Re: Council Patches
Don Izard (IZARD@UBVM.BITNET)
Tue, 9 May 1995 14:34:41 EDT
As a 25 year collector of council shoulder patches, and the old
round council patches before that, I'll share my limited understanding
of the BSA slaes of council patches. Many if not most of the council
shoulder patches are currently supplied through BSA National Supply.
BSA supply division has a special CSP order form. However, just
buying them from national is not much fun. Most of the patches
available from national are also sold at ANY official BSA supply
outlet, such a J. C. Penneys (in many states)
HOWEVER, there are a number of councils that choose to LIMIT
the sales of patches . WHO knows why? Several are in NY.
Some of those will sell 'collectors' the patch by mail at
an inflated price (reason 1). Some will not sell you a patch
at all, unless you are a registered member of that COUNCIL.
At one council, I heard that you used to be able to regisiter,
and buy the patch for $15. Maybe the new LONG registration
forms will cut down on that idea.
Others seem to issues 'special' CSP's for fund raisers, and
every special event, such as Jamboree's, OA conclaves, dinners,
and council or even camp anniversary's. I know collectors that
have over 1000 different CSP's, but I don't think there was
ever over 1000 councils. ANyone know? And some people place
a HIGH value on patches from councils that do not exist anymore.
At at the national Jambo, there was a guy that made up patches
from fake, or non existant councils! Plus there are always
fakes of any high value patchs. Some fakes have taken on a
value of there own.
It's almost as bad as sports cards, or those NEW pogs!!!
I still have some council patches from the 73 jambo with 50 cent price tags!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City