FUN Show Report
It was very exciting to get to a show after my 2020 hiatus. It was a little concerning to see that some big names decided to take a pass on the show, but I decided to go anyway. I was fortunate enough to bring my father along so we could tag team the bourse as we had done in previous years.
Our flight was delayed by an hour, potentially making us late for our connector….but luckily the following flight was delayed as well and we made it into Orlando at a cool 1155pm on Wedsnesday.
As always, the targets were early gold, old holders, and anything cool. My dad was hunting for MS “W” quarters that the mint released in circulation and some other mint products he was shut out on by all the flippers buying them up.
I did grab a classic head gold newp and my dad found some W quarter and the new Morgan mint coins.
-bullion seemed to be moving, even high end poured engelhard material that Carries a high premium.
-the show seemed more lightly attended than usual. 15% of tables seemed vacant on Thursday, increasing to 25% Friday.
-prices had little wiggle room. Most could not move on ask prices. I got 1% off the single coin I bought, which carried a strong ask.
-cool coins were sparse and very highly priced….but sold anyway.
-sadly there does still seem to be a little bias against younger collectors. Being in my 30s I seemed to have to work hard to get service as compared to the average middle aged guy passing through. Especially on higher priced coins in the 5 figures (within my price range). No one was rude, but I definitely wasn’t a priority. After a brief chat, it’s clear to dealers I am a serious customer and all is well, but it can be frustrating initially. That said, I can sympathize that some dealers must get frustrated with dealing with some tire kickers as well.
-PCGS grading table wait times were excessive. They had 2-3 staff members who could help members and there were some long lines at times. This really started to bottleneck when you had an individual who may take 30 plus minutes to fill out their forms at the table with a staff of 2 to take submissions.
Now for some pics of some cool coins:
I snagged this NEWP, which was not part of my core set or very expensive, but the quality was impressive so I grabbed It.
Overall we had a great time and my dad and I came away with some coins.