Charmy's (brief) 2012 FREMONT COIN SHOW REPORT w/Pics!

ThePennyLadyThePennyLady Posts: 4,029 ✭✭✭✭
The Fremont Coin Show is a 2-day show held once a year at the Elk’s Lodge right off the 880 freeway just south of San Francisco. It’s one of the smaller shows that I participate in, but this one always seems to be bustling with lots of activity, especially on Saturday. It’s a great little show, so I thought I’d do a short show report.

I left on Friday and decided to take the coast highway so I could visit my folks who live in Ventura County which is just north of Los Angeles. Even though traveling along the coast takes a little longer, it is such a pleasant drive with some breathtaking views.

Here are some photos of Santa Monica and Malibu

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The Santa Monica Tunnel which connects the 10 freeway with Pacific Coast Highway
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This is Mugu Rock just south of Pt. Mugu Naval base
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After visiting with my folks, I left and continued north through Santa Barbara
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After Santa Barbara, the highway heads inland, then back towards the coast through San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay, etc. The total drive time up the coast (not counting my visit with my folks) is about 7 hours. I arrived in Fremont, checked into my hotel, then decided to pay a visit to my favorite NoCal poker room – Bay 101!

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I was playing 6/12 limit and did pretty well for most of the evening.

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You never know what kind of characters you end up playing with, that’s for sure. For the most part, people are pretty nice and friendly, but there is usually one player that is just a little “off” and can sour the atmosphere at the table. We had a young man who was very kocky and mouthy, and liked to brag about what he learned while he was in prison! I decided it was time for a table change!


Saturday – set up began at 8am and it usually takes me about 1 ½ - 2 hours to get everything ready. The table space and aisles at this show are minimal, so in order to make sure there is enough room in the aisles, the dealers who are against the perimeter walls do not have room enough for a back-up table. That leaves very little room to move around behind our tables but we have learned to make due.

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The show opened at 10am and there was soon quite a large crowd in the room.

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A very nice YN stopped by my table first thing and bought a coin from me for my first sale. I didn’t realize that he was Taylor 101 on the message boards until he introduced himself.

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Taylor also just had an article published in Coin World on how young numismatists benefit from mentors (link to article: Taylor's Article)


This is Sean/Kookoox10 - a forum member on CoinTalk
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Dewey is one of my very favorite NoCal regular customers (he is also a retired Chief of Police of the San Jose Police Dept and gave me advice back when I was trying to decide what the best type of gun would be to carry to my shows). As soon as Dewey sat down, he told me a little story about an auction he attended a month ago where he bought a bag of wheat cents for $20. He said he could hardly wait for the Fremont show since he knew I would be there so he could show me this 1909-S vdb that was in the bag. He feared it might be counterfeit and was very anxious to see what I thought. After examining it very carefully (and showing it to another dealer just to confirm what I thought), I determined that, although it had an old cleaning, it was authentic and would probably grade a VF details, net F. Boy, you would have thought I told Dewey he just won the lottery – which in his mind, he did!

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Wei also came to the show and hung out at my table in between his wheeling and dealings – and even shared some wine with me!

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Sunday – the show, as expected for a Sunday, was pretty slow with more than the usual share of “tire kickers” and people just wanting to look at some of my coins so they could compare their coin to see if it was as nice and worth as much as my coin, etc., which can be frustrating. However, there were several nice folks who stopped by to ask serious questions about their collections or particular coins they were looking for. I always enjoy trying to help newer collectors who are just starting out or considering upgrading their collection. And overall, it was a really good show and I was pleased with the outcome and sales.

Then it was time to pack up and head back home. This time, I took the 152 Pacheco Pass which is a really pretty drive and goes through Gilroy (the garlic capital) and the San Luis Reservoir and takes me to the 5. Here are a couple photos of the Reservoir.

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This way is a quicker route than the coast, and usually only takes about 6 – 6 ½ hours to get home – except that there was road construction near Bakersfield with only one lane open for about 40 miles which caused a huge backup on the freeway! I ended up getting home around 10:30pm last night, very tired and bleery eyed, unloaded, kissed the hubby, and immediately fell asleep in my very own comfy bed!

