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BStrauss3BStrauss3 Posts: 3,142 ✭✭✭✭✭

Oklahoma Moose Lodge Coin & Bullion Show

A coin show advertised as "50 tables" with ONE dealer, seven visitors yesterday, and a promoter who doesn't care - "Oh, they all went to a show in Arkansas".

Even the local mutt was sad...

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  • ashelandasheland Posts: 22,669 ✭✭✭✭✭
  • Dave99BDave99B Posts: 8,351 ✭✭✭✭✭

    What the **** ?

    Dave

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  • Che_GrapesChe_Grapes Posts: 1,851 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Maybe can score some good deals!!

  • oih82w8oih82w8 Posts: 11,888 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I am seeing a lot of sad faces on the last day on our cruise ship. 😔

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  • WalkerfanWalkerfan Posts: 8,950 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Why even bother?? Lol

    That is SAD!!

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  • oldabeintxoldabeintx Posts: 1,618 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Lack of foresight.

  • At least you had free parking and a friendly dog to pet at the door. I went to one in downtown Boston 10+ years ago that was hyped up by a dealer I knew. I walked into the room, saw the dealer who invited me and three other tables. I asked him where the rest of the show was, and he went on rambling that it was the first one, the next one will be bigger. I left after maybe 10 minutes, and the only money I spent was the $30 to park, then two hours sitting in rush hour traffic on 93 North.

    There was never a second show.

  • LanceNewmanOCCLanceNewmanOCC Posts: 19,999 ✭✭✭✭✭

    good grief.

    if that happened anywhere near me and i got there early, i'd drive home get what few coins i keep there and head STRAIGHT back with some coins and price tags on sheer principal alone!

    heck at the very least i could do some sorting and roll searching LOL

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  • UpGrayeddUpGrayedd Posts: 495 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited October 22, 2022 7:57PM

    I saw the show advertised on CoinZip and thought about driving to Duncan. I'm sure glad I decided not to go, and based on your description I doubt I'll ever consider it again.

    Philippians 4:4-7

  • LanceNewmanOCCLanceNewmanOCC Posts: 19,999 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @PerryHall said:
    The most pathetic coin show that I ever attended was a club show where there were only four dealers who were actually club members selling off some coins they no longer wanted. Apparently, there was a large regional show a couple of hours away and all the real dealers were at that show. I did manage to pick up two nice US gold coins at a good price. :D

    any true (diverse) numismatist can buy something at EVERY show. i don't always but i can if i want/need to.

    :+1:

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  • PerryHallPerryHall Posts: 45,370 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @LanceNewmanOCC said:

    @PerryHall said:
    The most pathetic coin show that I ever attended was a club show where there were only four dealers who were actually club members selling off some coins they no longer wanted. Apparently, there was a large regional show a couple of hours away and all the real dealers were at that show. I did manage to pick up two nice US gold coins at a good price. :D

    any true (diverse) numismatist can buy something at EVERY show. i don't always but i can if i want/need to.

    I hate to leave a coin show empty handed. It's rare when I can't find something interesting to buy.

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  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Now that is the smallest show I have seen reported. :o When I lived in the PNW, I went to small shows, often found good deals. None that small though. Cheers, RickO

  • 1630Boston1630Boston Posts: 13,772 ✭✭✭✭✭

    then two hours sitting in rush hour traffic on 93 North.

    Try to avoid that at ALL costs
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  • Stingray63Stingray63 Posts: 299 ✭✭✭
    edited October 23, 2022 9:19AM

    And I thought the monthly Tri-State Coin & Stamp Show in Langhorne, PA was bad. They claim to have 65 dealers/tables but it always seems to be more like 12-17 at most.

    Getting back to sad, the osage orange first came to mind before I saw the Moose Lodge photo. We have these in the northeast. You can't make a pie with them, wildlife won't eat them, and other pests stay away. Something else I'm sure would have come to mind but I went metal detecting yesterday and these were just getting in the way.

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  • privatecoinprivatecoin Posts: 3,178 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Stingray63 said:
    And I thought the monthly Tri-State Coin & Stamp Show in Langhorne, PA was bad. They claim to have 65 dealers/tables but it always seems to be more like 12-17 at most.

