Monday, July 15, 2013

WWE Money in the Bank Thoughts

Overall, Money in the Bank was a great PPV. Here are my thoughts about how the matches went. I forget the actual order of the matches but I'll give it a shot.
WWE Tag Team Champions Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns def. The Usos (Kickoff Match)

This match should have been placed somewhere in the middle. The beginning honestly was boring. People were also amped up to see RVD and were chanting his name during the match. The middle to end of the match was great. People stopped having conversations and paid attention. This move woke people up. The tag team scene needs more teams.

Damien Sandow won the World Heavyweight Championship Contract Money in the Bank Ladder Match

It's Money in the Bank - there really is no need to talk about it. You know it is going to be good. So much so they did it twice. I had to show this photo, which is from WWE of course, since Jack Swagger and Antonio were nice to let Dean attempt this move again after a failed attempt. Damien Sandow won which was a surprise to me. I do like him. I just really didn't expect him to win. 

Divas Champion AJ Lee def. Kaitlyn

The Divas match is the normal bathroom break time. This match was okay. We all know how these matches are. I do like watching AJ. She has great personality. I really wished there was a Money in the Bank Ladder Match for the Woman's Title. That would have been a lot better.

Intercontinental Champion Curtis Axel def. The Miz

The Miz faked being hit in the picture which caused Paul to be ejected. This match was not that great. I actually put it on the same level or below the Divas match. It was just  really long with not much happening til the end. 

Ryback def. Chris Jericho

I'm getting really tired of watching WWE letting people beat Jericho. I'm not sure if Jericho is trying to help the younger wrestlers by doing this or it is an order but it is getting really old. It was a good match that ended in a really stupid way. Jericho losing left many speechless around me. 

World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio def. Dolph Ziggler by disqualification

This match was one of the better ones. The crowd was definitely for Dolph. At some points in the match there were USA chants. This is pretty ironic as Jack Swagger and Crew get booed for this. I guess it is all in the delivery. Anyways, back to the match at hand. The crowd was really into it and Dolph had some nice moves. The match ended in a predictable manner and the boos that followed were justified.

WWE Champion John Cena def. Mark Henry

The crowd was split in half for this match. Cena had a huge response from the crowd - half cheers and half boos. In the end, noise is better than silence and John Cena brings the noise. The match was pretty straightforward. You have a slow big man in the ring. Any fan of the WWE can think of how that match will go. I like Mark Henry and wished he could have won but that was never going to happen.

Randy Orton won the Money in the Bank All-Stars Match

Welcome back RVD. Moments after this picture, all the other wrestlers ganged up on RVD. This match was amazing for so many different reasons. The return of RVD for one. Money in the Bank match secondly, Guaranteed violence is number three. Anyone of these guys really could of used the briefcase. I had a feeling it was going to be Randy Orton but I was hoping for RVD. There was a leap off a ladder, ladder broken in two, and betrayal by Paul Heyman. What more could a person ask for.

It was a fun night. The fans got their money's worth. The only thing I did not like was the lack of the National Anthem. I may have been late seeing it but I really don't think they actually did it. Again, I could have been late.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

WWE Money in the Bank 2013

Tonight is the Money in the Bank PPV event. I am totally excited to go. I don't really like driving into Philadelphia but once I heard RVD was making his return, that was the deciding factor. Due to my camera dying on me, I may or may not have any pictures. 

Kane is also out of the match. I have been trying to see why Kane is out. The WWE message is the Wyatt family attack left Kane injured. These kinds of attacks are normally the cover story for drugs, injury, vacation time, or firing. The latest example of this is Ricardo Rodriguez. He suffered an "injury" from Dolph Ziggler while in reality it was for a substance policy violation. Anyways, I'm going to go play some World of Warcraft. Tonight is going to be awesome.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Save the date…….. The 2013 American Buffalo One Ounce Gold Reverse Proof Coin!

So the US Mint did it again! Today I got the Save the date email for the Reverse Proof. Here is the email message.

