A morning at Long Beach
Made the 45 minute trek to LB without incident. Did notice lots of trucks coming and going out of the Port of Long Beach which was a welcome sight.
The 10 am opening line to get in:
Attendance seemed rather robust as did activity for the 3 hours I was there. Mornings are generally busy and then it thins out after 2.
My goal was to visit with dealer friends, catch up on family and such and pick some brains. No secret uber nice coins are in short supply. I tend to do business with boutique dealers and the challenge for them is daunting. I left a rather small but challenging want list with two of them.
Man, if you have "stuff" laying around that you don't LOVE now is a great time to think about selling. Collectors appetites are very healthy. FYI make no mistake about it there is a lot of new young blood coming into the hobby. The taste range is wide. True Rarities and kaleidoscope toned coins are the sweet spots. Under appreciated world coins have also quietly ramped up. The bargains from 2-5 years ago are gone but IMHO there is still a lot of meat left on the bone. Prices can still run.
Caught up with my dog loving brother from another mother Bill Shamhart and good collector friend Mike Stefano from Indiana. The latter was a complete surprise. This made my day. I love these guys. Kindred spirits plus I always learn something new from them.
The main attraction The Tyrant Collection US Type Set wasn't quite set up yet but you will get the idea from the pics. Stellar is an understatement
3 hours well spent. The LB Show is alive and well
Fellas, leave the tight pants to the ladies. If I can count the coins in your pockets you better use them to call a tailor. Stay thirsty my friends......