Will it stop raining by then?
However, it did not rain during the show, the set up or take down. This does not count today's last section of the Rumsey WESTPEX Auction. Light rain has begun falling in Northern California with general regional rain (and snow in the mountains) late tonight, tomorrow and maybe a bit later.
Covid killed "The Hanger" restaurant on the main lobby floor and it has not been replaced but food was available three times per day in the large lobby seating area near the bar.
Parking was easy unlike the year when a presidential candidate was down the street and all of the responding protesters took up all parking.
Friday quite busy. Solid Saturday. Don't know about Sunday. No dealers seemed to be grumbling, Antifa was not employed to go after the judges so the exhibitors seemed pleased.
Heard some collectors complaining about the prices they needed to pay for their wins, so the auction seemed to go well.
One dealer complained that they should have changed locations on the floor sooner since they did better on Friday than any other time during their 30 years of attendance.
WESTPEX 2023 Palmares
April 29, 2023
WESTPEX Grand Award
Mark Schwartz The New York Postmaster Provisional
Collectors Club of San Francisco - Reserve Grand Award
Wieslaw Kostka Kingdom of Poland - Study of Rates for Stampless Mail 1815-1871
WESTPEX Grand Award - Single Frame Exhibit
Mark Schwartz The Use of Boston's "PAID in Grid" Cancels 1851-1859
AAPE Youth Grand Award
Adhyatman Agarwala Coffee! Early Cancellations and Slogans in Latin America and the Caribbean
WESTPEX Chairman's Award
Steven Walske Le Debacle: Postal History of the 1870 Franco-Prussian War
Full list here: https://www.westpex.com/pdf/w23palmares.pdf
Any other observation for folks attending would be nice to read. Due to mobility issues I could only attend Saturday and my activities even then limited.
I did find two items either of them a 'show maker' plus another which would be a show maker at any lesser show. Of course what I found fit in my areas of interest. I trust there were 'show makers' for other folks but your experiences may have varied. All are still in the car's trunk perhaps I can get them in later today, I am still moving slowly. That is why I couldn't go Friday nor Sunday.