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Baltimore show - February, 2019

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bonke:
If you are attending the Baltimore show during the next few days, please post information relevant to Chinese coins and currency.  Chinese dealers at the show.  Interesting inventory.  Purchases.  Sales.  etc.  I am certain the forum members will find the information interesting and informative.

Mark Bonke

bonke:
Did any forum member or members attend the Baltimore show this week?  It is one of the very best coin shows on the East Coast.

Mark Bonke

KeyDate1/2ozPandas:
I had planned to attend but with airfare double what it is usually and all the flight delays/cancellations that I have dealt with this year I decided to not go.  From those that are there I heard it is dead, almost no retail traffic yesterday or today.  Gold being down for the last few days probably doesn’t help either.

Many dealers are missing the show, however wholesale business is good.  The next Baltimore show is during Memorial Day weekend which will make it even lower attendance than this show.

I am planning on skipping the Pittsburgh ANA show in March, the non-summer ANA have historically been a waste of time.  I plan to attend central states in late April and Long Beach in early June.  I have very low expectations for both shows as collector demand is still at all time lows since 2010 and show model is badly broken (online sales for quality stuff, pre-show deals excludes public, expense to attend too high (air, hotel, parking)). 

bonke:
Arif

Thanks for the information about the Baltimore coin show.  Very interesting.

Maybe, I will make plans to attend the Central States show this year.  I will check to determine whether it will be held in Schaumburg (a nice facility for the show with reasonable prices for accommodations across Interstate 90) or elsewhere.  In the past, I have enjoyed the Central States show.  A big coin and currency show, but not as massive as the winter FUN show in Orlando or the summer ANA show.

I am still a strong believer in personal attendance at coin shows and auctions.  I want the opportunity to hold the coin or slab in my hand and turn it over so that I may determine the condition for myself.  I do not find pictures in catalogs or pictures on the internet an adequate substitute.  Also, I do not find the grade on the encapsultion an adequate substitute.  Still, I am an oldster and resistant to change.

Mark Bonke

KeyDate1/2ozPandas:
It is at Schaumburg convention center. 

https://www.ngccoin.com/events/

While for auctions I agree that one should always inspect before bidding, the show itself seems outdated model as the best coins are sold pre show to other dealers.  I can’t remember the last time I bought something of value off someone table.  Electronic trading seems to be the future in the US. 

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