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New York OA Trader – The Teenage Years

It was 13 years ago today on January 26, 2004 that the New York OA Trader Blog was born on Blogger, with the following mission statement.

The purpose of this blog is to publish information about new Lodge and Chapter issues from New York State OA Lodges, the discovery of older uncatalogued issues, warnings about fakes, spoof, and reproductions and other information/musings that may be of interest to other NY OA Collectors (or at least amusing to me).

Now thirteen years later and fast approaching 4600 posts much has been written since of the thousands of new and newly discovered NYS OA issues I’ve tried to shared with you my readers and followers.  I’ve added NY OA Conclave issues, NY OA neckerchief slides and belt buckles as well as a a few posts of more general collecting interests to my reporting since then.

Thanks to all of you who continue to provide information about new and older issues from your lodges through scans, trades, comments and encouragement. I hope to continue this blog for many more years to come.

Please keep sending the scans and photos of new issues and discoveries from your NYS lodges even if it just a good story to share about why that patch was issued.

So what is new from your lodge and do you have one to trade?

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New York OA Trader Turns Twelve!

OK, I’m a bit older than 12, but it was 12 years ago today on January 26, 2004 that the New York OA Trader Blog was born on Blogger, with the following mission statement.

The purpose of this blog is to publish information about new Lodge and Chapter issues from New York State OA Lodges, the discovery of older uncatalogued issues, warnings about fakes, spoof, and reproductions and other information/musings that may be of interest to other NY OA Collectors (or at least amusing to me).

Fast approaching 4400 hundred posts have been written since then with thousands of new and newly discovered NYS OA issues being shared with my readers.  I’ve added NY OA Conclave issues, NY OA neckerchief slides and belt buckles to my reporting since then.

Thanks to all of you who continue to provide information about new and older issues from your lodges through scans, trades, comments and encouragement. I hope to continue this blog for years to come.

So what is new from your lodge and do you have one to trade?

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Thread Heads – Please No Orphans At NOAC

Another episode of Thread Heads where Brad England and Jason Spangler talk about preventing NOAC Orphans and other topics of interest to collectors.

Give it a listen.



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Thread Heads: Collecting Boy Scout Hat Pins

Another video from Jason Spangler and Brad England on collecting Scout Hat Pins, with their guest Doug Chambers.

In the hobby hat pins really broke onto the scene in the mid-1980s and it was at the 1985 National Scout Jamboree that they reached their zenith of popularity. Doug caught on to them much later as he was attending the SR5 Conclave known as the Dixie Fellowship. Not only does the Dixie issue a hat pin every year but also a participation pin. Once he started picking up older issues he just got rolling and before long found a niche in the hobby that he loves.

The Pin Boom seemed to only last for a few years, but you still see them at various TOR’s and on eBay.

What is your specialized collecting niche?



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“Use your strength, but always remember that any strength may become a weakness.” ― Kateryna Kei, Raven Boy

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Thread Heads Episode: Delegate Patch Debate – Pro or Con

Another Episode of Thread Heads by Jason Spangler and Brad England where they discuss OA delegate issues and whether they are good or bad for the hobby.

Thread Heads is back with a bit of a debate. How do delegate patches affect the hobby of Boy Scout memorabilia collecting.

After showing off some of the interesting patches the conversation turns to how does having ultra low production patches affect the hobby.
Brad shares the story of his home lodge Wisawanik #190 and how some flaps were issued that ran off potential collectors of the lodge. Jason shares a couple stories on how recently he has tired of chasing down delegate pieces and has put a cork in some of his collections.

I’m not a big fan of limited delegate patches, I think it can discourage collectors (incuding members of of the individual lodge) from collecting a lodges issues. With so many lodges issuing what can be extreme rarities do people stop collecting them at all? And if they do, what does that do to the lodge budget where they have come to rely on collectors to balance the books.

Have a listen to the debate and let me know what you think.

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Scouting Hot Finds – eBay Spring Seller Update

Jason Spangler talks about upcoming changes on the eBay collectibles category which will go into effect on May 1, 2015.

In this episode of Scouting Hot Finds Radio I am going to break down the changes eBay is rolling out to the marketplace on May 1, 2015. For the most part it’s a story of carrots and sticks. Some of the changers are meant to entice sellers to behave in a way that eBay sees as healthy for the site. Other changes are meant to rap you over the knuckles if you go against the tide especially if relaunching the same auctions a dozen times was your game.

You can listen to it here:

Check Out Hobbies Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with Santeeswapper on BlogTalkRadio with Scouting Hot Finds Boy Scout Memorabilia on BlogTalkRadio

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“Taking a risk to survive isn’t that impressive. Taking a risk to be happy, that takes guts.” ― Sarah Noffke, Revived

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ClothTalk 2.0 – Having Fun With Side Collections

Jason spangler and Hank Birdsong are back with another episode of ClothTalk 2.0. this one is on side collections. These are usually inexpensive things you may collect aside from your more serious or main collection. Let Jason and Hank tell you about theirs.

What are your side collections?

My most recent side collection started as a single conclave pocket pacth from each Area or Section conclave held in New York State. And we’ve seen where that has gone.

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