,000 to an internet bidder, less than it did when last sold publicly about 3 years ago in the same holder at ANR.

  2. Lot #2042, a "Brass" Fugio restrike in a PCGS MS65 holder was notable in that none of us thought it was actually brass (I defy anyone to sort a random batch of 100 such Fugio Restrikes into uncontroversial and definitive groups of copper and brass - I say it it cannot be done), and none of us thought it was a 65. Didn't matter. Someone bought it for $5,500 as the POP top in this metal.

  3. Lot #s 2043 and 2044, a pair of tiny 1783 Chalmers Threepences (about the size of California fractional gold coins) in VF25 and XF45, sold for a robust $11,000 and $28,000 hammer respectively to a well-known dealer.

We left after the colonials concluded, and then popped back into the bidding room a couple of times during the day just to try to buy a few scattered lots. And we did with great zeal.

When not bidding, we were on the bourse floor and spent most of our time figuring two new deals of cool US type which we hope to complete on Friday. And if we do, I promise that you will be the first to hear about it.

Our day ended with Heritage session 3, followed by dinner with a few dealer friends at 'The Madison' and then, in lieu of dessert, an impromptu and lengthy discussion of the current state of the ANA with Board Members Barry Stuppler and Donald Kagin who happened to be seated at the table next to us.

Without going into detail of what we discussed, I will say I was really impressed with them, their approach, their willingness to listen to the concerns of the membership (i.e. us), to vet the issues facing the ANA and their sincere desire to improve things.

And now, if you'll excuse me, Friday begins in about an hour.
 

Day 6:

Breakfast at 8:00 AM, packing, checking out of the hotel and then loading up the car for the one hour drive from Beverly Hills to Long Beach is how we began our Wednesday.

Sitting in a late-night Heritage session with a dozen or so other dealers bidding on an unusual mix of medals and tokens while typing this blog is how I ended it.

In between, it was a pretty full day.

We arrived in Long Beach at about 10:00, dropped our bags at the hotel, slowly sprinted over to the convention center, picked up our dealer package, case keys and IDs, and then waited patiently for Heritage to open lot viewing - located, as always, right near the entrance to the bourse - at precisely 11:08.

It's two catalogs this time - a skinny 800-lot book of medals and tokens, and a more typical Yellow Pages-sized (though teal) offering of colonials through everything else.

And we viewed it all, right then and there, 4,000 lots in six sessions at high speed, with the intention to separate the wheat from the chaff and make sure we didn't miss anything good in there. In total, we found about a dozen things within of probable interest, and will narrow that down or confirm it during the next couple of days.

This took us to just about 2:00 PM, when the bourse floor would officially open and we could take our place in the mass herd migration of dealers from the door to our table, or, in this case, part of a table.

At every other show in the country, we take a large, luxurious space and spread out our Coin Rarities Online inventory in a sort of pseudo-celebration of coins. But not here. In Long Beach, we have historically shared table space with EAC member and top dealer Jim McGuigan, with our efforts to find a new location and expand our space proving to be an exciting real estate challenge. But I won't bore you with that now.

Anyway, set-up was scheduled from 2 to 7 on this day, and we spent every bit of that time getting organized, submitting a bunch of coins for grading and scouring the floor for interesting things to buy. But we weren't very successful at the last, finding absolutely nothing (literally) we wanted. In fairness, not every dealer had set-up this day (though I'm not sure why not), and we are cautiously optimistic that tomorrow will be different.

And at the stroke of 7:00 PM, it was time for me to head on up to the kick-off of Heritage session one, the aforementioned medals and tokens being auctioned on the second floor while Dave headed back to the hotel to answer a bunch of customer emails and the like.

Our focus is on the 'old stuff' - the Hard times Tokens and Civil War Tokens in this session -  though I watched as the So-Called Dollars and other more modern items apparently sold really well. 

On the other hand, and despite some hilarious and energizing auctioneering by Heritage's Bob Merrill, the market for overgraded and uninspiring Hard Times Tokens is not very good. Most highest graded pieces in this session were just not very nice, and the bidding reflected it. But when anything good did come up, the bidding suddenly came to life and these few, widely scattered pieces sold for multiples of the others. Clearly the 'two-tier market' exists in the token world as it does in the more mainstream areas of numismatics.

I had just three lots of interest this evening and bought two of them. I could have bought the third as well, but somewhere during the bidding I got spooked and dropped out. This can happen sometime, usually when it's just us and one other bidder going back and forth for multiple increments with no one else in the game. In those situations, you better really want the coin, and in this case I was slightly ambivalent. I'll let you know if I regret that decision tomorrow - I might.

And that's the story. The bourse opens at 8:00 AM to dealers on Thursday, and so I really need to get to bed.
 

Day 5:

I'm afraid I've got some really bad news about Tuesday - Goldbergs did not serve Mexican food at their evening auction session buffet.

This may not seem like a big deal to many of you, and I realize there are even some coin collectors who (unbelievably) do not like Mexican food, but Dave and I had been looking forward to this for a while. Anyway, making the best of a troubling situation, we availed ourselves of the pesto chicken and little potatos.

But let's get back to the beginning of this day.

We started at the crack of 9:00 AM, when the first of 517 lots of Dollars and Commemoratives was hammered down to a floor bidder by Ira Goldberg.

The session started off strong like a bull, with the run of frankly mediocre Flowing Hair Dollars bringing generally big money. We had viewed those coins and dismissed all of them as not very nice (or worse), but that's an issue which is always in demand, and so we could probably find buyers for even inferior examples and still make a fair profit - but we don't want to be dealing in coins we don't like. So we don't do it.

Moving ahead to a point of interest, we come to lot #1582, the 1798 Draped Bust, Small Eagle Dollar in NGC AU50. This is one issue for which the sheet is way off base, has always been way off base and examples of this type, when they do appear, sell for numbers that aren't even close to the sheet. As did this lot, which hammered for $21,000 against Greysheet bid of $16,500. And this wasn't a particularly nice example.

We're very familiar with this type, and recently had a nice AU55 for which we paid way over sheet (of course) and sold it for a short profit - but we also fielded 4 or 5 calls while it was on our site from collectors wanting to know why our price was 'so far off' the sheet. Enough about the sheet already.

Instructive Note #1: If you want to buy a 1798 Draped Bust, Small Eagle Dollar, leave your sheet at home.

Anyway, the session proceeded smoothly until the requisite 'amusing exchange with a phone bidder' (which is sort of a regular feature of all auctions, much like 'Weekend Update' is a regular feature on Saturday Night Live) on lot #1794.

Apparently the guy was bidding from a restaurant and couldn't hear what was happening, causing a very brief free-for-all during which our own Dave Wnuck volunteered to intercede and speak to the guy directly to straighten things out. Alas, that was not necessary, and the auction continued apace.

Instructive Note #2: If you want to bid by phone, order take-out.

As for our own efforts, we were pleased to buy all of the coins we wanted, including lot #1630, an 1876 proof Trade Dollar. The catalog had a large run of these coins and we studied them carefully, arranged them all side by side, picked the most eye-appealing, original example of the group and bid on only this one. We basically ignored the slabbed grades, and in fact felt that some of the highest graded coins in the group were, frankly, funky - artificially toned, enhanced and almost cartoon-like in appearance, and we wouldn't have bought them for any price.

Instructive note #3: In our experience, the best, most desirable coin is often not the highest graded.

We also bought a coin that we were frankly astonished to find during lot viewing: An original, uncorrupted 1893-S Morgan Dollar in PCGS XF45 - the numismatic equivalent of Bigfoot - rumored to exist, but never seen. This too was in a run of these coins, including no less than 7 others in identical PCGS XF45 holders. The other coins were cleaned and/or unattractive and of no interest to us at all. Inexplicably (or maybe not surprisingly in this modern market) they all sold for about the same amount of money despite the grand canyon-sized gap in quality and desirability between them.

Instructive note #4: Coins in like holders come in all levels of quality, from horrific to spectacular, and while we were prepared to pay extra-deluxe-premium money for our coin, we would not have paid anything - literally - for any of the others. And I am not exaggerating when I say that.

Finally, there is the little issue of the coin we didn't buy (or even bid on). I won't identify it out of respect for the actual buyer, but Dave and I had targeted an important mid 5-figure coin early on in our viewing process, and both liked it a lot. But in our 2nd review of the lots we found a hidden problem that neither of us had seen the first time (nor did the grading service, evidently). Once we saw it, we couldn't not see it, and we quickly crossed it off of our list.

Instructive note #5: Be careful out there - there are plenty of problem coins in holders and those problems are frequently well and carefully hidden.

That closed the morning session, leaving us to go back and re-review our plans for the gold coins offered in the evening session (did I mention that no Mexican food was served there?).

The gold kicked off as scheduled at 6:00 PM, which is not to say that we didn't think it was at 5:00 PM, and thus run in a panic 5 blocks in a freak rainstorm thinking we were late, only to get there and discover that the door to the auction room was still locked. That was terrific.

Anyway, the auction was a bit of a mixed bag tonight and I was sort of fading in and out of consciousness during the bidding. I did however snap out of it sufficiently to buy one cool inexpensive coin and then to watch Dave buy a really big coin about 2 hours later.

And that was all we bid on, bringing the 2007 Long Beach Pre-Auction schedule to a close.

Walking back to the hotel at about 10:00 PM we agreed that the auctions turned out about as well as they could have. We bought almost everything we wanted, didn't really regret dropping out on the few that went higher than we wanted to pay, and had no buyers' remorse on anything we did get.

Q: How the heck can you top that?

A: I guess you'll find out right here, tomorrow.
 

