As you see in other articles in this issue, I've consigned much of my library to Kolbe & Fanning. Why now? Well, I'm no spring chicken anymore and getting closer to retirement and likely empty-nester downsizing. With last month's birthday I became a card-carrying member of the Medicare set.
The biggest reason for selling now rather than later was to take care of our children's college expenses before retiring. Although I'll certainly miss having so many numismatic books and ephemera at my fingertips, I've still got plenty of great books for reading and reference. Bibliophiles know books have a way of growing and expanding. Here are before and after photos of my home office and library.
I feel much lighter now. Honestly, it was getting to the point where I felt I couldn't add one more sheet of paper to my ephemera collection without busting out the walls. Now other collectors will have the opportunity to pick up where I left off.
Note that not all of my consignment made it into the current sale - some of the items shown in the NNP video will be in subsequent K&F sales in 2024, so stay tuned for more.
Here are some photos from my trip to the K&F offices in Gahanna, OH on May 4, 2023. I packed everything myself and with the help of my two sons, loaded it all into a rented cargo van. 70 boxes! Later I found two more in storage and shipped them - 72 boxes in all.
Homren Library being boxed up
Heard of a van, loaded with coin books, packed up and ready to go...
Safely delivered to Kolbe & Fanning
Shelving and shipping
David Fanning in his office
Selfie with Dave
I had a nice dinner at a nearby restaurant with David and Maria Fanning.
After an overnight hotel stay I drove the empty van back and returned it the next day. It was a tiring, whirlwind trip, but very satisfying. The library and I arrived at our destinations in good shape.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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