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Friday Morning Edition
January 13, 2017

This week on the podcast I returned to the model that I enjoy the most - interviewing a character in the hobby.  There are so many colorful people in the hobby who are dong interesting things that Scouting Hot Finds Radio can serve as a platform to get their message out.  In this case the show was an opportunity to capture some words of wisdom from Nick Loesch.
Vintage eBay Boy Scout Auctions This Weekend
My introduction to the hobby was in the mid 1980s with mail order lists and phone auctions.  Some of you reading might be millennials who have always experienced this hobby with a smart phone in your pocket and the Facebook App on the Scout Patch Collectors.  Nick Loesch is old school having traded back in the 1960s when as he explains the rule was simple 1:1.
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Something I learned is that Nick stepped away from the hobby for many years and rediscovered it when he put a patch up for auction in 2001 and couldn't believe what it brought.  Since then he has been a regular on the TOR circuit and a big eBay seller.  It just goes to show this is a hobby that you can put aside when life gets in the way and come back to it full hog later as he did.
Boy Scout Memorabilia Auctions on eBay
If I had to pin an overall theme to the show it would be his love for trading.  That's what really set the hook in him back in the 1960s and he laments that not much of that happens these days at TORs.  In the interview he gives us some insight into the old names he mailed patches to back in the day.  In fact Nick recalled that back in the days of The Trader magazine it would take 2 weeks to complete a trade - not like the instantaneous deals of today.
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I just launched up a bunch of auctions last night inluding some good looking OA pies.  I messed up and set the opening bid for this Muscogee pie at just $9.95 when past sales suggest it should go for $200+.  Well I'll just put my faith in the system and let it ride (GULP).
The other guest on SHF Radio #75: eBay Powerseller Nick Loesch - firstcalltx was Michael Kellar who shared information about the Tu-Cubin-Noonie TOR and auction coming up in February.  I'm trying to use the podcast to help TOR sponsors promote their shows every week.  Speaking of TORs I'm leaving this morning to attend what is being called the biggest TOR in the Carolinas over the last two decades!
Have a great weekend,

Jason Spangler
Santeeswapper LLC

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