    Getting back to sad, the osage orange first came to mind before I saw the Moose Lodge photo. We have these in the northeast. You can't make a pie with them, wildlife won't eat them, and other pests stay away. Something else I'm sure would have come to mind but I went metal detecting yesterday and these were just getting in the way.

    The hedge apple.

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  • Stingray63Stingray63 Posts: 299 ✭✭✭

    @privatecoin said:

    The hedge apple.

    Yes, aka "The Hedge Apple". You must have these by you too. When a young kid we used to have apple fights (for fun) in the neighborhood because our development was built on an old apple orchard. Everyone had at least one apple tree in their yard if not two. Sometimes we slipped a few Osage Orange/Hedge Apples into the battles. They were as large a grapefruit if not larger and sticky but nothing beat a good 'ol regular rotten apple. Our mother's were probably great candidates for a Tide commercial.

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  • BustDMsBustDMs Posts: 1,568 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Just for fun they make great targets. Exploding fruit is always entertaining.

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  • privatecoinprivatecoin Posts: 3,178 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Stingray63 said:

    @privatecoin said:

    The hedge apple.

    Yes, aka "The Hedge Apple". You must have these by you too. When a young kid we used to have apple fights (for fun) in the neighborhood because our development was built on an old apple orchard. Everyone had at least one apple tree in their yard if not two. Sometimes we slipped a few Osage Orange/Hedge Apples into the battles. They were as large a grapefruit if not larger and sticky but nothing beat a good 'ol regular rotten apple. Our mother's were probably great candidates for a Tide commercial.

    They're pretty common over parts of kansas as in the past many farmers used them for hedges instead of barbed wire. With three brothers I'm sure my mom was a candidate too. :smile:

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  • DollarAfterDollarDollarAfterDollar Posts: 3,214 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I'd say the effects of global warming trump a bust of a coin show. Ask the Mississippi.

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  • UpGrayeddUpGrayedd Posts: 495 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @BStrauss3 I saw where CoinZip listed another Duncan show for this weekend. After your last report I had no interest in going, but I'm curious if you went and if so were the results any better?

    Philippians 4:4-7

  • UpGrayeddUpGrayedd Posts: 495 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Sorry, I should have also made an old thread alert.

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  • Steven59Steven59 Posts: 8,290 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Right now? Or 2 weeks ago in E Palistine Ohio?

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  • JimnightJimnight Posts: 10,804 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The Moose on the roof may have scared the people away.

  • FrazFraz Posts: 1,791 ✭✭✭✭✭

    All the matchbox-sized containers of pocket-change that did not get to grow into full blown collections in Ukraine.

  • Piano1Piano1 Posts: 233 ✭✭✭

    I just found the original post, "What is the Saddest Thing On the Planet" from last October. Depressing photo but wow...does that bring back some memories. I have attended some excellent coin shows in my day but my "least favorite" one was when I brought my neighbor's grandson with me ( a budding hardcore collector that I started in the hobby) to a show in some small New England town years ago. It was advertised as "Coins, Stamps, and Supplies" or something to that effect. As I recall (this goes back to the dark ages, folks) we went in and 90% of the displays were "ephemera". There were lots of postcards, lace fragments, antique stationery, old book, watercolors, antique small clothing items...stuff like that, and a whopping 2 coin tables with pretty basic stuff and some 2x2 holders, pages "Coin-tains" and storage boxes. To this day, I hate the word ephemera! Heck, I'm 72. I have a houseful of that crap that my wife won't let me "donate". Maybe I should take it to a coin show?

    Not only was the show a complete fizzle, it taught me 2 important things that I clearly remember to this day; 1. Avoid 93 North at all cost as suggested by 1630Boston and 2. It's smart to drive 5 miles out of the way to avoid a ROTARY! Pure terror, those rotaries! :#

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  • BStrauss3BStrauss3 Posts: 3,142 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @UpGrayedd said:
    @BStrauss3 I saw where CoinZip listed another Duncan show for this weekend. After your last report I had no interest in going, but I'm curious if you went and if so were the results any better?

    I did go and it was a much better show. Still small, and too many of the DFW crowd (Sal, Gary, and Richard). Still, there were 17 or 18 other "new to me" dealers.

