ANA show report with pictures
I made the trip down to Chicago for my favorite show of the year. As many of you know, it looked like it was going to be a sell-out this year. I was excited to drive down on Monday, I was able to leave my home Monday morning. I arrived at the Hyatt a bit before 5:00PM, which was plenty of time before our reservations at Gibson's Steakhouse. Supper was fantastic, my wife had the half chicken and I had the fillet sliders. Our sides were the twice-baked potato and broccoli. If you have never been to Gibson's, their sides are big enough to share, with more than one person. I have never seen a potato that large, it was the size of a football, while not quite, but close!!
Anyhow, after supper I was able to do a few deals with some dealers that were in town. I sold one and bought one. Here is the one I acquired Monday night.
Tuesday morning we woke up, went for a walk on the treadmill, got a cup of coffee, and went to daily mass at the local Catholic church, St Beatrice. My wife had an appointment at a spa for the day so I ran her over there, got back, and was off to the show. I ponied up and got an early bird badge so I was able to get into the show at 11:00AM. The ANA makes every dealer and early bird get a badge. The line for photographs was with dealers and EB people alike, and every dealer in line was complaining because it was 20 people deep. Whatever, the ANA can't make everyone happy. I am sure the ANA was busy with photos for an hour on Monday and an hour on Tuesday, otherwise, I am assuming they were waiting around for much of the week. Anyhow, I had one coin spotted on a dealer's website that I knew I wanted to focus on. I went to that table first and found out they sold it to a different dealer on Monday. That was a huge bummer. So I went over to another dealer that I am friends with who also had a coin I knew I could use. We went back and forth for a while, working on a trade, and eventually came to a fair deal that we were both happy with. I picked up a coin at Tangible Investments that I prebought and now it was time to walk the floor. I wasn't focused on much, pre '33 gold with CAC, especially $5 Indians. I didn't find much I could use in the grades I was looking for. I also looked at a bunch of rattler holdered coins which were priced at unbelievable money. How often do you see an 1893-S MS65 in a rattler, let alone hold one!! I was able to talk to a few friends and make some new ones. General admission opened up at 1:00 and within 15 minutes the floor was ablaze. Here are some pics from the show:
By 4:00 I was shot, so I decided it was time to go pick my wife up from the spa. We went out for supper that night at BopNGrill which is a Korean fusion restaurant, they have amazing food!! I had bulkogi and my wife and I shared some kimchi fries. I am already looking forward to eating there again.
Wednesday morning was much of the same, coffee, breakfast, and church before making it over to the show. Wednesday was basically making sure I walked the whole floor looking at inventory and not missing anything I can use. I was able to make one deal on Wednesday. I went over to the Loews and do some lot viewing at Stacks for the auctions ending this week. The Fairmont collection of gold is just amazing. The April sale was legendary, we will all see how this sale ends this week. I am expecting much of the same with this set. My wife and I went out for lunch at 2:00 to Bob-O's hot dogs. We had some chicago beef sandwiches and chili cheese fries. Not the best, not the worst, just good food.
My wife and I had a date that evening out of town, so no more coin show. Thursday morning was again much of the same, arrived at the coin show at 9:30. I met up with some friends, I tried being part of a deal on 130ish rattler Peace dollars, but the dealer ended up selling them to the Home Shopping Network, I couldn't believe it....... I checked out the S.S. America's submarine that recovered the gold in it. This thing is crazy!!
I said my goodbyes to a few buddies at the show and left by 11:00AM for the long drive home. Here is what I walked away with:
A few observations from the show:
ASE were priced at $12 over spot.
Generic gold wasn't moving much.
There are plenty of people in the hobby younger than 40 and specifically 25. The future is looking good!
The buzz on the floor revolved around two things. RUMORS(no one could or would confirm anything) of CAC starting a grading company and the watch theft on Monday. If this wasn't the A or B topic you will have to let me know what was.
Old holders were priced high, and CAC stickers were priced higher yet.
Generic stuff that was nothing special was at decent prices but I didn't see much of it moving.
The dealers I talked to were very happy with how the show was going.
I made it home Thursday night and I am already looking into what it is going to be like next year in Pittsburg at the David L Lawrence center!
Thanks for the read. Sorry if the grammar isn't the best. I am not an English major, in fact, I am about as far from it as possible!!
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