Day 4:

Monday began early on the coast, with, yet again, lot viewing at the Goldberg offices in anticipation of their 1:00 PM session. Today's focus: Small Cents - Half Dollars.

After 72 hours in Beverly Hills, we have now officially entered what numismatists call the 'Dog Days' of the pre-auction period. The novelty of being in a warm climate has started to dissipate, the excitement of seeing thousands of coins for the first time has dissolved into the sad realization that most of the them are not nice, and the once charming quirkiness of our disorganized hotel is really starting to tick me off. I'd like my room key to actually be able to open my door, for example.

At this point, we'd pretty much like to finish up and move on to the show.

Anyway, we had earlier identified 3 things of high interest in this Goldberg session, but viewed all the lots once again to confirm our opinions and ensure that we didn't miss anything good. And after looking once again, we were down to just 2. Thats 2 out of 629 lots, which means that we must be really, really picky.

Since our lots were in the middle of the session, we headed to the auction an hour or so after it started and found the room 25% less full than the previous day, with most everyone in attendance being a dealer.

Watching from nickels forward, things were pretty lackluster, with a lot of items seemingly opening, receiving no bids and then closing at that number. I'm not sure if they were selling or not, but there definitely was not any back-and-forth bidding in the room. This trend continued for some time until, all of a sudden, the Ebay activity suddenly ramped up during the dimes and what seemed like dozens of lots hammered to some unseen electronic bidder at pretty high numbers. It was odd - as though some guy somewhere in the midwest suddenly woke up, logged on to Ebay, thought 'Hey, look at all these coins!' and began bidding with reckless abandon.

Now, for all I know, there were hundreds of sophisticated bidders out there, all choosing Ebay as their preferred venue and all targeting these same coins, but it didn't seem that way. And I'd be very surprised if there were a lot of smart people who thought paying a 20% buyer's fee for the privilege of bidding in this manner was a real good idea.

In any case, we we ended up buying 1 of the 2 items we wanted at at our max number, while the other went for almost double our planned bid (to the aforementioned Ebayers).

We also, unusually for us, bought a 2nd coin that we had no intention of bidding on, but had to because it was going so cheap during the session. Generally speaking, I don't recommend this knee-jerk auction methodology, but if you view every lot and then see a coin going way below market, why not? We'll end up wholesaling this at the show to another dealer for maybe double what we paid, which is not unappealing.

A few interesting results caught my eye overall:

Lot 1335, a 1962 Roosevelt Dime in PCGS PF67, opened and closed at $13. I was tempted to cut the bid at $13.50 just to be funny, but auction-prolonging humor is not really recommended during the 'Dog-Days'.

Lots 1345 and 1346, the two 1796 Quarters in PCGS F12, went very strong IMO, hammering for $24,000 and $25,000 respectively. We've had higher grade nicer coins on our site for comparable money very recently.

Lot 1423, an OK 1794 Flowing Hair Half Dollar in PCGS AU58, sold for a really, really strong $190,000 to a specialist dealer.

Lot 1428, a reasonably nice 1797 Small Eagle Half Dollar, went to an Ebay bidder for $62,500 hammer. I'm just still amazed that someone buying coins in this price range is using Ebay to do it and thus paying an extra $3,125 in fees. I'm not a licensed psychotherapist, but this seems a little wacko.

And then we left, with the goal of killing the hour and a half before the Superior evening session would begin. We planned to bid on 2 lots in this session, and avail ourselves (along with many other hungry coin dealers) of the free dinner they provide. We did, we won our lots and I had the chicken.

That was about it.

Tuesday we get to do it all over again, with the focus on Dollars and Gold. We have another handful of lots of interest in these sessions, widely spaced of course, meaning that we'll be in and out of the auction room for the entire day.

The really good news is that I believe Martes is Mexican food night at Goldbergs -
 

Day 3:

Catalogs in hand, we left the hotel at around about 9:00 AM Sunday for some last minute lot viewing and auction prep.

Dave headed over to Superior, while I walked straight to Goldbergs to re-review the 2 dozen or so lots we had decided to target in their 1:00 PM session.

Viewing was only moderately crowded at Goldbergs this day (very different than the SRO sessions last summer and fall) making it possible to buzz through the lots at a healthy clip with basically no waiting. That was good. And I was able to narrow down our 2 dozen lots to a grand total of 8 pieces we would try to buy. That was good too.

Dave arrived around 11:00 and we had one last look at the lots interrupted only by one (1) fire alarm which forced us to evacuate the offices and stand out on the street for 15 minutes until the fire department told us the coast was clear. Which they did. Anyway, with that excitement past, we got back to work and came to our final decisions.

As an aside, its always amazing to us how differently we see some coins, with both Dave and I really liking some that the other hates. But jointly we always arrive at the small number that we both like and that we would want to own ourselves. And those are the coins we offer on our site.

Anyway, when we finally finished it was back up the hill to our hotel again to check previous auction prices realized on a couple of coins on the computer and then back down the street to the Crown Plaza Hotel for the auction itself, arriving with about 5 minutes to spare.

Phew.

While Goldberg lot viewing was only moderately crowded, the auction room was packed to capacity (unlike past half-full sessions). Most of the dealer community showed up, plus a number of collectors and a few phone reps with dozens of bidder cards scattered in front of them. And it kind of felt like prices were about to be high.

And for the most part, they were.

Colonials kicked things off, with a few notable results:

Lot 2, an Oak Tree Shilling ex-Norweb in an NGC MS61 holder sure is an interesting coin that's been around the block. It sold in Norweb in the late 80s as an XF described as one of the finest known, but they neglected to mention that the die cud which is typically seen on this variety had been plained off. As in 'tooled'. But that didn't stop it from eventually being slabbed in a PCGS Green Label AU50 holder (sans Norweb pedigree). It eventually sold in a Heritage auction in April of 2006 for $14,000 hammer, and then reappeared, raw, in a Stack's auction in September 2006 and hammered for $16,000. But on this day, as an NGC unc., it opened and closed to the book at $12,500. So I'm sure we'll see it again pretty soon.

Lot 66, a somewhat drab though apparently totally original Continental Dollar in a PCGS AU55 holder realized a tepid $35,000 hammer. It seems like prices on these coins have been losing some steam for the last several months after a meteoric rise before that. Neat coins, but they aren't all that rare and for a long while there they seemed to be defying gravity.

Lot 79, a stunning, raw uncirculated Nova Constellatio pedigreed to the Eliasberg collection shot itself into low earth orbit, realizing $28,750 all-in. Some people in attendance thought that was too much money, but we were not among them.

Lot 91, a beautiful, original copper Myddelton Token with a humongous scratch across 1/2 the reverse (but still inexplicably graded MS64 RB by PCGS) stalled at $17,000 hammer. Without the scratch, that coin was an unmitigated monster - the best I've ever seen. With the scratch, it was damaged goods.

In all, the best stuff went very strong, while the sub-par coins did what they usually do: They died.

And then it was time for the early copper.

Prices here were stronger still, the product of a nice offering supported by an enthusiastic crowd of both EAC and slab dealers and collectors.

Lot 141, the nice PCGS MS62 1794 Half Cent pedigreed to the Eliasberg collection saw bidding from all angles before hammering for a very robust $52,500. That's just about double what this same coin brought - in the same holder - when sold as part of the Oliver Jung collection in July of 2004. Still, that seems like a reasonable value for what that is.

Lot 251, The Norweb Chain Cent graded PCGS AU55, hammered for $95,000 to the dealer who sold it to the guy who consigned it to this auction. I'm not sure what that means, if anything, but it sure is symmetrical.

Lot 269, a very wholesome PCGS AU53 1795 Cent attracted widespread interest and hammered for $6,250. Far higher than our estimate, but a coin we really liked and tried to buy.

And so it went, with anything good, or interesting going very strong across the board.

The evening session included hundreds of middle and late date Large Cents which isn't our focus, so we opted instead for a Sushi dinner and an early evening.

Overall on this day, we bought 6 of the 8 lots we targeted, which we thought was a pretty good result - and a success rate we would be very happy to repeat tomorrow.

Until then -
 

Day 2:

Day 2 started with a bang, when I banged my foot on the Italianate table located at the foot of the bed in my hotel room. But no serious harm was done.

Breakfast at 8:00 AM with Brad Karoleff, auctioneer for both Bowers and Superior, and then a walk across the hall to lot viewing for the Bowers sale held right here in our hotel.

The Bowers offering was a tidy grouping of primarily US type containing a number of monster coins from something called the 'Grand Traverse Heritage Collection', and a group of very high grade, handsome coins bearing the Larry Shapiro pedigree. Mr. Shapiro has a good eye, evidently, as most everything with his name on it was 'all there'. Not exactly the type of coins we usually buy though, as these deluxe pop top plays aren't always the best value in our humble opinion. A legitimately graded MS67 Capped Bust Half Dime is a site to behold, but the premium it commands over a not-so-terribly-different looking MS65 or MS66 example is often boku-bucks.

We were also intrigued to see that the Shapiro offering included a few moderns, with an apparently rare 1999-P Connecticut State Quarter in a PCGS MS68 holder catching our eye. Mr. Shapiro was the unusual type of collector who mixed classics and moderns in an elegant way. Pretty cool.

We looked at everything for about 2 hours, identified a grand total of three (3) coins of possible interest, and then walked down the hill to Superior.

There we found a dozen or so people viewing another compact offering, this far less interesting, less tidy and much more of a mixed bag. The colonial section, for example, included three coins: A low grade Washington piece worth a couple of hundred bucks, a wildly rare Rosa Americana pattern in PCGS SP64 worth well into five figures, and a low grade Hibernia Farthing worth a couple of hundred bucks. That, my friends, is an odd mix.

