Just saw this thread, I think this is a great idea, but I also think you really should look into speaking with someone at the ANA
directly, tables for the big ANA
shows sell out far in advanced, to even get a table, you must be an advertiser in their magazine the Numismatist, you can also earn stars towards table placement but it ain't cheap (that's the way it worked when I was dealing coins (I never had a table at any big show like an ANA
), ANA Star Program
I was the ANA
YN Coordinator at the Denver ANA
show in 1996, as I recall the bourse tables were sold out 6 or 7 months in advance. Not an easy thing to get, and nothing like any coin show you've been to, except maybe Long Beach in the hey days of the 80's and 90's or a FUN show. There are so many security concerns for dealers and officials to consider, with over a billion dollars of inventory on the floor and most of the worlds top mints showing exhibits. It gets crazy, the volunteer position I held, kept me busy the entire show, I never even got to look at coins the whole time, still it was very rewarding.
An idea if you all can't get a bourse table would be to find a meet-up spot or a conference room in the convention center, maybe one of the Numismatic Theater rooms if there is a time the ANA
is not using it. Though they will always give space to ANA
Not trying to rain on the parade here, but this is a HUGE endeavour to pull off (having a bourse table) as novices at an ANA
National Convention, it can be overwhelming, back in 1996 it took 20 minutes just to walk from one side of the floor to the other. In my shoes I was responsible for all the kids doing Page duties, and keeping track of 20-30 youngsters around 10-12 years old all week, well it was interesting to say the least.
We began our planning meetings for the convention a year in advance. This is big business for the ANA
, one of the main money making things they do all year and it happens in 6 days! I had plans to meet up and say hi to at least 10 friends from around the country that came in for the show, I only saw 2 of them the entire week.
I doubt I'll make this years show, but maybe if my schedule changes, who knows, it would be great to meet everyone in real life! If you all need more ANA
members feel free to use me as a member you know where my ANA
# is located
Here is the info for the show for clubs:http://www.worldsfairofmoney.com/index.php?id=129
Note you can NOT sell coins only club related materials, nor can any club member sell coins or display items for sale at the club table, the ANA
is quite strict on this rule. (See rule #3 on above link)
In my opinion you should get either a club room or midway booth links at bottom of page (above link).
The Philly Show's ANA
Convention Assistant is Emily Silver at 719-482-9849 or firstname.lastname@example.org
I know I'm pretty new here, and don't want to stick my nose in where it's not needed, only trying to help with best intentions, so please take my ramblings with a grain of salt, I am no expert on this, just been there before working local coin club tables at ANA