Thursday at the ANA Phoenix show
I arrived at 9:30 after a 30min drive from my house to downtown. Went straight in as ANA members are granted entry before the 10am opening. First stop was the NGC table to drop off a submission, no line that early and I already had my forms all filled out.
As they were on the far right of the room I began to move up and down each aisle. Today was about scoping out the room and looking for two coins on my certified want list. I did find a couple examples of one on my list, but only one close to my optimal grade and it was very optimistically priced. Was unable to find even one example of the other coin.
The floor is well layed out with lots of room and while there were lots of collectors in attendance I never felt like folks were crawling over me at any table. I would say the room was busy but not buzzing. As with other show reports I have read here I saw a few younger folks buying and selling some very serious coins.
I sold the three coins I took with me for my asking prices, very pleased with that. So what did I buy, well not much today as a struck out with my want list coins. But I did buy two raw coins for some album projects, and two rolls of Lincolns. Haven't looked through the rolls but the top coin in the 74-D roll looks super nice. There is one coin I saw today that I'm interested in, is a lower priority on my want list but I may scoop that up tomorrow.
I asked every dealer that I engaged and all but one said the show was going very well and seemed pleased. Sorry Rick I did not see really any bullion stuff, the crowd seemed more focused on collector coins.
Some quick cell pics of my modest pickups from today.