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Brooks Robinson visits Baltimore show

While the headlines might be the results of the Bowers and Merena auction, attendees at the Whitman Coin and Currency Convention June 29-July 1 got an added treat with the presence of former Baltimore Orioles third baseman Brooks Robinson.
Former Oriole Brooks Robinson (left) and dealer Jim Pruitt of Brickell Rare Coins, Inc.show off slabbed Presidential dollars.

The first 100 children got a free John Adams Presidential dollar from the Hall of Famer, who retired in 1977. But after a two-hour stint in the public eye June 29 posing for free photographs, he belonged to dealers exclusively for an hour.

The auction realized $4.3 million (See story page 20) but the commercial scuttlebutt on the convention floor was that of steady business.

Jeff Garrett of Mid-American Rare Coin Galleries noted in the daily that ?it?s baffling that so many coins continue to show up that need to be certified.? He also noted that visually unappealing certified coins are a hard sell.

Q. David Bowers in his writing for the daily also noted deals being done.
The Baltimore show is held three times a year. Check the Web site at www.whitmanexpo.com.

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