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I'm looking at buying a pair of WWI USMC dogtags. I was wondering what would be a fair price to pay, they've asked me to make an offer. thanks!

 

A "fair price" or "good price?" :)

 

As a buyer you are not an appraiser so I'd suggest offering what you are comfortable paying. I often hear sellers say "So what do you think these are worth?" and I want to reply "Pay me $100 an hour and I'll do an appraisal."

 

A set of USMC dog tags dated Nov. 1918 sold on bay for $43.00. LJMilitaria.com has a bunch listed but no prices posted. An Australian ebay seller recently sold a set of 1921 USMC tags for $71.00 US. I found another set on ebay described as "Original WWI Marine USMC dog tags Co.L., 11th Regt 1918" that was sold by a Canadian ebayer for $70.99 US.


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You can also do a finshed auction search for the last 30 days to see what prices have been realized. IMO, much would depnd on who they were issued to... you know the cook, baker, candle stick maker routine. Not everyone carried a rifle. s/f Darrell


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they complete that small WWI group I posted earlier in the Groupings forum

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I have seen them as high as $125 at shows

 

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I have seen them as high as $125 at shows

 

Bill

 

I did some ebay searching and the highest recent sale as $84 for a guy who was in fact in France in 1918. There was a pair sold for $29 - belonged to a guy who was Marine in WWI and died as a civilian merchant marine in WWII. I would say Brig, that was with a lot of other collectibles, the dog tags have a fairly broad range from about $30-40 on up to $80-120 and that something in the $70 range is fair to buyer and seller, but if you can get them for $40 you're still within fair market value.


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I offered 50, we'll see how it goes

-Brig
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"FOR OUR TOMORROWS, THEY GAVE THEIR TODAYS"
RIP
Sgt Jesse 'Jeff Nasty' Balthaser
Sgt John P Huling
Cpl Carlos 'Gilo Monster' Gilorozco
Cpl Stephen C 'Socks' Sockalosky
LCpl Joshua A 'Scottie' Scott
LCpl Jason Lee 'Birdman' Frye
LCpl Nicolas B Morrison
LCpl Jon T Hicks
LCpl Osbrany 'Oz' Montes De Oca
Pvt Lewis T D Calapini
'The SOI 5'

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I found this at an antique shop the other day, and in looking up the various types of army dog tags, didn't see this exact type represented. It most closely resembles the "first type" with the exception of the religious denomination. The second type has the tetanus date, which this one doesn't have.

The websites I saw, made no mention of any type of "transition" types. Has anyone here observed this exact format?

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They used this next of kin tag up until 1943 then changed over.The story I have heard is that the next of kin was removed as if captured they didnt want the enemy to have any acces to family contact.Maybe Braddocks book on tags can shed some light on the variation.I normally see the early tags in a brass material as yours.I have seen a few in bright metal.

 

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http://mooremilitaria.com/dog_tags.htm

 

It is the "Vietnam Style 3" it's the same format used today. It could even be current, I guess the letters are still sunken in. It depends on where they are made to get the raised variation.

 

It's a good tag...

 

Rob

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I know no harm is intended but a veterans SSN and name do not belong on the Internet. SSNs became service numbers in January 1970 and most veterans are probably still alive.

 

 

We have altered that to blur out the SSN.


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Here's two interesting tags I got recently. The first looks to be all hand stamped on a normal brass tag. I love the uniqueness of it. The Navy tag I couldn't pass up because of the name. He's lucky he was in the service before 1969 or I'm sure he'd have been the butt end of many jokes. :D

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...And These belonged to my Grandfather on my Dad's side. US Army WWII

 

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Here are the few I Have, First is my grandfathers, the second is my uncles and lastly a pair I picked up on eBay.DSCF0225.JPGDSCF0333.jpgDSCF0539.JPG

Collecting the Yankee Division, 101st & 102nd Artillery specifically!

Coming to you from the birthplace of the Army National Guard, Salem, Massachusetts

 

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I just can't figure the branch of arms of that dog tags necklace found in France. think.gif

The owner is not on the NARA list. May-be someone can find something about him.

 

Thanks a lot for your help.

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You will notice that the middle name letter is not at the same place on each tag.?

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I tried searching for his name on google but couldn't find anything relating to his service, only a lot of genealogy type stuff. All I could tell you from the tag is that he was an Army draftee. There's nothing wrong with the position of the middle initial changing. I have sets of tags where the service numbers don't even match up, it's just human error.

 

Did you actually find these on the ground somewhere or were they purchased? It's a nice set of early tags.

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the private purchase blue & white cord is for Infantry branch

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- Lester H Scheaffer (Fleetwood - PA) - 175th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division - KIA September 12th 1944 attacking the Brest Naval range butt

I’m proudly in charge of his grave at St James cemetery. RIP

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- Jay E Hansford (Baxter Springs - KS ) - 146th Engineer Combat Battalion SETF - KIA June 6th 1944 landing on Dog White Omaha Beach

I’m proudly in charge of his grave at Colleville sur mer cemetery. RIP

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- See their story, and other ones here : http://mylifeinthewar.over-blog.com/

 

-- Interested in pictures (and others items) concerning the French Navy ships that went under repair in US Navy yards in 1943. In Boston (Le Terrible, le Fantasque, le Malin), in NYC (Richelieu) and in Philadelphia (Le Georges Leygues, Le Gloire, Le Montcalm)

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