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  1. There's a guy I know who buys out large quantities of second hand merchandise and over the years he's turned up some incredible medal groups. But with the covid I hadn't seen him since February, so I got ahold of him and a few days later a package shows up on my door. This serviceman was from just down the road in Oakland, California (the army lists L.A. Ca, but his funeral notice is Oakland). From what I can gather he was assigned to the 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division as a PFC. He was killed in action October 10, 1951 attempting to take Hill 905 on Heartbreak Ridge. The medal is engraved in the official manner typical of the Korean era. It came with an engraved gold star mother pin. I think this is engraved to his sister and I think the family line died out and that is how the medal eventually came to me. Its a sad reality of war and another example of collectors taking care of medals lost to time. Best ABN
  2. I would have thought $350-400. But it is a pretty famous combat unit. From a general standpoint, Mort raised a good point in an earlier thread where the quantity of quality patches has steadily dropped over the last ten years on ebay. Theres great quantity of desirable, yet common patches....think USMC raider, FSSF, ect. True quality pieces are exceptionally hard to find, even with the internet. This piece is not the rarest but its the first 187th bullion without significant damage to come through ebay in years. I haven't seen one of these with a company designation in probably 10 years and I seem to remember most of those pulled $8-1200 then. Every Korean War theater made combat patch with anything special has pulled considerable cash for the last year. Its a nice piece, I have at least one or two already so its not for me, but for alot of collectors theres not much coming out and alot of pent up demand. Best ABN
  3. I've collected patches for a long time and I've never seen the top one. Thats an impressive piece. Textbook Italian embroidery. Incredible really. ABN
  4. I like it alot. Blue reminds me of Air Force Security Police.
  5. Last week I became of the newest scam on ebay and I thought I should share it on the forum here. It starts with an online chat group, usually on facebook. The group targets one specific item on ebay. Usually a particularly nice item with an offer function and then gets each individual in the chat group to use their own account to spam the seller with offers around a specific price point the group has predetermined. The group then tries to use these offers as leverage against the seller to justify a significantly lower price. If the seller counters too high the group in unison returns with offers around another specific point. Variations on this scam include the facebook group having multiple people write to declare the item a fake to attempt and leverage the seller. Another they write the seller with offers to end the auction early with everyone around a specific price point to justify a sale at that price point. This scam is particularly prevalent in the WW2 field gear section on ebay. In the last seven days, sellers I know have seen three of these type of attacks and they have been picking up in frequency over the last several months. Ebay is aware and at least one chat group has been found with damning evidence. In short this is an unfair and generally illegal negotiation tactic and falls under white collar fraud. This is generally called the bludgeon attack. Best ABN.
  6. Another forum member recently posted a list of awardees of the DSC (see link below). This list includes a Jack L. Martinelli who served in WW2. Until now, I have never been able to locate anyone with the Pestoni or Martinelli name on the DSC list. Now I've found one. The estate this piece came out of had the effects of several distant relatives including both WW1 and WW2. I tried searching for a Jack L. Martinelli, but I can't come up with anything. I think it may be short for John, but I can't find anyone by that either. If Jack L. Martinelli is a relative he would be a cousin or uncle of Donald Martinelli. The father is Walter Martinelli. Does anyone know how I could check this to verify if Jack is a cousin? Thank you ABN DSC List Topic Individual Award http://dscdatabase.com/page/10/letter/M
  7. Allan H's opinion is the gold standard. I wouldn't deviate a bit from what he says.
  8. In order to insure an individual item like that your insurance company will likely require a written appraisal from a certified appraiser in your state. In my state, California, insurance companies often send appraisers out for classic cars. In this case, they might direct you to a specific business/individual. These people are generally generalists and may not know the true value of an item like this. Personally, I think $3-3500 might is light. I think the likely appraised value would be higher and the replacement value higher than that. I have seen many, many horror stories of families loaning stuff to museums. I know not of the museum you speak, but for flight jackets specifically, I can name at least three instances where the jackets were never returned. I would strongly recommend an insurance policy greater than $5000, likely $7500. I am not certified to appraise. It is better to have more insurance than less. This is my opinion and my opinion is my opinion alone.
