coinfodder's Blog

13 Jul 2021


Library | coinfodder

Well, I am back!!!

And today, after a long day of hauling free auction catalogs through the Summer FUN (Florida United Numismatists) show in Orlando, this topic popped into my head.

So today, I will elaborate what I was thinking about, as I switched the bag from shoulder to shoulder to prevent my arm from going numb.

If you are someone who likes going to the local or regional coin shows to look at the coins, chances are they may possibly give you a free reusable bag. And after hours and hours of staring through little glass windows to see the coins, chances are you walk out with lot's and lots of stuff in the bag, whether that be coins, books, supplies, or whatnot. If you are a YN like me, with little actual money, most of that stuff was free books and other stuff. And so, I will now discuss the value of each of theme.

THE VALUE OF: Free Auction Catalogs

At Heritage Auction's booth, they were handing out Auction catalogs for last Saturday's auction, even though there was a price stamped on the back of the catalog: $50. These are artificial prices, and most dudes who work there do not care either. To them, those catalogs that you take, are like dead woodchucks they have to get from inside the wall. To them, their gain is also your gain.

And speaking of gain, there is much to learn from these catalogs. Included normally, a picture, with a hype description of the coin. Also included with the description is a listing of what the coin show goes for, derived from other issues just like it. This can act as a kind of informal price guide, telling you the max of what you should possibly pay for a coin.

However, getting a whole bunch of these at a coin show can stack up in your tote bag pretty fast. If you are after REAL numismatic content, save the space for price guides and other magazines like CoinWorld.

Speaking of CoinWorld, this leads me to...

THE VALUE OF: Free Magazines

At most big coin shows (i.e.. ANA and FUN and Georgia/Dalton) some dudes, or a publisher such as CoinWorld or Greysheet will place a bunch of overhead magazines that they need to get rid of at a giant advertising table with pamphlets and business cards galore. Or they set up their own stands, with them advertising subscription deals or passing out free magazines to the faithful.

These magazines are usually back issues with old pricing and advertisements, and stories that where big news one or two years ago. At FUN, I picked up the Civil War Token Society's journal from December 1967. At that time, the big news was Gus Grissom and his buddies dying in the command module fire and $2.50 offerings for less rare Civil War tokens. Yes, that is how old the 20-page magazine was. However, I allowed me, and certainly other viewers, to see how much the hobby has shifted its focus the last several decades.

I love these also for the stories nestled inside its pages. Stories of lost gold in the shipwrecks, new foreign coin releases, etc.

THE VALUE OF: Free Youth Prizes

This depends on the show you go to, but a young kid, like me, can get a free copy of the Red Book of coins sometimes as a prize for completing some of the trivia problems for the YN Treasure Trivia.

When I received my copy of the Red Book, I instantly saw an offer for Coin's for A's- an offer, for three A's in a school year, a free coin, plus a year of membership. I turned my application in after pondering the book over and over (with my surplus copy of the Mega Red Book: 3rd Edition) I got my membership on March 7th, 2020. That day, I wrote my first ANA article. And boom. I am here today.

Free youth prizes can be the bridge between the start of a new hobby and skepticism over it.

Thanks everybody. ANA election results, and the song of the week are posted below.

For President

Ralph W. Ross, Ph. D. - 2,749 votes

Donald H. Kagin, Ph. D. - 2,732 votes

For Vice President

Joseph E. Boling - 1 vote (uncontested)

Candidates for Governor

Mary Lynn Garrett - 4,165 votes

Clifford Mishler - 4,111 votes

Shanna Schmidt - 3,991 votes

Michael Ellis - 3,989 votes

Rob Oberth - 3,985 votes

Charles Morgan - 3,911 votes

Mark Lighterman - 3,910

Unelected Candidates for Governor

Muriel Eymery - 3,823 votes

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Guess the Song Lyrics: Last Time: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road: Elton John

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We dont need no thought control

No dark sarcasm in the classroom

Teachers leave them kids alone

Hey! Teachers! Leave them kids alone!


Long Beard

Level 5

You touched on all of the reasons I actual buy these past auction listings. It's a great way to accurately chart a particular coin over many years to make a sound and reasonable bid when they are at auction. I've seen countless coins breaking from the progression between sales paying well above at times where they should be in reality.


Level 4

fun post...I'm back too! Woohoo! I'm headed to one of the Denver libraries today to see if they have any good coin books in their shop.

It's Mokie

Level 6

@ thatcoinguy The PAN show will have it's next opening on 28-30 October in Monroeville PA (just outside Pittsburgh). For more details, visit pancoins.org. The KidZone highlights our Saturday activities (30 October, this Fall).


Level 6

Sounds like you had a great time! Free stuff/magazines ... It's amazing how fast the ol' back pack fills up! haha ; )


Level 6

I'm glad to hear that you enjoy and take advantage of all the free stuff. You are so lucky to have attended that show. Nice going Kid. Thanks


Level 7

Pink Floyd . Another Brick in the wall! Shows are also for meeting up with people listing to some of the talks. And just having fun.. I also said Elton John last time for Yellow brick road!


Level 5

Would like to attend a FUN show. Here in PA we have a lot of coin show options. Always see free literature on pricing etc. I don't mind an out of date price guide a month or so old. Still very good information.

I. R. Bama

Level 5

The Wall, Pink Floyd. Gets my vote as a mental health professional for best rock and roll portrayal of a descent into madness from early childhood PTSD. Pink Floyd is pretty trippy. I especially enjoyed their album Animals. Speaking of which, be sure to check out Syd Barrett. He went insane and was lost to P.F. Yeah the free mags... Great gifts to us collectors

It's Mokie

Level 6

At the twice yearly PAN show we have lots of giveaways for the YNs including a search table where you can go through over 10,000 wheaties to fill your folders, all for free.


Level 5

Man! I might drive up just for that! Where and when is that show?


Level 5

“The Wall”?

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