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Jim61
Hey expert show attendees, what is the Baltimore show like? Many / few paper money dealers? US paper? World paper?

There is a show coming up in March 2020 and was thinking of attending - haven't before, so that is why the questions.
Looking for:
Any small size UNC $1 FRN with serial 16977961.
2009 $1 LX end -61 - CU.
1935A $1 CC HAWAII end -61 raw or PCGS CU or better, PMG ok.
World serial 00000061.
World replacements serials ending -61.
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TookyBandit
I like it! Was there in November and plan to be back in March.
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mikelaw

It’s a great show. 500+ dealers. All the major Paper Currency Dealers usually in attendance.  It’s an hour train ride from Philly via Amtrak. $10 cab ride from Baltimore Penn Station  to show venue.  There’s a Whitman show link with lots of useful info.  Definitely check out Amtrak if you don’t want to drive. Biggest show on the East Coast outside of Florida. Dealer list will be posted 30 days before show.  If you’ve never attended, definitely worth the trip. Don’t expect any bargains but lots of fun. 

http://expo.whitman.com/baltimore-spring-expo/

Mike
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Jim61
Thanks Tooky and Mike! Great help.
Looking for:
Any small size UNC $1 FRN with serial 16977961.
2009 $1 LX end -61 - CU.
1935A $1 CC HAWAII end -61 raw or PCGS CU or better, PMG ok.
World serial 00000061.
World replacements serials ending -61.
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mikelaw

For large size collectors. Wow. 

https://coinweek.com/paper-money-2/pmg-recertifies-world-famous-d-brent-pogue-collection-of-banknotes/

Mike
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TookyBandit
I should add that I set up and split a corner w/ another forum member. We both do paper yet comfortably worked side by side without cannibalizing each other. We were both moderately successful, enough to make a second trip justifiable considering the all-in expenses.
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Jim61
What about small size and World?
Looking for:
Any small size UNC $1 FRN with serial 16977961.
2009 $1 LX end -61 - CU.
1935A $1 CC HAWAII end -61 raw or PCGS CU or better, PMG ok.
World serial 00000061.
World replacements serials ending -61.
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HoneyBadger
Baltimore is a nice show to visit...for like a day. That’s really all you need. I go just about every year to one of them. Usually the Fall and Spring are best. Been going to them for like 8-9 years?

I did a table once and it was one of the worst shows I have ever done. Would not set up there myself. But it’s nice to walk the floor.

If you like coins, it’s a nice show. Lots of bullion...pandas, etc. 

Currency? Not so much. Many (not all, of course) of the dealers there are ones some on this forum would describe a museum exhibitionists. Nice stuff to look at but crap loads of overpriced notes with “you’ve got to be kidding me” prices.

Unlike the FUN show, where the dealer list can change dramatically from year-to-year, I have also noticed a tendency of Baltimore shows to look exactly the same. Not many new dealers. Just the same ones, hauling around the same stuff. Would be nice to see some new faces....and man alive, the floor layout is soooo predictable. Every dealer seems to be in the exact same place every single show.

Thats my two cents.
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larry510
I wasn't impressed on the two times that I went.  Like Honeybadger said it's pretty much the same dealers with same inventory that never moves.  I did manage to find a few notes to buy but it certainly wasn't worth the traveling expense from California.
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HoneyBadger
I agree Larry, given the distance, probably not worth it. I do it because it is not far of a drive for me in NC. Nice to go pick up some bullion and stuff for my shop every once in a while. I never really do any real big business there (especially paper money) other than just picking up coin odds and ins for my customers.

Side note. Larry, I think we are quickly becoming the resident wet blankets around here. 😄
FRN Collections Complete - 1928-1934 LGS: $5 [87%] - $10 [37%] - $20 [2%] - $50 [6%] - $100 [0%] - $500 [0%]

http://www.1928notes.com - If you have a new note to add, please let me know.
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Prestigious_paper
I disagree with Honeybadger and Larry. My son & I do tons of business buying and selling at Baltimore. Not every dealer is a museum. For example, Jeff & Sharon at Action Currency are easy to work with. Mike Andrews at Americana Currency is easy as well. Micky Shiply carries a nice variety of  Large Size Type in attractive mid-grade. You have long time dealers Tom Denly & Carl Bombara there as well.  For high grade notes you can see Bea Sanchez. Tooky will have to work his way into the currency section some day. 

I do agree with Honeybadger that setting up can be a waste of time at Baltimore. I stopped setting up there 7 years ago because I can get so much more done walking the floor. I technically split a table with a buddy but I just use it as a home base to do deals.
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Jim61
Thanks everyone for your reports. Kinda what I thought from looking at reviews from prior years. Not much for small size and limited World.

I am close enough to drive there and back from mid Virginia, so may take a peek and not invest in a hotel room. Then I can say I have been there once. Definitely not setting up a table.
Looking for:
Any small size UNC $1 FRN with serial 16977961.
2009 $1 LX end -61 - CU.
1935A $1 CC HAWAII end -61 raw or PCGS CU or better, PMG ok.
World serial 00000061.
World replacements serials ending -61.
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Prestigious_paper
Daryl Spelbring deals in World Bank notes. I'm not sure if he sets up at Baltimore
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Jim61
Yes, I know Daryl very well. But I just saw him at FUN, so probably not a lot new, but if so, he lets me know.
Looking for:
Any small size UNC $1 FRN with serial 16977961.
2009 $1 LX end -61 - CU.
1935A $1 CC HAWAII end -61 raw or PCGS CU or better, PMG ok.
World serial 00000061.
World replacements serials ending -61.
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