Wednesday, January 18, 2017
So many of my favorite collecting niches are represented in this block. I have the Type 1 Explorer Silver Award in my collection and Senior Scouting including Air Explorers is one of my favorite areas.
I won't be able to get out a new episode of the podcast this week with everything that is going on. However, I do have some good people interested in being guests so Scouting Hot Finds Radio is definitely back.
Late last week I added a new folder in my Facebook store by posting a fresh album with 300+ new CSPs that are all priced cheap with free shipping. It's much quicker to get that many patches in a sales album with simple pricing versus listing them out on eBay and paying them for being the middle man. If you see anything in this folder send me a message and we can square up.
Before things turned upside down I was able to get 70 eBay auctions launched including a bunch of nice OA pies and old camp neckerchiefs.
Monday, January 16, 2017
My older brother Chris probably has more memories of my dad going camping as he was the Scoutmaster back in the late 70s and early 80s. We are 8 years apart so for example my brother attended the 1981 Jamboree and I went in 1989. But along the way my dad was active in the District and received the Award of Merit and later the Silver Beaver. Going though his jewelry box yesterday I recognized the familiar blue and white ribbon.
In every lodge you are going to have those adults that loved to get up on a roof and work all weekend. He was a chapter adviser for a while and his service led him to be bestowed with the Vigil Honor in 1986. Now the irony here is that the weekend that he was tapped for Vigil I was also my first OA event. His health prevented him from continuing on much more in the outdoors after that but he and my mom were still active for years after that.
One example of how devoted my dad was to family is this one statistic. I don't think he ever attended a Dixie Fellowship including the one that our lodge hosted in 1983 when he was very active. My mother's birthday is April 26 and that always meant that going to the Dixie would fall on her birthday weekend. He knew that although Scouting was a big deal being there for my mom was priority #1. They were married for 53 1/2 years.
To finish the story my dad became sick in 1986 and for the next thirty years my mom kept him straight even though new health issues kept cascading after a 22 year career in the Air Force. As my son has started Tigers this year I'm happy to say that Patrick is now a 4th generation Scout as my grandfather was my dad's Scoutmaster for a time as well.
Saturday, January 14, 2017
My introduction to the hobby was in the mid 1980s with mail order lists and phone auctions. Some of you reading might be millennials who have always experienced this hobby with a smart phone in your pocket and the Facebook App on the Scout Patch Collectors. Nick Loesch is old school having traded back in the 1960s when as he explains the rule was simple 1:1.
Something I learned is that Nick stepped away from the hobby for many years and rediscovered it when he put a patch up for auction in 2001 and couldn't believe what it brought. Since then he has been a regular on the TOR circuit and a big eBay seller. It just goes to show this is a hobby that you can put aside when life gets in the way and come back to it full hog later as he did.
If I had to pin an overall theme to the show it would be his love for trading. That's what really set the hook in him back in the 1960s and he laments that not much of that happens these days at TORs. In the interview he gives us some insight into the old names he mailed patches to back in the day. In fact Nick recalled that back in the days of The Trader magazine it would take 2 weeks to complete a trade - not like the instantaneous deals of today.
I just launched up a bunch of auctions last night including some good looking OA pies. I messed up and set the opening bid for this Muscogee pie at just $9.95 when past sales suggest it should go for $200+. Well I'll just put my faith in the system and let it ride (GULP).