"Save the date…….. The 2013 American Buffalo One Ounce Gold Reverse Proof Coin will be available August 8th! Originally offered in proof quality, this stunning reverse proof version was created to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of James Earle Fraser’s original design. Presented in an elegant hardwood box with a matte finish, a faux leather inset and accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity, this product is minted at the United States Mint at West Point. Order window opens August 8th!

This product will be offered for a four-week window beginning August 8th at 12 noon (ET) and ending September 5th at 5 p.m. (ET)."

The only thing better would be to put a counter up. I'm joking of course. Seriously though, I hope they don't do it. I have a wish list for this coin. I wish there was a set limit, COA be numbered, no ordering window, and no counter. I am guessing this will sell 15000+ coins. This is purely off the fact that almost 10k of the regular proof has sold. Also, this may be a source of easy profits. The first day will be telling since most of these coins will be slabbed and will be sent to be graded with first strike / early release designations. 

I'm sitting here thinking of what next to type but I'm just thinking how nice of a coin this is. I always wanted to find the elusive 3 legged buffalo while coin roll hunting. I am really excited to get this coin although the price tag is definitely going to hurt. By the time this goes on sale, it should be $1600+. It sure is nice though.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Silver Price Low - What to Buy?

People that have been buying silver bullion or coins for that matter have mixed feelings about the current price decrease. Being that I started only 2+ years ago I am thrilled for this chance. I didn't start collecting silver because of the run up in prices for precious metals. I liked silver ever since I was little. My problem was I had no idea how to get silver. I always thought gold and silver were just jewelry. Of course I knew of coins but where do you get them? I had no coin shops around. At the same time, it wasn't the cool thing to do. Kids my age wanted to go on dates and drink beer. No one really wanted to collect dimes or quarters like I did.

Since I missed out on really cheap prices back in the day, I get a shot at some lower price silver now. I don't like to buy anything from way back when as I have mentioned a few times. The only exception I make to this rule are Kookaburras. I have yet to get all the 2013s that I wanted this year so I will be making a purchase shortly. 

I never owned an Engelhard coin because of the age and premium but it looks so cool I think I am making an exception along with Kookaburras. Why you ask? If I could, I would pan for gold and mine for silver. It just looks pretty nice. I found some listings between $23 - $28.

Next we have the 1.5 ounce Polar Bear. A really nice looking coin from what I see and carries a bit of a premium. I am seeing these priced from $42 - $47. These were in the $60 - $70 range. I am glad I waited.

This next one is a real beauty. The 2013 Somalian Elephant. Not only is this thing pretty but hard to find. This can be found from $23 - $29. The previous years have had some nice appreciation price wise.

I have mixed feelings about this one. The Britannia coin I like. This year is the first year it is offered in 99.9% purity. Many people have gotten dented and scratched up coins even though it was in the original blister pack. I think if I were to buy it, I would actually get a slabbed version. I never bought a slabbed coin but in order to get some kind of decent quality, this may be my only choice this year. The raw version is $25+.

What can you say about Chinese Pandas other than they are true quality. These things are amazing and the premium is well deserved. This year is no exception. They go for $26+.

This isn't a cheap coin but it still is another wonderful coin produced by the Royal Canadian Mint. This would be the Fine Silver Hologram Coin - A Story of the Northern Lights: The Great Hare. This is currently on sale for $110 CAD and comes with a story. 

"The many bands that comprise the Algonquin people share a number of stories about the awe-inspiring northern lights—including a cultural hero known as Nanahboozho, who would often shape-shift into the Great Hare. One such Odawa legend says that after creating Turtle Island, Nanahboozho travelled north and built great bonfires as a way to remind his people that he was thinking of them."

There are many more wonderful coins and deals to be had during this time. I hope you all find some good ones and feel free to let me know if you see anything nice as well that I may be missing out on.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Happy 4th of July!

Yes I know I am one day late! I was busy. Anyways, I hope everyone had a safe and fun time. 4th of July is my 2nd favorite holiday. My favorite is Thanksgiving. The patriotism and the music of this time of year makes me feel warm. That and the 90 degree weather. I love taking time to remember what makes this Country great. I, like so many Americans, am grateful to live in this Country. 