    I guess I need to drop the jewelry person and the candy seller - who BTW did a land-office business... The candy people have figured out you can use a vacuum sublimation machine [high-tech food dryer] to turn pieces of ordinary candy into this dry marshmallow item still with the original flavor. A bag of skittles ends up looking like marbles. And many people were walking the floor eating straight from the pouch.

    The difference is the Moose was a different promoter. This weekend's show was the 54th annual Duncan Coin Club show.

    I still have a beef, there was nearly zero promotion for the club show—the same story in a few local newspapers & county event pages & CoinZip.

    It was fun. Nice Sliced Brisket BBQ sandwich at Rib Crib. Easy drive once you get off I35 and onto the smaller roads, except for a few towns with well-known speed traps. The kind of places where the limit drops from 65 to 55 to 45 to 35 in the space of six hundred feet as you approach "town" and then past one cross-street without a light or stop sign goes right back up to 65.

    -----Burton
    ANA 50 year/Life Member (now "Emeritus")
  • BStrauss3BStrauss3 Posts: 3,142 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Piano1 said:
    I just found the original post, "What is the Saddest Thing On the Planet" from last October. Depressing photo but wow...does that bring back some memories. I have attended some excellent coin shows in my day but my "least favorite" one was when I brought my neighbor's grandson with me ( a budding hardcore collector that I started in the hobby) to a show in some small New England town years ago. It was advertised as "Coins, Stamps, and Supplies" or something to that effect. As I recall (this goes back to the dark ages, folks) we went in and 90% of the displays were "ephemera". There were lots of postcards, lace fragments, antique stationery, old book, watercolors, antique small clothing items...stuff like that, and a whopping 2 coin tables with pretty basic stuff and some 2x2 holders, pages "Coin-tains" and storage boxes. To this day, I hate the word ephemera! Heck, I'm 72. I have a houseful of that crap that my wife won't let me "donate". Maybe I should take it to a coin show?

    Oh, yes, the famous "We buy Junk, We sell Antiques" places...

    -----Burton
    ANA 50 year/Life Member (now "Emeritus")
  • Piano1Piano1 Posts: 233 ✭✭✭

    Bstrauss3.

    Gee...I think you went to the same show I did with all the ephemera!!! :o

    Piano1

  • UpGrayeddUpGrayedd Posts: 495 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @BStrauss3 said:

    @UpGrayedd said:
    @BStrauss3 I saw where CoinZip listed another Duncan show for this weekend. After your last report I had no interest in going, but I'm curious if you went and if so were the results any better?

    I did go and it was a much better show. Still small, and too many of the DFW crowd (Sal, Gary, and Richard). Still, there were 17 or 18 other "new to me" dealers.

    I guess I need to drop the jewelry person and the candy seller - who BTW did a land-office business... The candy people have figured out you can use a vacuum sublimation machine [high-tech food dryer] to turn pieces of ordinary candy into this dry marshmallow item still with the original flavor. A bag of skittles ends up looking like marbles. And many people were walking the floor eating straight from the pouch.

    The difference is the Moose was a different promoter. This weekend's show was the 54th annual Duncan Coin Club show.

    I still have a beef, there was nearly zero promotion for the club show—the same story in a few local newspapers & county event pages & CoinZip.

    It was fun. Nice Sliced Brisket BBQ sandwich at Rib Crib. Easy drive once you get off I35 and onto the smaller roads, except for a few towns with well-known speed traps. The kind of places where the limit drops from 65 to 55 to 45 to 35 in the space of six hundred feet as you approach "town" and then past one cross-street without a light or stop sign goes right back up to 65.

    Thanks @BStrauss3 I appreciate the update. I may consider going to the 55th annual next year.

    I also know those types of "towns" very well. They have to make their money somehow and it's usually from out-of-towners.

    Philippians 4:4-7

  • cladkingcladking Posts: 28,328 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @BStrauss3 said:

    A coin show advertised as "50 tables" with ONE dealer, seven visitors yesterday, and a promoter who doesn't care - "Oh, they all went to a show in Arkansas".

    I drove three hours once to a show advertised as 35 dealers to find one single coin dealer who specialized in promoting non-existent coin shows and a handful of beanie baby and ball card dealers.

    I drove all the way to Little Rock (from Chicago) for a show the paper listed for the wrong year. I chanced into meeting some of the principles associated with Bill Clinton.

    Tempus fugit.

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