The upcoming show, January 30 - February 1, 2014, will be held in the Long Beach, California Convention Center, 100 S. Pine Ave.
Coincidentally, that teenaged dealer of the 1960s, David Hall, now "owns" the show in his role as President of Collectors Universe, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLCT) the parent company of Expos Unlimited, organizer of the Long Beach Expo.
"What I remember most about that first show I attended in 1966 was the enormous size of it. I recall seeing the 'big name' dealers of the day, such as Abe Kosoff, Sol Kaplan and Harry Forman. It was quite intimidating," Hall recalled.
What were the "hot" numismatic items a half century ago?
"In those days, most of the trading was in then-modern coins, often in bulk quantities. So, even at a coin show there would be a lot of BU rolls, proofs sets from the 1950's and 1960's, and even complete roll sets of modern coins," said Hall.
About 20 years later they sold the show to Sam Lopresto who operated it until 1992 when he sold it to Ron Gillio and Paul Kopenhaver who subsequently organized the show under the corporate name, Expos Unlimited. In 1995, Koppenhaver sold his share of Expos Unlimited to Gillio.
Gillio continued to operate the Long Beach Expo until he sold it in 2006 to Collectors Universe, corporate parent of Professional Coin Grading Service and Professional Sports Authenticator.
"Collectors Universe is a growing company and looking for things that are complimentary to what we do with collectibles. The Long Beach show was right in our backyard and it was available, so we purchased it. It was always a great show for PCGS, and the Long Beach show is one of the great institutions in the rare coin market," Hall explained.
"With Cassi East, President of the Certified Coin Exchange division of Collectors Universe, in charge of the show, we are moving forward to keep innovating and improving. For example, you now can look for the specific coins you're seeking even before you get to the show using our mobile application, Collectors Corner CoinSearch™. The free app is available at m.collectorscorner.com and works with any mobile device or smart phone to let you see the inventory participating dealers will be bringing to the show."
Admission to the show is $8 for adults, $4 for seniors and children aged 8 to 16. However, as part of the 50th anniversary celebration, anyone can get a free admission coupon online for the upcoming show.
"Simply go to our website, www.LongBeachExpo.com, click 'Get Passes,' and enter the special Promo Code, PR214, and print out the coupon to present at the show's registration desk," explained East.