From the Road Report Archive

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. The cases cleaned out and the keys left in them (just like they tell you to do, and not like the 50 times I've put them in my pocket only to discover I still had them at the airport security screening).

Yes, the 2007 ANA is now history. There will be no use of the word 'nuclear' here. Or 'white-hot'. Or 'dinosauric' (I just made up that last one). Just excellent buying and selling as noted in the previous reports, and a lot of nice coins placed with clients.

Getting back in the swing of things here will take a little time, though we are pleased to say that Step 1 (this blog) is about 40% done at this moment, and will be completely done when you get to the end of it.

Step 2 will be the unleashing of our new Early Bird on Monday, which will include round 1 of our NEWPs.

Step 3 will be to finalize our internal show accounting here, which is extremely boring and thus rarely mentioned in the Road Report. As an aside, I would say that anyone seriously considering getting into the coin business (and I met some of you at the show) should realize that it ain't all fun and games out there. Sometimes we have to slog through a gazillion invoices, update our inventory and balance our books like people in regular jobs.

Step 4 will be to get back on that figurative numismatic bicycle and start seeking out coins, working deals and talking to our customers like we always do when we aren't in Milwaukee, or Baltimore, or Long Beach, etc.

Step 5 will be to take a day or two off and hang out with the family and, quite possibly, hit the links. Dave and I have been gone for 10 days straight and working flat out through consecutive weekends with no time off at all. None. Nil. Nada. And we need a little R&R about now.

And on that note, I will close the book on the 2007 ANA Road Reports and cross Step 1 off of the to-do list.


Day 9:

On one hand, we are glad the ANA is winding down so we can go home and see our familes - while on the other we wouldn't mind hanging around a few more days to continue what has simply been a terrific show.

Saturday we saw another steady stream of activity, another day of strong sales across multiple categories, another day of some nifty buying and another day of multi-tasking, frenetic activity and flat out trying to cram about 23 hours of coin-dealering into a 9 hour day on the bourse floor. But in the end, we think we were successful in that effort.

Today's buying highlights included a nearly unc. 1776 British Gold Guinea (one of our favorite issues), a lovely originally toned Pillar Dollar, the Eliasberg 1872-cc Dime, a cool AU early quarter, a stunning XF45 1802/1 Half Eagle, etc., etc.

On the sell side, one need only look at our almost empty website to see that people have been in a buying mood - and that doesn't include all of the coins we bought at the show which then sold before we could ever get them home, photograph them and load them on the site.

In all, Dave and I ran around at a good clip today, and then got to pore through the show paperwork again over dinner to try to sort out what exactly happened over the last week. We haven't added up everything yet, but this appears to be both our biggest selling show and biggest buying show ever. And ever is a very long time.

Tomorrow is get away day, which means we'll be flat out in the morning trying to get ourselves organized, packed up, squared away and on the road without forgetting anything or losing any coins. So if you stop by to see us in the AM, you'll know why it is complete and utter chaos behind our table.

Our next Road Report will be from someplace other than Milwaukee for the first time since August 3rd.


Day 8:

It was another action packed day at the ANA on Friday in which we had some good news and, depending on your perspective, some bad news:

Event #1: We bought a rare New York Excelsior Copper colonial coin on the floor at the show.
The Good News: That's a really neat and popular type coin that hardly ever is available and we were thinking how neat it would look on the website and what we should include in the description.
The Bad News: We sold it in about 13 minutes, so it won't ever make the website except in the archive section.

Event #2: The PCGS Registry Luncheon was today at 11:00 AM.
The Good News: Sounded like a good time in which a few of our clients took home some big awards.
The Bad News: Didn't go, never saw it, probably couldn't have escaped from the bourse floor long enough to do it anyway.

Event #3: We sold the MS65 1725-D French Gold Louis D'Or we have had on the site.
The Good News: Hey, we like to sell great coins to collectors who appreciate them.
The Bad News: I don't think we'll ever see another. In any grade. Ever. Never ever.

Event #4: More grades trickled back from the services.
The Good News: Most everything was coming back the way it should.
The Bad News: The "one day" service was running about 2 days+.

Event #5: US type has been selling at an impressive clip.
The Good News: Again, we like to sell coins.
The Bad News: Again, a lot of the neat coins we searched out on the floor or were offered to us sold in short order, and won't make the post-show Early Bird let alone the website.

