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Arlington Texas - Tna Show 2023 - We Are Go

 
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 Posted 06/01/2023  8:28 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add BStrauss3 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Venue and Dealer setup is COMPLETE. Google says I walked 4.4 miles today and the venue is 48,600 square feet (262x180 feet).

All we need is YOU.

Doors open at 9 am tomorrow, Friday, 2 June 2023.

$3 admission, free for TNA members.

The show runs through Sunday (which is free admission day).
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 Posted 06/02/2023  01:14 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add paralyse to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'll be there tomorrow (today), I have a ton of stuff I need to sell
Probably going to let a decent chunk of my type set go because I need to pay bills.
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 Posted 06/02/2023  09:26 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Ty2020b to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
One of these days I plan on making it up there. Bit more than a day trip though from San Antonio, will have to make it a weekend trip sometime.
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 Posted 06/02/2023  11:20 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Looks like this would be a good show, but a bit outside my driving range.


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Probably going to let a decent chunk of my type set go because I need to pay bills.
I always hate seeing this, but I understand. I wish you the best of luck and a hefty profit!
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 Posted 06/02/2023  10:22 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add BStrauss3 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
P: Was that you I sent to T&S?

The show was busy, probably over 100 people in line when it opened. It quieted down around 11 am and didn't really pick up in the afternoon, more steady traffic.

I didn't get to touch base with any of my dealer friends to see how it was going, but I did overhear one dealer saying he was sold out of gold and had sold most of his silver. I saw his case during setup and we're talking at least 20oz of gold.

Another dealer said he was shutting down and is selling his premium-quality Morgan set because he can't buy replacement material.

There were old dealers who have always set up at the show and several new dealers. One I talked to yesterday finally opened their shop in El Paso last week. And drove the ten hours to set up at the show this week. They'll drive the ten hours back Sunday night. Any bets if they're open on Monday?

There are a lot of younger faces starting to show up behind tables, not just as vest pocket dealers. Some of the VPDs are not small potato efforts, they're turn over is measured in kilobucks.

Several of the wholesale dealers have packs of younger scouts roaming the floor with laptops open and serious knowledge about inventory and price. "Sorry, I can't do 385 - we already have two". Any dealer with honest material at wholesale prices is liable to be left looking like the Cedar Waxwings came to visit.


There is a large silent auction of part of the Library of Numismatics International. The NI library http://numis.org/resources/library/) was a little-known and less-used resource that was basically taking up expensive storage space. The books are being sold mostly by the box of somewhat related books. Sad to see it go, but a few hundred of the most important pieces are off to the ANA Library.

I did see one fun piece, Pete Smith's "Building, Maintaining, and Disposing of a Numismatic Library". I wonder if they used the book to place the disposal.



I've found a couple of fun coin pieces, including the ANA 1/2 toz silver membership medallion from a couple of years back. It was a spiff for joining or renewing and as a LM I didn't qualify. And I'll admit I didn't want to buy one at $125... I thought that was a bit pricey for a 'contribution' even worse than the US Mint markups.



I got some nice change at the Quick Trip - a 1946 Jefferson nickel and a 1955D Wheatie. Plus a blasted 1965 quarter.
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 Posted 06/02/2023  10:30 pm  Show Profile   Check jacrispies's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add jacrispies to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Made the drive from San Antonio yesterday, and went to the show this morning and had a blast. Walked away with a couple bust halves (one cherried doubled edge lettering), two silver dollar love tokens, and a rackateer nickel with a genuine well-made reeded edge.

Great show, I am glad I went!
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 Posted 06/05/2023  12:11 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Ty2020b to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Well now, jacrispies is making me look bad, he made the drive and I didn't!

Didn't know you were from San Antonio @jacrispies, small world.
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 Posted 06/19/2023  05:53 am  Show Profile   Check westcoin's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add westcoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Just saw this thread, I did make it to the show this time around, bought a large box of books at the TNA Book Sale, and picked up a couple of nice additions to my Conder Token collection, first time I've been to a coin show in over 2 decades where I didn't find a single Two Cent Piece to buy that I wanted.

