FINAL UPDATE: Charmy's SAN JOSE Coin Show Report with PICS (of course)!

I know, you're probably getting tired of my show reports (which usually have more fluff than substance!) but I have been asked to provide a report on this show, so here goes....

We arrived yesterday evening after an uneventful (yet CHP riddled - I think they're trying to drum up extra revenue for our poor bankrupt state!) drive up the 5, and set up was at a very weird time - 7pm-10pm (due to hotel conflicts). Chatted with Wei for a while, had a glass of wine, then luckily, I found out that my particular table section was prepared and ready to go a little early so we were able get in and set up around 6pm. We made quick work of it, then went to dinner with several people at the wonderful Spencer's Steakhouse right here in the hotel. Then it was off bed (no, no partying yet)!

Today was quite busy right from the start, and here it is about 4:30 pm. and the room is still a buzz. I bought a few nice coins today (1909-S vdb PCGS AU58, 1909-S Indian PCGS XF45, 1931-S PCGS MS65 RED rattler, 1915-D PCGS MS64 RB, 1925-D PCGS MS64 RB, 1936 NGC PF66 RED, etc.). Todd is stopping by tomorrow I think and I plan to give him several coins to take home and photograph for me. I sold quite a few coins as well. Good thing, since I also spotted a beautiful bracelet that goes really well with a ring I bought here last year - but we'll see!

To give you a feel for this show and its surroundings, here are some photos of the hotel, restaurant, and inside the show. As you can see, the hotel is quite nice and spacious, and the show room is also really nice, fully carpeted, and everything was set up nicely. Ray Johnson and his crew do a GREAT job putting this show together, that's for sure!


The outside entrance to the convention room

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This is the lobby in front of the show where the supplies and exhibits are

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Entrance to the show

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My table

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My cute little boy!

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The bourse

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The wonderful Spencer's Steakhouse

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The hotel bar

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The hotel coffee shop where we had breakfast

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So tonight is back to Spencer's where several of us are bringing a good bottle of wine so we can do some tasting during dinner, then it's off to the Bay 101 casino for me. Erik is saving his money since he's moving to Italy in a couple months to teach English for a year.

So, more tomorrow!
Charmy Harker - The Penny Lady®
President of Women in Numismatics

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  • Thanks Charmy. Keep the reports coming!
  • blu62vetteblu62vette Posts: 11,151 ✭✭✭
    Doesnt look like Andy is working in that pic......

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  • Keep 'em coming Charmy, love your show reports. Maybe I'll post a thread about what a machine shop looks like on a Friday.......:-(
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  • ThePennyLadyThePennyLady Posts: 4,029 ✭✭✭✭


    << <i>Doesnt look like Andy is working in that pic...... >>



    You can certainly spot the McIntosh boys easily in their matching Hawaiian "uniforms"! Btw, Todd, what day are you coming to pick up coins?
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  • blu62vetteblu62vette Posts: 11,151 ✭✭✭


    << <i>

    << <i>Doesnt look like Andy is working in that pic...... >>



    You can certainly spot the McIntosh boys easily in their matching Hawaiian "uniforms"! Btw, Todd, what day are you coming to pick up coins? >>



    Will travel for silver....
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  • etexmikeetexmike Posts: 6,929 ✭✭✭


    << <i>I know, you're probably getting tired of my show reports....

    My table

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    Never Charmy. Keep the reports and the pics coming. image


    Mike
  • ThePennyLadyThePennyLady Posts: 4,029 ✭✭✭✭


    << <i>

    << <i>

    << <i>Doesnt look like Andy is working in that pic...... >>



    You can certainly spot the McIntosh boys easily in their matching Hawaiian "uniforms"! Btw, Todd, what day are you coming to pick up coins? >>



    Will travel for silver.... >>



    Hey, what about copper, dearie? People have been known to come from miles around to see my pretty copper! You should want to climb mountains, hike through 10 feet of snow, endure thunder and lightning just to photograph my copper!
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  • MeltdownMeltdown Posts: 6,251 ✭✭✭✭
    That doesn't sound at all like work... nice report!

