Spring PNNA Show (Seattle) Report for Friday, April 8, 2022
Seattle doesn't have many shows in general, but the PNNA is by far the largest and best attended by local/regional dealers and even a few from a bit further away. It has been a good show for all the years I can remember, with the 2020 and 2021 shows being canceled (there was a Fall 2021 show, usually in Portland, held in Seattle, and it was also a great show).
I arrived shortly before 10am (dealer setup began at 9, non-dealer/early-bird entry at noon) and found quite a few tables mostly if not fully set up. I walked the floor to see what was already up, stopping to chat with a few friends I hadn't seen since the Fall 2021 or Boeing (January) show. With those conversations, it took the better part of an hour to see everything once (bearing in mind not every table was ready yet), and by the time I got to the far corner from where I started, I found a paper money dealer with an extensive inventory of interest.
While for the most part I buy type coins that catch my eye and thus I'm not looking for something in particular (I do have general want lists of types/dates that present a good value for the type, but for the most part I'm just looking for something that speaks to me, whatever it may be), I am working on a specific colonial paper set, so stacks of such notes are an exciting proposition for me. After looking through a few hundred notes, I picked out three that fit my set, and confirming I didn't have any of them yet, got a price and bought them all. I also found a $10 national bank note issued by the bank in my home town. While the bank has changed names many times since that note was issued, that bank was the first one where I ever had an account, and I have lots of childhood memories of walking in the doors to see a vast art-deco lobby of marble and, at the end of the lobby, stairs leading down to a giant vault door. I've been looking for a note from that bank for a long time, and while my end goal is to get a higher grade example, the price was right so I got that one, too.
By the time I was done exchanging a lot of paper money for a small amount of paper money, the show was mostly set up, and I walked the show once more to see everything. Even before the general public was allowed in, the show was bustling, and by the time noon rolled around, it got a lot busier, with packed aisles and many dealers handling multiple customers at once.
Among the forum members I saw, it was nice to catch up with @Lakesammman, @ThePennyLady, and @PonyExpress8. If you see the sign behind Charmy's table and think, "wow, what a great job hanging that up!" just remember, I played a large role in that. Tim has some rare plastic on display, and in talking about one slab he was showing, I was able to point him to a related one I had seen earlier. On a later pass, he let me know he didn't have that one yet and had purchased it, so he owes me. And just before I left, @Bochiman finally showed up with Tim's lunch, so I had a chance to say hi before having to get back home.
In all, a very enjoyable day, and a really good show. I didn't get anything other than the paper, but that's fine. I'm happy with what I got, and there are lots of great coins available, just not quite what I was looking for. I'm happy to go to shows just to see some friends, so if I walk away with anything, it's a bonus.
One note for anyone going over the weekend. The bridge by the show is currently one-way LEAVING the show, so there's a detour on Interurban up to 115th. If you're coming on I-5 from the south, that's fine--take the detour. If you're coming from the north, get off I-5 at 158 (Boeing Field) and you'll hit the detour route from the north, rather than have to go a few extra miles.