I Was Looking at My Collection & Thinking of My Parents Today...
When I was a kid, there was no internet...there was only the Yellow Pages.
And when I was a kid...I also wasn't interested in coins until my father (a collector, like his father, my grandfather) brought home a proof set to cheer me up when I was home sick from school with a very bad ear infection. And that was the beginning of a lifelong hobby.
I still have that set too...the three-piece Bicentennial silver proof set. Not worth very much...but it's priceless to me.
I now laugh when I think that back in those days, when you needed to call around to determine which coin shops had which sets in stock (assuming they would even tell you over the phone), and then my parents would drive me to their shops to take a look. With eBay and online sales still more than 20 years away, it's unbelievable how slow and deliberate you needed to be to build a collection!
All those miles and hit and miss car trips.
And I was fortunate enough to live in the New York City area, with dozens of coin shops in the city and on Long Island...and in Woolworth's and many larger department stores. But still...the process was extremely slow and tedious!
Now you might ask...where is this story going? Nowhere really...other than my dad is gone 15 years ago today...and my mom 18 years...and I was sad...until I held up that stupid little Bicentennial proof set today and said to my wife, "Did I ever tell you the story about this?'