Charmy's November 2015 BALTIMORE SHOW REPORT w/lots of Pics!!!

ThePennyLadyThePennyLady Posts: 4,084 ✭✭✭✭✭
I really look forward to each Baltimore show because it’s one of the best shows of the year, both buying and selling. However, for a couple reasons, this Baltimore show didn’t turn out to great for me.



I left sunny and clear OC early Tuesday morning flying over gorgeous beaches surrounded by a few puffy clouds.




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I arrived in Dallas and had a 3-hour layover, so where several more coin dealers and I boarded the same flight onto Baltimore.




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Once in Baltimore, while standing next to the door of the taxi van at the hotel driveway, I suddenly felt the most excruciating pain in my foot, only to discover a car was slowly driving over my right foot. I let out a scream and the driver stopped right on top of my foot. I screamed again and banged on her car, and instead of backing up, she continued to drive over my entire foot. Unfortunately, I had wedged sandals on since I knew the weather in Baltimore was going to be warm. The only “good” thing out of this was that she was driving a Mini Cooper, instead of an SUV!







This was definitely not a good way to start of my few days in Baltimore! Anyway, the hotel called the paramedics and the police, my foot was only scraped and bruised and not broken so I chose not to go to the hospital. And since I wasn’t going to the hospital, the police declined to make a report and told us just to exchange our information, which we already had. Although my foot was very painful and starting to swell, fortunately, I was able to walk on it. So as you will see, I sincerely apologize, but this will be a much subdued show report, particularly since I wasn’t able to walk around the bourse floor to take photos of people and coins.









Wednesday morning I took a cab over to the convention center to do some auction lot viewing. The auction room was already quite full with dealers examining the various lots. There were a few great copper pieces I wanted to check out in hand in the Platinum Night auction.





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As I mentioned, the weather in Baltimore was exceptionally warm and beautiful for November. So after viewing the auction lots and putting our bags in security, Rick and I walked the short distance to M&S Grill at the Inner Harbor for some lunch. The weather was perfect and our view was truly breathtaking.




This is looking back towards the convention center.




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I took a panoramic photo of the ships and the harbor




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This was a Finnish ship temporarily moored in the harbor for tours.




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After lunch, we went over to the casino for a few hours, then went to Little Italy for dinner at Sabatino’s where we ran into Todd (BluCCPhotos) and his dad Roger, though they were just finishing up so our usual bantering was brief!




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We ordered a nice bottle of Chianti to go along with our tasty garlic-laden dishes!




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By the way, I had a new fun cell phone cover with “wine” in a glass that went matched the glass of wine I was having!




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Set up for the show was at 8:00am Thursday morning. The lobby was full of dealers waiting to enter.




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Set up went smoothly and I was glad several of my usual vest pocket dealers stopped by my table to show my coins.




Here are the new purchases I was able to buy without leaving my table!




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The show opened at noon to the public and the people began streaming in. Although I was very busy viewing coins from vest pocket dealers, answering questions about unusual coins people had brought to show me, and making a few sales, I was surprised that sales on the first day were way off from past Baltimore shows. I sure hoped that sales would pick up over the next couple days.




Despite slow sales, there’s always an evening with friends to look forward to! So after the show on Thursday, a large group of us headed over to one of our favorite Baltimore restaurants, Da Mimmo’s, also in Little Italy. Personally, I love Italian food – the more garlic, the better!



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Yes, someone just couldn’t resist giving me rabbit ears!




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Ron ordered this delicious bottle of Chianti for us!




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James Sego had this shrimp appetizer dish which was served over a bowl with a betta fish swimming around!




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James also had the house veal special – it was HUGE!




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I had the wonderful grilled lobster over linguini dish – mmmmmmmm!




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After dinner, some of us went across the street to Vaccaro’s for some of their world famous dessert!




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Here are some of the desserts our group ordered.




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I got to the convention center early on Friday because we were having our ANA Dealer Relations Committee meeting. There were lots of items on the agenda to discuss, including the location of future shows, the length of the ANA summer show, and what to do about the ANA/PNG preshow. The committee was given a lot of information that helped us understand what it took to put on the ANA shows, followed by some great discussions, ideas, and suggestions. We ran out of time before we could discuss everything on our agenda, so we will hold another meeting at the FUN show, but hopefully some of the ideas that were discussed will help the ANA improve their future shows.




The show started out with a nice crowd but seemed to die out pretty early. Again, I was disappointed in sales. I did manage to get over to James Sego’s table because he had told me about a stunning 1909-S vdb Lincoln cent he had in his case – in MS67 RED! Boy, what a beauty this piece was!!




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A few forum members stopped by to chat, but I neglected to get their photo (I guess I was just plain distracted by my throbbing foot!)




Friday night at the Baltimore show is our wonderful dinner event at the Black Olive wine cellar, which I very much look forward to! Other than me, all the participants are foreign and ancient coin dealers, so our discussions are quite different but as equally entertaining as my U.S. coin dinner companions.




