Cherrypickers’ Awards

History

The Cherrypickers’ Guide to Rare Die Varieties by Bill Fivaz and J.T. Stanton defines “cherrypicking” as purchasing a coin with a variety on it (unbeknownst to the seller) for the normal price of the coin. The variety usually makes it more collectable and/or valuable.

The Cherrypickers’ Award was first given in 1992. It was given to the member who cherrypicked the best error or variety coin at Errorama.  By 1997, the club was giving two awards – one for the best cherrypicked error and one for the best cherrypicked variety. And, the awards were named the Fivaz-Stanton Best Die Variety Cherrypickers’ Award the Fivaz-Stanton Planchet/Striking Error Cherrypickers’ Award. In 1999, the CONECA Board of Directors re-named the latter the Eddie Colwell Planchet/Striking Error Cherrypickers’ Award – honoring the recently deceased error coin dealer and researcher.

Most every year since then, these two awards have been given out at Errorama.

Fivaz-Stanton Best Die Variety and
Eddie Colwell Best Planchet/Striking Error Cherrypickers’ Awards Winners

1992
Jim Checkovich (deceased)

1993
George Peterson

1994
Don O’Neil and Wayne Mains

1995

1996

1997
Karen Peterson (deceased) – Fivaz-Stanton Best Die Variety Cherrypickers’ Award
Frank Passic – Fivaz-Stanton Planchet/Striking Error Cherrypickers’ Award.

1998
Rick Snow – Fivaz-Stanton Best Die Variety Cherrypickers’ Award
Neil McElroy – Fivaz-Stanton Planchet/Striking Error Cherrypickers’ Award.

1999
Lee Heimke – Fivaz-Stanton Best Die Variety Cherrypickers’ Award
Bill Fivaz – Eddie Colwell Planchet/Striking Error Cherrypickers’ Award

2000
Mary Lafferty – Fivaz-Stanton Best Die Variety Cherrypickers’ Award
James Wiles – Eddie Colwell Planchet/Striking Error Cherrypickers’ Award

2001
Jon Sullivan – Fivaz-Stanton Best Die Variety Cherrypickers’ Award
Ken Hill – Eddie Colwell Planchet/Striking Error Cherrypickers’ Award

2002

2003
Mike Ellis – Fivaz-Stanton Best Die Variety Cherrypickers’ Award
Jim Checkovich (deceased)  – Eddie Colwell Planchet/Striking Error Cherrypickers’ Award

2004
Chuck Daughtrey – Fivaz-Stanton Best Die Variety Cherrypickers’ Award
Mike Diamond – Eddie Colwell Planchet/Striking Error Cherrypickers’ Award

2005

2006

2007
John Whitworth – Fivaz-Stanton Best Die Variety Cherrypickers’ Award
Gary Smith – Eddie Colwell Planchet/Striking Error Cherrypickers’ Award

2008
Ken Hill – Fivaz-Stanton Best Die Variety Cherrypickers’ Award
Ken Hill –  Eddie Colwell Planchet/Striking Error Cherrypickers’ Award

2009
Steven Lesser – Fivaz-Stanton Best Die Variety Cherrypickers’ Award

2010
Tim Clough – Fivaz-Stanton Best Die Variety Cherrypickers’ Award
Darin Augustine – Eddie Colwell Planchet/Striking Error Cherrypickers’ Award

2011
Bill Fivaz – Fivaz-Stanton Best Die Variety Cherrypickers’ Award
Mark Lighterman – Eddie Colwell Planchet/Striking Error Cherrypickers’ Award

2012
Jim Zimmerman – Eddie Colwell Planchet/Striking Error Cherrypickers’ Award

2013
Joe Ceravone – Fivaz-Stanton Best – Die Variety  (1941-S Walking Liberty Half Dollar RPM – FS-501)
Brian Raines – Eddie Colwell Best Planchet/Striking Error (1921-P Morgan Dollar with denticle impressions – VAM-31A)

2014
Joe Ceravone – Fivaz-Stanton Best – Die Variety
No Entries – Eddie Colwell Best Planchet/Striking Error

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