Event #6: We bought a few more lots at Heritage
The Good News: We got the two gold coins we really, really wanted.
The Bad News: Not surprisingly, we had to pay very strong prices to buy the few original pieces.

Event #7: We at a nice restaurant called Coquette.
The Good News: We walked the dozen or so blocks to get there.
The Bad News: I had my briefcase containing all of my catalogs and my computer with me, which was a little like carrying an enormous golf bag to dinner, only heavier and less convenient.

Event #8: We were analyzing our show results both before and after dinner.
The Good News: It's been epic, in a word.
The Bad News: The mountain of paperwork and invoices and checks and grading submission forms and the like that we have amassed is almost, but not quite, overwhelming.

We think Saturday could very well be another very busy day, as some collectors who couldn't make it during the week will arrive in force looking for cool coins. The bad news is that a lot of the neat coins we had are gone.  The good news is that, despite strong sales, we still have a few left.  Plus we've been buying every day, and you simply never know what we might have next.


Special Platinum Night Installment:

We had to go to press with the Day 7 Road Report before the end of Thursday's night's auction session, so we offer here a special 'Platinum Night' installment of the Road Report by attendee David J. Wnuck:


ANA Platinum Night 2007

There were some very important coins going off at this session, but somehow the buzz of excitement that accompanied the now legendary first Platinum Night back in January of 2005 was lacking.

And without this buzz to distract me, I was able to focus on critical logistical issues, such as my concern that the room would be too small for the throng of would-be buyers. Unfazed, I decided to employ the 'tilt-a-chair' reservation strategy in which you tilt a chair and write "reserved for [insert your name here]" in ball point pen on a crumpled napkin and leave it on the table about 45 minutes before the start. I have no idea why, but that always seems to work. As it did here.

And there we sat, scrambling at the last minute to finalize bidding strategy on about two dozen items in the session and waiting for the auction to begin.


The Kick-Off

37 colonial lots began the night, including a lot of nice pieces and one deluxe mega-coin.

The Massachusetts silver was pretty nice, including a neatly matched pair of high end unc. Pine Tree Shillings in PCGS MS63 and 64 respectively. As we've pointed out on the site many times, non-grade attributes play a significant role in determining the desirability and ultimately the value of colonial coins, and this was a perfect example. The 63 had, in our opinion, better color, a better strike and was better centered than the 64 and was simply a better coin. And so we bought it.

A rare Rosa Americana penny (one of 4 known of the variety) more than tripled its last appearance at auction (back in May, 2005) when it sold for $28,000 hammer to a mail bidder.

An uninspired Chalmers Shilling (a coin we bought & sold last year raw for well less than $10,000) stunned the specialists when it opened for $16,000 and finally hammered down for $27,000 to a mail bidder. I guess we left some money (about enough to buy a car) on the table with one. Oh well.

A representative example of the 1818 Texas Jola sold for a strong $35,000 hammer price, while the high grade Washingtonia was also popular with the crowd and went big.

But the one piece we targeted from the day the catalog came out was the aforementioned mega-coin, the silver Libertas Americana medal (the same piece recently seen on the cover of PCGS's glossy new monthly magazine). It opened at $65,000 and hammered to us at $130,000 ($149,500 all-in), which we thought was very fair given that the last choice piece to sell was Ford's more than a year ago at $126,500, preceded by Cardinal's example (ex-Harry Bass) at $115,000 two years or so before that. There was no question in our minds that this one is considerably finer and more attractive than either of those - in fact it is the prettiest silver Libertas we had ever seen.


US Coins

Federal coins also got there due, including a breathtaking 1877 Indian 1c in a PCGS MS66 Red older holder which hammered for an incredible $130,000 (and thus delighting another registry participant who evidently owns a similar piece and who did not hesitate to make his extreme happiness evident in the auction room) and a 1925-D Buffalo Nickel in NGC MS66 which hammered for $50,000 (thus delighting the consignor who we know well).

Rare early type was also amazingly strong in pockets, as a beautiful 1804 Bust Dime graded AU58 by PCGS hammered for $160,000, while an important 1798 13 Star Bust Dollar, also in a PCGS AU58 holder, hammered for $200,000.

Some of the expensive Saint Gardens did not meet their reserves, but that was not the norm on this night - including in the great run of territorial gold to follow, as most every coin sold. As an aside, it seemed that Heritage had done a good job this time of making sure consignor reserves were realistic and 'reachable'.