The rest of the sale featured a handful of valuable rarities, a smattering of just stuff and a large number of oddball proofsets and modern foreign issues that were not interesting to us. Then there were the acres of 1921 Peace Dollars offered as a consignment by the aptly named '1921 Peace Dollar Guy' (who presumably also has this as is vanity license plate).

But the most interesting part of the session was the run of Civil War Tokens. These are a neat and undiscovered area of numismatics with some interesting motifs and designs. Unfortunately, the entire run seemed to have been nuclear radiated by the scientists at NCS. I don't know why someone would have done this other than to make this nice group of 140 year old tokens as shiny as possible. And if that was the goal, then it was achieved with flying colors.

In all, Superior took us an hour or so and we headed across the street to Goldberg's for the auction which held the most promise. And we were not disappointed.

A very interesting offering here, from colonials through early copper, some very attractive type coins and some nice gold. Plenty of sexy things to bid on and what surely will be a competitive session starting Sunday at 1 PM.

We spent about 4 hours there soaking it all in, then headed back up the hill for a short break before the Bowers auction kicked off at 5 PM.

Pretty concentrated day, which we will expect again on Sunday as we re-review all of the lots of interest and hope to buy a handful of cool coins.

But first I'm going to move that table.
 

Day 1:

Another coin show, another of our critically acclaimed Road Report Travelogues begins right now -

For us, the Long Beach Show actually kicked off today, as we took a mid-afternoon flight from frigid New England to 60-ish Southern California.

The flight was pretty uneventful - just a smooth 6 and a half hour jaunt on JetBlue watching K-1 Heavyweight MMA and a live concert by Corrine Bailey Rae on my little in-seat TV. Then grabbed the bags and headed off to Beverly Hills in a cab-ride from Bizarro World.

I like to chat with cab drivers as much as anyone, but this guy kept engaging me in conversation about the world economy while speaking in the same hushed tones as the 'low-talker' from that Seinfeld Puffy Shirt episode.

I think I said 'Excuse me - I cannot hear you' eleven times during the trip and then just flat gave up and instead interjected an 'Uh-huh' or 'WOW!' every few minutes to keep things moving. The guy seemed to be happy with that, and kept chattering away, quietly, for 45 minutes. I'm just hoping I did not agree to wear a pirate shirt somewhere in our conversation, though I did apparently agree to take a detour so he could show me the electronics store where he used to work and point out his old office. I'm serious.

Anyway, we finally arrived at the hotel around 9:00 PM, checked in, and collapsed.

Why get here 5 days before the show, you ask? And what in the heck are you doing in Beverly Hills when the show is in scenic Long Beach? Auctions. Tons of auctions. T-O-N-S.

Yes, we are here for 5 glorious days filled with endless lot viewing and multiple live sessions held by Bowers and Merena, Superior and Goldberg before we'll head on down to Long Beach and the show (and tons of Heritage auctions!) on Wednesday.

Tomorrow brings all-day lot viewing of each followed by the Bowers and Merena auction here at our hotel on Saturday night, and you can read all about what we saw right here in the Day 2 recap.

 

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Prologue: Team CRO Readiness Status:  Very Our bags are packed, our inventory is organized, our checkbook has been fortified and we are totally and completely ready to numismatically storm the Colorado Convention Center (in a good way) and then buy, sell, trade and grade as many cool coins as possible over the next week, stopping only to schmooze, to eat lunch and then to blog about each and every single thing that happens at this show right here in this space...

June 26, 2017: The Devens, MA Monthly Show

I’d like to begin today by giving kudos to my hard-working New England coin dealer brethren, many of whom worked a full day at the Whitman Coin Expo in Baltimore on Saturday, got home late at night and then were up and out first thing Sunday morning to drive – in some cases as long as 3 hours – to be here in Devens for our local monthly show...

June 20-24, 2017: The Whitman Baltimore Expo

Prologue: Aaaaaaaaand we're off, to Baltimore of course, for what we expect to be a fun-filled 4 days in the Inner Harbor during which we will be looking to do our usual buying, selling, trading, grading and schmoozing from our command center at table #442...

June 8-10, 2017: The Long Beach Expo

Prologue: Greetings coin collector, coin speculator, coin dealer, Ebay seller, professional grader, sticker applier, show organizer, auction coordinator, postal clerk, graphic designer, insurance agent (and any other category which describes a person reading this blog) and welcome to this our first installment of the LB Expo, June 2017 edition...

May 28, 2017: The Devens, MA Monthly Show

After a several week stretch away from the coin circuit, we were excited to be back at it today at our local show...

April 25-29, 2017: The Central States Show in Schaumburg, IL

Prologue: Almost unbelievably, we're off again on another adventure, this time to the pleasant, always successful, extremely enjoyable, totally self-contained (i...

April 23, 2017: The Devens, MA Monthly Show

When the Devens show alarm went off at 5:30 AM on Sunday I confess that I seriously considered either smashing it with a heavy numismatic book, or, alternatively, throwing it out a nearby window...

April 20-22, 2017: The EAC Convention in Philadelphia

Prologue: Has it really been since September of 2013 that we've been to a coin show in the City of Brotherly Love?  Apparently yes, at least according to our Road Report Archives which are, in our opinion, the best online record of such things...

April 4-8, 2017: Chicago Coin Expo

April 4th:  Day 1 Yes, we enjoy the coin circuit. But we have to admit that the consistent visits to the same cities over and over again (e...

March 28 - April 1, 2017: The Whitman Baltimore Expo

March 28th:  Day 1 Let’s see, wake up (just before the alarm goes off) at 2:56 AM, jump in the shower, get dressed, grab my bags and we’re off to the airport for the 5:50 flight to Baltimore...

March 7-11, 2017: The ANA National Money Show in Orlando, FL

Prologue: Good morning coin enthusiast and welcome to our second (2nd) Road Report from Florida in a two (2) month period...

February 26, 2017: The Devens, MA Monthly Show

The CRO Road Show rolls on, with our most recent stop here in Devens, MA for our local-ish show...

February 15-18, 2017: The Long Beach Expo

February 15th:  Day 1 After shoveling snow off my roof in New England on Monday and Tuesday of this week (sorry – no photos), I was perhaps even more ready than the average coin dealer to head to warm and sunny southern California for the first of three annual Long Beach shows...

January 22, 2017: The Devens, MA Monthly Show

After our marathon two week FUN Show to New York International Numismatic Convention Metroplex (in which the urban sprawl between the two shows merged into one), readers may have assumed that CRO would be kicking back and taking it easy this weekend...

January 11-15, 2017: The New York International Numismatic Convention

Prologue: I can't believe it either. Just 24 hours after getting home on our much delayed flight from Fort Lauderdale, we've barely had enough time to unpack, repack and head out to the door to what we expect will be an excellent event at the Waldorf Astoria, with a focus on the ~50% of the CRO inventory that does not include U...

January 3-7, 2017: The FUN Show in Fort Lauderdale, FL

January 3rd:  Day 1 Civilized. That was to be the operative word for CRO’s travel planning this year...

December 1-3, 2016: The Houston Money Show

Prologue: "Hey, I didn't know you guys did the Houston Show!" is a comment we've heard a lot recently, to which we always respond with a resounding Yes! and then direct people to the EVENTS tab on our home page menu bar where you can see every show and (auction!) we'll be attending over the next many months...

November 1-5, 2016: The Whitman Baltimore Expo

November 1st:  Day 1 After a prolonged major show hiatus (since we last attended an XL one in earnest at the ANA in August), we are delighted to be back in the numismatic saddle once again and, of course, blogging like crazy...

October 23, 2016: The Westford, MA Show

It was nice to be back on the circuit today at our monthly event in nearby Westford, MA. So I got there bright and early at 7 AM, set up the table, artfully arranged a new and different-every-time subset of our inventory and began a solid 7 hours of shopping, schmoozing, selling and, on this day, trading in the form of one of our big colonials for several medium-sized ones...

September 25, 2016: The Westford, MA Show

If this was the 4th Sunday of the month it must have been time once again for the Westford, MA Show, which explained why your author was up extreeeemely early and out the door on a Sunday morning for cryin' out loud...

August 28, 2016: The Westford, MA Show

While (most of) the rest of the numismatic world was sleeping in, or possibly out for pancakes, your author and some of his New England coin dealing brethren were up early and off to suburban Westford, Massachusetts for the regular ‘4th Sunday of Every Month’ show...

August 6-13 2016: The ANA World's Fair of Money in Anaheim, CA

Prologue After months of anticipation, weeks of preparation, days of organization and hours of pack-ification, Team CRO is finally rocketing toward Anaheim, CA for the 2016 ANA World’s Fair of Money...

July 13-16, 2016: The Whitman Baltimore Expo

Prologue: And now for something completely different. Actually, that's true on two levels: There is, for the first time ever (or at least for the first time in recent memory) no "official" auction at this show, allowing us to eschew our usual catalog schlepping, lot viewing, bid planning and auction attending here in Baltimore and to focus instead on buying and selling coins on the actual bourse floor...

June 8-11, 2016: The Long Beach Expo

Prologue: After just a quick 6 hour and 20 minute flight (seriously - I think I did it faster in an old DC-6 once) your author arrived in balmy SoCal for what figures to be an interesting LB Expo replete with buying and selling ops on the bourse floor, and some cool tokens and medals in the HA auction...

April 26-30, 2016: The Central States Show in Schaumburg, IL

April 26th:  Day 1 There are a lot of good reasons to take the very first flight out in the morning: The airport is less crowded then...

