State of the Hobby – Tahgajute Lodge #247 J3 Ceremonial Team Patch

I had previously written about the Tahgajute Lodge #247 J3 Ceremonial Team Patch, one of the toughest items from Tahgajute Lodge #247.

One recently showed up on eBay.

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this one was probably hurt since it does not contain the lodge name or number, but their were still for unique bidders on this on driving the price up to over $ 56.00.

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State of the Hobby – Unami Lodge R1

While I don’t really follow OA outside of New York State, one of the highest price OA items in recent memory ended on eBay, the Unami Lodge #1 R1just a few days ago.

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The item was described as used, but it looks like the purchaser paid the full BIN price. Wish my pockets were deep enough to cover a purchase of that size!

What is the most you have ever paid for a prized need?

“[She] who permits [herself] to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and a third time, till at length it becomes habitual; [she] tells lies without attending to it, and truths without the world’s believing [her]. This falsehood of the tongue leads to that of the heart, and in time depraves all its good disposition.” —Thomas Jefferson (1785)


State of the Hobby – Ranachqua Lodge Wulowachtauwoapin Chapter N1

An auction recently ended on eBay which had me scratching my head a bit. The auction was one with a poorly written title “Order of the Arrow Neckerchief. The description did contain the Chapter name – WULOWACHTAUWOAPIN.

WULOWACHTAUWOAPIN was a chapter of Ranachqua Lodge #4.

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The bidding on this was very spirited, 11 bidders made 22 bids driving the price up to over $ 216.00 before the auction ended. More importantly there were 5 unique bidders still in it at $ 140 or higher.

While this is a rarely seen chapter issue from a merged lodge, based on the known collectors of NYC OA issues I would have expected this to sell in the $50-100 range. Typically for these sorts of items while the supply is low, there is also not very high demand.

Does anyone know why this one went so high?

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Tale of Two Flaps – Lowanne Nimat Lodge #219 S1

Two Lowanne Nimat Flap Lodge #219 flaps recently ended on eBay only a day or two apart.

The first was simply described as Lowanne Nimat Lodge 219 OA 2010 Boy Scout BSA Jamboree Flap, from a seller who seemed to be auctioning off items obtained at the 2010 National Jamboree.

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Bidding was somewhat spirited with five unique bidders making 12 bids with an ending price of $ 27.00 on July 10, 2015.

Contrast that with this auction which ended on July 12: OA Lodge 219 Lowanne Nimat First Flap Mint WWW which contained the magic words First Flap.

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This time there were 6 unique bidders making 9 bids, four of them with final bids over the ending price of the earlier auction. the final price for this one was nearly $ 56.00 over twice the price realized from the previous auction.

Descriptions would seem to count.

“We have therefore to resolve to conquer or die: Our won Country’s Honor, all call upon us for vigorous and manly exertion, and if we now shamefully fail, we shall become infamous to the whole world. Let us therefore rely upon the goodness of the Cause, and the aid of the supreme Being, in whose hands Victory is, to animate and encourage us to great and noble Actions.” —George Washington, General Orders, 1776


State of the Hobby – Loon Lodge #364 P2/N3

One of the tougher sets from Loon Lodge #364, the P2 on a neckerchief. The 394 is not an error or misprint, but is the council number for Adirondack Council. One of these Loon neckerchiefs recently ended on eBay with the patch on the neckerchief.

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Bidding started at only $ 4.99 and 9 unique bidders making 18 bids, drove the price to over $ 75.00 before it ended at $ 76.88.

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State of the Hobby – Ho-De-No-Sau-Nee Lodge #159 P1

One of the rarest Ho-De-No-Sau-Nee Lodge #159 Patch issues is the 4 smokestack P1. My understanding is the smokestacks represent the 4 chapters in the lodge at the time. the P2 contains 6 smokestacks an is considerably easier.

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A Ho-De-No-Sau-Nee Lodge #159 P1 ended on eBay last month, while there were several bidders, it did not reach the usual heights. The neckerchief was discolored and the patch used. There were still 5 bidders making 28 bidders and driving the price up to $68.00. I would expect a mint example to go in the $ 150+ range.


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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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