Rare Coin Road Warrior – ANA PNG Pre-Show Report
Good Morning Rare Coin Enthusiasts,
The American Numismatic Association and Professional Numismatists Guild Pre-ANA Show opened Saturday morning at the Philadelphia Convention Center. While a large number of the major players were here for the Heritage Auction held several blocks away at the Sheraton Hotel the bourse floor was relatively quiet. Business was steady albeit slow and the public attendance was lackluster at best.
Unfortunately, these Pre-Shows are not for a lot of people. The Pre-Shows are definitely dealer oriented. While many advanced collectors and investors are ‘dealer savvy’ and realize they must ‘ask’ when looking for specific items, the novice is often dismayed to find very few coins out for display in dealers show cases. In addition, most major dealers (Bozarth Numismatics included) are here predominantly to wholesale coins with other dealers as well as getting coins in for grading with both PCGS and NGC grading services.
One of our major customers is actually attending twice. This gentleman is very astute and realizes that while he won’t see ‘as many’ coins at the Pre-Show as he will certainly ‘see’ this week at the ANA itself, he may very well see (and most importantly have the opportunity to buy) coins that may NOT be available at the ANA. They have already been sold.
Because of location, most of you don’t have the luxury of attending the ANA once let alone twice. Most dealers are in the ‘same boat’. With shop or office commitments and the nearly two full weeks required to attend both shows and the auctions, most dealers are forced to make a choice to do part of both or just the ANA. The American Numismatic Association and some ANA members ‘fears’ about the Pre-Shows are pretty baseless in this regard because frankly, comparing the Pre-Show to the ANA is like comparing apples and oranges. Yes, they are both fruits, but….Personally, I understand this ‘fear’ because I can’t stand missing ANY major show-HA!
Both the ANA and PNG should be applauded for their cooperation and work putting on the show(s) this year. Rhonda Scurek the ANA Show coordinator has both a thankless and incredibly complex job balancing the needs of the dealers with the ‘idiocy’ of most convention centers. Not only Rhonda, but Bob and Tina with the PNG must be applauded for their efforts. One of the foibles with the show, for example, is that the Philadelphia Convention Center didn’t turn on the air conditioning until after the show started both mornings of the Pre-Show.
We have found that Convention Centers in general are the ‘worst’ example of local government inefficiency. Often times, although a convention center knows years in advance of a particular convention, they don’t have the facilities properly prepared. In addition, when one dealer wanted to rent an ‘extra’ chair for his table he was quoted $114 for the week! The fees are astronomical and the service is NOT.
There were a good number of both PNG dealers and other ANA member dealers at the Pre-Show with (my estimate) of about 75 dealers attending. The attendance steadily picked up from a very slow start Saturday morning when the public was admitted to more attendance in the early afternoon yesterday as many folks started arriving for the show this week. The ANA dealer set-up is this afternoon at 3:00 p.m.
Yesterday’s PNG breakfast meeting sponsored by Ebay was (unfortunately) very sparsely attended. The meeting itself was very good and Congressman Jimmy Hayes discussed the proposed Hobby Protection Act as well as the very ominous internet salex taxation issues we ALL face. Dealers are all concerned about this rampant ‘tax at ALL costs’ mentality that seems to have NO end. There were five or six new members welcomed into the PNG at the meeting also.
The ANA Show is a great venue that ‘fits’ in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia area is beautiful and historic as well as being the home of the U.S. Mint. Although our home is in Texas, we have lived in the Philadelphia area and really enjoyed our time here. If you have the opportunity you should make time to attend the greatest coin show in the U.S. Our table, under Bozarth Numismatics, will be staffed the entire show. Please come by and introduce yourself. Best Regards, Vic Bozarth/The Rare Coin Road Warrior.
Bozarth Numismatics Inc is a full service rare coin dealer. We buy and sell PCGS, NGC, and CAC graded and approved high grade U.S. coins. We sell coins at shows and on both our website bozarthcoins.com and in our Ebay store bozarthnumismaticsinc. Because of our extensive show and buying travel schedule we can often locate those ‘hard to find’ items. We offer free confidential want list services and will call or email you ‘first’ if we locate an item for you. Thanks and Best Regards, Vic Bozarth/The Rare Coin Road Warrior.