Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter December 18, 2020

    Well for the third time now a very generous Scouter has put the sale of some portion of their Scout collection towards a project at Camp Barstow.  Some of you might remember earlier in the year I took the ranger on an $800 shopping spree at Lowes with the proceeds of one sale.  This time a Scouter donated...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter December 15, 2020

  I started collecting Senior Scouting memorabilia after I kinda gave up tracking down all the new contrived rarities that were being issued among the OA lodges in the Carolinas.  But I already had a pretty good start without even knowing it.   Through all years of buying collections I never tried to sell any insignia.  I just didn't speak...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter December 13, 2020

  Call me crazy but I think t-shirts are an under appreciated category of collecting.  Maybe it's because t-shirts almost never survive 40+ years later whereas people put their patches in a cigar box for safekeeping and they survive untouched.  Maybe it's because there are no reference books on them and even in lodge histories I see that document the...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter December 11, 2020

    So simply put what I am looking for is a college kid who is tech savy enough to fire up a program like Audacity and listen with a good ear to the interview.  Delete all the uhms, uhhs, coughs and other noises that turn off listeners.  Then mix in a little bumper music and create a finished product. ...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter December 08, 2020

    Next week I've been asked by John Pleasants to present a quick overview of collecting Senior Scouting memorabilia on the digital cracker barrel.  This is an area I got deep into about 5 years ago.  With some help from Russel Smart I added needs and now I'm sitting with a pretty good collection.  If you want to get...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter December 04, 2020

    The bread and butter of my eBay business is patches selling for less than $10.  If someone needs a patch or just likes it then it's a lot easier to make an impulse decision to buy it for less than 10 bucks.  So the formula that makes the most sense is have as many patches listed as possible...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter December 01, 2020

  In just a few hours on eBay I have a nice group of items ending that were traded for at the 1955 World Jamboree.  If you want to see some of the lots I put together check out my auctions on the Scout Patch HQ account ending at 9:30 PM.  On Santeeswapper I have more 99 cents CSPs and some good SAPs closing...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter December 06, 2020

  In the Hot Finds I have talked about the importance of reference books to help drive the hobby quite a bit.  Terry was someone who went down the rabbit hole a bit and researched and wrote about so many aspects of the Eagle Award.  He even got into the certificates and signatures.  His other work was a book about...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter November 29, 2020

  I am really focusing on my collections lately with an eye on having everything in a format that can be shared as a display with other collectors and Scouts. To that end I am working on a budget version of my frames that hold 4 Boxware frames.  Keith Coffey has been coaching me up on some options to serve strictly...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter November 27, 2020

  If you are not subscribed to Patch-L then you have missed a lively debate about the future of cataloging OA.  Chris Jensen lit the match when he described his frustration with having no comprehensive way to ID patches any longer after OAimages was purchased by ISCA and crashed.  From there people on all sides of the issue started chiming...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter November 24, 2020

  One good example of this evolution has been the Monday night Digital Cracker Barrel that John Pleasants and Larry Lane have organized.  The last two weeks I have sat in on this zoom call and heard presentations from other collectors.  Next week I believe the topic is the Feltcrafters.  If you are interested in participating they happen at 8 PM Est...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter November 20, 2020

    Yesterday I had two visitors at the patch warehouse.  Doug Chambers has been helping me sort through maybe 50 pounds of pins that I have accumulated over the last twenty years of buying collections.  I like pins but they have always been one of those things that I tossed in a box which eventually turned into multiple boxes...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter November 10, 2020

    I am one of those people that agonize about exactly how I want to display their patches.  My goal has always been to make a display that I can take to Scouting events.  So my collection has to fit into that plan rather than going in a simple 3-ring binder.  For my OA flap collection I think I've...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter November 06, 2020

    Yesterday for the first time in months I got to work in my own warehouse.  My lucky break came as a result of my son finally getting to go to school in person for the first time since the pandemic kicked in back in March.  I've been trading off with my wife being the online zoom parent twice...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter November 01, 2020

    Most of us are checklist collectors.  You know what you want and have eBay searches set up to ping you when those items hit.  Not this guy!  His "M.O." was driving to Scout offices on family vacations and buying out whatever they had.  In this collection there are literally stacks of 50 event patches from multiple councils he...Read More

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