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Who says we are a bloodless hobby?

Did everyone pack their bags and head for the Central States Numismatic Society Convention in Schaumburg, Ill.?

I hope so.

If that isn’t the case, I might have to worry.

The volume of material coming to me via email in the last couple of days seems down.

This happens from time to time on holidays, or during the doldrums of summer when many collectors temporarily put thoughts of coins aside.

It also happens when dealers are in transit to a major event.

That is why I am leaning toward the major show theory.

It is after all, only April 26, a date significant on the coin show circuit, but not a part of summer doldrums.

Collectors are as much creatures of habit as anyone.

We have a seasonal show calendar.

We all jump to its rhythm.

I was interrupted in my usual habits this morning.

I was delayed in checking the Kitco website as well as others.

Instead, I had to stop by the doctor for a blood draw.

It is part of my annual check-up.

I don’t like not eating.

I don’t like medical offices.

I don’t like needles.

Sure, I know it is all necessary.

I am grateful for the wonders of medical science.

Perhaps too much blood was drained from my brain this morning and my judgment is less than optimal.

I will admit that this is a possibility.

But I return to the Central States show theory as the one that explains hobby behavior this week.

There is still time for it to affect your numismatic life.

If you are within driving distance of this important suburban Chicago show, go.

It will be well worth it.

See old friends.

Make new ones.

Buy some coins.

What could be better than that?

Buzz blogger Dave Harper has twice won the Numismatic Literary Guild Award for Best Blog and is editor of the weekly newspaper "Numismatic News."

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