Report from a Small Show Today
I attended the monthly Melbourne (FL) coin show today, for the first time in many months.
Shame on me, as it's a nice little show, advertised as 60 tables, and it's less than a 15 min drive from my house....but at this stage, there is not a lot I'm seeking, at least that turns up at smaller shows. But the camaraderie is always nice, as I hadn't seen most of these folks since FUN in January.
Anyway, it was quite busy, especially for this time of the year down here. All the tables were occupied, with the main floor all coin dealers (probably around 25 or so, plus a few 'vest pocket' guys going from table to table), plus an adjacent room for the stamp dealers.
There was a line to get in at 9:30, and when I left at 11:15, more people were still signing in.
I was not that attentive to what was selling, other than seeing both raw and slabbed Morgans moving, as well as some bullion items, and people searching through junk boxes.
I was surprised to see some bigger dealers there, with cases full of slabbed gold, Morgans, and Peace dollars, in addition to the regular Sunday bourse types that handle primarily raw coins (though nearly everyone nowadays seems to have at least a few slabs in their cases).
Coolest thing I saw - a dealer I did not know had a nice date run of draped bust quarters, including duplicates and varieties, raw and slabbed. Two - 1796's and two - 1804's were in the mix, all VG-VF, some with issues, some straight graded. I looked at a few just out of curiosity, and chatted with the fellow a bit. Second place goes to a dealer friend who had at least two dozen OGH Morgans, plus a few fatty NGC holders. They were all common dates, but still - for a moment it was like being at a from 20+ years ago.
One NEWP; I'm past the stage where I always feel compelled to buy something, but this one followed me home, even though I already have multiples. A dealer I know had two stacks of large cents in one of his currency cases, I passed by, then had to ask - Kevin, any better dates in there? He said there were some pre=1800, help myself, they were from an album he'd purchased, and hadn't priced them yet. Most of the dates from 1794-1814 were present, in random order, and most of them low grade AND with the usual surface issues. This one was a surprise though, and I felt compelled to acquire it at the Greysheet price quoted:
View from the entrance, just before I left: