The Central States Numismatic Society experiment regarding having a full day for Professional Preview attendees who pay $75 to get in has been judged a failure and the approach will be abandoned for next year's Chicago convention, Kevin Foley says.
Too many people who had come for the Professional Numismatist Guild Day on Wednesday did not like the idea of paying the admission charge on Thursday. They also did not like hanging around waiting until Friday, so they left.
Dealers who spent a large amount of time on Thursday twiddling their thumbs did not like it, either.
So, next year, the Professional Preview portion of the convention will see its hours cut back to 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday and public attendance will run from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. on that day.
Trying to tweak the system is not necessarily a bad thing. Foley pointed out that this year's experiment was the result of previous dealer requests for more dealer-to-dealer time. CSNS tried to be responsive. It was responsive to the requests, but this apparently generated more counter requests that led to the changes to next year's schedule.
Central States closes on Saturdays, so I was up and out of the loading dock area by 3:45 p.m. and back to Iola by 6 p.m. on Saturday. It was nice to be home. The lawn was waiting.