The Exciting Climax

And that brought us to the to climax, and the one coin that everyone was waiting for, the 1860 Clark, Gruber $20 gold territorial (better known among collectors and dealers simply as the 'Mountain $20').

This coin sold at last year's ANA platinum night for $690,000 and has been the subject of an often public and seemingly terribly unpleasant dispute between the buyer of the coin that night and a coin firm specializing in such items. We don't know all the details, but, as we understand it, the litigation was and is still going on as the lot was being sold.

Here is a play-by-play of this dramatic event:

The coin opened at $700,000 (already $100K more than it sold for at last year’s FUN show auction) followed by a battle between an internet bidder and someone bidding via Heritage's HA Live internet site.

At $950,000, a well known dealer/collector in the room leaped into the fray, and was quickly trumped by an internet player at an even $1 million.

Bob Merrill, the auctioneer, called for a $1.1 million dollar bid, but it was not forthcoming, and the lot hammered down as the room erupted into spontaneous applause.

Greg Rohan, the President of Heritage, stood up on the podium and thanked the other members of the Heritage team. Finally, the auction resumed, with the room still buzzing about what had just happened.

Everything was great until the next day, when we heard that the sale of the coin was cancelled, and indeed it now shows unsold in the Heritage archives. We have no idea what that means, but we have long since concluded that CRO really doesn't need to know everything.


Epilogue

After the auction ended at about 11:30 PM, I wandered the streets of downtown Milwaukee with a prominent coin retailer looking for a place to eat. We eventually found an all night diner which, despite the fact that it was empty, boasted perhaps the worst service we have yet received on our coin travels, and that's saying something.

But we did eat, and then got back to the hotel at about 1:30 AM, which is the glamorous and cool part of being a coin dealer that doesn't get a whole lot of publicity.


Day 7:

Thursday began for me like it does for many workers in the US, with a fairly typical albeit long commute as I drove the fifty-odd miles back from my relatives in the Chicago suburbs to the convention center while listening to some embarrassingly bad morning radio.

Upon arrival, I punched the CRO time-clock (i.e. Dave) and started my shift behind the table.

And it was good that I arrived when I did, as sales were brisk throughout with a pretty steady stream of collector and dealer customers buying lots of cool stuff. We sold some moderately priced collector grade pieces up to and including a couple of important and expensive colonial rarities. We also sold our 2 American Bank Note company printing plates to someone who will definitely appreciate them.

On the buying side, we had another nice day, adding a number of neat pieces in the federal and colonial series.

Thursday was also (like most every other day this week) an important auction day with Heritage sessions in the afternoon and evening. We sat out the 1 PM session due to lack of interest, and instead set our sites on Platinum Night and the neat colonials and US type therein.

Cutting to the chase, we bought our fair share, including a few high grade colonials and US type coins and one (1) silver Libertas Americana medal.

Suffice it to say that we'll have a few interesting new pieces to offer come Friday AM.

I'd also mention our grading results from today, but PCGS started to bog down a bit and many of our submissions are still in process. But we promise to provide an update Friday.

After a week in Milwaukee, Dave and I are started to wear down a bit but we'll be ready for the stretch run starting bright and early with a client meeting at 8 tomorrow morning.


Day 6:

I'm going to be honest with you - I'm writing this blog from Chicago where I went to have dinner with relatives this evening. As such, I missed the tail end of the show today and all of the auction tonight at Heritage.

But the good part about being 50% of a two-person coin firm is that I can stick Dave with the heavy lifting in situations like this, and so that's (almost) exactly what I did. I cut out at 4 PM to go rent a car and get out of Dodge, while Dave handled the steady stream of activity at our table until closing time, and then hoisted the CRO paddle at the Heritage auction this evening, then phoned to tell me how things went.

Summarizing what was said during that important call, we bid on just three coins in this session and bought two at what we thought were a good deal and a reasonable deal respectively, while all kinds of other stuff in the session went literally through the roof like that meteor in the Guinness Book of Records that hit Ann Hodges of Sylacauga, Alabama in the thigh in 1955:

As an aside, I was always extremely skeptical about that story when I was a kid.  How could a 40+ pound meteor smash through a roof and hit a lady, but the photo just showed her in bed with a big black and blue mark?  In my experience, getting hit with a tennis ball leaves a black and blue mark, while a meteor actually makes a huge crater where the house used to be.

