EAC Convention Questions ... Perhaps, I shouldn't ask?
Yesterday, a coin buddy of mine, a serious collector and dealer for decades now, phoned me from the Buffalo area. I'd previously given him a heads-up on the EAC convention and show, telling him the location and dates. He wanted to know the hours of admission. Looking online, I couldn't find the hours given, and it got even more frustrating as I began to look at coin show websites. Not only did I have difficulty finding the hours, but I couldn't locate the event, itself, being much published!
I turned to the April 10 edition of Numismatic News, and the EAC happening is totally absent from the "Show Directory." I should mention that NN show postings are free and run for four weeks, prior to the given show. I don't have a recent edition of Coin World. The Buffalo Numismatic Assn. has an excellent website, and I turned to that - http://www.the-bna.com/. Again, nothing, no mention. Next, I ran a Google search for "coin shows, NY" and looked at the top websites like http://numismaster.com/ta/inside_num...isWeek=1&@mc=1. No soap!
I'm a collector who ran two club shows for many years, and I have a sense of what a difficult job that can be. There are inevitably some folks who can never be pleased, no matter what, and mistakes do happen. These club shows were very successful and remain so in my absence as chair (After retiring, I relocated to another state). IMHO, the show's success has continued to largely hinge on one credo of mine ... Keep your dealers happy! If you build it, they (the public) will come. In addition to advertising in print, I made sure that regional clubs knew of our shows, and I made sure that our club members got word of their shows - networking.
This all said, I can't help but wonder ... Am I missing something here? Does the EAC want to minimize attendance of the general public? If so, I humbly and sincerely apologize for starting this thread. My only excuse is that I'm a "C" collector. I'm not wanting to rattle anyone's cage but rather trying to get a better sense of what the EAC is about and where it's going.
As a footnote, I would encourage anyone reading this thread to click on the above link to the BNA website. IMHO, it's one of the best coin club websites around. Note how the BNA promotes the Boy Scouts and greatly encourages their embracing this wonderful hobby of coin collecting. My final question (tongue in cheek, mind you) for now is: Does the EAC want to embrace and educate us less knowledgeable coin collectors?
Last edited by Chautauquan; 04-30-2012 at 11:38 AM.