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Charmy's September 2017 SANTA CLARA COIN SHOW REPORT w/lots of pics!

ThePennyLadyThePennyLady Posts: 4,440 ✭✭✭✭✭

I know I just did a show report on the Long Beach show, so this one will be rather brief. I always enjoy going to Northern California for a coin show as I usually only do 3 a year there and the Santa Clara show is the largest of all the Northern California shows. I have several customers who I only see when I travel up north, so they help make it worth while for me. And this year, Kagin was putting on an auction that included some amazing pieces. Also, the U.S. Mint set up at the show and was promoting their Ellis Island products. So this show promised to be a bigger success than usual.

I left Orange County early Thursday morning because I planned to visit my dad in Oxnard on my way to the show. My dad is 96 years old and still living in the house I grew up in in Oxnard (which is in Ventura County, about an hour north of Los Angeles). Going from Orange County through Los Angeles early in the morning is a nightmare and took me twice as long as it would later in the day. But I was glad to visit with my dad who is doing quite well in spite of his age!

Then I headed up the coast through Ventura, Santa Barbara, Pismo Beach, Paso Robles, San Jose, then to Santa Clara. Even though it's a much longer way, it's a beautiful drive and I enjoy this 5-hour drive, especially since I get to listen to my audio book uninterrupted. This Nora Roberts book was thoroughly enjoyable and had me mesmerized!

I finally drove up to the loading dock for set up at 5pm. Right behind the loading dock is the beautiful new Levi Stadium which hosts football, concerts, and several other huge events.

Right across the street from the convention center is the Great America Amusement Park.

While I was setting up, I had a few vest pocket dealers stop by and I was able to pick up a few nice pieces for my inventory. Instead of setting up everything, I decided to walk around the show so I could find more coins on my customers' want lists. Here are some of the pieces I picked up at the show.

I really like this really pretty 1859 Indian cent that had prooflike fields with very pretty pastel toning.

I also bought some nice raw material to add to my inventory.

After the show closed, I walked over to the Tusca restaurant in the Hyatt which is attached to the convention center to have dinner with my dear friend Joe Wargo. He brought this wonderful Holdredge Pinot Noir that I very much enjoyed.

After dinner, I checked into my room at the Biltmore Hotel, just a couple miles away from the convention center. It's a beautiful hotel and I was happy to be upgraded to a suite! The first pic is from the hotel website, the last two pics are of my room.

Thursday morning I headed over to the show early to finish setting up. There was a nice crowd waiting at the door, and at 10am, the public began streaming in.

There was a nice buzz in the room throughout the day and I think having the U.S. Mint set up as well as having a quality auction really helped bring in more public. In the afternoon I took a few minutes to view the auction lots at the Kagin table.

And to say hi to my bff Nina! We even posed for our traditional exaggerated kissy face pose!

The Mint was set up just down my row.

Later that afternoon, even though the bourse floor had thinned out, I took a few minutes to take photos around the show.

At 5:30pm I headed to the auction. They had just started with the hobo nickels.

When I checked online for the lots I was interested in, the numbers had already passed what I was going to bid, so I didn't stay for those lots and headed out. I then met my friends at Mariani's Italian restaurant at the Mariani's Inn.

While my fettuccine alfredo was very good, some of the other meals were less than satisfactory so it's not a place we would return to.

However, they did have a nice crowd who was waiting for the karaoke to begin so if you're into karaoke, I'd bet it's a good place to go!

Saturday morning I talked to several people about the auction results and discovered that it was extremely successful, bringing in huge numbers. Many of the dealers I spoke with said they were consistently outbid and that the gold slugs were especially popular. There was a lot of public who came to the show on Saturday and I was pretty busy through most of the day.

I get offered a lot of lower end Indian and Lincoln cent sets in albums, but often many coins have been cleaned, have corrosion or other problems so I avoid buying those. However, a collector came by and offered me this very decent Lincoln cent set that had mostly original unmolested coins. Unfortunately, it was missing a the 1909-S vdb and 1909-S, but it still had the 1914-D and all the semi-key dates.

