My 2024 FUN Show Experience
I had an absolute blast at FUN.
I believe this trip was my most meaningful FUN show trip of many due to the variety of people met while also fully taking advantage of what the show offered me on many fronts! I will share what interested me:
There is such an endorphin rush when descending the escalator heading into the FUN show. One knows there will be stimulating eye candy and the possibility of finding a coin that puts “a thrill up one’s leg” like Chris Matthews experienced when hearing Obama speak.
My first visit was to CRO’s table to see if there was anything there for which I had interest. Not so this time. Next up was Gerry Fortin’s table where I consigned a coin to Rich, reviewed auction lots for Gerry’s upcoming auction, and then saw a coin in his inventory I decided to buy:
So, how does one take in 600 coin dealers? Methodically! I decided to scan tables starting in the middle working rightward. After several rows were done I came across an excellent upgrade candidate at Eye Appealing Coins. I worked a trade plus cash deal for this coin:
After 3.5 hours getting through about half the bourse (I had very specific objectives so I did so quickly), I was exhausted and stopped to eat lunch in the back and then resumed my row by row review. Surprisingly, I did not see @WQuarterFreddie manning this booth:
The late afternoon involved Heritage lot viewing. This is always a great opportunity to relax and review lots of different coins. I particularly was interested in the Walt Husak collection of early large cents. I do love early copper, but these coins were outside of my humble collecting pursuits yet I saw this as a wonderful opportunity to see coins in hand that I could dream about owning Here are a few I videoed:
Funny thing, that last one large cent pictured above I saw again the next day at lunch when the buyer showed me his new coin. Wonderful!
I also visited Great Collections to pick up a coin I had won in the Sunday auction of 12/31/23. I sent an email that evening asking if they could bring the coin to the show so I could avoid shipping fees. Raeleen answered my email on New Year's Day! Wonderful customer service!
The Husak live auction began at 5:00 pm and so I sat in the back to witness the introduction and the first few lots being sold. I then met up with @spacehayduke and @ldhair and @BillJones to go to dinner at the Capitol Grille. What an evening we had! Getting to spend time together after only conversing on the forum was quite a privilege. It was not only a very informative evening as we talked coins, but spacehayduke had a coin for me that he wished to sell – and, it was done!
Friday's events in my next post.