  • BigEBigE Posts: 7,086
    I think these reports are nice also, thanks Charmy-------------------BigE

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  • That sure beats the six foot mounds of snow we have all over the place back here in New Jersey!
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  • WaterSportWaterSport Posts: 5,171 ✭✭✭
    Great stuff Charmy, keep them coming.

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  • 57loaded57loaded Posts: 4,969 ✭✭
    thanks..anyone head over to henry's hi-life?
  • ThePennyLadyThePennyLady Posts: 4,029 ✭✭✭✭
    As I mentioned, yesterday was very busy with lots of people in the room, I did quite a bit of buying and selling. Then last night we had reservations at Spencer's Steakhouse in the hotel for dinner, there were 9 of us and we brought 6 bottles of really good wine to taste and share. However, the restaurant wanted to charge us a $25 per bottle corkage fee. Since we had so many bottles, we expected that they would reduce it to $15 like they did last year, but this manager refused, so we ended up leaving and just having dinner at the cafe. Even at the cafe, the food was pretty good. Soon, the higher-up manager came over and talked to us about why we left, and after some negotiating, he agreed to reduce the corkage fee if we would return to Spencer's the next night (tonight) which we agreed to. So we'll see how it goes tonight.

    Then I was off to the casino! I was excited to go play cards since Bay 101 is a really nice casino with lots of action. I was playing 6/12 limit but wasn't getting very good cards for the first couple hours so I switched tables. Then I started getting good cards, was making straights and flushes, but what's even worse than getting bard cards is getting good cards and coming in second! I was being beat by full houses back to back! When I finally got a full house and thought I for sure couldn't lose that hand, and got beat AGAIN by a bigger full house, I knew it was time to leave, and I did!

    Today once again has been quite busy, even more people here than yesterday. I bought some more collector grade coins, 1909-S Indian and Lincoln cents, and even got a nice 1873 closed 3 S-2 (double Liberty) MS64 Red.

    Saw a couple forum members, and took some more photos around the show.

    This is the kids' table outside the front door in the lobby area of the show....

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    This is Scott Western and his wife also set up in the lobby - he's our wonderful coin supply guy and hauls a ton of stuff to all these shows!

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    These are my San Jose party animal coin dealer friends! LOL! I very much enjoy spending time with Jerry and Linda Carsman and Sara Wargo (behind them) - Jerry has taught me most of what I know about good wines. He has an amazing wine selection.

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    This is Sarah's other half - Joe Wargo - he is a big wheeler/dealer and will buy and sell just about anything - he's very savvy, and a very hard worker!

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    And here is the McIntosh clan in their Saturday "uniforms" hard at work (or as Todd would probably say, hardly working!)....

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    And this is fellow forumite Stealer - he's such a very nice polite young man and very and serious about coins!

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    Also, Gene Bruder's table is directly across from my table.

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    Last but not least is our own sweet big ol teddy bear Larry Shapiro!

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  • SanctionIISanctionII Posts: 7,810 ✭✭✭✭
    Is the show being held at the DoubleTree Hotel by the Airport?

    It looks like it from your pictures. If so, that is interesting. Last week I gave a presentation at a real estate investment seminar put on by a client of mine. The topic I spoke about was Collateral Assignments Of Deeds Of Trust.

    To bad the seminar I spoke at was not held yesterday or today. That way I could have stopped by the coin show after I finished speaking.

    Some of the folks in the pictures look very familiar to me, as I have purchased coins from them many times in the past.

    Hope your show turned out to be very good Charmy. Drive safe back down I-5 to So. Cal.
  • WTCGWTCG Posts: 9,108 ✭✭✭
    With the exception of Stealer, those pics look like they were taken at an old folks' recreation center.

