Went to my first show today - the Central States show. Figured I'd give my experience as a first timer. Wanted to go Thursday or Friday as everyone says those are the best days but just couldn't get out of work so went today. Most of the dealers were still there this morning but almost all said they were packing up around 2:00. Everyone but one said they were having a good show but said it was pretty dead today (again I have no experience to compare to so will have to take their word that it was dead today seemed fine to me!). First thing I did was go to the Heritage table because a friend said the Sunday online auction had lot viewing until noon. They told me there was no lot viewing only pickups so I wasn't thrilled about that since I spent hours putting together a list to check out in hand. Mentioned that at the first table I stopped by and he said "they're still doing lot viewing this morning go upstairs and look" and sure enough I went upstairs and was able to view the Sunday night lots. So strange that the actual Heritage table had no clue that they still had lot viewing but anyways worked out in the end. Looked at about 100 coins was awesome to flip through all the lots. Marked down about 10 of my favorites including 2 that are stunners in hand that of course Heritage's pictures don't do justice. So will definitely be players at a premium on those tomorrow night. After lot viewing went down to the bourse floor with the goal of picking up 1-2 new type coins and trading a Barber dime in the process that I wasn't a big fan of. Third table I stopped by had tons of great stuff. A large cent of all things was what jumped out the most to me, had no intentions of buying a large cent today but it smacked me in the face when I picked it up. The dealer said it was one of the nicest he's owned of the type and although I'm sure sentences like that probably get tossed around a lot at these shows he didn't seem like a BSer lol. There aren't many comps to price this coin (pop is only 17/1) but he threw out what I considered a fair number and I traded my Barber dime at the top number I was hoping to get so was real happy overall with the trade. Nice cartwheel luster on both sides with pretty subtle color and one of the stars had a little grease in the die for some added character. Perfect for what I'm after in my typeset. Actually I like this better than every RB large cent I saw today. After that stopped by probably 6-8 more tables. Found a few coins I really liked but they wanted moon money for them. One was a Roosevelt with real nice toning but it was a $12 coin without the toning and he was asking for about 100x that - lol nope not for me. Another was a very pretty Washington but again a $15 coin without color and was looking for $350 or so. Honestly that one I would have paid up a bit for but $350 is absolutely burying yourself. I don't mind burying myself for something I'll have for decades to come but I can't get myself to do it for a ~55 year old coin when for the same price there are coins like the large cent above out there. Finally stopped by a table with tons of stuff that is right up my alley and they are somewhat local to me too so was real glad to find that table for a future place to check out. Found a beautiful 3CN proof and an absolutely blazing 1907 $2.50 in an NGC holder that I was surprised didn't have a star on it (may have been before they gave stars not sure). Wanted both but wanted to leave enough budget for the Heritage auction so had to choose one and went with the quarter eagle it was too flashy to pass on. If a ship was lost at sea you could just shine a flashlight on this to get them safely to shore: Without the little chatter above the eagles head I think this is a lock 66, as is I think it's a high end 65 with a huge eye appeal bonus. We'll see what CAC says about her. So yeah after that I had no budget left so didn't want to tempt myself and called it a day. Had a great time definitely prefer to buy in person so in the future going to try and make 1-2 big shows per year and save majority of my budget for those. Thanks for reading.