August 31, 2009: CRO’s ‘August by the Numbers’
Just 1: Coin shows we attended.
44: CRO checks written there.
4 Big Boxes: Quantity of NEWPs sent out for photography from the show.
17: The number of days we were not on the road and were instead camped out here at CRO World Headquarters (including weekends).
14 Hours: Typical duration of the CRO workday (though those hours were rarely consecutive).
175: Average number of non-SPAM emails received on those days.
3.5: Collections we bought (we split one deal).
2 out of 7: Upgrades we received on coins we resubmitted to PCGS on behalf of a customer.
2: Early Bird Notifications we sent out.
8: Duplicate orders we received for the single most popular item on an EB (a new CRO record).
39: New registrants on the Early Bird list.
2 Dozen: Sample CRO shirts we received in a variety of colors, including one that, unfortunately, looked a little like a McDonalds’ uniform.
$300,000+: The most expensive coin we sold this month.
$80: The cheapest coin we bought this month (no, it wasn’t the same coin as above).
2: Number of Albany Church Pennies we handled (representing about 10% of the extant population).
276 Yards: Longest drive I hit this month.
PF67 UCAM: Highest graded coin we handled.
AG3 (Raw): Lowest graded coin we handled.
1: Number of coins we rejected because they were fake.
7: Number of different auction houses (worldwide) at which we bid on numismatic items.
100%: Success rate receiving CAC stickers on coins (1 for 1).
2 Days: Stunningly short time it took for a Registered Mail package to get from MA to CT.
5: Hours I spent working on coin related activities on my anniversary (a Sunday).
None: Dirty looks, snide comments and general grief my wife gave me for the above.