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 Posted 01/11/2014  10:37 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add ProfLiz to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
As part of my current travels, I was able to carve out a day (Thursday) to go to the FUN show. It was only my second show (the first was FUN last year, but on Sunday - bad idea - the hall was almost empty). I have to say, this time it sure lived up to its name!

I had two errands I really wanted to accomplish, and both got done easily: I brought some slabbed coins to sell, and was able to work with a dealer I trust, which saved me the hassle of eBay. I also dropped off my 5 NGC member submissions for the year, which saved me postage.

Then on to the show!

It is a massive show, and one day was not nearly enough to see everything I wanted to. I would have loved to come back and browse more of the things I *don't* collect, like some of the awesome world coins and interesting currency. As it was, I spent 6 solid hours on the floor and got to ogle some amazing coins. The bourse seemed to be bustling; I often had to wait to talk to a dealer.

I had a great time putting faces to names I've only known via the internet, and enjoyed some pleasant discussions. The shear volume of coins was astounding, and I was fascinated by some "niche" collecting themes. I stopped by the CCF table and was truly impressed by everyone's generosity for the kids. I'll join you next year!

At the end of the day, I only bought two coins - one for each collection - but they are special ones that I likely would not have purchased without the chance to see them in person and do just a bit of haggling.

I had such a great time that I want to do it again soon, so I'm thinking of traveling to the Baltimore show in March!
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 Posted 01/11/2014  10:55 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add bobby131313 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It was nice to see you!
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 Posted 01/11/2014  3:35 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Dave H to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
ProfLiz,

I went on Thursday, and was, like you, impressed by the size & volume of people there. They said that this year is the biggest show in 59 yrs. There are 620 dealers.

I too stopped by and visited w/ Bobby, and a few of the guys, and Sue, too. This site is just awesome... from the people to the sheer knowledge of its' members.

I collect Civil War tokens almost exclusively now, and spent quite a bit of time at Steve Hayden's table, and also Paul Cunninghams, and several other dealers who had CWTs. I picked up two absolutely beautifully toned CWTs to add to my collection. I also picked up an MS-64 1860 brass ML Marshall merchant token that is highly PL, for an awesome price . I was stoked to say the least, and am already looking forward to next year's show!
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 Posted 01/11/2014  3:36 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add bpoc1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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At the end of the day, I only bought two coins - one for each collection

Come on! It is show and tell time ProfLiz.
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 Posted 01/11/2014  8:39 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ProfLiz to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
You don't need to ask twice!

Upgrading an XF40 in my AU/CAC type set: (photos don't show the very nice luster under a soft gray "skin"):





And vastly upgrading a VG10 in my Half Cent by date collection: (I love the TAL undertype!)



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 Posted 01/12/2014  05:37 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add bpoc1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
You sure know how to pick them.
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 Posted 01/12/2014  08:19 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add mcshilling to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very nice coins. :)
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Super coins Liz! Did you get to see any of the Mervis Large cents or hit the EAC meeting?
"Buy the Book Before You Buy the Coin" - Aaron R. Feldman - "And read it" - Me 2013!
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 Posted 01/13/2014  10:07 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ProfLiz to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks! One unfortunate side effect of my very short time at FUN was that I didn't get to do any of the "extra" things, like the EAC meeting. Next time, I will just have to make a weekend of it!
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