“Fortune Favors the Bold and the Brave"SPMC 15071 http://spmc.org/ Nebraska Nationals and Obsoletes, United States Small Size Paper Money
I Could Write a super lengthy response to this but i will make it short and sweet. Bjorn Bergstrom showed me my first Nebraska National Banknote(planted the idea), Gerome Walton a dear friend of mine and the writer of the Nebraska National Book, Peter Huntoon (ANA CLASSES), Lyn Knight, John Jackson, Albert Huie, Cody Regenitter and a bunch of others i respect greatly in the business. You will find when you reach out and start to meet some of these faces they are the most genuine and enthusiastic people in the world about paper money. I've never seen Glen Jorde not get excited when you show him a note, and he most likely has a story to tell you to match the note or the town or previous owner.
The Names I mentioned are people i hold to the highest regard in opinion to many different topics from Census Data, Note Conditions, Market, Grading, and Business. I still do a lot of my own research and ask dumb questions from time to time. Its really important to make contacts and let people know exactly what you collect and have some resources available to share. I personally have all my Notes uploaded to a Google Doc that I can check in an instant or share with another friend or dealer. I also keep some PDF and Drop Box Files handy also encase i'm puzzled by something. Resources are at our finger tips today take advantage of them.
Early on, my parents encouraged lifelong learning, which has served me well through the years. In fear of leaving someone out or forgetting a name, I’ll try and mention the names of people that have helped me with numismatic advice.
No one has been more generous with general advice and behind-the-scenes information to me than John Spinelli. John has a wealth of information and experience that he has openly shared with me through many phone conversations. Next would be James Hatch (Jim61) and Scott Lindquist. John DeRocker, Fred Bart, Robert Azpiazu, Derek Moffitt, Fred Reed and Carlson Chambliss have also given me valuable advice. Rob, (Numbersman) introduced me to Nancy Poli who performed a small miracle on a scarce Tampa National and David Spencer helped me when I was going through my Web and sheet-note phase. Dan at Currency America and Jim at Tickle Your Fancy helped me with Fancy serial numbers and Lou Dufault helped me with autographed notes and deuces. I thank Greg Alex for peaking my interest in engravings and expanding my numismatic library. I feel the greatest strength of my collection lies in its diversity, in which many have contributed.
The owner of a local coin shop that I used to go to as a young teenager was helpful and would talk to me about coins and share his enthusiasm for the hobby. His passion for the hobby rubbed off on me and he made me feel like I wanted to be part of the hobby at a young age, even though he knew I wasn’t spending much money at his shop. Unfortunately, he died a few years later and his son took over the business. And his son didn’t want anything to do with anyone that wasn’t in the shop to spend a decent amount to money. I returned to the shop off and on over the next 15 years or so, as both a 18-year old kid and as an adult collector. Even though I had visited his shop many times and had spent a lot of money (in my perspective, probably not his) he would only give me the time of day after I made a sizeable purchase.
Over the years, I’ve visited a number of local shops and talked to many dealers at local shows. And most of them were the same way as the son of the shop owner. They only would spend time talking to me if they thought I was going to make a big purchase. There were some local and out-of-state dealers who were awesome and would invest time in talking to me or my teenaged kids about their inventory or other topics...some even gave my daughters discounts so they could buy something they wanted that was a bit out of reach financially. But most dealers there just didn’t care. It seems to always be about the money to be made, not about helping to inspire or educate someone that wasn’t spending a ton of money at their table that day. And usually it wasn’t because they were busy helping other customers. If they were busy, it was talking to the dealer next to them. I get it though...time is money and they are in business to make money. And if you’re not spending money, you’re not worth their time. But if dealers like this avoid helping or educating newer or younger collectors so they become interested in the hobby, the future is cloudy at best.But...about three years ago as I was starting to get into the paper money side of the hobby, I bought a few notes from Phil Thomas (PiBBThug) through his eBay store. These notes were only in the $40-$50 range. After the fourth or fifth note, he reached out to me to chat. Over the last three years, he has spent a lot of time answering my stupid questions over email and texts (and even a few phone calls) so that I could become a more educated collector and informed member of the hobby...even when I wasn’t buying notes from him. He has given me advice on a few expensive notes I’ve considering buying (not from him) and helped me to learn how to grade notes and look for issues. He has always treated me more than fairly with pricing and quite often has made me some incredibly generous offers...instead of trying to maximize his profits on an uneducated collector. He has inspired my love of paper money and is the main reason I am an active part of the hobby today. He would be the closest thing I’ve had to a mentor in the hobby.
There has also been a number of members of the forum here that have been very helpful in answering my stupid questions directly or have helped to educate me by writing informative posts within the forum that I have read after the fact. I’ve learned a lot from a few of you specifically and a few things from a lot of you.@Steve in Tampa has inspired me to love raw $1’s and appreciate block sets, @Scooter1 has inspired me to love and appreciate WWII notes, and @MEC2 has inspired me to love Nationals and the history behind their towns and banks...and helped me realize my OCD tendencies won’t allow me to collect them. @PiBBThug inspired me to love originality in circulated notes and “miracle of survival” VF PQ notes, LFP notes, mules, and green seals...and @larry510 has inspired me to love red seals more than the green ones. Thanks to all for sharing priceless knowledge and inspiring me to truly love the hobby!
Researching United States Postal Notes 1883-1894.
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