April 14-16, 2016: The Chicago International Coin Fair

April 14th:  Day 1 I woke up on Thursday numismatically disoriented (as sometimes happens on these trips), first thinking I was home, then in Baltimore, and finally in my college dorm room before I snapped out of it and remembered that, no, we are at the glorious CICF show in Chicagoland, and it’s time to get going...

April 6-8, 2016: The EAC Convention in Charlotte, NC

Prologue: I have good news everyone.  I have determined that it is a LOT easier to pack for a trip when you never actually unpack from the previous one...

March 31-April 2, 2016: The Whitman Baltimore Expo

Prologue: After an extreeeeemely busy couple of weeks in the CRO offices (which included a brief buying excursion at the Manchester, NH show) we are about to embark on what might be the the most jam-packed April in CRO history, starting in Baltimore and then continuing on to Charlotte for the EAC show, then Chicago for CICF, then home, then in Chicago AGAIN for CSNS...

March 2-5, 2016: The ANA National Money Show in Dallas, TX

Prologue: Good morning website visitor and welcome to this our first installment of the ANA RR written here at my airport gate while a guy seated across the aisle not 6 feet from me is devouring an Egg McMuffin like a scene from the water hole on Wild Kingdom...

February 2-6, 2016: The Long Beach Expo

Prologue: Whilst it seems like just yesterday I was witnessing a medium-sized brawl at our gate at Long Beach Airport as we waited to depart this fine city the last time, that was actually 4...

January 24, 2016: The Westford Monthly Show, Westford, MA

No, we do not normally write a Road Report about a local show that we did not even take a table at, but this time we figured what the heck, let's do it...

January 5-9, 2016: The FUN Show in Tampa, FL

January 5th:  Day 1 Good morning and welcome to this our first full-blown RR of the year, delivered to you in living color from scenic but surprisingly loud (what is that constant noise that sounds like an industrial dryer in the hotel?) Tampa, Florida, and not the usual Orlando location for this show...

January 2, 2016: NY International Lot Viewing at the Waldorf

Normally we wouldn't write a Road Report for a mere auction viewing trip, but we're going to make an exception in this case for two reasons: To highlight the challenge this overlapping NY International vs FUN Show schedule presents for dealers like us, and To get full credit for the amount of travel hardship we're willing to endure to acquire cool coins for the site...

December 3-5, 2015: The Houston Money Show

Prologue Good morning coin enthusiast, and welcome to this the first Houston Show RR we've written since 2007 (that being the last time we attended this non-regularly scheduled CRO event through the years)...

November 5-7, 2015: The Whitman Baltimore Expo

Prologue: I have to say we are as enthusiastic as ever about this event, partly because it's always a great show in this venue, partly because this fall installment includes the Colonial Coin Collectors Club Convention and partly because we have not attended a major show since Long Beach in mid-September and are thus champing at the bit for some major coin activity...

September 16 - 19, 2015: The Long Beach Expo

Prologue: Hard to believe it's been a month since our last event, but a quick perusal of the calendar (remove it from the wall, flip to August, turn the page to September) and indeed that is the case...

August 10-15, 2015: The ANA World's Fair of Money

Prologue Well, it's here, the year's largest and best attended coin show, the one that always seems to have the coolest displays, largest number of auctions, most interesting stuff for sale and biggest variety of U...

July 15-18, 2015: The Whitman Baltimore Expo

Prologue: Welcome coin blog enthusiast to this pre-show, palate teasing, amuse-bouche edition of the RR designed to set the stage for the summer edition of the Baltimore Expo which we hope will be scorching...

June 3-6, 2015: The Long Beach Expo

June 3rd:  Day 1 Having arrived in Southern California late on Tuesday evening, your author hit the ground running on Wednesday...

April 30-May 3, 2015: The EAC Convention in Irving, TX

Prologue: Rest easy and be calm CRO website visitor, we are back from our extended, non-work-related tour of Italy (during which your author ate 63 arancini and at least 111 caprese salads) and ready to dive back onto the U...

April 9-11, 2015: The Chicago International Coin Fair

Prologue: Aah yes, the CICIF show, CRO's once annual opportunity to formally and completely devote ourselves to the 'Dark Side' (as in world coins, you know, the ones made in or circulated in places other than the good ol' US of A)...

March 24-28, 2015: The Whitman Baltimore Expo

Prologue Words are perhaps inadequate to express your author's enthusiasm for the upcoming Baltimore Expo (the first of three to be held during the year), but as this is a written blog I am going to try real hard anyway: Yes, we are reeeeeaaaaaally looking forward to this one because business is typically fan-tastic here, with a plethora of dealers, a plethora-and-a-half of enthusiastic collectors and the best mix of colonial, U...

March 4-7, 2015: The ANA National Money Show in Portland, OR

Prologue Top 10 reasons we are excited to attend the ANA Show in Portland this week: 1.   We haven't had a show here since 2011...

January 28-31, 2015: The Long Beach Expo

Prologue: I'm not a meterologist, but I have concluded after carefully analyzing a decades worth of data that the absolute best way to predict a blizzard in New England is to look at the schedule and check the dates of the year's first Long Beach Expo...

January 7-10, 2015: The FUN Show & Auctions

Prologue: Ladies and Gentleman: Welcome to your 2015 Numismatic Year! And what better way to kick-off the new year than to attend the FUN Show in Orlando, where the weather is warm (at least so far), the wholesale activity has already been humming, the show grading has been submitted and the auction lots have been thoroughly viewed and vetted (and let me tell you, that was no mean feat considering that there are about 7,000 of them here to look at, many are complicated and time consuming and we’ve had to spend more time than usual re-grading, looking for hidden problems and figuring out what we like enough to actually bid on)...

October 29 - November 1, 2014: The Whitman Baltimore Expo

Prologue With the greatest of ease and not so much as one travel hiccup, misstep, misshap, lost bag, delay, detainment or quarantine, we have arrived in Baltimore once again for what we exect to be a thoroughly delightful Expo experience...

October 9 - 11, 2014: The PNG New York Invitational

October 8th:  Prologue Go ahead, try to guess the last time that CRO set up at a show in New York City...

September 3 - 6, 2014: The Long Beach Expo

September 3rd:  Day 1 Having arrived in Long Beach the previous evening and still operating on east coast time, I woke up crisply at 3:13 AM on Wednesday, tried to go back to bed, mostly failed, and eventually got up for good at 5ish...

August 4 - 9, 2014: The ANA World's Fair of Money in Rosemont, IL

August 4th:  Day 1 After months of anticipation, weeks of preparation, and hours of coin price tag sticker-ification (literally – I think we finished pricing everything at 2 o’clock Monday morning), we were 103% ready for the start of the ANA World’s Fair of Money 2014...

June 25 - 28, 2014: The Whitman Baltimore Expo

June 25th:  Day 1 Landing in Baltimore bright and early on Wednesday morning, I hurriedly grabbed my bag and jumped into a cab which I had no way of knowing would be driven by one of those guys who is either flooring it or jamming on the brakes continuously for the entire ride...

June 4 - 5, 2014: The Long Beach Expo

Prologue: Yes, it is indeed time for another exciting installment of the thrice annual Long Beach Expo...

May 1-3, 2014: The EAC Convention in Colorado Springs, CO

May 1st:  Day 1 Greetings from sunny Colorado Springs, where your author delightfully finds himself for another exciting edition of the Early American Coppers Convention...

April 22 - 27, 2014: The Central States Show in Schaumburg, IL

Prologue: Greetings Road Report reader and welcome to this our first installment of the 2014 CSNS report, a very fine event held in a convenient semi-suburban location very close to the last show we attended not even two frickin' weeks ago...

April 10 - 12, 2014: The Chicago International Coin Fair

Prologue: We are delighted to be attending the Chicago International Coin Fair this week, a world coin only (or at least ‘mostly’) event held in familiar Rosemont, Illinois right on the same street as the ANA show in August...

March 27 - 29, 2014: The Whitman Baltimore Expo

Prologue Aaaah yes, the Baltimore show, one of our favorite events of the year, particularly this March installment...

March 13 - 15, 2014: The Bay State Show in Marlborough, MA

March 13th:  Day 1 During the course of a year, most of the major shows we attend are in elephantine convention centers in large urban areas, like Baltimore, Long Beach, Orlando, etc...

February 25 - March 1, 2014: The ANA National Money Show in Atlanta

Prologue: Good morning coin collector, coin dealer, industry professional or random person that has accidentally stumbled upon this site and welcome to this the first installment of our Atlanta RR, this penned here in New England before we have even gotten on the darn plane...

January 29 - February 1, 2014: The Long Beach Expo

Prologue: And this time, we are all Guinea Pigs. Well, sort of, as we descend upon SoCal for the Long Beach Expo just as we always have...

January 6-11, 2014: The FUN Show in Orlando, FL

Prologue Ah, the Fun Show, that relaxing post-holiday jaunt to sunny and warm (um, warm-er) Orlando for what is always an entertaining, exciting and productive show...

November 5-9, 2013: The Whitman Baltimore Expo

Prologue: After a ~5 week hiatus since the Long Beach show we are primed and ready for the always excellent Baltimore show, as evidenced by the fact that we will be down here at the crack of dawn on Tuesday before most of the rest of the numismatic world has shown up...

September 24-28, 2013: The Long Beach Expo

Prologue: Having thoroughly recovered from the Philadelphia show, I leaped out of bed at 3:30 AM on Tuesday, threw together enough clothes for another 5 days on the road and then bolted out the door for my ~6 hour flight to southern California...