Sorry, we're getting sidetracked here. Let's back it up a little bit:

Before the auction we had an extremely busy and very successful day at the show. It was a terrific selling day across the board, in all categories, at various price points and to both collectors and dealers alike. Some sales were to people we know well, some were to collectors who have seen our website, while others were to people we didn't know who just walked up to the table, viewed coins for a minute or two and then wrote a check. And while I'm not complaining, this last group never ceases to amaze me (though I must say I admire their decisiveness).

Also continuing yesterday's theme, grades from PCGS were satisfactory. For us that means that the coins came back in holders that seemed fair for the coins inside. That's all we ask, really.

Tomorrow we look forward to more of the same, except for the part about me leaving early (and that thing about the meteor).


Day 5:

Here are today's highlights as best I remember them:

1. We bought an absurdly spectacular early half dollar, a couple of cool colonials including a nifty, original Continental Dollar and some neat looking assorted type. Observation: There are thousands and thousands of coins on the bourse floor. If we were just looking for 'stuff' we could flip for a profit, we could probably buy literally hundreds of coins. But if we are looking for cool coins we would actually want to own, we could buy about 6.

2. An Australian man swore at me for refusing to accept a Traveler's Check. Observation: Everybody should try to relax.

3. Our own Dave Wnuck wore a suit to the show thus signifying his membership in the PNG. By all accounts, Dave looked like a mensch. Observation: I'm just really, really not interested in wearing a suit to a coin show.

4. We got a few coins graded and the results were uniformly as expected. That's good. Observation: No complaints, no goofy surprises on the high-side either. And while we aren't one of the major submitters, I dare say that if all results were like this then there wouldn't be much need for a consortium to apply stickers on the PQ coins.

5. We didn't view one single auction lot. Observation: Heritage starts today and we need to get moving.

That was pretty much it for the highlights. Observation: I was going to list a few more highlights, but I couldn't come up with a nice round number like 10, and it seemed odd to have 7, or 8.

PNG Day (from 10-3 and thus not exactly an actual, compete day) was good. We walked the floor and tried to find cool stuff, but in a couple of cases the cool stuff actually found us. And a number of other dealers kicked our tires and bought a few things. Observation: I'm not sure exactly what the point of PNG day is and think more business would have been done if the all-dealer set-up started earlier.

And then full-blown dealer set-up began at 3 PM until 7 PM, at which time the bourse filled nearly to the brim with teaming masses of numismatists. Observation: See above.

Overall, sales were good today, and we expect them to be even better tomorrow as the collector community arrives in force. Observation: I really think it's going to be crazy on the bourse tomorrow.

In the evening, Dave headed off to the highfalutin' PNG Dinner at the Wisconsin Club, while I went to the hotel bar and inexplicably engaged in an animated discussion about the Minnesota Vikings 1998 NFC Championship game loss to the Atlanta Falcons with some guy I'd never met before. Observation: The Vikings should have killed the clock with a 10 point lead before half-time, but instead were chucking the ball all over the field, turned it over and permanently changed the momentum right then and there.

One cannot imagine a more fitting end to Day 5. Observation: Actually I can, but I thought this was a clever way to end the RR.


Day 4:

Today was the day.

After being here in Milwaukee for 3 and a half days, we actually got to set foot in the massive ANA bourse floor for the first time. They opened the doors (just wide enough for PNG members to enter) at 5 PM for PNG Dealer set-up, and enter we did.

But before that, it was another early start, another walk down to the Hotel Metro to pick up our Stack's lots and pay our auction bill, then another return to the convention center for another lengthy lot viewing session at Heritage.

Stunningly, among the thousands of lots we looked at we discovered something completely unexpected: Many original, unmolested coins of various series. And though they were mixed in with the usual dealer retreads and skank-o-rific coins you normally see in auctions, there were actually quite a few things we wanted to buy. Wow!

And in between, we had no lunch whatsoever as part of our new proprietary CRO 'let's try not to get too fat' program.

So, tired and hungry, we entered the bourse floor at 5 PM, hauling all of our display materials and inventory, for the two hour period where they let the PNG guys go wild on the bourse floor and do business together before anyone else shows up.

In reality, we had just enough time to set up our booth, unload our coins and walk around looking for a few coins to buy while offering a few to sell - which we did to the tune of 9 sold and 1 purchased. Good ratio.

But just when we got into a numismatic rhythm, they booted us all out as the bourse closed down at 7PM. So we went to dinner with a few dealer friends at the extremely good Chophouse Restaurant in the Hilton and discussed coins, stickers, grading, coins and even the occasional non-numismatic topic. No dessert though.

