By Bill Brandimore
Are you up to date on the computer, or at least able to look up internet postings? Have you been taking advantage of all the information on the internet? If not, here are some places you should visit.
Heritage Auctions (www.ha.com) is an outstanding website that offers a wealth of information. They post their auction catalogs in a very friendly way, and you can bid online. You can access their history of notes offered, enter your own want list, and keep track of your purchases. Beginning as Currency Auctions of America, they merged with Heritage in the 1980s and have had great auctions at a number of big shows, including American Numismatic Association, Central States Numismatic Society, and Florida United Numismatists events and more.
Stack’s Bowers (www.stacksbowers.com) is another great operation. A merger between Stack’s and Bowers joined a historic New York firm with the skills and knowledge of Q. David Bowers, a noted writer and authority on coins and paper money. Their auctions take place at the huge Whitman Baltimore Expo and have also included ANA events and their own auctions at various shows.
Lyn Knight Auctions (www.lynknight.com) fills out the major auction machines that I have dealt with. Knight is especially strong on National Bank Notes and great rarities. He regularly has an auction at the Professional Currency Dealers Association Show at Rosemont, Ill., every March, the Kansas City show, Missouri State Show in Charlestown, and his own periodic shows.
Kagin’s (www.kagins.com) is another auction opportunity and has handled some auctions for ANA.
You can bid online with all these companies, and I have never been disappointed. Bank Note Reporter will keep you advised on show dates and other pertinent information.
The market seems to continue at a slower pace. When you get this issue, the FUN winter show will be history, and I hope to get a feeling for 2019. As I write this column, the stock market has dipped considerably, and gold has gone up a bit. I hope to offer better assessments of the ongoing paper money market in the March issue.
Right now, I am chasing my hometown Detroit Nationals. One bank is currently unknown, and several offer only one or two known notes. Canadian notes also appeal to me.
My budget usually catches up to me in my various pursuits, but I can still afford to chase Detroit and Canadian notes.
What do you want to hear about in the paper money world? Let me know, and I’ll try to respond. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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