September 18-21, 2013: The Whitman Philadelphia Expo

Prologue: Important travel update: I was informed today at the airport security screening that I could leave my shoes on, which either means that they think I’m a senior citizen (possible), or the rules have changed without anyone posting about it on Twitter (unlikely)...

August 12-17, 2013: The ANA World's Fair of Money in Rosemont, IL

August 12th: Day 1 Greetings Road Report reader, and welcome to this the first installment of the ANA World’s Fair of Money RR Extravaganza (which will not include a detailed description of the Official ANA Pre-Show, since I did not set up at that...

June 19-22, 2013: The Whitman Baltimore Expo

Prologue: Let’s compare this summer installment of the Whitman Baltimore Expo to the spring and fall versions of this event: Size: This one is a smaller, more intimate affair, with fewer dealers and tables (though I expect there will be more than enough coins on display to satisfy even the most voracious of numismatic appetites)...

June 5-8, 2013: The Long Beach Expo

Prologue: Good morning Road Report reader and welcome to this our 1st installment from the year's 2nd Long Beach Expo...

May 8-11, 2013: The ANA Money Show in New Orleans

Prologue: Not that I am not excited to attend shows in other venues (because really I am), but this one is special, taking us to fabulous New Orleans, LA for coin-filled days and evenings offering enough entertainment options to satisfy even the most adventurous numismatist...

May 2-4, 2013: The EAC Convention in Newark, OH

Prologue: Good morning and welcome to this first installment of the EAC RR written before we depart for this not-that-easy-to-get-to event located outside of Columbus, OH...

April 24-27, 2013: The Central States Show in Schaumburg, Illinois

April 24th:  Day 1 As CRO embarks on three (3) shows over the next three (3) weeks, you are reading the very first of what will be a veritable ton of Road Report entries (if you print them all out on heavy 14pt stock, which is of course not necessary since you can always find them here on this site arranged chronologically)...

March 13-17, 2013: Whitman Baltimore Expo and Auction

March 12th:  Prologue After a several week hiatus between shows, I was psyched to wake up at 3 AM on Tuesday, thrilled to drive to the unbelievably crowded airport, excited to get on the plane and zip down to Baltimore, jazzed to scoop up my luggage at baggage claim, delighted to hop in a filthy cab and very, very happy to stride through a cold rain into the hotel lobby here in the Inner Harbor at about 8...

February 6-9, 2013: The Long Beach Expo

Prologue: Here is what I notice about flying to Los Angeles: 1.  It seems like the flight is slightly longer each time...

January 8-13, 2013: The FUN Show

Prologue: Good morning people and welcome to this the first RR of 2013, written before I have actually gone anywhere (and even before I have started packing, a reflection of the fact that your author has not had the opportnity to write one of these since November and simply could not wait any longer)...

November 13-17, 2012: The Baltimore Expo and Auctions

November 13th:  Prologue No one likes a good coin show more than your author, but I have to say I am looking at this one with perhaps just a little trepidation only because I fully expect to be completely, totally and thoroughly exausted (even more so than usual at one of these events) by the end of it...

November 9-10, 2012: The Bay State Show in Marlborough, MA

November 9th:  Day 1 Although I kept thinking it was Thursday, and I did get lost on my way to the show, I did eventually find my way to something called the “Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel” in unfamiliar Marlborough, Massachusetts, walked in the door, and stood in the line to collect my show credentials...

November 8, 2012: Lot Viewing at Stack's-Bowers in NY

Hello and welcome to this one day, quick hitting, extra special, bonus edition of the Road Report (an RR Mini, if you will) in which we 1) Detail today's journey to the Stack's-Bowers offices in NY and 2) Offer some admittedly not-that-keen insight into a day in the life of a coin dealer...

October 17-20, 2012: ANA National Money Show in Dallas

October 16th:  Prologue After a month+ since our last installment of the RR it's finally time to hit the road again, straight to the Fall ANA Show in the heart of Texas...

September 5-8, 2012: The Long Beach Expo

September 4th:  Prologue I am pleased to report that this, the first installment of the Long Beach Road Report, is being written from the comfort of my flight to California, in a window seat that will not recline, strategically surrounded by young children who were all screaming earlier, but have since stopped...

August 4-11, 2012: The ANA World's Fair of Money in Phladelphia

August 3rd:  Prologue After months of anticipation, weeks of preparation, hours of sorting inventory and 7 minutes of shoving clothes indiscriminately into a suitcase, I officially declare myself prepared and ready for the 2012 World’s Fair of Money...

July 31, 2012: Heritage Lot Viewing in Philadelphia

I am delighted to provide this Bonus RR about my day-trip to Philadelphia made exclusively to view Heritage auction lots, a previously unplanned, hastily arranged visit made necessary by the challenges of this year’s cumbersome ANA show and auction schedule...

July 18-20, 2012: The PCGS Members Only Show in Las Vegas

Prologue: After a quick 5 and a half hour flight from New England on an airplane comfortably cooled to 43 degrees in the cabin, I have arrived in well-lit Las Vegas in anticipation of another entertaining and productive PCGS Members Only Show...

June 27-30, 2012: Baltimore Expo and Auction

Prologue: Good morning coin enthusiast! We are pleased to present this the first of five (5) reports from the Baltimore Show (though this one is being written from the airport in New England where your author is sitting at 4:48 AM waiting for one of the 11 restaurants in this Terminal to open and sell him a coffee)...

May 30 - June 2, 2012: The Long Beach Expo and Auctions

May 29th:  Prologue Welcome to this the first installment of our LB RR, a carefully crafted pre-trip summary typed by me (JA) mere moments before I zip off to the airport for the looooong trip west...

May 7-12, 2012: ANA National Money Show in Denver, CO

May 7-8: Pre-ANA Seminar Good morning people: While our readers may have come here expecting to see exciting news about our flights from New England, or possibly something about a lost bag, instead you are going to get some heavy-duty numismatic content as I describe the two-day ANA-sponsored seminar that I (DW) attended, along with a dozen other men and women, prior to the show...

May 2-6, 2012: The Early American Coppers Convention in Buffalo, NY

May 2nd:  Day 1 While it would have been nice to wake up Wednesday, have a leisurely breakfast and then calmly fly to Buffalo, it turned out to be one of those ridiculous mornings where nothing goes right, you can’t find your phone, and the incredibly important box of coins that was shipped to you and that you desperately need to take with you to EAC has not yet shown up in your PO Box when you go check at 7:30 AM...

April 17-21, 2012: The Central States Show in Schaumburg, Illinois

April 17th:  Prologue This week’s blog will be a departure in several ways from our typical CRO Road Report...

April 4-6, 2012: The PCGS Las Vegas Invitational

No question about it – traveling from New England to Las Vegas and back over just a few days requires several things: A mega-commitment to do everything we can to find new cool coins for the site...

March 20-24, 2012: Baltimore Expo and Auction

Prologue Good morning coin collector, coin dealer, industry professional or person(s) who have stumbled upon this website accidentally while attempting to do an internet search for “Coin Operated Laundry”, or “Do it yourself dog grooming"...

February 29 - March 3, 2012: The PCGS Members Only Show in Las Vegas

Just back from the latest PCGS Show in well-lit Las Vegas, Nevada, we are pleased to present another Top 10 observations from this show: 1...

January 30 - February 4, 2012: The Long Beach Expo and Auctions

Prologue: Good morning everyone - And while it seems like ages since our last Road Report 3 days ago, we are again delighted to be back in the numismatic saddle and jetting off to yet another show, this one waaaaay across the country in sunny (I just checked the forecast) SoCal...

January 25, 2012: Stack's-Bowers Americana Auction in New York

Just back from our annual pilgrimage to the Stack’s (now Stack’s-Bowers, of course) Americana Sale, we are pleased to present this quick-hitting, no-holds-barred, profusely illustrated auction recap Part I for your reading pleasure...

January 3-8, 2012: The FUN Show

Prologue: And then, suddenly, the 2012 FUN Show is upon us, requiring your author to re-assemble the CRO travel kit (the components of which always seems to get widely dispersed between shows), grab a flight to Orlando and then emerse ourselves in what we expect to be a high-quality, 6-day, numismatic experience in which we offer some cool, new, never-before-seen rarities (including a collection acquired just days ago), try to buy every interesting coin we see, and engage in some deluxe socializing at various local restaurants...

December 13-16, 2011: The PCGS Members Only Show in Las Vegas

While most of the numismatic world was out Xmas shopping, or possibly  trimming their trees, I attended the PCGS Members Only Show in Las Vegas show so that I could then make the following observations about it right here in this space: The Palazzo Hotel venue is nothing short of spectacular, with palatial rooms, access to more shopping than most malls, more dining options than most cooking shows, one of the most comprehensive gyms I’ve ever seen in my life and, of course, night life that continues through daylight hours (though frankly it is very hard to tell which is which around here)...

November 15-19, 2011: The Baltimore Expo & Auction

November 15th:  Day 1 The good news is that I slept very well in preparation for today’s trip to Baltimore...

November 10-12, 2011: The Bay State Show & C4 Convention

Prologue: Ah yes, after one major snow storm, some extended power outage, followed by some impressive Indian summer with temperatures reaching almost 70 degrees (during which your author may or may not have been seen wearing shorts around the office), we are prepped and ready for our first show in nearly 30 (thirty) days...

October 12-15, 2011: The National Money Show in Pittsburgh, PA

October 12th:  Day 1 Optimistically, I headed down to the hotel lobby on Wednesday morning, walked briskly out the front door and stepped directly into a fine mist which would have been excellent for growing orchids, but which was unpleasant for the couple of block walk to the convention center...