After the show ended on Saturday, I headed over to the Bay 101 casino/cardroom. This casino was built in 1993 and, according to Wiki, it became "best known for hosting the Bay 101 Shooting Star, a World Poker Tour tournament created by Bay 101 owner Marko Trapani in 1997." They closed their doors the day after I was there because they built a brand new casino right on the other side of the 101 freeway, and right next to their competitor, the M8trix casino. So I just had to play at the old location one last time. I had a good time and ended up breaking even.

Sunday morning, I took my time heading to the show. I slept in a little, had some breakfast, and gassed up my car. Then once at the show, I hung around for a little while, but not much public came in when the show opened, so I decided to pack up and head out for the long drive back home.

Luckily, it was a beautiful day, traffic was light, and I made good time getting home to my hubby and my Penny-in-a-box!

Overall, it was a decent show for me as I had a couple good sales and made some good purchases. However, there are many small coin shows put on independently and by various clubs in different cities in Northern California, and it is my opinion that having so many smaller shows throughout the year in relative proximity to each other dilutes each show, including the Santa Clara show. I think it would be much more fruitful and productive if some of these smaller shows could figure out a way to work together and combine their shows. I believe it would greatly enhance attendance at all these NoCal shows, especially the Santa Clara show, if there were maybe only a handful of larger shows up north. That's just my one cents, for what it's worth!

Next up: The PCGS Members Only show in Las Vegas next week, then the local Buena Park show in early October, then the PNNA show in Portland, Oregon the end of October.

Charmy HarkerThe Penny Lady®

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  • ZoinsZoins Posts: 33,811 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @ThePennyLady said:

    Overall, it was a decent show for me as I had a couple good sales and made some good purchases. However, there are many small coin shows put on independently and by various clubs in different cities in Northern California, and it is my opinion that having so many smaller shows throughout the year in relative proximity to each other dilutes each show, including the Santa Clara show. I think it would be much more fruitful and productive if some of these smaller shows could figure out a way to work together and combine their shows. I believe it would greatly enhance attendance at all these NoCal shows, especially the Santa Clara show, if there were maybe only a handful of larger shows up north. That's just my one cents, for what it's worth!

    Good advice! Hopefully they listen to you!

  • OldIndianNutKaseOldIndianNutKase Posts: 2,700 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Thanks for an interesting report, Charmy. Sometimes the journey is better than the destination.

    OINK

  • MsMorrisineMsMorrisine Posts: 32,188 ✭✭✭✭✭

    do you think the nearby mint table drove any extra traffic to you?

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  • air4mdcair4mdc Posts: 797 ✭✭✭✭

    Thank you again for taking the time to post this show report. Some nice coins you picked up. Your very lucky to have your dad in your life at 96 and he looks good too. And a veteran if I recall correctly from an earlier post. I'm trying to remember if you ever gave a thumbs down on a food report though? Thanks again.

  • lordmarcovanlordmarcovan Posts: 43,198 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Mr. Bean says to tell Penny she should be glad she didn't have to evacuate from any hurricanes.

    When I told him there was another one called Maria out there, he was not happy at all.


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  • giorgio11giorgio11 Posts: 3,817 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited September 19, 2017 5:43AM

    @ThePennyLady Your Dad looks very well for his age! Plus he must be quite virile having had you as a daughter when he was in his 60s! ;)

    My Mom is 99+ but I don't know if she will make the century mark. Thanks for the report, as always.

    Kind regards,

    George

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  • panexpoguypanexpoguy Posts: 1,239 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @ThePennyLady You didn't attend Bard Elementary by any chance did you?