  9. If you are inside the USA selling to outside the USA then almost assuredly no (ITAR restrictions). If you are outside the USA selling to outside the USA you are beyond the legal jurisdiction of the US government, but other governments might still say no, especially significant US allies who have funded the plane. If you are selling within the USA to someone within the USA I would say its a gray area at best and still say no. There is a good chance the government could say its stolen as well... This is one of those situations where the potential issues are numerous and not worth the fight.
  10. For what its worth the helmet has obviously been touched up in places. See attached picture with arrows. Other pictures show obvious touch up. I doubt someone would fake that.
  11. I think you are misinterpreting their terms. My reading of the terms is very different. Even if we agreed on what the terms said, the reopening of the bidding is at their discretion. Their prerogative was not to reopen the bidding. Furthermore, I just checked lot 205. Its a fixed bail, raised brass buckle with what looks like a light field repaint and heavy use. The liner has no sweatband, no nape, black A washers. Liner wear does not seem to match the shell. Leather chinstrap looks to be one of the 1960s black buckles. No name. No insignia. Nothing special. Sale price of $260 + 20% BP + Postage. Grand total at least $320. Not a bargain by any means. I understand the difficultly in losing an item you wanted. I have lost plenty. Others too. There will be plenty more of these. Again, nothing to lose sleep over.
  12. Actually they can't. The auction closed. If they reopened the auction all the bidders are gone. What this means is that someone else bid and won and you want to reopen the bidding and bid over that guy and take the lot away from him. I don't think that is right. I think Milestone did the right thing. Usually reopening of the bidding takes place immediately after it closes and it is caused by an error. Usually, someone on one of the computers clicked the wrong button. I think everyone needs to take a step back and realize how the system actually operates. Bob may be right, liveauctioneers may have software issues, but I am not aware of them. However, there is not one single platform that these auctions are run through. Many auction houses use liveauctions, auctionzip, proxibid and their own site. There may be more sites too, but for the sake of what I am saying is that every bid must be manually entered by an individual across all the platforms. Every auction I have seen has one person per auction site on a computer doing all the work for that site. They relay that information to the floor auctioneer. For example: If someone bids $10 on liveauctioneers the auction house's liveauctioneer floor representative bids to the floor. Then if a floor bidder bids $15 then the representative has to manually insert $15 back into liveauctioneers. Another representative must enter it into proxibid, another into auctionzip and so on. The same applies to going once going twice notifications. Some auctioneers purposefully slow the auction because of this. I have seen numerous occasions where there are errors on the floor, trouble communicating, even ties in bidding. The system is the best system we have and I doubt one system could be designed to encompass all the sites. I generally think the auction house did the best that they could and it should be left at that. Towards the OP, I am not aware of the specific lot up for discussion, but it was described as an M1 helmet. This is a relatively common artifact and can be located any day of the week from any number of sources for any number of different prices. In short it is relatively common and readily available. I would not lose any sleep on this one.
  13. The vest is either 67 or 68 contract. I can't remember. I have the stuff stored away and everything is shut down right now so I can't get to it.
  14. Les Hughes makes a point in his piece that there is a specific style of fully embroidered patch and a specific style of bullion patch that can concretely be attributed to being worn. In his article he heavily implies if not explicitly states there should be only these two styles of patches issued in 1944-45 in France. From this and this alone, one would assume this patch is not one of the ones that would have been worn by the unit, but I would not take that stance. To my point. I have a field citation for a bronze star to an officer in the unit dated February 1946 and issued in Europe. Ostensibly this officer was still in Europe in February 1946. I tend to believe that the original 4 issued patches would not have been enough and that it is highly likely if not probable that additional patches were made. However, this would have been extremely limited run and likely idiosyncratic to the individual soldier. In a roundabout way, without solid provenance there is no means to say this patch was actually worn by a member of the unit. Whereas the two styles Hughes talks about specifically are known to have been worn by members of the unit. I have seen a German made bullion example and think it righteous. I have mixed feelings on this patch, but generally think favorably on it. It will not pass muster with some collectors for the aforementioned reasons. However, I would expect any soldier having served in this unit, would be extremely proud of his service. The citation I have for the officer's bronze star is one of the most incredible citations I have ever read and most would likely agree that on a relative scale the man likely deserved more than a Bronze Star, but that's not the point. The point is that the man did some incredible stuff. Utterly remarkable. And if I were him, I'd be awfully proud and I'd want to wear my uniform proudly as much as possible especially in post war Europe. And I'd want a nice, bullion, patch. Four patches wouldn't have been enough. Best ABN
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