This brings me to fireworks. It is not 4th of July without fireworks. Where I live, I can see the community fireworks show. We also do our own little one as well. Nothing fantastic as I live in PA and there are strict laws. Basically you cannot do anything that flies into the air. We are left with sparklers and fountains. I got me 2 this year. I usually get 4 to 5 but it was day of and we procrastinated.

This year we tried out World-Class Fireworks. The fountains we got were Psychedelic which I have a video for and Bigger Than Life which I don't have a video for since my sister didn't push record. Psychedelic was really good. Lots of colors, nice length, and distance as we were almost hit and had to back up. Bigger Than Life was not that good. It shot 30 ft in the air which was cool but since it did that, it sacrificed some of the show. It was noticeably shorter in performance length.

Monday, July 1, 2013

2013 American Eagle West Point Two-Coin Silver Set Woes

So it was bound to happen but my order ship date was delayed. 

Like many others, I am left wondering why our orders have been delayed. Orders have shipped for some. There is speculation right now on what it could be so let's run through them as I have time since my camera is still not working. 

1. The enhanced uncirculated is a lot harder to make then originally thought
 - I can't see how this is possible. I am assuming, as I don't work for the US Mint or have made a coin myself, but it looks to me as they would have tested the production process many times. Seeing as how people who received their set already say they look great, I can't agree to this thought.

2. The US Mint is out of silver
 - If I could sell 2 ounces of silver for $140 and make a good margin, I guarantee I will dig up some silver or melt every tea pot out there.

3. Dealers get preferential treatment
- This one seems like a good excuse to pin it on and honestly I don't know the answer. The reason why this is a hot topic is because of flippers and the anxious. The big grading companies have placed cutoff dates for first strike / early release designations. What this means is if you decided to buy a bunch of sets which are now are delayed, most likely you will miss out on those labels. The dealers seem to be ok and the delays are not affecting them. I think the whole idea of paying for a label is insane but that is just me.

Anyways. this is leading to the thought that there is preferential treatment. Maybe the dealers got bumped ahead due to the sheer volume of their orders. I really don't believe in something as sinister as that but I don't necessarily believe they had to wait in line like the rest of us. This is their livelihood. If there was a way to put their order in ahead of everyone else, I am guessing they did it. However, if there was no shortcut, I don't think they waited a week later to put in their order. I'm pretty sure they were on the phone or online the second the sets became available. 

4. Maybe I should have taken a day off from work to put my order in
- Yes this would have been a good idea.

5. Horrible planning by the Mint
- Honestly it was either really good planning or horrible. Looking at the last 2 years we can see that 150k was a more than acceptable amount to make ahead of time. Looking at the first 2 days of sales would have confirmed this. As a customer there should not be any delays factoring in both of these thoughts. 

From a business standpoint, making too many ahead of time would be a waste of money. People are really picky about their coins. With the US Mint's return policy, many sets can be sent back and that can create too many sets being made and returned. 

There really is no easy explanation for the delays. All there is a combination of things and a lot of people frustrated. All I know for sure is that 2 really nice coins are eventually going to find their way into my collection.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Gold and Silver Down - Oh No!

Under $19 for silver and under $1250 for gold. What am I currently doing? I am wishing I could buy more numismatics :)

There really are 2 sides of this. Do you see the world economy in the short, mid, and long term recovering or not. That pretty much will tell you what to do. Being that I collect silver coins the drop hurts by not a whole lot. My coins have more collector value than silver value but I always wanted to own a brick of silver. I haven't actually bought a chunk of silver but it is looking like more of a reality as the days go by. 

The other plus side of all this is the fact that the Reverse Proof Gold Buffalo will be priced the same as the other standard Buffalo. The drop in gold price is making it a lot easier to purchase both coins. The drop in gold price is causing speculation that the Mint may suspend orders early. Basically it feels like gambling. Buy now and watch the price drop or miss out on even being able to buy it. 

In the end I love silver and really want more of it! If you like straight up bullion I wish you the best of luck. Not being sarcastic at all. Everyone should know their own risk tolerance so that if a drop happens you won't freak out.