The time has come—Tucson 2020. According to advertisements there are 51 different show venues this year with the culminating Tucson Gem and Mineral Show®, the main show, running February 13-16 at the Convention Center downtown. Smaller shows “officially” started Saturday January 31 although my dealer friends tell me that high end trading and buying in hotel rooms started much earlier. In fact, some collectors of fine minerals had left town by February 1. However, I am just an ole rockhound from Colorado Springs and happy to be here in the sunshine talking to the friendly, often mom and pop, dealers, and frugally buying a few goodies that light up my eyes. Life is good.
There are 1 million, 497 thousand and 642 carved Moroccan Orthoceras cephalopods for sale at the various Tucson venues. They are only exceeded in number by strings of "beads" (below).
Small fish from the Green River formation in western Wyoming (Eocene) dwarfed by a large Xiphactinus from the Smoky Hill Chalk (Cretaceous) of western Kansas.
Marine reptile from Morocco. Is it "real"? Don't know as I did not examine closely. I do know that Mosasaur "jaws" complete with a row of teeth are for sale everywhere in the shows. Most are composites.
Minerals and rocks by the flat, bucket or individuals are "for sale" by the "mom& Pop dealers. Many have very nice specimens for the buyer.
Trilobite from Custom Paleo in Oklahoma.
Zeolites and more zeolites.
The above three photos show the giant concretions containing a variety of zeolite minerals. The floodlight is approximately 6 inches in diameter.
Blades of wulfenite from Old Yuma Mine. Width FOV ~1.4 cm.
There were a few other purchases, but descriptions will come later.