Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Bunny! Easter Bunny!

Happy Easter! Even though this is the Tuesday after. Whoops! It's funny cause at the end of the video I said Happy Easter with all intentions of uploading this sooner. The best part of Easter from a shopping perspective is the day after. 50% off candy! Oh yeah! The thing that surprised me the most was the fact there were no regular jelly beans left. I'm not talking about the special ones like Starburst jelly beans or something like that. I mean the regular ones with the black ones that no one wants.

Anyways, we got this bunny for my niece from Hallmark. It was $16 roughly after buying 3 cards or $30 without anything else. Obviously you're going to buy the cards cause that would make no sense to do so otherwise. Hallmark always has good plushies and this one is no exception. Enjoy!


Sunday, April 20, 2014

2014 America The Beautiful Great Smoky Mountains Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin

First ATB of the year and this thing is quite the beauty. We have the Great Smoky Mountains. On the coin, (I believe anyways) is the John Oliver cabin in Cades Cove. I couldn't find anywhere that confirmed this. Anyways, the Oliver's were the first European settlers. They survived a very rough first winter. They survived off dried pumpkins! The years after went a bit better.

Anyways, this is the "P" version from the US Mint. I bought if for $139.45 not including shipping under the subscription program. This was truly the best way of buying due to the discount. Without the discount, it would cost $154.95.

The bullion versions go for roughly $121. There has also been reports the past few ATB Bullion releases have had scuffs, scratches, and polishing issues. Provident had a Youtube video showing this as well. Being that they are bullion, one cannot complain. However, being a coin collector, I do not find that unacceptable and will stick to the P versions.

I think the Great Smoky Mountains is the best design of 2014 but I hope I am mistaken. Regardless, I am very happy with the history depicted on this coin and the look of it. This is another job well done by the Mint.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

2014 Baseball Hall of Fame Coins!

Yo! I'm back. Would it surprise you if I said I was working like crazy? If you've ever read this thing, you would know I'm not joking. Also I got a working camera which is my iPhone. My old camera is resting now as the focus died. I actually was doing a video of one of my Canadian coins. I think it was a wolf which was part of the Canadian Fine Silver Set. I tried for two days and finally gave up. Not wanting to buy a camera, I just said screw it!

Well now that I have this camera, I can post again! To actually see the niceness of the coins, you should watch the below video I did. If you don't want to sit there watching me ramble for 7 minutes, then look at these photos. They don't do the coins justice. Your choice!

There are 6 coins to the series: 2 gold, 2 silver, and 2 clad. Each type is offered in proof and uncirculated varieties. The coins were created to commemorate the Baseball Hall of Fame. The coins have surcharges which will be given to the Hall of Fame for funding their operations. The coins are a first for the US Mint. It is curved in on one side and popping out on the other. What better use of that idea than a glove on one side and a ball on the opposite. 

The gold and silver are sold out at this point. There were 50,000 gold coins offered across both versions and 400,000 silver across both. The clad coins are still available with a limit of 750,000. The current price of the proof is 19.95 and uncirculated is $18.95. These are introductory prices which end on April 28th at 5pm. After that time, the price will raise to $23.95 and $22.95.

These coins were offered at a ceremony held in Baltimore. At the ceremony were 2 Hall of Famers - Joe Morgan and Brooks Robinson. I wish I could of gone to it. I always wanted to go to an opening ceremony for a coin. This was actually doable however I had to work. I snuck away from the department party to buy these coins actually. 

The premium on the opening day coins are just ridiculous. I don't like slabbed coins so I am happy with what I got. I don't think a label should add an additional $2500 to a coin. If I was there though, I'd have to do the same thing and sell on Ebay so I don't knock the people who are doing it. I just find it amazing someone would pay that kind of money. 

Enjoy the photos and video. Only got me 1 gold coin as I am saving for the JFK later this year. 

Side note -  I messed up the weight in the video but close enough for me.

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.