  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Great report Charmy.... too little wine, but that is a personal note.. ;) Some really nice IHC's there....If I ever get to a show where you are set up, I will definitely buy a coin from you. I already have one, I won in a forum contest...but will get another. Cheers, RickO

  • ThePennyLadyThePennyLady Posts: 4,440 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited September 19, 2017 8:40AM

    MsMorrisine, For me, I don't think having the Mint at the show made a difference in my business. However, I think it did increase the attendance, just as I think the auction did as well. However, there were some minor grumbling among a few dealers who felt having the Mint at the show competed with their selling Mint products since they couldn't really mark up that material very much when the public could get the latest modern material directly from the Mint.

    airformdc, yes my dad is retired Navy and is actually a Pearl Harbor Survivor. I don't usually like to bash a restaurant because it could have been just that one meal, but let's just say it was obvious the quality of food at this restaurant was not in line with most restaurants we visit.

    lordmarcovan, I'm so sorry you and your kitties had to go through that trauma. Penny and her ornery sister Sierra would have been most unhappy just having to be put in the carrier, much less squeezed in with a bunch of other things (they are spoiled that way). I hope you will be all right and wish you and the kitties all the best.

    George, you too are lucky to still have your mom around, and I will be praying that she makes it to 100.

    panepoguy, I went to Hathaway Elementary School, then to EO Green, then to Hueneme High.

    Ricko, I forgot to include the bottle of wine we had at the show. I brought a wonderful Rombauer Zinfandel and enjoyed it very much as it is one of my very favorites!

    Charmy HarkerThe Penny Lady®
  • Dave99BDave99B Posts: 8,351 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Charmy, great report, as usual.

    Love the raw Lincoln set. Also, I'm happy you got to see your dad. He looks great BTW. Next time you see him tell him 'Dave from Seattle' thanks him for his service. Pearl Harbor? Wow...to me, guys (and gals) like your dad walk on water. American heros in my book.

    Dave

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  • MsMorrisineMsMorrisine Posts: 32,188 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited September 19, 2017 9:25AM

    LordM has "Exhausted Cat"
    does he always look like that, or was this a holdover from the up all night special event?

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  • MsMorrisineMsMorrisine Posts: 32,188 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited September 19, 2017 9:34AM

    .... at least you didn't have a long line down the aisle to decrease traffic :)

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  • tommy44tommy44 Posts: 2,192 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Charmy, thanks for a great repot as usual.

    Your dad looks great, it must be where you got your good looks from.

    it's crackers to slip a rozzer the dropsy in snide

  • coinhackcoinhack Posts: 1,131 ✭✭✭✭

    Thanks, Charmy. I love your reports with all of the photos. A small taste of the show for those of us who are unable to attend.

  • DorkGirlDorkGirl Posts: 9,994 ✭✭✭

    Thanks, always enjoy your posts.

    Becky
  • johnny9434johnny9434 Posts: 27,475 ✭✭✭✭✭

    a nice report. i love the 1931 s penny as well :)

  • ms70ms70 Posts: 13,946 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Your reports always make me wonder why I don't get my butt to some nice shows. I'm way overdue.

    Great report & some nice cents!

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  • TiborTibor Posts: 3,231 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Please pass along a THANK YOU from me and my
    family to your father for his service!! Many thanks.

  • WillieBoyd2WillieBoyd2 Posts: 5,036 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited September 19, 2017 1:16PM

    Thank you for your report!

    I visited the Santa Clara Show on Friday (September 15 2017).

    My interests are tokens, medals, and foreign coins, and I managed to pick up this little item:

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    Encased Cent - Red Goose Shoes with 1946 Lincoln Cent

    Obverse: KEEP ME AND YOU WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK
    Reverse: RED GOOSE SHOES / For Boys - For Girls

    Red Goose Shoes were popular children's shoes in the 1950's.

    :)

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  • goldengolden Posts: 9,040 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Thanks for the nice report.

  • EagleEyeEagleEye Posts: 7,676 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Thanks for the great report.

    And he's a Pearl Harbor survivor!

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  • Jackthecat1Jackthecat1 Posts: 1,122 ✭✭✭

    Thank you for the interesting show report and pictures.

    Member ANS, ANA, GSNA, TNC



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