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Fun Orlando Vs. Whitman Baltimore Coin Shows

 
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 Posted 10/25/2020  5:38 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Dieuwer to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Which numismatic convention would be best for a beginner/intermediate coin collector to attend: FUN in Orlando or Whitman in Baltimore?
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 Posted 10/25/2020  6:16 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add kanga to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
IMO, go to the one closest to you.
Saves you money on travel and maybe even lodging.

Since I'm about 35 miles from Baltimore I've been to the Whitman Show 10+ times.
I've never been to a FUN show but I'd like to go once just to say I've been.
Same with the Central States Show.
But I'll stay east of the Mississippi.
(Also went to an ANA show in New Orleans once.)
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 Posted 10/26/2020  1:15 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Dieuwer to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The closest would be the Bay State Coin Show, or the NY Numismatic International Convention. Both have been cancelled.
Maybe the BSCS will happen next August.
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 Posted 10/26/2020  1:29 pm  Show Profile   Check GrapeCollects's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GrapeCollects to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I've never been to FUN, though I'd like to.

However, I've been to Baltimore as both a collector and dealer so I can speak there. Baltimore attracts a lot of attention and is structured numismatic chaos. But if you want a coin I promise whatever you're looking for is there. Whether that be a $50 coin or $500,000 one. I enjoyed Baltimore both occasions and was able to secure some amazing coins. The benefit of either is prices. Many dealers will sell for 10-20% off of their eBay prices at shows. One such example is my bust half. Priced at $1300 on eBay I secured it for $1050 in person.
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 Posted 10/26/2020  2:07 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Dieuwer to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Many dealers will sell for 10-20% off of their eBay prices at shows. One such example is my bust half. Priced at $1300 on eBay I secured it for $1050 in person.


I can imagine it helps if you do not have to pay the eBay fees and overhead. But there is obviously a cost to renting a table at a coin show. Not sure if that is much less than eBay fees.
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But there is obviously a cost to renting a table at a coin show. Not sure if that is much less than eBay fees.


Depends on the coin, but the cost to get a table is less than you'd think
My best finds: 1999-WAM:http://goccf.com/t/332161 1988-RDV-6:http://goccf.com/t/335954#2873459 1986-Off-center: http://goccf.com/t/335952
1999 WAM #2:http://goccf.com/t/338710&whichpage=1
1981 Double Struck In Collar: http://goccf.com/t/350199&whichpage=1
ANA id: 3194067
My Type Set: https://www.NGCcoin.com/registry/co...sets/236574/
If you want to buy something or sell something or just talk, shoot me a PM!
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