Sheridan Downey wrote:
Sunday, January 9, 2022
The FUN Show winds down today. The few accounts I’ve heard confirm that the coin market remains strong. Bust half collectors who were unable or unwilling to visit Orlando have been looking at the offerings of three notable auctions on the immediate horizon.
COVID-19 worries led Heritage to relocate (to Dallas) and postpone its annual FUN Show auctions. For the first time in decades I did not receive their catalogs. A quick look at the Heritage web site shows the usual smattering of early half dollars, spread over various sessions. The first session closes this Wednesday.
Chris McCawley has a 100-piece consignment that will appeal to collectors seeking attractive, mid-grade bust halves. His sale of the Neil Rothschild Collection is set for Jan. 21, 2022, during the Houston Money Show. Check out the lots here: https://www.icollector.com/The-Neil-Rothschild-Collection-Pt-III_as78924
Then, of course, there is the pièce de résistance, Mail Bid Sale #53, featuring Tim Osborne’s pedigreed collection of Capped Bust Halves, virtually all in AU or Mint State. The closing date is a week away, Saturday, January 15, 2022 at 6:00 PM PST. There are 108 lots in the sale, 64 from Tim and 44 from various consignors. It is my experience that a majority of bids arrive in the 48 hours before the sale closes. This year may be an exception. Early bidding is active and strong; more than 2/3rds of the lots already have bids that meet or exceed applicable reserves. Snipers beware! Your preferred bidding increment may be occupied if you wait too long. Rather than extol particular highlights of the Sale let me simply point you to the lot listing on my web site: https://www.sheridanscoins.com/inc_active-mb.php.
Lot preview by overnight Express Mail or Fed Ex ends tomorrow. If you wish to examine lots before bidding, an excellent idea, email a list of lots before midnight tonight. I’ll get them rolling Monday so you can preview them Tuesday and return them Wednesday.
With continuing best wishes for a safe and Happy New Year