September 14-17, 2011: The Whitman Philadelphia Expo

Prologue Since we just got back from Long Beach, and I have spent most of the time since then unpacking a suitcase whose handle was ripped clean off by an airline who shall remain nameless (Virgin America) and then immediately repacking a new one, you might think we'd be a little tired of this traveling thing...

September 7-10, 2011: The Long Beach Expo

Prologue: Good afternoon Road Report reader, It should by now be obvious that team CRO was not in California for the festivities (i...

August 13-20, 2011: The ANA World's Fair of Money in Rosemont, IL

Prologue: Good morning coin collector, coin dealer, industry professional or someone who has just found us accidentally while doing a Google search for "Coin Operated Laundry in Rosemont, IL" but is now systematically reading each and every Road Report which has appeared on this site since 2005 - And, in our humble opinion, this one figures to be as entertaining as any of them, since we anticipate no shortage of numismatic activity to write about...

June 14-18, 2011: Baltimore Show and Auction

June 14th:  Day 1 For CRO, our Baltimore Show began at precisely 3 AM on Tuesday as your author leaped out of bed, began packing like a crazy person, jumped in a cab and made it to the airport well in advance of the first flight to BWI departing at just after 6...

May 31 - June 4, 2011: The Long Beach Expo

Prologue We'll be doing a truncated version of the LB show this time, which is to say that we will be here for every waking moment of it, but not here for the preceding Goldberg auction in Beverly Hills which has, by this time, already taken place (which explains why we did not write anything about that)...

May 11-13, 2011: Early American Coppers Convention in Portland, OR

Prologue Just when we finally have (almost) all of those post Central States show loose ends tied up, it's time to hit the road again, this time for a looooong cross-country trek to scenic Portland, Oregon for the always entertaining EAC Convention...

April 27 - April 30, 2011: The Central States Show in Chicago

Prologue We are delighted to be back in Chicago, and when we say Chicago, we of course mean Rosemont, Illinois, famous for a small cluster of hotels, a large, utterly non-descript convention center and for being sort of near Chicago (but not so close that it does not take at least an hour to get there during rush hour)...

March 29 - April 2, 2011: Baltimore Show and Auction

Prologue Today will be what numismatists refer to as a “very long day”, as we wake up shockingly early, head to Baltimore, view coins at Stack’s-Bowers for hours and then roll straight into auction session #1 starting at 7 o’clock and ending 700-something lots later...

March 15-19, 2011: The ANA Money Show in Sacramento

Prologue Good mornng everyone: I am pleased to say that I am all packed, completely ready and just about to zoom to the airport for an entire frickin' day of travel en route to the ANA Money Show in delightful Sacramento, CA...

February 18, 2011: The Local Country Auction

The other day a collector remarked about how we regularly mention Stack’s, Heritage or other major auctions here on the site, but never say "boo" (his word, not mine) about other sales...

February 2-5, 2011: The Long Beach Expo

February 2nd:  Day 1 Truth to be told, I'm just happy I was able to make it here at all to write this exciting edition of the RR, since that was very much in doubt right up until my flight was de-iced for the 3rd time (never a good sign) leaving New England...

January 26-28, 2011: Stack's Americana Auction

January 26th:  Day 1 Good morning everyone, Today we’ll be discussing our trip to Stack’s annual Americana Auction, in which a slew of early American coins, medals, exonumia and other assorted hoo-ha is auctioned off right in the heart of NYC, this year in a 2-day, 306 page, 2,812 lot affair...

January 3-9, 2011: The FUN Show

January 9th:  Day 7 We are pleased to be back home in New England in extremely cold, unpleasant conditions with a big pile of snow just outside the window, as opposed to the awful sunshine and palm trees we had to endure over the last week in Florida: But now that we are here, it is of course time to recap the just-ended FUN show in earnest...

November 11-13, 2010: The Bay State Show & C4 Convention

November 14th:  Day 4 In past years on Sunday at this show we’d stroll in around 10 AM with a coffee and a donut, pack up all of our stuff, say our good-byes to all of the C4 guys we only see once a year, and then leave...

November 2-6, 2010: The Baltimore Expo and Auctions

November 6th:  Day 5 Whilst I planned an early start on Saturday, I was not thinking 2:19 AM, which is the precise time I was awakened by 4 or 5 drunken revelers who were either re-enacting the entire chariot race from Ben-Hur, or possibly practicing the long jump (not sure which) in the hallway just outside my hotel room...

October 27-30, 2010: Coinfest and the Heritage Auction

October 30th:  Day 4 As noted yesterday, one of the other dealers (Colonel Steve Ellsworth, who occupied the table directly next to us) told me that, surprisingly, at the last several shows he attended Saturday was the busiest day...

September 29 - October 2, 2010: Philadelphia Expo & Auctions

October 2nd, 2010 - Day 4: Did you know that the coverage of the Ryder Cup golf started at 3 AM on Saturday, east coast time?  It did, and I know that because I was awake and watching it after sleeping poorly and not for very long...

September 22-25, 2010: The Long Beach Expo and Auctions

September 25th - Day 4: While it would definitely make for a more exciting RR to say otherwise, the reality is that Saturday was not very eventful, as I just cleaned up a few loose ends, collected the last couple of checks and headed out at about midday...

September 11, 2010: The Colonial Numismatic Barbecue

In one of the highlights of this (or any) numismatic year, yesterday we attended the numismatic barbecue held annually at the lovely east coast home of a serious collector / good customer / gracious host...

August 5-14, 2010: The Boston ANA Pre-Show(s), Show and Auctions

August 14th - Day 10: I am now comfortably back home after the best ANA we have attended in several years, which can be summarized as follows: Boston (and the Hynes Convention Center specifically) was an excellent venue in almost every way with plenty of cool things to see and do nearby...

June 16-19, 2010: The Baltimore Expo and Auctions

Day 4:  Saturday I think we could most accurately describe Saturday as a minor mad-house, with a lot of stuff going on all day, including some concentrated wheeling and dealing with many different people all over the room (some, but not all, of which was successful), picking up the last of our thoroughly appropriate grades received from PCGS, a very brief period of the lights going out in the convention center, some very successful check collecting (though we had our doubts for a few minutes there), extremely entertaining show and telling (including a stunning coin that we compelled a serious collector to sell us), a very soggy but still acceptable tuna sandwich for lunch, some last second consignments to the major auction houses on behalf of collectors and dealers alike, some typically hectic packing and shipping coins for photography and, finally, some late afternoon high-tailing it to the airport (from where I am now typing this installment of the Road Report)...

May 29 - June 5, 2010: The Long Beach Expo and Auctions

Day 8:  The Exciting Conclusion Actually, it was exciting, as we did a little more business on Saturday (including selling a fantastic PCGS 65+ Saint we had acquired at this show), picked up our last Heritage lot, then began the process of packing everything up like crazy, pausing only to reflect on the week that had been...

May 19-22, 2010: Whitman Nashville Expo

Day 4: With Saturday came the largest crowd of the week, which should not be interpreted as me saying that there was a large crowd...

April 27 - May 1, 2010: The Central States Show in Milwaukee, WI

Day 5: Saturday started off quite well, thank you, with the sun streaming into my hotel room window (after a violent rain storm the night before), and an email saying that our offer on a cool coin (which we had been trying to buy for weeks) had been accepted...

April 22-24, 2010: The EAC Convention in Annapolis, MD

Day 3: As noted here yesterday, I was thinking that Saturday might be another busy and active day on the bourse floor, with lots of customers, exciting new purchases and almost non-stop writing of long and detailed invoices...

March 24-27, 2010: The ANA National Money Show in Ft. Worth, TX

Day 4: Saturday John bolted out of Texas at 2:30 AM (actually it was probably more like 8, but he likes to exaggerate), leaving me, David J...

March 2-7, 2010: The Baltimore Expo and Auctions

Day 5: Saturday began as they usually do at these shows, with us packing up and checking out of our hotel, then schlepping heavy bags across town to the convention center in what could probably best be characterized as an inconvenient pain in the neck...

January 30 - February 6, 2010: The Long Beach Expo & Auctions

Day 8: For those of you who expected this last installment of our LB Road Report to be written and up early on Sunday morning, please note that I did too...

January 25-27, 2010: Stack's Americana Auction in New York, Part II

While John did his lot viewing at Stack’s on Friday last week, I, David J. Wnuck, headed out this Monday for the car + train trip into Manhattan...

January 22, 2010: Stack's Americana Auction in New York, Part I

Good morning everyone, and welcome to this special bonus edition of the RR recapping my one-day jaunt down to NYC for some intensive lot viewing at Stack’s...

January 4 - 10, 2010: The FUN Show

Day 7: It would be ideal to start this FUN show wrap-up by describing each of the 23 choice early copper coins we purchased from a little old man who walked into the show on Sunday, but since that didn’t happen we’ll begin instead by saying that (even though that one imaginary guy was not present) there were still quite a few people in the room...

November 19-22, 2009: The Bay State Show & C4 Convention

November 22, 2009:  Day 4 Well, after much activity on the previous days, and a late night at the auction on Saturday, we were pretty tired on Sunday...

November 9-14, 2009: Baltimore Show and Auctions

November 14th:  Day 6 Get away day is always a lot of fun, since it means we need to get up earlier than usual, pack, check out of the hotel and then haul our luggage to the convention center, usually in a rain storm...

