Long Beach in review and random thoughts…

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In my best effort to not sound pessimistic, let me say this show met my incredibly low expectations. I’d like to offer my sincere gratitude to the ANA leadership for having effectively destroyed two coin shows in the matter of a … Continue reading

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ANA NEWPS…

The ANA World’s Fair of Money was held in Anaheim California the second week in August. Dick and I were both in attendance. The show was predictably slow, as it was held in the same southern California area that hosts the Long Beach Coin Expo three times a year. As much as I love Long Beach and coming out to this area three times a year, there is no reason to have an ANA operated convention in the same area as any of the major shows held with such repetition. We saw this play out in Los Angeles in 2009 and in Philadelphia more recently (within an hour ride of the Baltimore Whitman Expo); there is only so much retail fruit a market can bare before the tree withers and dies. The Chicago shows were successful in that an ANA convention in a major middle American city with ample hotel and air options gives travelers a much easier financial option in attending. It would seem less money spent on air and hotel means more money spent on the bourse and ultimately the attendees collection. Even Dick would agree, that’s not rocket science.

NEWPS from Anaheim are posted and live under the new purchases tab on the home page of the website. More coins will be posted in the coming days. http://www.dickosburn.com/new-purchases/

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Baltimore New Purchases are on the website!

The Whitman Coin Expo in Baltimore closed on Sunday last weekend and we’ve worked up and posted our new purchases now for sale on the website. We picked up some really nice Seated Dollars, Seated Half Dollars, Seated Quarters, Seated Dimes, Bust Dimes and Bust Dollars!! New purchases can be located here:

http://www.dickosburn.com/new-purchases/

All newps are imaged and available for sale.

Our website issues are being worked on by a third party web engineer. We are still having issues with our shopping cart. If you see a coin you’d like to purchase, just email Brian at rarecoins@dickosburn.com or call/text Brian at 603-767-7745. Brian can also run credit cards through our online processor Authorize.net.

Happy Hunting!
Brian P Cushing
www.dickosburn.com

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Baltimore Whitman Expo….

The spring Baltimore Whitman Expo wrapped up yesterday afternoon and, all in all, it was quite unimpressive. The bourse was about as lively as a summer show, which is to say not much was happening. Attendance continues to decline at the conventions and retail sales continue to dry up at the shows and flourish on the web. I was able to purchase a few really neat coins for the website. I should be posting newps and sending out a show note in the next day or two. Among the new purchases are a really nice, blasty 1865 Seated Dollar in PCGS AU53, a flashy and rare 1852-O Seated Half in PCGS AU55 and a very difficult and attractive 1807 Bust Dime in PCGS AU50. If you aren’t currently subscribed to our newsletter, please sign up here: http://www.dickosburn.com/mailing-list.html
Our next show is Central States in Schaumburg Illinois. We currently do not plan to have a table at this show. We will be there to walk the floor and buy new inventory. I will, however, bring any current inventory to be viewed for purchase, upon request.
Wishing you all a wonderful first week of April.
Happy Hunting.
Brian

Brian P Cushing
www.dickosburn.com

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Houston Show and Website Info…

Well I arrived in Houston Wednesday morning this week as my pal John Frost and I jetted down from Boston ahead of the Houston Money Show. The show ran Thursday through Saturday; Thursday featured a public opening at one. It was surprisingly busy for an opening day and only five hours of open bourse time for collectors. We were swamped for about three of the five hours we were open on Thursday. Friday and Saturday were pretty slow, unfortunately. A promising start, a disappointing completion to the Money Show of the Southwest.

Dick, John and I are now in Kemah working on the Liberty Seated Dollar website. John heads back to Boston Monday night and I Wednesday night. I will have an announcement later this coming week regarding the progress we make here in Kemah. Visit http://www.seateddollarvarieties.com and http://www.dickosburn.com/liberty-seated-dollar-variety-book.html for updates on the website.

Warm Holiday Wishes!
Brian

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New Purchases…

New purchases from our show in Baltimore have been posted on the website. You can find them here…

http://www.dickosburn.com/new-purchases/


All new purchases have been imaged. I will be adding more by the weekend.

Happy Hunting!

Brian P Cushing
www.dickosburn.com

My Numismakids!

