Knowledge is Power – Uncommon Flaps from Common Lodges

Knowledge is Power Below you will find a link to an extreme example of an uncommon flap from a common lodge.

You will often see a trade offers on Patch-L or other venues offering to trade OA Flaps 1 for 1 for other flaps; but with a stipulation of no common flaps or perhaps a list of unwanted lodge numbers. There is nothing wrong with these lodges, but because of their size, number of active collectors, or an long-unchanged design their flaps seem to be everywhere.

Often by studying these lodges, you can find a few needles in that haystack. While more recent NOAC, Jamboree, Anniversary or other event-like issues have fallen out of favor with collectors, many of the older event-like issues are actually scarce in comparison to most regular issue flaps.

In some cases, anniversary issues may have been only issued in a short run at a specific lodge event ( a banquet fro example). Unfortunately there is no easy way to determine which these are, but you can learn this information over time by talking and trading with members of these lodges. What items are on their needs lists or which ones they are looking for a friend?

Here are two 50th Anniversary issues from Half Moon Lodge #28. Most recent issues from Half Moon Lodge are easily obtainable.

The red bordered flap (S12) is a relatively common $ 5 – 10 Flap. the Blue Bordered (S11) flap has not sold on eBay in recent years and is probably worth at least 5 times the value of the S12. (Yes it was a banquet only issue.)

Half Moon Lodge #28 S11 and S12 50th Anniversary Flaps

The extreme example, is from Amangamek-Wipit Lodge #470. Wipit is a very large lodge that had an OBV set in the 1980’s and 1990’s that everyone had, and had in duplicate, that was difficult to trade. Here is an Amangamek-Wipit Lodge #470 Flap that you would love to get 1:1. 🙂

I realize it is not a likely 1:1 trader, but even common lodges can have uncommon flaps.


The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true.
James Branch Cabell, The Silver Stallion, 1926
US essayist & novelist (1879 – 1958)


Table of contents for Knowledge is Power

  1. Knowledge is Power – Nentico Lodge #12 X1
  2. Knowledge is Power – Owaneco Lodge #313 Quinnipiac Dancers
  3. And I thought YOU were crazy!
  4. Knowledge is Power – Sea Scout Eagle Badge
  5. Knowledge is Power – Wakpominee Lodge #48 A1 Wabiningo
  6. White Sea Scout Eagle Badge
  7. Knowledge is Power – The Silver Fawn
  8. Another Eagle Scout Badge
  9. Knowledge is Power – Lettered Areas
  10. Knowledge is Power – P2K Arrowheads
  11. Knowledge is Power – Uncommon Flaps from Common Lodges
  12. Knowledge is Power – A Philmont P2K Arrowhead on eBay now
  13. Knowledge is Power – Region 7 Canoe Base
  14. Knowledge is Power – Region 13
  15. Knowledge is Power – Silver Fawn Revisited
  16. Knowledge is Power – Adirondack Lodge #357 R1
  17. Knowledge is Power – Tahgajute 247 X1
  18. Knowledge is Power – Area I 1945 Conclave
  19. Knowledge is Power or Oh My God!!
  20. Knowledge is Power – 1937 Jambo Shoulder Tab
  21. Early Region 2 Patch on eBay
  24. Boy Scout Order of the Arrow Patch – Vintage – Rare
  25. Knowldge Is Power – Sislija X2
  26. Most Expensive OA Lodge Event Patch?
  27. Delaware County Council OA Neck’chief worn 1958 Enclave
  28. Achpateuny Lodge #498 Dance Team Issue
  29. Knowledge is Power – Wabaningo Lodge Handbook
  30. Knowledge is Power Air Ace Medal Type 2
  31. Sea Scout Eagle Revisited
  32. Y2K Philmont Arrowheads
  33. Collecting OA Handbooks
  34. 2009 NOAC American Folklore Set
  35. Before there was 4, there was 6 and before that 12
  36. Knights of Dunamis
  37. P2K – Philmont Arrowhead
  38. Early Troop Committee Armband
  39. Air Scouts and Air Explorers
  40. WTF – $ 2000 Hat Pin
  41. 1937 World Jamboree USA Contingent Flash
  42. Sea Scout Eagle Badge on White Twill
  43. 1935 Boy Scout National Jamboree Shoulder Tab and Patch
  44. Scouts De America
  45. World Brotherhood Camporee
  46. RWS: Chautauqua County, RARE-original style, gauze back
  47. Philmont Ranch Hand P2K Arrowhead
  48. Felt Vigil Sash on eBay
  49. Felt Flocked Vigil Sash
  50. 1948 OA Handbook Hardbound Edition – The Finale
  51. OA Belt Buckle
  52. Philmont Dollar Patch
  53. Knowledge is Power – The Silver Fawn Redone
  54. NY Pre-OA Honor Society – Order Of The White Swastika
  55. National Order of the Arrow Indian Seminar
  56. Ah Wa Ge OA Lodge 477 Neckerchief Slide
  57. A Look Back – The Silver Fawn
  58. Tahgajute Lodge #247 J3 Ceremonial Team Patch


  1. Neale Cummings says:

    The Lodge 28 S11 just sold on Ebay for less than $8.00. Not sure if everyone was sleeping. But I will add that to my collection cheeply.


  2. nyoatrader says:

    Nice get. At least one person is reading the posts 😉

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