Post by double canister on Jan 6, 2014 19:55:10 GMT -6
Hey, it won't cost you a cent to sit with us a while. Really, that's a good offer. You can stick your coat or purchased items under our table and walk around completely unencumbered. You'd have both hands free to dig with.
Post by double canister on Mar 4, 2014 7:40:48 GMT -6
George and I returned from SOS late Sunday. We only hit foul weather for about an hour south of Indy. I do not have words to explain the grandeur of this event. It's an absolute monster! There were 2,000 tables jam-packed with militaria of every conceivable collecting genre. The room itself will hold three football fields! Yes, dealer prices were high. Sometimes astronomically so. But, if you scout around, you'll find average guys who are much more reasonable. I wasn't very lucky as far as CW images, but I managed to add to my secondary collections. I snagged two foreign-made CIBs at $20 each. The same guy sold me an 8th Cav beercan DI for $3. I also added a number of divisional patch variations, plus a 50th Ill Infantry Reunion Ribbon from Quincy. (I grew up there.) I think my grandsons did better than I. I came home with nearly a hundred common patches for them to root through and add to their collections. George and I both sold the heck out of things. I'm certain our prices looked cheap to those buyers staggering around in sticker-shock from big-shot dealer tables. We both chatted with many old (and getting older) friends. I bumped into a guy I worked with on "War That Made America" ten years ago, and we spent over an hour reminiscing. The helmet examples there almost make you puke in your mouth. I estimate that 80% of the German helmets were dicked with or just simply bad all the way. The US M-1 helmets were equally disappointing. About every fifth helmet was a medic's. And every third one was some elite unit i.e. Ranger, 506 PIR, USN Beachmaster, etc. I could write more. George needs to chime in, also. I took a number of pics with new digital camera, but I'm still screwing around trying to download them.
Good to hear you had an enjoyable show. Also good that you both returned safe and sound. It sounds like it's almost too big. Quantity can be good at times but when you look around at the volume of items and note that prices don't correspond it can be discouraging. Especially for a new collector. Also this old collector. Dealers like to talk about what the market will bear, but items remain on their sites and get carried around from show to show for years. I think of it as artificially forced pricing. A casual collector really has to scout for a reasonable seller and there are a few reasonable dealers. Best bet like Mark states is to deal with like minded collector/sellers. Unless you are a collector with money burning a hole in your pocket and just have to have it right now. For myself, I can wait.
It is just breath taking, the show is huge, yes prices are over the top, but again you got to look, and then dicker with them. As with all shows, the "Big Possums" walk late and same on buying, deals can be made on Saturday. I'm with Mark on the helmet market, too expensive for the number of fakes. My hoard of Liberty Loan patches didn't appear but I'll keep hope alive for next years SOS. If you don't attend once in your collecting life your missing the show of your life. See you all in June in K-Town...George