Tuesday it's more of the same, sort of, as it will be PNG day all-day and we will re-review some Heritage lots in preparation for the first auction session on Wednesday.

I don't know about you, but Dave and I (mostly Dave) feel somewhat like numismatic racehorses locked into the starting gate about ready to run like crazy when the gun goes off:

Dave Wnuck (number 7 in the orange silk) enthusiastically enters the 2007 ANA World's Fair of Money

Metaphorically speaking, Dave is seen here in lane #7 being ridden by the jockey in the orange and white silks.


Day 3:

We are pleased to report that this day began pretty much according to plan:

Dave and I met for breakfast at 8 AM, reviewed our estimates and calculated our bids for the Stack's session beginning at 11 AM. And, somewhat surprisingly, we were in general agreement (or within a few increments of each other) on every lot. Good.

So while Dave launched himself to the Midwest Convention Center for a concentrated review of the extensive Heritage offering, I walked over to the Hotel Metro for what figured to be about a 6-hour marathon auction session in a room approximately 25% too small for the assembled crowd. Case in point, every time the guy at the table in front of me got up, I had to move my table out of the way like an ersatz Maitre 'De at an intimate restaurant.

But despite the cramped quarters, I was able to raise my arm high enough for auctioneers Melissa Karstadt, Frank van Valen and the guy with the English accent to see me. And they did see me, as I bought most of the lots we wanted. One that we didn't buy ended up hammering for some bizarrely high number that I didn't quite understand, but which surely indicated that either someone saw something that we didn't, or was possibly bidding on the wrong lot. In either case, they bought it, and we didn't.

A couple of results in "my" session (I would be handling American Bank Note printing plates through Dollars, while Dave would handle the Patterns though Gold in the evening) were notable:

1. ABN Printing Plate lot #96 sold for $750, while a similarly sized and (by any objective measure) similarly valuable printing plate offered in lot #97 brought $2,000. Ditto similar plates offered in lots #136 and #138 at $1,200 and $3,000 respectively. And these are just a couple of examples among many. Conclusion: There is no rhyme nor reason to auction results sometimes, and some things sell cheap while others go strong.

2. Lot #214, the St. Patrick Silver Farthing was withdrawn with no explanation. That was disappointing. Conclusion: We have no idea, and no one was talkin'.

3. Lot #670, the 1833 Capped Bust Half Dollar in PCGS MS63 hammered for $1,500, while lot #671, the exact same issue in PCGS AU58, hammered for $2,300. Conclusion: Sometimes grades don't matter at all. The 63 was subdued and not especially eye-appealing, while the 58 was lustrous, beautifully toned and simply a far more desirable coin. But both could be considered accurately graded.

As the dollars wound down, Dave returned and I headed over to Heritage for my own lot viewing review (and none too soon, as I was starting to whig out after being in that room for too long). I'll now pass the keyboard over to Dave and let him describe the coins in the evening session -

Thanks John - and note that I'll be speaking in jaunty maroon ink so you can tell it's me.

OK Dave.

But let's not get ahead of ourselves. Before the patterns and gold were sold, Stack’s offered 91 lots of interesting minerals, crystals and crystallized gold nuggets as highlighted in yesterday's RR.

This was fascinating to me because I know absolutely nothing about them and it was a reminder of what new collectors usually feel when they attend their first coin auction - you know, strange people running around, strange items being sold, huge numbers being shouted out, etc.

And how does one interpret the outcome when a mineral lot is estimated at $1,000-$1,500 and actually hammers down at $13,000? Does it mean that the mineral market is smokin’ hot right now? Or were the estimates way too low? Do people really collect these items in a big way? (They must, because the two top lots in the session hammered for $550,000 and $260,000 respectively).

Shut up!

No, I'm serious - a cool half a mil for some minerals!

And then came the territorials followed by the patterns, including the highly publicized 1798 Bust Dollar "Dial Trial" which you might have mistaken for a fragment of a Bronze Age tool if you didn't examine it closely. But someone must have taken a careful look, as it hammered for $26,000 to a phone bidder. I'm just glad I don't have to show it to my wife and explain that it cost about as much as a mid-sized sedan.

And then came the gold, and with it prices that were, start to finish, very strong.

It was obvious that 'people' (read: coin dealers) needed to buy 'product coins' (read: any old stuff in PCGS and NGC holders). It seemed that one had to pay above Greysheet levels to buy them. This indicates a boost from the levels of the last few months, when such product coins could occasionally be had at Greysheet levels and sometimes slightly below.