October 9-11, 2009: Coinfest! in Stamford, CT

October 11th:  A Day of Rest  Sunday started off extremely nicely, as instead of hanging out in my hotel room in the morning (which unfortunately has been the custom for a few years now), I got myself down to the gym, worked out, had breakfast, packed up my stuff, checked out and then walked down to the show at about 9:30 to get ready for the 10 o’clock opening...

September 22-26, 2009: The Philadelphia Expo and Auctions

  September 26th:  And, in Conclusion Let’s pick up Saturday’s action at about 10:02 AM, when, just as I arrived at out table, another dealer walked up and informed us that on Friday he had sold a couple of pretty big coins that we jointly owned...

September 4-12, 2009: The Beverly Hills Auctions & The Long Beach Expo

September 12th:  Leaving, On a Jet Plane Here I am, back in the same airport terminal I visited just a few weeks ago after the ANA, and little has changed:  The restaurant options are still lousy, and the security guy on the Segway is still roaring through the terminal at about 35 mph...

August 3-9, 2009: The World's Fair of Money in LA

August 9th - Day 7: I’m writing this in Gladstone’s, a loud restaurant and bar with extremely mediocre service in LAX’s Terminal 3, but still the best option available (just ahead of Burger King) for unwinding after 7 long, tiring days of ANA-ing...

June 25-27, 2009: The MidAmerica Coin Expo in Schaumburg, Illinois

Saturday: Well, we were ready for something (anything) out of the ordinary on Saturday, but it turned out that wasn’t necessary, since it ended up being a lot like any weekend day at any show anywhere in the country...

June 10-13, 2009: Baltimore Coin & Currency Expo

Day 3 (Saturday): Day 3 started with your author checking out of his hotel, and thus saying farewell to his bizarre (and bizarrely large) hotel room...

May 27-30, 2009: The Long Beach Expo

The Exciting Conclusion: It proved to be a typical Saturday at LB, which is to say that we spent our time packing up and standing in the astonishingly slow post office line, as opposed to buying and selling coins...

May 13-16, 2009: The Whitman Atlanta Coin Expo

Day 4: It may surprise you to learn that Saturday was the most crowded day of the show. Though a weekend crowd at most shows is typically one with a high percentage of parents with young children and others out for a look-see, and that was the case here...

April 28-May 2, 2009: The Central States Show in Cincinnati

  Prologue: If this is Tuesday, we must be off to Ohio for the surprisingly long CSNS show. Amazingly, we’ll have PNG dealer set-up late this afternoon, PNG day on Wednesday and then a regular coin show from Thursday through Saturday, which should give us more than enough time to buy and sell, schmooze, grade, view lots, attend the HA auction, bid on the good stuff and generally conduct as much coin business as possible before leaving town...

April 16-17, 2009: The EAC Convention in Kentucky

Day 2: Can you imagine staying in a hotel in which every single person you see (other than the waitress and some guy – presumably a staff member – painting a hallway) is a coin collector or dealer?  I can, because this is exactly what it's like here, including at breakfast this morning, when I entered the restaurant and recognized absolutely everybody at every table...

March 23-29, 2009: The Baltimore Coin & Currency Convention

Postscript: I did finally make it home, by the way, but not before my cab from the airport was pulled over by the police for speeding (a first for CRO) and a massive 45 minute argument errupted while your author sat in the backseat, quietly wondering what the appropriate etiquette is in this situation...

March 19-21, 2009: The Bay State Show in Boston

Day 3: I wasn't expecting much on Saturday, and that's exactly what I got. A decent crowd rolled in, and I had a few lookers, but a grand total of (add the 7, carry the 1 ...

March 12-15, 2009: The ANA National Money Show in Portland, OR

Day 4: No matter how carefully we plan, or how much time we have to pack up everything and head to the airport, it always seems to turn into a fire drill at the end of a show...

January 29-February 7, 2009: The Long Beach Expo

The Exciting Conclusion: Truth be told, it wasn’t that exciting.  Rather it was sort of a typical Saturday in LB, with mostly families and visitors looking around, and not too many serious transactions taking place (at our table or anywhere else that we could see)...

January 14-15, 2009: Stack's Americana Auction

This just in - it was very, very cold in New York.   It was also not very crowded on the streets and sidewalks, which might have been because everyone was huddled in doorways trying to keep warm, or because the economy has taken its toll on people hanging out in NY shopping and going to Broadway shows...

January 3-11, 2009: The First Show & FUN Show

Day 8: And at 2 PM, mercifully, it was over.  But not with a bang, it was more like a slow creeping death like when a plant gets sick...

November 18-22, 2008: Baltimore Coin & Currency Convention

Day 5: I thought for a minute there our show was going to end on an extremely high note, as it appeared we were close to selling an expensive federal coin in the waning moments (during the packing up phase of our departure, right after our second lunch, but before Dave scaled the back table for the ceremonial removal of the CRO banner), but alas if it is going to be, it will be happening by phone later, and not here in person...

November 13-16, 2008: Bay State Show and C4 Convention

Day 4: I found out what Dave bought at the auction after I left:  a New Jersey copper, a Vermont copper, a USA button, a Fugio with a counterstamp (first we can recall seeing) and 2 unusual items destined for the "Wnuck Collection"...

November 7-9, 2008: Coinfest!

Finito! What were the top five things that happened on Sunday at Coinfest?  Good question - let's take a look: 1...

October 21-22, 2008: Stack's 73rd Anniversary Auction

Day 2: Wednesday began with the gentle sounds of a guy throwing a large steel trash can against a dumpster at 5:24 AM directly outside my hotel window, which was a nice (though fairly typical) way to wake up in NY...

October 15-16, 2008: The 2008 Silver Dollar & Rare Coin Expo

This will be a bonus Road Report, as I flew out to the St. Louis show for just a day and a half to try to buy coins on the floor, sell a few things, view some Scotsman and Heritage auction lots, see a few customers and gather sufficient anecdotes to write the following recap: First, you will be pleased to know that my flight out was uneventful, and pleasant, in the sense that it was not as horrendous as most flights we take these days...

September 13-20, 2008: The Long Beach Expo

Post Mortem: I have four things to say today: I apologize for this being so late.  Frankly, I was exhausted after the show (but not too exhausted to go play golf over the weekend)...

August 19, 2008: The Coin Collection at Colonial Williamsburg

I am pleased to offer some bonus Road Reporting from my vacation side-trip to view the extensive colonial and early American coin holdings (including pieces on public display, as well as the cool stuff hidden away in the top-secret vaults) at quaint Colonial Williamsburg...

July 26-August 3, 2008: ANA Week

And in Conclusion: It seems like about a month and a half ago we were sitting in the Stack's ANA pre-show auction buying some cool coins, and it feels like a few weeks ago when we sold our first coin on the floor on Monday during the ANA PNG-Day set-up, and just a few hours ago when we sold our last coin (a red unc...

July 8-12, 2008: MidAmerica Coin Expo

The Post-Game Show: Surely Saturday would be slow and uneventful, right? That's what we expected, figuring that serious collectors who planned to come would have shown up on Thursday and Friday (for first shot!), leaving us to cool our collective numismatic heels on Saturday before packing up to leave at day's end...

June 5-7, 2008: Baltimore Coin & Currency Convention

Airport Report: I always enjoy these last-day reports from the Baltimore show, as I typically write them in the airport terminal across from Wendy's (which is somewhat nostalgic, since in 1990 I loaned my car to my brother while I was studying abroad and he dumped a gigantic Wendy's Chocolate Frosty all over the interior, then attempted to clean it with Armor-All, which took the finish off the leather seats)...

May 24-31 2008: Long Beach Expo

Day VIII: I have a little more time to write today, so brace yourself for a full dose of Road Reporting...

May 8-9, 2008: Early American Coppers Convention

Day 2: I arrived at the bourse this morning right here in my hotel at 8:50 for my anticipated entry at 9 and discovered that most people had been there since 8...

April 15-19, 2008: Central States Numismatic Society

Conclusion: Actually, it was exciting, as the positive vibe continued here at CSNS. But let's start at the end: Dave and I headed out at about 4:15 to catch a flight, but even as we were leaving it seemed like the room was still surprisingly full, with about 60% of the dealers still at their tables (though most were in serious 'packing-up' mode at that point trying to get everything organized before they booted us all out)...

February 26-March 2, 2008: Baltimore Coin & Currency Convention

The Exciting Conclusion: Well, we weren't the only people on the bourse floor on Sunday, but about 75% of the dealers had vamoosed and the collector traffic could be best described as ‘hardly anyone was here'...

February 13-16, 2008: The Long Beach Expo

Day 4: True to form, Saturday at Long Beach evidenced all 11 of our standard final-day-of-the-show activities: Having a customer ask for a specific coin which you had on display starting on Wednesday all the way through until about 20 minutes earlier, at which you had boxed it up and delivered it to the post office for shipping home...

January 15-16, 2008: Stack's Americana Auction

Because we hadn't quite had our fill of coins at the FUN show, we were delighted that Stack's had scheduled their annual Americana auction (plus some cool world coins and notes in a total of 4 robust catalogs) for Tuesday and Wednesday this week in NYC...

January 5-13, 2008: The FUN Show

Day 9: In addition to our normal commercial goals at a show, our plan for Sunday was to finish shipping out coins, tie up the last remaining loose ends and methodically complete and audit our show paperwork...

November 29-December 2, 2007: Bay State Show & C4 Convention

Conclusion It's 1:13 PM on Sunday as I begin writing this final installment of the Road Report, and I'm already home in my living room, sprawled on the couch completely exhausted by the week's activities (and there were many)...

