April 23, 2017: The Devens, MA Monthly Coin 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. And who could blame me? I had only arrived back home from Philadelphia 6 hours earlier, I knew a few of the other regular dealer attendees were still at the EAC show and would not be coming, and frankly I figured the show could be sort of a snoozer.
But somehow I willed myself into the shower, then into the car and off I went, arriving at the show for dealer set up at 7:30 to a bustle of activity, quickly set up the limited CRO one showcase small show display and then toured the room looking for interesting items.
And I was very surprised to find a bunch of them right away, including two wildly, wickedly toned dollars, and a couple of neat type coins, all of which I snapped up right quick.
I also stumbled across a truly amazing, full red, old holdered, early half cent in the display case of dealer friend Charlie Brown which was, surprisingly, at least as cool as any coin I saw at the EAC show, and I definitely wanted it. Alas, I could not quite make the numbers work. Tempting though. Veeeeery tempting.
Then I saw a few long-time local collector friends at the table, sold a few coins, met some new people who could become customers down the road and generally was really glad I came.
With things winding down at about 1 PM, at which time I packed up, headed out and started thinking about the Central States Show from where our next RR will be penned just a couple of short days from now.