Baltimore Whitman Show Recap w/New Piece
This was my first big show in many years and the first time I attended the Whitman show in Baltimore. While the show doesn't have the bang that Winter FUN has in terms of scope (exhibits, club meetings, etc), it is well attended by dealers and there was lot viewing available for this week's Stacks auction.
Lot Viewing. While waiting to get in, I went up the escalator to see certain lots that were of interest to me. The PCGS MS65+ CAC 1837 large cent was gorgeous to my eye with olive toning and great luster. However, there may be a question as to it's originality. That said, I'd like to own it but won't be bidding. I also viewed a very attractive 1802 PCGS VF30 CAC Bust Dollar that has original even gray/brown toning. Another great looking coin that I thought I'd like to bid on, but I later bought a coin at the show that will nix that idea.
Roaming the Bourse. Once into the hall, there was the exciting hum of activity:
I decided to visit Bonnie Sabel's table since her inventory always has colorful coinage with great eye appeal. We had a very nice conversation about her business, new website, grandkids, and the whereabouts of @MarkFeld . We speculated that Heritage has him nose to the grindstone, caged since we did not see him at the show, and missed seeing him around since he used to be a fixture at big shows like this one. Bonnie had a wonderous proof quarter that you just have to see in hand. It is deserving of a premium given it's distinction, but I decided it was a little too much for me and I had yet to see what else was available at the show.
I then visited The Penny Lady and Charmy is always her charming self. We had a good talk about her business, chatted about a few dealers in attendance, got an update on her lounging fat cat and her husband's doings in retirement. She had a really attractive 1955 DDO PCGS MS64 BR with lots of red. I've always wanted one of these, but again passed to see the floor's other attractions.
I visited other dealers and thought that maybe I would walk away without a purchase. It's not that there weren't lots of coins offered, I just hadn't seen a coin I had to own (yet!).
The One. I knew that visiting CRO might yield a great coin and I had decided to visit them last. John and Mary Ann were at their booth and were getting attention as one might expect. John and I had a nice chat about PCGS and CAC and shared constructive opinions about various matters not to be posted here (sorry). Alas, I did not see anything on display that was a fit for me. I did ask John, however, if there was perhaps a new piece that I might be interested in.
And so, out came this:
And BANG, that was the coin for me. Want to guess the grade? I have been enamored with @Elcontador 's colorful proof halves and this, while not possessing lots of color, is a beautiful cameo (not indicated on the OGH) that even @ricko could love. This coin will do nicely as my Barber half type coin!
Departure. And so I left the show, after about 5 hours, feeling great and satiated with my new coin only to get lost trying to find the parking garage where I had parked my car. After much circling of a few city blocks, I saw something familiar and found the right place. Whew! Unfortunately, my parking ticket would not validate and I had to beg the remote attendant to let me out of the garage. Happily she did and I did not pay for parking!
All in all, a fantastic show for me. Up next is FUN and I'm excited to be able to attend shows once again.