State of the Hobby – Hanigus Lodge #47 R3

An auction recently ended for an old tough issue from New York State. Hanigus Lodge #47 merged with Chappegat Lodge #15 to form Mide Lodge #15 in 1957. They never issued a flap, so even their odd shapes command a premium price.

Clicking on the image will bring you to the auction results for the next few months.

There was just a single bidder who knew what he wanted and who took the patch down for the minimum of $ 899.99


“Among the features peculiar to the political system of the United States, is the perfect equality of rights which it secures to every religious sect.” —James Madison (1820)


State of the Hobby – Old Boy Scout Order of the Arrow Brotherhood Pin-OA Gold Chipmunk Totem-Hood

A big ticket item of interest to New York OA collectors recently ended on eBay.

Clicking on the image will bring you to the auction results for the next few weeks.

The seller knew he had something good, and started the bidding a $ 999.99. there were only two bidders and 3 bids, but it ended at $ 2380.00.

Bill T. posted this on Facebook:

This beautiful standing chipmunk pin is from Hanigus Lodge 47 of Mt. Vernon, New York. It is has the “Hood” hallmark and “XX” (20 karat gold) and dates to the 1930s. It is the only know example of this totem in gold. There are two known examples in silver, one is Hood and dates to the early 1940s from Hanigus Lodge (in my collection) and the other is J.E. Caldwell and dates to the 1950s and was used by Kamargo Lodge.


“Measures which serve to abridge the free competition of foreign articles, have a tendency to occasion an enhancement of prices.” —Alexander Hamilton, 1791


Hanigus Lodge #47 Belt Buckle

Here is another image from Bob Fenty, this one a belt buckle for Hanigus Lodge #47 and Camp Waubeeka.

Hanigus Lodge #47 Belt Buckle

Hanigus Lodge #47 Belt Buckle

Anyone have samples of other NYS OA Belt Buckles?

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A nation which wishes to preserve democratic institutions cannot afford to allow its legislatures to become engaged on a large scale in the promiscuous distribution of special subsidies and special favors. Once this occurs, there is no protecting the interests of the community at large, and, what is more important, there is no protecting the political institutions themselves. Tariff legislation is politically the first step in the degeneration of popular government into the warfare of each group against all.
Henry Simons Economic Policy for a Free Society;
Civilization largely rests on the fact that the individuals have learnt to restrain their desires for particular objects and to submit to generally recognized rules of just conduct. Majorities, however, have not yet been civilized in this manner because they do not have to obey rules. What would we not all do if we were genuinely convinced that our desire for a particular action proves that it is just? The result is not different if people are persuaded that the agreement of the majority on the advantage of a particular measure proves that it is just. When people are taught to believe that what they agree is necessarily just, they will indeed soon cease to ask if it is so. Yet the belief that all on which a majority can agree is by definition just has for several generations been impressed upon popular opinion.
… Hayek’s Law, Legislation, and Liberty:


Hanigus Lodge #47 1957 Leather eL1957

An auction recently ended on eBay for a Hanigus Lodge #47 eL1957 not currently pictured on OA Images. The three rounds issued by the lodge all command in excess of $ 1,000. The event issues significantly less although not often seen.

Clicking on the image will bring you to the auction for the next few months.

There were 13 bids from 7 unique bidders before the hammer cam down.

If the winner reads this blog, I’d like a good scan or photo as well as getting one to OA Images.

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“If the federal government should overpass the just bounds of its authority and make a tyrannical use of its powers, the people, whose creature it is, must appeal to the standard they have formed, and take such measures to redress the injury done to the Constitution as the exigency may suggest and prudence justify.” –Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 33


Hanigus Lodge #47 R3

An eBay Auction ended recently for what is probably one of the 3 toughest Lodges in New York State, or at least one of the 3 most expensive. The auction was for a Hanigus Lodge #47 R3.

Clicking on the image, will bring you to the auction for the next few months.

This issue is seen somewhat regularly on eBay for $ 1500+.  This time the bidding started at $ 750 and 3 separate bidders drove it up to just $ 910.00.

A sign of the times? or is this more the ‘true’ value since you no longer need a Hanigus to complete a numbers set?


In the fight between you and the world, back the world.
Frank Zappa
US musician, singer, & songwriter (1940 – 1993)

Buried Treasure – Hanigus Lodge #47 N2

An auction ended on eBay last night which contained a Hanigus Lodge #47 N2, their 30th Anniversary neckerchief. Buried Treasure?

There was no mention of Hanigus Lodge in the auction title or description but there it was in the image.

Clicking on the image will bring you to the auction results for the next few months.

Eight separate bidders found this auction, and 5 of them were willing to pay more than $ 75.00.  the final price was nearly $ 140.

thanks to Ray Gould for pointing this one out to me. If you have an auction you think would qualify, please drop me a note or leave a comment.


“We can evade reality, but we cannot evade the consequences of evading reality.” – Ayn Rand (1905-1982)


Amangi Nacha Lodge Complete 2009 NOAC set – Not sold

Ebay LogoI wrote about a Amangi Nacha Lodge Complete 2009 NOAC set which was listed on eBay.  Back in August the same set sold for $ 460.00.  This time it went unsold.

47 unsold

Clicking on the image, will bring you to the auction for the next couple of months.

I guess the NOAC Feeding Frenzy is over at least at this price point.  Those with the deepest pockets have filled their needs, and those with shallow pockets are not interested at least at this price.


“The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” – Theodore Roosevelt.