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We started off with a bottle of refreshing white wine at the small bar upstairs while we waited for our enter group to arrive.




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Then we all headed down to the wine cellar where our table is the only table and we are surrounded by hundreds of bottles of wonderful wine – as you can tell, I was in wine heaven!!!




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Here is the “before” photo of our group – that is, before all the wine began flowing!




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The Black Olive has some of the most unusual and tasty hors devours, including thick octopus pieces which is a table favorite. Of course, we also have lots of different types of delicious wines!




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For dinner, I had the cornmeal crusted sole, followed by more wonderful wine!




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This is the “after” picture of our group – after much wine was had by all!




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Saturday was typically slow and sparse. Several dealers I spoke with agreed that this Baltimore show had unusually low attendance and their sales were off as well. Interestingly, however, the foreign and ancient dealers I spoke with said they had a great show. In any event, all the dealers said that buying was plentiful.




Soon it was time to pack up and head to the airport. I was really looking forward to going home, more than usual, because besides getting to see my hubby and little Penny, I wanted to be able to not have to wear shoes!




So bye-bye beautiful Baltimore, until next March….




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Hello my chubby little Penny!




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Next up: Houston (12/3-12/5/15) and Las Vegas (12/1-12/13/15)

Charmy Harker - The Penny Lady®
President of Women in Numismatics

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Comments

  • BochimanBochiman Posts: 24,310 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Wow.....all I am seeing is the text with a lot of little boxes with the X in them.

    I don't see ANY of the pictures...even when I click on one to "show picture".





    Anyone else?

    I've been told I tolerate fools poorly...that may explain things if I have a problem with you. Current ebay items - Nothing at the moment

  • HighReliefHighRelief Posts: 3,253 ✭✭✭✭
    ? Looks like the pictures did not come in.
  • hammer1hammer1 Posts: 632 ✭✭✭
    I see the ban sign (circle with a bar in it).
  • BAJJERFANBAJJERFAN Posts: 28,694 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Originally posted by: ThePennyLady

    Well, I have no idea how to fix the photos. Does anyone have any suggestions?




    How were you posting them? Same as always?
  • ZoinsZoins Posts: 16,415 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Sorry to hear about the photos. I tried using your links and going directly to the photo site and that didn't work either so I'm not sure if the links were modified in the post or not.
  • hammer1hammer1 Posts: 632 ✭✭✭
    yes. Penny is the best one.
  • RichieURichRichieURich Posts: 7,647 ✭✭✭✭
    I can see the pix fine. Guess it helps to have an old computer.



    I enjoyed seeing you at the show, especially that great coin you showed me. If I hadn't bought a bunch of other coins, I would have probably bought that one.

    Rich Uhrich Rare U. S. Coins Inc. An authorized PCGS dealer, and a contributor to the Red Book.

  • BochimanBochiman Posts: 24,310 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Pics are up for me now as well.

    I've been told I tolerate fools poorly...that may explain things if I have a problem with you. Current ebay items - Nothing at the moment

  • segojasegoja Posts: 5,792 ✭✭✭
    Great report.....Fun Dinner and even better dessert

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  • mrearlygoldmrearlygold Posts: 17,824 ✭✭✭
    Pics look great! image
  • DorkGirlDorkGirl Posts: 9,985 ✭✭✭
    Thanks.

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  • Great report, I feel like I was there. Thanks for taking the time to do it.
  • kazkaz Posts: 6,409 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Enjoyed the report! Hope the foot's doing better now.
  • robertprrobertpr Posts: 6,858 ✭✭✭
    You absolutely should have gone to the hospital, at least as a precaution.



    What's with that 1872 1c? I don't think I've ever seen an NCG slab with all the text left justified like that before? And a QA Sticker on a non modern coin?
  • etexmikeetexmike Posts: 6,929 ✭✭✭
    Thanks for another great show report and pics.





    Mike
  • gonzergonzer Posts: 2,227 ✭✭✭
    Thanks as usual Charmy. Maybe you should start calling your show reports "Chillin' with the Charm".
  • BryceMBryceM Posts: 6,872 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Thanks for the report. Get an X-ray of that foot! It's always better to know for sure it's ok than to guess.



    Sounds like a bummer of a show.
  • rickoricko Posts: 60,922 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Great report Charmy (no trouble with the pictures) and some really nice wines...There

    are really good Greek wines.... Sorry to hear about your misfortune but glad it was not

    worse than that..... Cheers, RickO
  • 2ltdjorn2ltdjorn Posts: 2,009 ✭✭✭
    what did the 1983 go for?

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  • ShadyDaveShadyDave Posts: 1,295 ✭✭✭✭
    Thanks for the report, this Baltimore show seemed lit a slower than usual for many people.



