I've been attending National Shows since 2000; but, I skipped the last two because of Covid. For anyone traveling from Southwest Florida to to Orlando, it's Murder. Interstate Hwy #4 from Tampa to Orlando becomes stop and go traffic the last 45 miles North of Lake Alfred until just before the convention center.
The show was massive and I did it in a day on Thursday. Ideally they could have more definitive separate areas for the different categories of dealers. For example, the "Tiffanies" could be voted on and roped off for those who have the big bucks to spend.
Would have loved to meet some fellow posters; but, there just wasn't time. As a rule very few CAC coins were displayed. However, there were a few dealers whose display cases just glittered with the shiny green sticker. David Greenstein of Harlan Berk had a display case full of gold coins with green CAC stickers. Same with one or two silver dollar dealers. And then there were dealers who put green dots on their slabs.
I was able to discuss grading Indian head pennies with Rick Snow of Eagle Eye and Charmy. Picked up points from David Hall for grading Liberty Standing Quarters. Gerry Fortin had his Seated coins on display and advised on my raw Bust coins as well as Randy Campbell from ICG. John Albanese shared his thoughts on proof like coins, PVC, and the average pass rate for coins receiving a CAC.
Brought along a nice $2,000 Greysheet valued coin hoping someone would really appreciate the coin and received a range of offers from several top dealers. A low ball $1400 offer from a dealer who will remain nameless (you know who you are, shame on you). Otherwise, $1,850, $1950 (twice), $2000 (three times), $2,100, and the highest offer was $2,200. The staff at three auction houses (David Lawrence, Heritage, and Stacks) were all very helpful and encouraged me to put it in their auctions; but, Great Collections got the coin with their 10% commission for coins netting over $1,000! I decided to gamble at auction! Plus, Ian with all of his success is a nice humble guy and we had a chance to discus the Stewart Blay collections. John Feigenbaum also shared his thoughts on the Blay sales.
I didn't find anything to buy this time; but, I was so lucky each of these individuals had time to spend with me. Of course I'll be watching their websites for future additions to my collections. I only want the best; but, given my budget, MS64 is the preferred grade.