The Calm Before The Storm and The Waiting Game
It is once again time for the kickoff show to 2019, the FUN Show, back in its “normal” home of sunny Orlando, FL. This is one of our favorite conventions of the year, with an enormous bourse floor packed full of dealers from all over the world, dozens of seminars, meetings and talks as well as a first class multi-day auction by Heritage. As always, we will be there for the entire event, setting up shop this year at Table 525. We have purchased some awesome new material that will be offered for the first time in Orlando, including rare and choice colonial coinage, some very nice early Americana and many new superb high grade pieces of Exonumia.
So, why is the FUN show considered by many to be the best show throughout the year? A lot of reasons, but first and foremost, the buying opportunities! Many of the dealers circle these dates on their calendar many months before January. As such, most of the dealers (including us of course!) plan to showcase freshly acquired material from months of searching for the first time at FUN. We feel this show offers the most fresh coins of any convention during the year. Last year, we found a ton of stuff every single day and a few pieces even after the show ended leaving for the airport. Some pieces like these for example.
1652 Large Planchet Pine Tree Shilling Noe-8 NGC XF40
1787 Immunis Columbia PCGS XF40
(Ca. 1861) Pioneer Baseball Club Token Copper JAB-1 NGC MS65BN
The Unique Copper Good For A Scent/Salamander Reverse PCGS MS63BN Ex. Bowers, Fuld
On top of finding great pieces throughout the week, we obviously sell our share of fresh material as well, most of which never makes it to the website (stay tuned for an upcoming blog of Part II of Coins That Never Made It To The Website). We were selling everything from Massachusetts Silver to Washingtonia, rare documents including a letter written by John Hull, and some great pieces of Exonumia, including amazingly the last “Smoker” token we have had in inventory (and we basically buy everyone we see so if you have one for sale, please shoot us a call!). Sales seem to remain strong at this show from dealer set up on Wednesday afternoon all the way until Saturday evening, unlike some other shows which are really basically one and a half day sales events over three days. Some items that sold include the following.
1652 Pine Tree Newman Fabrication F Contemporary Counterfeit 1 of 5 known Ex. Picker Collection PCGS AU58
One of the Finest Known of the very rare Lettered Edge Washington North Wales Copper PCGS XF45
A Beautiful Original Washington Before Boston Medal and a Smoker Token ex Virgil Brand Collection in MS62
We sold a whole bunch more during the four full days on the bourse floor, but unfortunately we do not have any images of them, showing how quickly coins turn over at the show. We are expecting this year to be even busier, as for the last three years, the convention has been held outside of Orlando, and did not quite attract the same humongous crowds that Orlando brings in (though by no means was it quiet, as I believe they still were number one in attendance for any show the last three years!).
Speaking of being busy, we very rarely have a moment alone during the bourse hours except maybe the first 10 minutes that we walk through the door when they open up to the dealers. Most of the time, we have two or three people at the table, buying, selling, schmoozing, etc. This does make it a bit difficult for either of us to get away from the table and hunt the bourse and bid in auctions, but we have always found a way to make it happen. I will say that the wonderful Heritage app makes bidding from the bourse floor SO much easier!
Being busy is what we love though, and the show doesn’t conclude for the day just because the bourse floor closes. Actually, some of the most enjoyable times we have during our travels (and especially at FUN) are the get-togethers with clients and friends for dinner and social activities which mostly go very late into the evening (and many times into the next morning!). We do talk about coins obviously, but conversations range from food, politics, sports and just about anything else you can think of. One of the great things about the FUN show is that so many hotels are within walking distance of each other and with so many people attending the show, finding a group of collectors to converse with at the hotel bar is almost impossible to avoid! We find that coin collectors in general love to talk coins (duh!) but the great thing is how people from different areas of the country, different nationalities and different financial situations can all come together without any judgement at all and talk for hours about their common bond. It is truly such an enjoyable way to end the day!
With that, we conclude our FUN 2019 preview. We hope to see many of our readers this coming week in Orlando. For all the information about the show including the schedule, dealer list and hotel information, we invite you to visit www.funtopics.com and click on the link for the FUN Convention at the top of the page. If you will be in attendance, please stop by Table 525 and say hello!