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  1. One “clue” to look for is “cornrow embroidery” as it is sometimes called. It can be seen clearly in the blue background of the third patch. It’s a hallmark of Japanese patches - but not always as evidenced by the very first patch posted. But it is a clue to narrow things down.
  2. #4 is a 5th Special Forces Project Sigma patch, circa Vietnam war period. Can’t tell if it is “real” based on the pics. If it is real it’s theater made and on the rarer side. Rare and desirable are two different things...
  3. I really think you’re going to be blown away. For me it was the culmination of years of collecting and graphic design - it is everything I ever wanted as a collector and then some, due in no small part to access to some of the best collections in the world and the unbelievable encyclopedia that is Jason’s brain. If he didn’t know something, the answer was a phone call away. Funny story (and par for the course in this corner of the hobby) - Jason literally received a killer RT Iowa that we believe to be the prototype for the Team Patch the same day the books were on the way to his house. I a
  4. Bob - that last spread shows every known (at this time) Team Patch. We sort of threw it in to get the right amount of pages for production, but it is one of my favorite parts. You really start to see what is what when you see everything together in one place. Thanks again for posting the pics!
  5. The patch posted is not specifically covered. However, there are a few "team patches" using this same exact design. We cover these variations and connections with some examples that tie everything together (Off the top of my head I'm thinking Special Projects was under OPS-34 which was not a "American Boots on the ground" section) As Bob noted, our goal was to provide the collector specifically with a total and complete information dump organized in a logical manner to make educated decisions. We really left no stone unturned during the production of this book, and it took quite a few twists a
  6. Bob and Gil - I was SUPER careful not to besmirch Pugh and Sutherland's works - they have been bibles for us for so long and were really the only game in town, coupled with poor photocopies of Cecil's publications and anything else you could find - which we all inevitably tried to piece together to make some sense. That is where the new book really shines - sure, it has great pictures to drool over, but the story / history is laid out if you take the time to read) and it all begins to make sense. We went into this with the goal of laying out the history first and foremost. Having access to som
  7. In my excitement to post about the newly arrived first edition, I neglected to mention that we scoured the community for Recon Team insignia - collections of many heavy hitters. We also leaned heavily on a few key individuals - Bob being one of them. This book is something I dreamed about since the late 90’s, and I personally am beyond stoked that it now exists. Working on some marketing materials for it as we speak, as mentioned, delivery is nebulous at best right now so we don’t want to go nuts if it takes 4 months to actually get here. It is printed, it is shipping. When it arrives you’ll k
  8. Howdy everyone. My name is Aric Gingo, I’m a long time collector and a long time lurker here. I am an art director (sometimes called a commercial artist or graphic designer) and for the past several years have had my dream job of designing Jason Hardy’s “MACVSOG” series of books. I’ve been collecting for some 35+years, concentrating on US military elite forces insignia. A few weeks back (before the craziness and social distancing set it) I read a post which mentioned this book and desperately wanted to chime in. I had to wait for approval from the mods and for things to settle down in genera
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