The 5 Rules for Valuing Collectibles

A recent article in an Insurance Industry Website Property Casualty 360 discussed rules for valuing collectibles after a loss by John Sterling the well-known radio play-by-play announcer of Major League Baseball’s New York Yankees since 1989 of 5 World Series Rings in a devastating fire earlier this year.

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Here are their tips:
1. Start with a detailed inventory.

2. Back up your inventory on a storage device.
It doesn’t help if your inventory is lost with your possessions.

3. Update the inventory every five years.
Perhaps more oftern if you are actively collecting and increasing the number of items in your collection.

4. Have the correct insurance coverage in place.

5. Understand the difference between replacement and restoration.
This will depend on the terms of your policy and what is covered.

Now this was an insurance industry piece, so their final advice was to

Talk to your agent, broker or carrier about your homeowners or tenant’s policy sooner rather than later, Trabue advises. They’ll help you determine the best way to insure your household goods from the most expensive collectible to the least expensive kitchen spatula.

What steps have you taken with your collection?


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Building Up Trading Stock

Jason Spangler and Hank Birdsong talk about building up trading stock on the cheap in their latest video Clothtalk 2.0. Give it a watch and if you have any additional ideas, share them in the comments below.

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Buckskin Lodge #412 New Regular Issue Flap S74

This has been out for a bit, but previously unreported, a new regular issue flap from Buckskin Lodge #412. The design is similar to their S54, but the wolf has grey eyes rather than SMY.

Buckskin Lodge #412 New Regular Issue Flap S74

Buckskin Lodge #412 New Regular Issue Flap S74

The stats for this are:
S74 DGR R M/C ORG ORG FDL; ORG Nassau Co, 412, alternating ORG/WHT W’s, Design S54 but GRY Eyes

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Where was it held? Section NE-3B 1999 Conclave

I had previously written about the 1999 Section NE-3B Conclave but did not have any information on the host lodge or the camp where it was held.

Can anyone provide the missing information?

Haudenosaunee Lodge #19 had a turtle totem, but that is the only clue the patch provides.

According to the OA Section List, the Lodges in the section at this time were:

  • Ktemaque Lodge #15
  • Haudenosaunee Lodge #19
  • Half Moon Lodge #28
  • Nacha Nimat Lodge #86
  • Loon Lodge #364
  • Onteroraus Lodge #402

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Section NE-2A 1979 Conclave

Time to update and replace my original post on the 1979 NE-2A Conclave. It is now almost nine years old, and I have been able to obtain so new images (and the items for my collection).

The 1979 NE-2A Conclave was hosted by Thay-En-Da-Ne-Gea Lodge #418. As far as I know, there were three items issued for the conclave, a pocket patch:

Section NE-2A 1979 Conclave Pocket Patch

Section NE-2A 1979 Conclave Pocket Patch

A neckerchief on White cloth:

Section NE-2A 1979 Conclave WHT Neckerchief

Section NE-2A 1979 Conclave WHT Neckerchief

and a neckerchief on Blue cloth. This one seems to be harder to find, I suspect it is a staff or host lodge version. Can anyone confirm the reason for the two colors?

Section NE-2A 1979 Conclave Staff Neckerchief?

Section NE-2A 1979 Conclave Staff Neckerchief?

According to Rob Higgens OA Section list, the following lodges were in Section NE-2A:

  • Sisilija Lodge #19
  • Wakpominee Lodge #48
  • Nischa Nimat Lodge #181
  • Ta-Oun-Ya-Wat-Ha Lodge #268
  • Loon Lodge #364
  • Onteroraus Lodge #402
  • Thay-En-Da-Ne-Gea Lodge #418

Is anyone aware of any other issues for this conclave?

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Ktemaque Lodge #15 Elangomat Set R1,X29,X30,X31

Had these scans kicking around for a while, and realized I had never posted them before. This is an Elangomat set from Ktemaque Lodge #15 consisting of a base 4 inch round and 3 arcs.

My understanding is the base patch is earned for being an Elangomat for the first time and the arcs are added for each additional time. Please correct me if I am wrong.

Here is an exploded view of the patches.

Ktemaque Lodge #15 Elangomat Set R1,X29,X30,X31

Ktemaque Lodge #15 Elangomat Set R1,X29,X30,X31


In understand that the proper placement would reverse the position of the Brotherhood (should be on left) and Cheerfulness (should be on right) arcs.

Here is the assembled version.

Ktemaque Lodge #15 Elangomat Set R1,X29,X30,X31

Ktemaque Lodge #15 Elangomat Set R1,X29,X30,X31

The stats for this set are:
R1 TUR R WHT TUR WHT FDL,BSA TUR Elangomat WWW e/X29,30,31
X29 TUR C WHT – – RED Brotherhood Arc for R1
X30 TUR C WHT – – RED Cheerfulness Arc for R1
X31 TUR C WHT – – RED Service Arc for R1

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State of the Hobby – Manatoanna Lodge #461 First Flap

Another recent sale, this one from December 2014 of a First Flap from a merged New York State Lodge. This one is from Manatoanna Lodge #461.

461 First flap

A single bidder claimed this one for the offering price.

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