Yes. It’s May the Fourth! This may be the most popular “holiday” that doesn’t exist in this galaxy. We had to throw a few Star Wars highlights at the bottom of the email. So, “May the Fourth be with You…” for the rest of the day.
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As promised last week, I am going to do a recap of the Central States show. It was simply the longest, best-attended, and most dealer-friendly show we’ve been to this year. There were some quirks that we dealt with and some things that weren’t quite right (the counterfeit coin on the program cover and the fact that it’s still in Schaumburg, IL).
However, those small deficiencies were nothing compared to the successes of the event:
- The show was open for 3 weekdays (Counting the PNG Day)
- The ease of checking in and getting set up
- The show had well-placed and active security
- Doordash didn’t have a problem finding the convention center
- The hotel is the nicest attached-to-the-show hotel in the country
- The educational events that were hosted by the Newman Numismatic Portal really topped off the event.
Honestly, the retail (collector) traffic was fine. In fact, we sold a ton of coins and met a lot of collectors. It wasn't what we had hoped for as far as attendance, but we were realistic due to the location. The Chicago area is super convenient, but collectors no longer flock there. I can’t blame a Chicago resident for not making the trip to the ‘burbs because traffic is rough!
But, that was expected and it's the reason why we’ve pushed the ANA and CSNS to consider other options for better collector-based events. Frankly, it’s easier for dealers to just stay in these locations for the long term, but it’s hard to get excited about it as it doesn’t grow the hobby. I will say that this was the best Central States Show that we’ve seen in over a decade, and we were proud to support the event. We’ll continue to attend in the future if they keep up the good work!
The market is interesting. We sold more coins than we expected! However, buying coins was tough. Not because the supply wasn’t there, but because the prices were high. Maybe the market is a bit better than we have viewed it over the past month. Regardless, we’ll have a lot of coins in upcoming sales! I suspect supply will start to dwindle through the summer as we don’t really have another major event until August with the World’s Fair of Money. For now, we’ll keep doing our things: looking for coins that we’re proud to present to our collectors and continuing to move forward!
Please enjoy this week’s Coins We Love, with our highlights that are out of this world! If we can be of assistance or if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us!
John Brush and Your Friends at DLRC
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