I just published episode #91 of Scouting Hot Finds Radio. This is an interview with Russell Smart on collecting early OA odd shapes. These were the patches before the era of flaps in the mid-1950s. As many of you know Russell has made the decision to sell the 100 best pieces from his collection in a very original format. But that sale ends January 31st so I wanted to have him on to share the story of this collection that took decades to assemble.
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If you have been to the pop up museum at recent NOACs then you have seen a portion of Russell's amazing collection. Always up for a challenge he read Chris Jensen's copy of the Wabaningo book and asked "how hard would these be to get"? Now if there ever was a true reason for someone to use the "LOL" laugh out loud response.
But Russell attacked the idea with research, spreadsheets and networking to assemble an amazing collection over the next couple of decades. In the interview we talk about all of that including lots of insight he shares about OA insignia after WWII into the early 1950s. If you are a die hard thread head you will not want to miss this episode.
Russell is now selling the best of this collection in a private sale. His reputation in the hobby is such that he is even allowing his own version of proxy bidding which was not something he originally wrote into the terms of sale. You and see the beautiful online flipbook he made sharing this collection. The sale ends January 31st.
In my plan for 2021 I am trying to release new content every Monday. Next week I'll have my latest unboxing video out for everyone to watch. This one does not contain any fireworks but it's always fun to see what someone's Scouting story is through their memorabilia.
Keep Calm And Scout On,
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In Charlotte, North Carolina I have an antique mall booth that is filled with nothing but Scouting stuff. I call this location my clearance center because I've marked down everything to move. A lot of what you will find there are items that are too bulky to easily ship from an Internet store. The booth is located in The Sleepy Poet which is a well established antique mall on South Blvd in Charlotte. The mall is open 7-days/week year round. So the next time you are in the area come check it out.