    Hey kids, let's go visit grandma and grandpa! That's followed up by: "why does it smell like mothballs in here?"
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  • blu62vetteblu62vette Posts: 11,151 ✭✭✭


    << <i>Wow, so when did women start showing up at coin shows? >>



    Dont talk about Andy that way....
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  • stealerstealer Posts: 3,727 ✭✭✭


    << <i>With the exception of Stealer, those pics look like they were taken at an old folks' recreation center.

    Hey kids, let's go visit grandma and grandpa! That's followed up by: "why does it smell like mothballs in here?" >>



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    I think I caught a glimpse of you as I was leaving while you were talking to the McIntosh's.
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  • dogwooddogwood Posts: 1,665 ✭✭✭
    Nice report.
    No sign of me in any of the background shots which is fortunateimage
    I bought Two nice Barber Halves and a Seated Quarter on Friday then came back Saturday to huck off a small clutch of US "junk" silver. I keep forget that stuff is actually worth money these days.
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  • AuroraBorealisAuroraBorealis Posts: 3,311 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Another cool report and pics...Always look forward to your reports "PL" Thanks again... image

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  • Love your reports Charmy, and Gene Bruder is always nice to have close, I love to cherry his doublerow boxes of Abes.........
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  • RebelRonRebelRon Posts: 546 ✭✭
    Great report Charmy! Doc Bruder and Larry Shapiro? Great company! Wish I were there!
  • ThePennyLadyThePennyLady Posts: 4,029 ✭✭✭✭
    So here's my last update! As I mentioned, the show was quite busy yesterday. We finally left at 6pm and went to Spencer's for dinner. We were not disappointed! They have wonderful food, that's for sure, and boy did the wine flow! I meant to take a picture of our table but forgot - good thing, cause if you saw what the table looked like with all those bottles of wine, you'd think we were a bunch of alkies!

    We all had quite a bit of such yummy wine that all I could do was head up to my room where I quickly succumbed to my very soft bed and cushy pillow, so it was no casino-ing for me last night!

    This morning, I went over and held the big huge gold nugget on display at Kagin's table! WOW!!! That thing is HUMONGOUS!

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    And I was finally able to visit some of the very interesting exhibits outside in the lobby. I took pictures of a couple of them, including a neat error exhibit and a wonderful elongated Lego Land exhibit which won FIRST PRIZE!

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    So that's it for this show - thanks for not minding me sharing my coin show experiences with you all! We'll be packing up soon so we can get on the road for that long 6-hour drive home! It rained here last night and is pretty gloomy outside, but I hear the weather down in Southern California is much nicer - can't wait to get home!
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  • Thanks! I love show reports, especially with pictures, I wish more people would include pictures.
  • WTCGWTCG Posts: 9,108 ✭✭✭


    << <i>Thanks! I love show reports, especially with pictures, I wish more people would include pictures. >>



    I agree. So much easier to interpret a show report with pictures instead of reading.
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  • CameonutCameonut Posts: 4,894 ✭✭✭✭
    Thanks for posting pics and commentary on west coast shows that I am unlikely to ever have the chance to visit.

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  • illini420illini420 Posts: 10,854 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Cool beans!!

    That collector display of the error coins looks pretty neat too.
  • ThePennyLadyThePennyLady Posts: 4,029 ✭✭✭✭
    Thanks everyone! I arrived home last night about 8 pm. It poured very hard on the Grapevine and was quite foggy, but other than that it was an uneventful drive home. My son updated my inventory while in the car, and we continued listening to a Pat Conroy book on tape (South of Broad). When I got home, I chatted with my hubby for about an hour then went to bed! Now I have to get everything ready for the Long Beach show which starts this Wednesday - no rest for the weary (or at least not much!).

    Thanks again for being so supportive with my show reports - I am pleased that even Wei likes my photo reports! image I'll keep em coming until you all say enough is enough! image
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  • Nice picture of Jerry Carsman -- old Sacramento Coin Club buddy of mine. Glad to see he's doing well.
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