    How the heck does someone find a 1983 copper cent...would you have to weigh ever single 1983 cent you find?
  • cupronikcupronik Posts: 707 ✭✭✭
    I noticed Vaccaro's was now serving Pumpkin cannoli cream. I'd have to try some of that!
  • cupronikcupronik Posts: 707 ✭✭✭
    I see the 1983 copper cent did not sell. I wonder what the opening bid was.
  • MFHMFH Posts: 11,723 ✭✭✭✭

    Your reports are always a treat !
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  • WalkerfanWalkerfan Posts: 4,368 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I hope your foot is alright!!



    That stuffed lobster looks amazing!!



    Food, folks & fun!



    Thanks, for making me feel like I was there.
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  • BaleyBaley Posts: 20,228 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Looks like really tasty food and wine, and nice coins. Sorry to hear about your foot, hope it feels better.

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  • bestdaybestday Posts: 3,925 ✭✭✭✭
    Nice photos... shame for your foot .. but a true coin soldier .. continuing with an injured foot...You are a trusting soul for leaving the scene of your injury, without calling police
    What a nice 1909 MS -67 Lincoln !!
  • telephoto1telephoto1 Posts: 3,356 ✭✭✭
    What, no foot pics? image Glad you weren't seriously injured...but I'd have considered having the ER take a few X-Rays to make sure the foot was OK, as well as having a police report just in case there's an issue later.

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  • goldengolden Posts: 5,078 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Originally posted by: telephoto1
    What, no foot pics? image Glad you weren't seriously injured...but I'd have considered having the ER take a few X-Rays to make sure the foot was OK, as well as having a police report just in case there's an issue later.


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  • FredFFredF Posts: 423 ✭✭
    Thanks for the report. Was great meeting you on Thursday, and thanks for the explanation of the 9-planchet error cent - you were very friendly to a guy you'd never met even with the dinged up foot. Hope it heals quickly.

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  • oih82w8oih82w8 Posts: 7,958 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Warning: The Surgeon General has determined...that wearing wedge sandals in close proximity to Mini Coopers in Baltimore is bad for your health!



    Get Well Soon



    Charmy, were you on the street or was the Cooper on the sidewalk? image
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  • BullsitterBullsitter Posts: 2,068 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Thanks for sharing again and again, enjoy your photos.
  • ambro51ambro51 Posts: 13,050 ✭✭✭
    This was a Wine show?
  • EagleEyeEagleEye Posts: 7,484 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Great report. Just to make certain, the rabbit ears are courtesy of JS, not me.
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  • ThePennyLadyThePennyLady Posts: 4,084 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Thank you everyone! The initial glitch with my photos not showing up ended up being a brief Photobucket issue.



    Baltimore does have fantastic food and wine, that's for sure! I considered not even doing a report for this show because, since I didn't get around the floor much, I knew it was going to look more like a wine and food report rather than a coin show report!



    Thanks Rick, I wasn't sure who the rabbit ear fingers belonged to!



    Fred, I'm glad you stopped by an I'm always happy to answer questions about the 9-planchet error, it does draw attention as a curiosity.



    The accident occurred in the driveway in front of the hotel registration where people get dropped off or get into cars/taxis - it wasn't on the street. The driver of the Cooper was trying to squeeze past the taxi, rather than wait for it to move.



    I didn't go to the hospital because the paramedic said nothing was broken and that there wasn't much the hospital would be able to do for me. But I am seeing a specialist tomorrow just to make sure.



    Despite the unfortunate accident and the slow show, I really did enjoy being in Baltimore and chatting with those of you who stopped by. And thank you for all the kind wishes regarding my foot. I didn't post photos because, frankly, it was too ugly, but I'm doing much better now that I've been able to stay off of it and not have to wear confining shoes! In any event, what's a show without some kind of drama!

    Charmy Harker - The Penny Lady®
    President of Women in Numismatics

    ThePennyLady.com
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  • EagleEyeEagleEye Posts: 7,484 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I made the error of identifying the tall ship as Finnish, when in fact it is Norwegian.
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  • TopographicOceansTopographicOceans Posts: 6,545 ✭✭✭✭
    Nice report.

    The human foot has 26 bones and each one can be broken.

    It's good you are seeing a specialist.
  • Did no one go to Obrycki's Crab House or did I miss the pics?
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  • lkeigwinlkeigwin Posts: 14,731 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Great report, as always, Charmy. i always come away hungry and thirsty.



    Sorry about the foot thing. I hope you're okay.



    I agree with techwriter. Hardshell crabs, mallets and beer need to be in a future report. Maryland is for crabs.

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  • WTCGWTCG Posts: 9,113 ✭✭✭
    At least it was a Mini and not a Suburban. It could've been a lot worse. It's scenarios like that why I almost never wear open shoes.



    That tall ship calling at Baltimore, the Statsraad Lehmkuhl, has its own Wikipedia article. I believe it is currently chartered by the Royal Norwegian Navy for use as a training vessel.
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  • "At least it was a Mini and not a Suburban"



    Really doesn't matter....its the tire inflation pressure that counts...neat physics test. image

  • SoCalBigMarkSoCalBigMark Posts: 2,150 ✭✭✭
    I wonder if that is one of the 67's Andy made.
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