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Las Vegas PCGS Members Only Show worthwhile?

Given that Las Vegas is one of the less expensive airfare destinations these days, I'm thinking about going to this one.

Are these usually good-sized shows?

I see that on-site grading is offered. Does PCGS usually accept all types of submissions at these shows, specifically cross-overs and reholder/reconsideration?


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    oih82w8oih82w8 Posts: 11,896 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I dont know about Vegas, but the PCGS Members Only Show in Dallas several years ago was a big disappointment to me. Around two dozen dealers, in a dimly lit room, with mostly high end stuff. The lunch was pretty good.

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    davewesendavewesen Posts: 5,849 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Is 30-40 dealers mostly trading amongst themselves considered a good-sized show?

    Smaller crowd, more ability to see some very fine coins, lot viewing Legend sale, more laid back but mostly certified.

    If you are wanting to make a submission, have other things to do in Vegas, or have never been ... I would suggest at least once to make the trip and then decide how often you need to go.

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    AntebellumGoldAntebellumGold Posts: 71 ✭✭✭

    Thanks for the insights. Perhaps ANA Chicago in August is more my style.

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    coinbufcoinbuf Posts: 10,760 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I have never been to the Vegas show, but what I have seen from the show reports is a very small number of dealers who are there to deal with the whales and trade amongst themselves. From those reports I would not see it as a great show for a collector on a budget like myself. I'm only a five hour drive away so maybe one day if I happen to be there at the same time I would stop by, doubt that I would ever make a special trip for it.

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    keyman64keyman64 Posts: 15,455 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @GoldIndian said:
    Thanks for the insights. Perhaps ANA Chicago in August is more my style.

    Yes! or Winter FUN! I have heard the Vegas member only show is 20-30 dealers and is really more of a submissions opportunity than anything else.

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    fathomfathom Posts: 1,513 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I did the Vegas with lot viewing a couple times.

    Worthwhile, cheap for my locale and supports our host. Lunch was very good, Vegas is "land of plenty". Do it.

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    1madman1madman Posts: 1,291 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Definitely go for the submission opportunity. Everything is available for onsite grading (I believe), except for World and bulk.

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    davewesendavewesen Posts: 5,849 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The submissions do not have to be show. They can be just about any tier and they will take them back to Newport Beach with them. I remember going, renewing my membership and using the coupon for a regular submission.

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    ElmerFusterpuckElmerFusterpuck Posts: 4,627 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I've been to these shows multiple times. They have always been worthwhile and it's not just for "whales" or submissions. I've found many a coin there that has never made it to a website or any other venue. If you like to be able to hang out with some of the "whales", talk to the dealers/collectors or view some awesome Legend lots, it's the perfect show!. I'm trying my best to make it to this year's December show,

    Plus the food spreads are pretty awesome!

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    winestevenwinesteven Posts: 4,057 ✭✭✭✭✭

    While the only shows I attend are the Winter and Summer FUN shows (since they’re somewhat nearby), IF I wanted to go to Las Vegas, I’d definitely attend. I think among other things, since it’s a small show from an attendance perspective too, it’s an opportunity to pick brains to learn, and to establish relationships. Dealers should have plenty of time to chat!


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    skier07skier07 Posts: 3,688 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I was at a PCGS show in San Diego last year. There were ~20 dealers and I was able to submit coins without waiting in any lines. Lot viewing was also available. Had a really nice time eating lunch. I sat at a round table which held ~10 people and I think I was the only collector. The conversation was priceless. I didn’t buy anything but I had some very nice conversations with multiple dealers.

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    rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I have seen favorable reports on these shows in the past. And always great comments on the food. Post a report if you go.... Cheers, RickO

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    bigjpstbigjpst Posts: 3,033 ✭✭✭✭✭

    It’s definitely different than most shows you will attend. Some of the dealers won’t have coins for sale, some will but wont be on display so you’ll have to look through boxes. There is usually a good mix of very high end to coins to coins for the average budget. Very little raw, but one dealer I know sets up every once in a while and has a couple cases of bust, seated and barber coins.
    Since they are local to me I try and go, but I’m not sure I would make a trip just to attend from out of town unless I planned to view or bid in the Legend sales, or submit a lot of coins. If you do want to attend I recommend the first 2 days. By Friday many of the dealers are packed up.

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    spyglassdesignspyglassdesign Posts: 1,495 ✭✭✭✭✭

    My wife and I are headed to the Vegas show tomorrow (my first show attendance). More for submitting than anything, but interested to see what's on display. I know the Legend auction is going on so seeing some of those items first hand will be quite interesting. Also... it's Vegas... plenty else to do!

    I've got a couple gold pieces and a number of silver, both crossover and raw.

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