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Whitman Expo Wrap…

I’m typing this live from day four of the Whitman Expo. If you’ve ever attended a Baltimore show and expected a coin show on Sunday you understand the dynamic here, think flea market. I would guess roughly 90% of the dealers have vacated their booth as of five o’clock yesterday. Those still in attendance, able to move their inventory, typically flock to the bourse entrance. Emptiness buffers the space between the dealers willing to move and those of us who have too much inventory to bother, usually located along the walls and back portion of the bourse. The show officially closes to the public this afternoon at three.

Day two began in the best possible way, the Liberty Seated Coin Club meeting held at nine in the morning every Friday in Baltimore. If you collect Seated coinage and you are not a member of the LSCC, you are doing yourself a great disservice. The meetings are educational in nature and wonderfully interesting. Friday’s meeting showcased a Gerry Fortin presentation on the mystery of the 1874 No Arrows dime along with an in hand study of one of the four known examples of this incredibly scarce variety. John Frost presented a new 1875 double dime die discovery creating two new die marriages. John should have an addendum featuring these discoveries on his website for download soon (doubledimes.com). As slow as day one felt here day two offered a steady increase in public retail customers. A robust crown buzzed the bourse for the better part of the day. It was a promising alternative to the prior day’s disappointment.

The third day of the show is “moving day” in Baltimore. Saturday is traditionally the day the sun sets on the Whitman Expo. A majority of the dealers travel here nationally and try to avoid the Sunday spike in airfare. Others come into the city a few days ahead of the show to conduct wholesale business and visit local coin shops. Many of these dealers are packing up and heading out of the bourse by two in the afternoon. For this reason, this day and Sunday both get a pass on judgment. The show is made on Thursday and Friday, for some before it opens.

All in all, it was a decent show. Friday helped to offset the general malaise of Thursday. In years past, November in Baltimore was considered by all a major numismatic event. I expected to see the show grow in size and stature after the ANA abandoned her autumn convention. Perhaps in due time, perhaps not; either way Baltimore continues as a show that warrants our attention and attendance.

New purchases will be coming to the website by Wednesday. I’ll send out an email when they have been posted.

Happy Hunting.

Brian P Cushing

www.dickosburn.com

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Whitman Expo Day 1…

Greetings fellow coin nerds… I’m reporting live from day one of the Whitman Coin Expo in surprisingly balmy Baltimore Maryland. The show opened at noon today to the public. Please let the public know the show is open… please. Pretty please. <<<Crickets>>> Okay, well, I’ll be here along with a bunch of my coin dealer pals hoping to buy and sell coins until the show ends, which unofficially is at noon on Saturday… or officially on Sunday at 3pm to the public. I won’t be here Sunday. It’s a ghost town, a scary place indeed.

Thursday is the longest day of the show for your friendly neighborhood coin dealer. A furious eight in the morning set-up transforms an empty bourse into a wondrous coin oasis, awaiting the public stampede at high noon. The hopes of a stampede quickly dashed, replaced with an audible gasp of horror at the site of the soft swan dance through the now open bourse doors. Perhaps the subtle morning dew hindering the usually robust initial burst of coin hunters.

The show did produce a few nice sales and a couple of pleasing initial purchases. An otherwise slow and disappointing beginning to the only major autumn coin show.

To be continued…

 

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ANA day 1 wrap…

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Yesterday we finished up a semi-productive first day here in Portland. The crowd was small for an ANA, but spirited. Portland is a very neat city with a lot of great local breweries and wonderful restaurants, I’m just not convinced … Continue reading

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Portland ANA Set-up…


Good morning and welcome to Portland! We are just over the mid-way point of dealer set-up as we anticipate the public opening to the ANA money show. Dick, Ruth and I are all here and look forward to seeing those of you who made the trek. We are located at table 446. The bourse appears smaller than the average money show bourse. A lot of dealers have had a hard time getting out here thanks to more winter weather. I was fortunate to escape the clutches of winter as I traveled west virtually all day yesterday.
If you plan to attend be sure to stop over and say hello. We have only four showcases here, but do have new purchase boxes and wholesale boxes in the back. I am offering the wholesale boxes to the public at this show. Wholesale boxes contain coins that feature bottom line pricing on the sticker.

I’ll post another blog later in the day after the initial rush has subsided.

Wherever you may be, I wish you a wonderful day!

Best,
Brian

Brian P Cushing
www.dickosburn.com
bpcushing@gmail.com
603-767-7745 (text or call)

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