Is the popularity of Ikes on the rise or is it just a local thing?
I visited a local coin shop last week that I had not been to in a couple of years. The owner remembered me as an Ike variety collector. He made the observation that he is having trouble keeping Ikes on hand. In the past there was little demand to see his bin of circulated Ikes, and he rarely sold any in bulk, but lately he can't keep up with the demand. Are other dealers seeing this, or collectors noticing it? It may be just a local demand created by one or two cherry pickers but I'm curious if there is a sense that the popularity of Ikes is increasing in general. It did not seem that the demand has reached his rolls of Uncs which cost only a little more. I bought two rolls of 71-Ds and found a few nice, clashed-die minor varieties.