Wednesday, November 18, 2015
I had one of those moments last night that I'm sure you can relate to. There was an eBay auction that I wanted to bid on and I had 36 minutes until it closed. I thought yeah I'll go downstairs and eat with the family and run back up and bid. I remembered about the auction about 3 hours later. Dooh!
Well here is another good reason to join ISCA. Dave Eby has found the only Invention merit badge known to exist and has the picture on the cover the upcoming ISCA Journal. Considering only 10 were earned this is one of the "Holy Grails" of the hobby. The family is keeping the patch but at least we now have a picture of it!
As we get ready to potentially list our house for sale I'm starting to pack up all the Boy Scout "stuff" that I have in the garage and just about every other room in the house. Living in the same town for 18 years I've accumulated lots of stuff that probably needs a new home. I might try going to the Indy TOR with a van load of it priced to move.
I've got some auctions ending this week that feature some neat Baden Powell and classic Scouting pieces. These are auctions that didn't sell the first go around so I lowered the prices to run them again. They include a Mafeking Stamp among others.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
The Girl Scout show was a lot of fun. The fellowship of collectors visiting with old friends seemed very familiar to that which you see at our shows. They even had a couple of seminars for young collectors - one of which I recorded and will be publishing this week on YouTube. Even though I was a newbie everyone was very friendly. I got many questions answered that I could not find on any website or in the guide.
It was not a big topic of discussion but I thought you might appreciate this one. When it comes to the "highest award" the GSA has bounced around over the years and one lady offered a very clear compliment for the Boy Scouts. The Eagle has always required 21 merit badges (her words not mine) while the GSA kept changing both the name and requirements for it's highest award for high school age Scouts. Today it's called the Gold Award but it has also been 1st Class among others.
The host of the show Becky Byrns had a wonderful uniform display at the front door unlike anything I've ever seen at a Boy Scout show. She had about twenty full uniforms on short manequins that represented all of the GSA uniforms from the teens through 2000. Each one had the hat, belt, sash, shirt and pants of that time period and was labeled. I snapped pictures of them all.
I just missed seeing some familiar faces at the show. John Pleasants and Chris Jensen were there on Friday but not Saturday when I arrived. There were collectors there from as far away as CA, CT, MI and PA. I got the impression that GSA collector shows are few and far between. I did not mention to anyone that just last weekend there were 4 Boy Scout shows running at different locations around the country.
Monday, November 16, 2015
There was some discussion on Facebook regarding the red arrow patch in the lot below. I believe the consensus was that it's a military unit patch. Of course those get mixed in quite a bit with old Boy Scout collections.
As I was toasted on my Boy Scout bid this week I'm happy to report there wasn't as much competition in the Girl Scout world. I won my very first GSA item on eBay this week - scoring a uniform with over 30 pre-WWII badges on it for less than $100. Maybe I shouldn't be talking about all that and stirring up the competition?
Just to prove to a few of the readers that I don't hide the good auctions I'll tell you that the merit badge sash below is one I'm going to bid on. I doubt that my high bid will take it home but it's a nice sash and I am picking up Eagle medals when I come across them.
So how about this for ingenuity. One of the readers has a wife who is a Realtor in the Charlotte area. After announcing in the Hot Finds my resettlement plans I got a nice card from her yesterday offering to help my family relocate. Talk about the Boy Scout hook up!