And the early gold was stronger still.

One example was a nice 1796/5 $5 in a PCGS AU53 holder. We were very familiar with this coin, having sold it to the consignor at a Long Beach show about a year and a half ago for $55K. Fast forward to tonight when it sold to a dealer for a cool $83,375.

The second and third examples were the two really important early half eagles we targeted, and were prepared to pay record prices to acquire. We had worked and reworked our numbers before the sale and decided to raise our maximum bid several times during the course of the day, and were very confident we'd get at least one. But we weren't even close.

Fortunately, we have heard that there may be a coin show later this week during which we may have other opportunities to buy coins.

Tomorrow it's more Heritage viewing followed by PNG set up on the bourse floor late in the afternoon, all of which will be captured in what promises to be another fascinating episode of the Road Report.

Right John?

Right Dave.

 

Day 2:

Day 2 was (almost) all business.

I was up at 6 AM answering email and updating the website, then met Dave for breakfast at 8 AM where we discussed the Stack's lots prior to walking the 10 blocks from our hotel to lot viewing on the other side of the river, across town.

The walk was nice and gave us a welcome chance to check out the city (at least a little bit). Our assessment: It feels like an HO scale version of Chicago, though approximately 35% more quaint.

Stack's was set-up at the Hotel Metro, a boutique-y looking place like you might find in Manhattan. And accoutrements were first class, with a terrific breakfast spread provided for us viewers, then later lunch, followed by a gratis cocktail reception late in the afternoon. Pretty nice.

As for the coins themselves, Dave and I went through everything from start to finish, trying, as always, to identify the most eye-appealing, choice, original coins that we ourselves would want to collect.

And some 6 hours later, after a thorough vetting, three violent disagreements and one change of heart, we had come up with a list of 20 lots (out of 3,406 in the catalog) that we thought were 'us'.

We then also took a quick look at the minerals being offered by Stack's as part of the "Roraima Shield Collection", a few of which were on display in the viewing room. And while I know absolutely nothing about these things, I did like lot 2011:

 

The cataloger described this piece as a "lovely boytriodal mass of solid green prehnite", but to me it looked surprisingly like a high quality, medium-sized cluster of frozen peas:

Then it was back to our hotel for dinner and then back to our respective rooms where we will each independently work up pricing ranges for the 20 lots (excluding the frozen peas).

The plan is to compare notes and finalize our bids tomorrow over breakfast, and then I'll head on over to the auction starting at 11 AM on Sunday, while Dave goes to Heritage viewing where we can start the process all over again.

But note, to the best of my knowledge, there will not be a good selection of boytriodal masses of prehnite at Heritage.


Day 1:

Hurli-beety?

Hurli-beety?

I looked at Dave, but it was clear that he didn't understand either.

Hurli-beety?

It was then we figured out that the cab driver was apparently talking on a hands-free cell phone, and not to us. This continued on for several minutes, though interspersed with what seemed to be occasional questions - very possibly in the same language - apparently directed at us.

I'm not sure what the questions were, but I do know that we were going about 70 miles an hour in a 35 zone, straddling the center-line, and generally not driving very well. I know this, because some guy in another car pulled up along side us at one point and screamed at the driver "HEY - YOU'RE GOING 70 IN A 35 AND STRADDLING THE CENTER-LINE", followed by some choicer language and threatening gestures.

That's always pleasant when, at the end of a very long day, you get treated to some nice road rage.

But there was no road rage at the Pre-ANA show earlier. That's correct, I said "Pre-ANA" - sort of a medium-sized show held this weekend at a hotel near the Milwaukee Airport for those who feel that a gigantic ANA Show all next week is simply not enough.

And while we didn't feel that way, and thus didn't set up at the pre-show, we had to go to review the hundreds of Superior and Bowers and Merena Auction lots to be sold there Friday and Saturday, and execute a few customer bids.

We also walked the floor and looked for cool coins. Mostly what we found were dealers poring through other dealer's boxes and a dearth of fresh, cool coins.

All told, we bought one nice piece on the floor, bid on a few others and ate a very disappointing bratwurst for lunch.

Saturday brings us lot viewing and preparation for the Stack's auction in downtown Milwaukee, during which time no bratwurst will be eaten and no cab rides will be taken.

And with luck, we'll see some cool coins that we'd actually like to buy.

 

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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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