Mantiques: A Promising Store Name!
On my return trip from the Fort Leavenworth Militaria Collectibles Show last Saturday, I stopped in Weston, MO to visit a few antique shops. Weston is a town known for antique hunting, but it also offers a nice historic home tour every year in December.
Striking Gold at the Hastings Military Collectibles Show
As I loaded my car early Friday morning, I was relieved to see that it had only snowed an inch or so the night before. While I was in college, there were four consecutive years the Hastings Nebraska Militaria Show was canceled due to blizzard conditions. Show co-promoter Mike Bockman was beginning to think the Lord was trying to send him a message.
Ft Leavenworth Militaria Show Review
I just got back from the 14th annual Fort Leavenworth Militaria Collectibles show located at the Frontier Conference Center. I have attended this event 5 or 6 times and enjoy making the drive. This show (like most) is an opportunity to meet up with collecting friends I only see once or twice a year and to network with dealers.
Book Review: M-1 Helmet of the WW2 US GI
I’ve been visiting Peter Oosterman’s site (www.m-1helmet.com) for a while because, in my opinion, it is the nicest looking militaria-related site on the web. When I heard he was publishing a book on M1 helmets, I was eager to purchase a copy. My expectations were high because the book cost $119.90 (including international postage), but it ended up being money well spent.
The Movie That Changed Militaria
“Pre – SPR” is a term commonly read on web boards, or heard from the mouths of militaria collectors at shows. It signifies a romanticized time period prior to the 1998 release of the movie Saving Private Ryan (or SPR). This Spielberg masterpiece revived so much interest in WWII and military history that overnight, countless new collectors were born.
Drugs, Baseball, and Collecting
With recent news of the Mitchell Report accusing 86 baseball players of using steroids and other performance enhancing drugs, people have been talking about the players and the sport, but what is going to happen to the value of cards and memorabilia?
Rare “Sac Dollar” Error Coin Discovered
It may come as a surprise to individuals outside the coin-collecting world that extremely rare and valuable US coins are still being minted today. These coins come in the form of mis-strikes or error coins caused by human or mechanical failure in the minting process. Billions of U.S. coins are produced annually.
Special Forces Beret With Provenance
I recently won a Vietnam era Special Forces beret from an online auction. Prior to bidding, I emailed the seller with specific questions because the auction description was vague and the accompanying image was not great. The seller never responded to my questions, but I could tell that the insignia was a desirable variation, so I took my chances and placed a bid anyway.
Imported Fake Antique Furniture
This weekend I went to a flea market that had an “antique store liquidation sale” in an adjacent building. The building contained numerous rows of furniture. I would guess between 70-100 pieces total. The event was advertised on television and radio as an antique tag sale however; all the pieces were pricey reproductions.
Hearing the Veteran’s Story
I just read an article stating there are only three living WWI vets left. It seems like they all faded away without receiving the recognition they deserved. I’ve only met one WWI vet in my life. He was my great uncle Benny. Benny served with the 88th Division and told me that he survived the war but nearly died on the troop ship coming home because of a serious flu outbreak.