Was a good show I went on Saturday, but man was it hot out - carrying those books took three trips to the parking lot and back, at least the air conditioning was on full blast in the convention hall, and no baseball traffic to deal with afterwards.
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 Posted 06/19/2023  08:47 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add BStrauss3 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yep, traffic was the other way. I've been to the show on days when there used to be day games that let out as the TNA show was closing up... ugh.

Glad you won the books you wanted.

It's sort of a sad tale, all 2nd hand, but...

Numismatics International (NI) is an old club/association focused on, well, international numismatics. The library was built up over many many years as a circulation library like the ANA's. Time and tastes change and most books were never checked out. It became a storage nightmare and the decision was taken to close down.

About 350 of the most important, special, unique books were sent to the ANA Library.

The rest were offered in the bulk lots you saw, loosely grouped by a topic. Some people found great additions to their library. Some found one special book that they needed and now they have to figure out what do to with the rest (check Half Price Books in a month). Mostly boxes sold fairly inexpensively so that's good for the buyers.

I gather there was a good fight over one particular box... several people realized there was a copy of a book about Spanish Colonial coins in it.

The only thing I can come up with was that it was a copy of Resplandores: Cap and Rays 8 reales of the Republic of Mexico, 1823-1897 by Mike Dunigan.

NI is two things, the international club that publishes a well-researched magazine quarterly. And a local club in the DFW area. The next meeting is this coming Wednesday (3rd W of the month), June 21st.
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Owned by four cats and a wife of 39 years (joined 1983)

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 Posted 06/19/2023  2:51 pm  Show Profile   Check westcoin's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add westcoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Glad you won the books you wanted.


There were two other boxes I wanted, but the bidding topped what I wanted to pay (over $75.00 on each) I did see the crazy box with the Mexican books selling it was over $350 I think towards the last minute, and still a bargain for what was in it.

Burton - glad you found a good book as well, and thank you for the history lesson on the NI I was only slightly aware of the name, but not that it was a current club. There sure were some great books spread out in those boxes, I would have bought more if I could have, but money, and space is always the deciding factor. I already have way too many books in storage instead of on shelving at home. In fact more than half of what I purchased went to my storage unit that evening (after logging them into my database of course).

I had to check my phone app too, shows I walked 2.7 miles - not bad for just a coin show on a single day. I recall I skipped my nightly walk that evening as well.
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 Posted 06/20/2023  10:40 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add BStrauss3 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I actually bought my books from the crazy guy set up next to the silent auction.

Bruce from Spring, TX. You know the kind of vendor where YOU can't find anything, but HE knows where everything is? I admit I played a couple of tricks on him, putting like items together (like the two printings of the same edition, the blue cover, and the gold that were in separate boxes).
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Owned by four cats and a wife of 39 years (joined 1983)

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 Posted 06/20/2023  4:59 pm  Show Profile   Check westcoin's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add westcoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
First time I had met Bruce. He did have some nice books, but not the ones I was searching for. Funny thing was I used to live in Spring, TX so many years ago, he knew the area I was in when we were talking. Too bad I wasn't actively collecting books back then, I tried so hard to find a home for half a dozen banker boxes I had been hauling around, full of auction cats, and older coin books, most I got from the ANA book sales at Summer Seminar in the 1980's - books and catalogs by the pound @ .10 or less. I couldn't find a coin club, school library or public library interested in taking them (some or all) and one day right before another move, I took them all to a paper recycle dumpster in a fit of frustration. DOH!

Now I've re-purchased many of the ones I tossed out over the years. Lots of Bowers items like Rare Coin Review (which I have a complete set now), and seemed like "a ton" of their early auction catalogs and some I'll never be able to replace I'm sure, of smaller coin dealer FPL and auction cats.

Oh well live and learn.
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 Posted 06/20/2023  5:48 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add publius to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I went both Friday and Saturday, and ended up spending more on parking than on coins (or books!). Mostly I went to see if dealers had brought their "junkbox" foreign material, and only one had. Not that I blame those who didn't — more or less by definition, it's heavy and of low value, thus unrewarding to haul from pillar to post and back again.
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