Over the next two or three years, I will be selling a lifetime collection of State Police, State Patrol and Highway Patrol collectibles. I also have many items from US Territories, including Guam , US Virgin Islands , Puerto Rico and American Samoa . In addition, I have extensive collections representing all of the current and former law enforcement agencies in Orange County , California . Also, some specialty collections such as Presidential Inaugural badges issued to the Washington , DC Metropolitan Police beginning in 1937. I have breast badges, hat badges, patches, rank insignia, special unit insignia, patrol car license plates, hats (with hat badges), patrol car license plates, old photographs, medals and awards, expired ID cards, challenge coins, State Police/Highway Patrol yearbooks and commemorative books, some breast badge/hat badge sets and many, many other things. It has been my practice to maintain a file for each state in which I have a treasure of information, articles, photographs, correspondence from the various agencies and background information and histories. Priority will be given to collectors who wish to acquire an entire state's collection ; such sales will include the custom made display cases in which the collections are mounted as well as all contents of files which I have accumulated. If you buy an entire state, you get everything I have from that state (I can supply detailed lists). During the more than 36 years that I have been collecting these items, I have traveled all over the United States and sought them out in every possible way. Some of you may recognize me as a former contributor to the collecting newspaper, PC News (I will be placing ads t to let the collecting community know about some of the more rare items available) in which I wrote a monthly column entitled Super Troopers. As much as I have enjoyed the unrelenting pursuit of everything having to do with US State Police, Highway Patrol and State Patrol agencies, every good thing must come to an end. Health issues and changing priorities will allow many collectors to obtain items for their collections that have eluded them for years. I don't have everything that it is possible to have - no collector ever will, which makes the chase so exciting for the dedicated collector, but I have many items from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and US Territories. From some states I have breathtaking accumulations and from some, I have less, but t is something for everyone in the collections that I have amassed. I am in no hurry to sell off everything I have, so I will take it slow. I welcome inquiries, as always. Offerings on eBay will be limited in compliance with their rules governing the sale of certain items, but check out my 99.9% feedback rating (just one crummy negative in retaliation from a guy who is no longer registered with eBay out of almost 2,000 feedback rating received). Also, I offer a no questions asked, 100% return policy. Check back frequently to see what is offered; new items will be added week after week, with an anticipated total sell-off sometime in 2008 or early 2009. You can e-mail me or Google me with any questions or inquiries. John Yeaw ( California Highway Patrol, Ret.).
A note about shipping: My collections have been carefully mounted in custom made, hardwood display cases with felt background materials and glass fronts with fasteners. Anyone who purchases an entire state or an entire specialty collection will receive the display case(s). I will do my utmost to assure that shipping, if required, will not result in any damage but because these are hardwood cases, measuring from 12" x 18" to 16" x 20" and up to 26" x 28" with glass fronts, obviously I cannot assure that some careless postal worker will not break anything. You may want to consider picking up some items, if possible, at my home in Orange County , California . Shipping will be by USPS Priority Mail, boxed with required insurance. Again, no guarantees on the display cases arriving with glass intact but I will wrap each case ...... read more