Baltimore Coin Show - Summary
I sought a way to compensate myself for missing the January NY International. Since living outside the US for the past year (left right after the 2018 NY International), I feel somewhat removed as I lack the day to day engagement with the market, dealers, auctions and collectors which the forums only partially allows for.
Day 1: Made my way by train from NYC yesterday early morning, still suffering from jet lag, with the Baltimore hotel room fortunately being available for check-in. Then straight to the convention center. I rush off to drop coins for imaging with Todd @blu62vette who is cheerful as always. I say hello to @EVillageProwler as we each start making the rounds to find something new. I say hi to Andy Lustig and John @CoinRaritiesOnline and meet up with Cathy @Stork who is truly the real deal - smart, funny and quite a dynamic and as pure of a collector I have met - possessing a keen eye for eclectic things. Busy day, selling some of my coins while finding a raised/etched Israeli "Specimen" 25 Pruta coin which I had been looking for.
As a general observation, dealer inventories were limited compared to what I have become used to. Not enough breadth or quality, @Atlascoin being the exception. I assume that the better material is immediately consigned to auction by most.
We wrap up the day with a very pleasant dinner with Andy Lustig and friends.
Day 2: Hit the ground running trying to meet people. Run into @coinkat who is always welcoming and friendly. Meet @Tibor and chat a bit, while trying to scout for Talers to add, yet ending up selling more coins on the way. This is the first show where I come out net positive cash flow wise - not very likely nor good. However, I did find a 1547 dated Luneburg Taler depicting a man/moon, which has always been a cool type (out of theme, yet interestig). I buy it and quickly take an image. It looks quite nice in hand (pardon the quick/dirty shot).
Will wrap up tomorrow AM yet hope to come in for shows in the US and perhaps Europe in the near term.