November 13-17, 2007 - Baltimore Coin & Currency Convention

Airport Report: Having carefully calculated Baltimore traffic conditions, I am now in the airport precisely two (2) hours before my flight and ready, willing and able to crank out the last installment of the Road Report for this show right here at my gate...

October 26-28, 2007: Coinfest

Day 3: I'm typing this comfortably seated on my couch, back at home, after a very nice Sunday at what turned out to be a superb Coinfest show...

October 16, 2007: Stack's Ford XX and XXI and 72nd Anniversary Auction

Part I: (Silence). That was the sound of us trying unsuccessfully to hoist our bidding paddle in the air at what was, apparently, the last and final evening of John J...

September 23-29, 2007: Long Beach Expo and Surrounding Auctions

Day 7: A quick 5 hour red-eye flight across country (which included no sleep whatsoever), and we're back in New England now and finally able to post the last (and, based on our emails, much anticipated) Road Report from the September, 2007 Long Beach Expo...

August 3-12, 2007: The ANA World's Fair of Money

Day 10: The lamps have been turned off. The coins have been put away. The invoices and receipts organized and collated...

June 28-30, 2007: Baltimore Coin & Currency Convention

Finito: Saturday didn't start well. Upon checking out of my hotel, I had to admit to the incredibly attractive woman at the hotel reception desk that I had eaten a Pop-Tart from the min-bar in my room and that it should be added to the bill...

June 21-24, 2007: MidAmerica Coin Expo

If this is Sunday, we must be back in New England after another successful coin show, another interesting coin auction, and another opportunity to talk coins with another group of local collectors...

May 26-June 2, 2007: Long Beach Expo and Surrounding Auctions

  Epilogue I'm pleased to report that I'm back in New England as I type this final chapter of our Long Beach saga, having taken the red-eye, crossed the country and slept a good, solid 14 minutes since leaving the show...

May 22, 2007: Stack's Ford XVIII and Henry Leon Auctions

We planned to bring home a lot of loot, and that's exactly what we did. From the 3 PM kick-off of the Ford session through some early Americana, an exuberant session of several hundred colonials, US type coins, etc...

May 9-12, 2007: Central States Numismatic Convention

Day 4: After a generally tepid beginning, and then some bright moments, the show ended with a pretty quiet Saturday relegating this year's CSNC to 'Decent' (as opposed to 'Blockbuster', or 'Nuclear-White-Hot') status on the patented CRO Coin Show Rating-o-Meter...

April 26 - 28, 2007: The Early American Coppers Convention

A Surprisingly Lively Affair I don't have official figures, but I'm guessing this was an all-time EAC attendance record...

March 30, 2007: Bay State Show, Boston

There is a measure that we numismatists use to gauge the quality of a coin show: If your lunch is longer than your time on the bourse floor, it's probably not a blockbuster event...

March 20-24, 2007: Baltimore Coin & Currency Convention

Epiloque We were about half packed up, organizing paperwork and just about ready to head out the door late Saturday afternoon when it walked up to the table: A coin prominently listed on a number of our customer want lists, available right then and there and looking pretty good, raw, in an old tattered envelope...

March 15-16, 2007: Charlotte Mid-Winter ANA

Make it funny This whole thing started when I left for the Charlotte ANA show. John said to me: "Since I'm not going to the show, you must write the Road Report...

February 22, 2007: Trip to the Bennington Museum

We have a special bonus 'Road Report' today, recapping my trip to the Bennington Museum (in Bennington, Vermont, of course) to view the collection of Vermont colonial coins...

February 9-18, 2007: The Long Beach Expo

Day 9: We have unplugged our table lamps, shipped home several enormous boxes of auction catalogs, rolled up our banner and have closed the book on another LBE...

January 25 - 26, 2007: The Money Show of the Southwest

After some extensive advanced planning (which began last week), I decided to make the trip to Houston this week for the 50th annual Money Show of the Southwest...

January 11 - 12, 2007: The NY International Show

This one was really different. First of all, it was held at the Waldorf-Astoria on Park Avenue on the 18th floor on something called the 'Starlight Roof', a setting perhaps better suited for a fancy wedding reception in a movie starring Audrey Hepburn...

January 1-6, 2007: The FUN Show

Day 6: Sorry for the delay getting this last installment posted - I flew out on Saturday night and got back home at midnight feeling awfully tired and rundown...

November 29 - December 2, 2006: Bay State Show and C4 Convention

Put a positive fork in the Bay State Show, which ended Sunday after a fun-filled and very productive 4 days in downtown Boston...

November 8-11, 2006: Baltimore Coin and Currency Convention

This time the Baltimore show was pretty much like every other time: Good. Very good. In fact, it was better than we thought it might be...

October 19-20, 2006: St. Louis 'Silver Dollar' Show

While Dave was in New York looking at all of the cool, rare and high-end stuff at the various Stack's auctions this week, I was in quiet St...

October 17-18, 2006: Stack's Auctions

I packed up my lot-viewing psyche, my loupe and halogen lamp, my 'What would PCGS grade this thing?' prognostication hat and trucked on down to New York for the impressively diverse series of auctions at Stack's this week...

September 18-21, 2006: New York Invitational Show and Auctions

If I said to you that the New York Invitational Show would be held in Manhattan in a place called the 'Metropolitan Pavilion', what would you expect? Perhaps a grand ballroom? 30 foot ceilings, intricately carved columns and the requisite large ornate chandeliers? Not quite...

September 9-16, 2006: Long Beach Expo and Pre-Auctions

Let me tell you, there is nothing like the Long Beach Expo to test your luggage packing skills. 8 days, two hotels, all of our show materials and everything we need to view and evaluate lots...

August 11-19, 2006: Denver ANA

I've now received ANA show feedback from a number of collectors and dealers and I've read a blog or two on other dealer sites and articles in various chatrooms, all of which make me wonder whether we attended the same show as everybody else...

July 14-17, 2006: Baltimore / Washington Coin Expo

I don't want to get all emotional here, but I love the Baltimore show. The venue is good, the the turnout is strong and the mood is excellent, people are buying and selling with gusto and there are, generally speaking, a lot of nice coins from which to choose...

July 1-7, 2006: ANA Summer Seminar

What could be better than a week of intensive numismatic activity surrounded by other numismatists in an idyllic mountain setting? Well, actually, a lot of things, but for the purposes of a numismatic-related website, I'll say 'nothing'...

June 21-24, 2006: Mid-America Coin Expo

We packed up late Saturday after a rather unexpected little show here in Chicago. Generally speaking, the Mid-America Expo is a nice regional event...

May 26-June 2, 2006: Long Beach Expo and Pre-Auctions

Our 8 day, 20,000 coin, 3 major auction company, 19 auction session, 3 days of wholesale activity and 3 days of actual coin-show odyssey began on Friday, May 26 when we arrived in Beverly Hills...

May 23-25, 2006: Stack's May Auctions including Ford XIV

We like coin auctions as much as anyone, but this week at Stack's was pushing it. We had 4 separate catalogs to be offered in three separate sessions over a three-day period which, of course, would end just in time for us to catch that flight to the Long Beach Show...

May 4-6, 2006: EAC Convention

If you like personalized attention, want to focus in-depth on one fascinating and important area of US numismatics, enjoy seeing displays of some of the finest early American copper coins in existence, and think you might want to do all of this in a decadent resort atmosphere, then you most certainly would have enjoyed attending this year's EAC convention...

April 26-29, 2006: Central States Numismatic Convention

We arrived in Columbus on Wednesday morning and were one of the few (only?) dealers to stay until Sunday morning, thus not missing a single moment of exciting midwestern numismatic activity...

April 6-8, 2006: Atlanta ANA

First the really important part: Thursday evening I had dinner at Canoe, a restaurant about 10 miles from the show, which had been recommended by coin dealer-gourmet Andy Lustig on the PCGS forum...

March 16-18, 2006: Baltimore Show

This week its going to be down and dirty: If you've read our last several Road Reports, you'll know that we are not prone to hype or hyperbole, so when we say that we returned home Saturday evening from Baltimore still reeling from what was the best show we have ever had (by a significant margin), we mean it...

March 10-11, 2006: The Bay State Show in Boston

We had a 'quick-hitter' of a show this time around. Dealer set up was Thursday afternoon, we displayed all day Friday and then packed-up mid-afternoon on Saturday...

March 1-2, 2006: Palm Beach Show

I hope no one has been waiting for a long and exuberant write up about the Palm Beach Show in which phrases like 'white-hot market' and 'we had our greatest selling show ever' would appear...

February 9-11, 2006: Long Beach Expo

In what surely must be the unlikeliest of travel stories, we returned from the Long Beach Expo on Sunday flying from California directly into the blizzard here in New England and actually arrived a few minutes ahead of schedule...

January 28, 2006: Heritage’s Jules Reiver Sale

We just returned from one absolute endurance test of an auction - the $8.5 million Jules Reiver Collection auction conducted by Heritage and held at their Dallas headquarters...

January 16, 2006: Stack’s Ford XIII Auction

The latest installment of the John J. Ford collection – the French Colonial Coins and Tokens and Betts Medals Part I - came to auction at Stack’s on Monday in frigid New York City...

January 6-10, 2006: FUN Show

We returned from Orlando late Saturday night after a nice week at the show and the related auctions. Our overall assessment is as follows: Sales were very strong as everyone seemed to be in a buying mood...

December 8-11, 2005: Baltimore Show

We just returned from the Baltimore Show and are still sorting through our new purchases and following up on a number of new deals that came up during the week...

October 19, 2005: Stack's Ford XII Auction

Wasn't it just yesterday I was sitting in a cramped room breathlessly waiting for Ford I to begin? Actually that was 2 years ago...

 


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