Now, I’m getting things ready, updating inventory, organizing coins, packing, etc. and heading off to Philly in a couple days!!! Awwww, such is the life of a coin dealer on the road!
Charmy Harker - The Penny Lady®
President of Women in Numismatics

ThePennyLady.com
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Comments

  • 123cents123cents Posts: 7,428 ✭✭✭
    Great report and photos!
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  • WaterSportWaterSport Posts: 5,171 ✭✭✭
    Charmy, The next time you need to stop in Santa Barbara so the wife and I can treat you to a glass of wine!

    WS
    Proud recipient of the coveted PCGS Forum "You Suck" Award Thursday July 19, 2007 11:33 PM and December 30th, 2011 at 8:50 PM.
  • Another fun report. Thanks Charmy!
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  • goldengolden Posts: 4,348 ✭✭✭✭
    Thanks for the report.
  • WTCGWTCG Posts: 9,108 ✭✭✭
    Thanks for the booze and sorry I couldn't make it that night but I'll see you in Philly.
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  • curlycurly Posts: 2,930

    Child, you are the greatest! I am so looking forward to seeing you again next week. I done told Mrs curly that we have to find a wine store before the show. She said there might be some at the airport.
    Every man is a self made man.
  • mustanggtmustanggt Posts: 1,705 ✭✭✭
    Looks like a fun little show....
  • etexmikeetexmike Posts: 6,929 ✭✭✭
    It looks like just getting to the show was half the fun.

    Thanks for the pics and report Charmy.


    Mike
  • kookoox10kookoox10 Posts: 532 ✭✭
    Sunday was a more relaxful day, it was winding down there. Again good seeing you there Charmy. Have fun in Philly!
  • ThePennyLadyThePennyLady Posts: 4,029 ✭✭✭✭
    Thank you everyone!

    WS - I absolutely love Santa Barbara - it is one of the most beautiful west coast towns! Being born and raised in Ventura County, I spent a lot of time in Santa Barbara - we even had our "official" senior ditch day at Refugio Beach. Even though I don't usually take the coastal route up north, the next time I do, I would love to take you up on your offer and share a glass of wine with you and your wife. If you'll pm your phone number, I'll keep it handy next time I'm up your way!

    Curly - I'm very excited to see you and Mrs. Curly again, you're always a breath of fresh air! And I will be doubly grateful to have a bottle of wine since this is such a long show and I hear it's more difficult to obtain alcohol in Philly.

    Wei - I'm sure we'll have time to get together in Philly, perhaps you can join us for dinner one night, or at least share a Philly cheesesteak sandwich!!

    Kookoo - it was great meeting you at the show - I look forward to seeing you again in Santa Clara!
    Charmy Harker - The Penny Lady®
    President of Women in Numismatics

    ThePennyLady.com
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  • Timbuk3Timbuk3 Posts: 4,048 ✭✭✭
    Thanks for the story and photos !!!
    Really "cool" !!!
    Timbuk3
  • ZoinsZoins Posts: 14,857 ✭✭✭✭✭


    << <i>Dewey is one of my very favorite NoCal regular customers (he is also a retired Chief of Police of the San Jose Police Dept and gave me advice back when I was trying to decide what the best type of gun would be to carry to my shows). As soon as Dewey sat down, he told me a little story about an auction he attended a month ago where he bought a bag of wheat cents for $20. He said he could hardly wait for the Fremont show since he knew I would be there so he could show me this 1909-S vdb that was in the bag. He feared it might be counterfeit and was very anxious to see what I thought. After examining it very carefully (and showing it to another dealer just to confirm what I thought), I determined that, although it had an old cleaning, it was authentic and would probably grade a VF details, net F. Boy, you would have thought I told Dewey he just won the lottery – which in his mind, he did! >>



    Great report and story Charmy! image
  • I am very new to the message board. I am very interested to all coin shows around Northern California, where can I get all details about future shows around my community and nearby towns and cities? Its nice to see such collector like you introducing us to different criteria of the coin show. Be safe always in your travel and hope someday I can meet you personally.
  • johnny9434johnny9434 Posts: 16,621 ✭✭✭✭
    i like that stack of poker chips charmy, i hope you won them all image
  • DorkGirlDorkGirl Posts: 9,970 ✭✭✭
    Thanks again. I love your reports.image
    Becky
  • mrearlygoldmrearlygold Posts: 17,735 ✭✭✭
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