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Old 10-13-2011, 01:35 PM   #1041
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Re: Help for a diplomatic/political grad badge display

Phillip,

Are you implying that I am a cheapskate?

Regarding the bottom right badge, after double-checking with my long-haired dictionary, it is not specific to the University of Friendship of Nations, it is simply a standard Pedagogic University graduation badge.

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Old 10-13-2011, 03:02 PM   #1042
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Re: Help for a diplomatic/political grad badge display

Very nice display Phil! I like it
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Old 10-18-2011, 08:35 PM   #1043
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Re: Help for a diplomatic/political grad badge display

When it is complete, I'll post it in the correct section.

And Marc, you are not a "cheapskate" - you simply have had access for many years to awards that few people can afford anymore and you have seen them, from what I can gather, when they were 10s of dollars rather than 100s or 1000s. You, like people such as Alexei and Paul have been collecting long enough to walk away from obviously inflated prices.

I know you were just giving me a "nudge, nudge; wink, wink, say no more..." but I think you and the the others I mentioned deserve some recognition for having been collectors for so long and having collections that should be the envy of any sane forum member/collector of Soviet awards/cloth.

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Old 01-15-2012, 03:57 PM   #1044
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Re: How to display Soviet awards

Personally I don`t like to display my awards, I prefer to keep them in wood boxes inside the drawers away from dust, sunlight, etc. I try really hard to preserve the condition of my medals.

Here are some pictures of my modest collection
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Old 01-15-2012, 08:22 PM   #1045
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Re: How to display Soviet awards

Excellent collection!!!
Do you like DDR medals?
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Old 01-16-2012, 04:57 AM   #1046
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Re: How to display Soviet awards

Thanks Eric

Yes, I do. Actually I like awards from all Warsaw pact countries but so far I only have Soviet, Polish, Romanian and DDR medals.
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Old 02-28-2012, 05:06 AM   #1047
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Re: How to display Soviet awards

Just one possibility, I guess. Had to dismantle this one but took a final picture. Even though it's a cheap MDF (or some such) frame the medals did not tarnish excessively after three years - that was my greatest fear.
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Old 02-28-2012, 08:10 AM   #1048
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Thanks Eric

Yes, I do. Actually I like awards from all Warsaw pact countries but so far I only have Soviet, Polish, Romanian and DDR medals.
That's a great start. Try Bulgarian awards before they get too pricey. For the most part you can get complete sets (presentation box, award and documents) for a reasonable price - unless you are trying to collect KDS (the state security service created by the KGB) which are still being sold at ridiculous prices.

Also, if I'm not mistaken, Bulgaria produced one of the coolest looking "Brothers in Arms" type medals. There is one just in a gold plating look and a second with the Warsaw Pact flags in color. I have both, but not the time right now to photograph and post them - yet.

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Just one possibility, I guess. Had to dismantle this one but took a final picture. Even though it's a cheap MDF (or some such) frame the medals did not tarnish excessively after three years - that was my greatest fear.
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If the case you use is even remotely airtight, then so long as you hang it where it never gets direct sunlight, the awards should not age/tarnish more than you actually want them to.

Just my opinion.

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Old 02-28-2012, 08:27 AM   #1049
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The Bulgarian Jubilee Medal "20th Anniversary Of The Organs Of The Committee For State Security" will never be anything but highly priced. There are 4 KDS Medals in total (3 long service 1 commemorative) but the 20th Anniversary Medal is basically the "Holy Grail" of PRB Medals. Many Bulgarian medals can be picked up for under a dollar any day of the week but not this one! I have yet to see one sell for under $320 and not yet seen the document. Just like most nations there is always one obscure item that hinders the completion of a set. No idea on mintage figures but as the Mint has also sold off its collection of unissued KDS medals what you see on the market is what you get.
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The Bulgarian Jubilee Medal "20th Anniversary Of The Organs Of The Committee For State Security" will never be anything but highly priced. There are 4 KDS Medals in total (3 long service 1 commemorative) but the 20th Anniversary Medal is basically the "Holy Grail" of PRB Medals. Many Bulgarian medals can be picked up for under a dollar any day of the week but not this one! I have yet to see one sell for under $320 and not yet seen the document. Just like most nations there is always one obscure item that hinders the completion of a set. No idea on mintage figures but as the Mint has also sold off its collection of unissued KDS medals what you see on the market is what you get.
I was actually talking about the only two KDS honored service badges that I know of (the older one was far from cheap and the newer - sword on the left of center with what looks like a "cement pond" and that one was also over $100 years ago and the ones I've seen recently are about double that) and I also have the set of long service medals.

If you know of somewhere that I could see the "holy grail" medal I would really appreciate it.
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