Hardest NY OA – Nischa Nitas Lodge #410 J1

Hardest NY OA To Collect

I’ve just begun a series on the hardest NY OA issues to collect based on a recent thread in Patch-L. Here is one of the toughest items from Nischa Nitas Lodge #410.

I actually held one in my hands once, but it is the only time I’ve seen it up close and personal. It had a very short run and is also very collectible as a Ceremonial Team issue.

One Nischa Nitas Lodge #410 J1 just finished up on eBay for nearly $ 1600.  At most this may be the second one I’ve seen on eBay over the last 10 years of steady searching.

Also one of the nicest, but simple looking designs in a Jacket Patch.

Hardest NY OA - Nischa Nitas Lodge #410 J1

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Hardest NY OA To Collect


Hardest NY OA To Collect

There was a thread on Patch-L regarding what were the harder (or hardest) OA to collect from your Lodge or Section or State. Now in New York there are the obvious Wakoda A1 or Hanigus R1; but both are likely $ 15,000 items. There are also a number of slightly lower tier items like the Nick Stoner A1 which are certainly tough, but are seen on a semi-regular basis. With deep enough pockets or the right trade material they are obtainable.

You can add your thoughts to the discussion by adding a comment or emailing me at nyoatrader -at- nyoatrader dot com and I’ll work it into a future installment.

I’ll add my thoughts on the NYC area lodges, but here are Mike Hulsizer’s thoughts on the lodges he collects. Mike maintains a great collecting resource for these lodges, the Western New York Order of the Arrow Patch History.

I collect 3 lodges from WNY. Most pieces are pretty easy to get. However, a few are tough.
284 Tuscarora:

R1: Probably the most expensive piece from this lodge (~$125) but they are floating around on eBay.

L1: Rarest piece – never seen on eBay.

I did pick up an 284L1 on eBay years back, but is was not properly described. Unless you know what you’re looking for, you would not know what it was.

Tuscarora Lodge #284 L1

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