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Old 03-25-2013, 12:35 PM   #71
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Re: DPRK Prices "How Much To Pay"

Good luck!
So far I have found that all the dealers (or at least all the dealers I have ever communicated with) have some understanding of English. Mind you since I don't write Mandarin that is the only way I can communicate with them.
A good tip is to look for Coin/Stamp dealers. They usually have DPRK items under the counter.
Strangely enough contrary to the Coin/Stamp dealers that may pick up awards in the process - whilst collecting DPRK awards I've also had coins and stamps come in too. The coins (made for circulation) are also very light. The stamps are almost universally made "cancelled to order" so I have refined my collecting of them to pre-1960.

If it is Soviet made items you are looking for (which cuts the field down to a few early Orders and Titles) a great percentage of them were awarded to the internationalists that came to help in the early 1950's. These can be found splashed over the former communist nations of Eurasia but caution must be taken as I have seen various cases of DPRK awards being used to make up fantasy groups (and at extraordinary prices). Buying the Soviet made awards is the only sure way not to be disappointed by poor quality. One of my most belovéd pieces out of the entire collection is an early http://soviet-awards.com/forum/sovie...tml#post163884that has been worn to a satin finish on the reverse. An item that just needs to be touched. I can even be so bold as to say I prefer it over any of the Red Stars (comparable award in rank and production) in the collection. I think it set me back $20 (compare that to the cost of a 19## numbered Red Star). It would be a dream to have research on it - in my top ten list of "Dream Research" (along with the 1## numbered Hero Of Labour).
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Old 03-30-2013, 12:27 PM   #72
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Talked to my friend from China (who has no interest in militaria!) to get some proper search terms in Mandarin. Started browsing sites. He will help me make contact should I find good leads.

I'll note that a screw back of a national flag 3rd class went for over $90 delivered on ebay this week and a horizontal pin of the same went for about $30. These prices are significantly above our discussion.

some of the 3rd class can be had in volume for under $6 delivered, so clearly if one were to find a independent supplier they could be had for probably much less.......

Still no luck on a contact but I'll report back after some coordination with my friend...

Will try to put some ''lines in the water'' this week.
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Old 03-30-2013, 12:46 PM   #73
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Sounds promising.
As I have said "seek and ye shall find". If after only one week of digging you are finding vast reductions you can expect even greater discounts in the future.

You will find that the prices I suggest are on the whole very true to reality. Some may be a little over and little under due to short term supply/demand issues but are generally good. For example this week's news reports may cause a very short term spike in prices due to the fact that the DPRK is fresh in the memory and it may trigger "memorabilia" purchases.

It is nice to see someone taking my advise and having what I said reinforced rather than someone just saying "Liar!" and then have a group of others - also not putting the footwork in "liking" their posts.

I created this thread to aid the wider collecting community and it is very heavily based on my own observations and purchases. I have no rose coloured glasses so I say it as I see it. Hopefully it has been very helpful in stopping those interested in DPRK items not waste their money or be taken for a ride.

This forum has been at the cutting edge of proving information on DPRK awards and it certainly hasn't finished yet!

I've found whilst obtaining DPRK awards that the best part is having the large, heavy package land on the door after spending weeks or months en route. It feels like you've been given a great gift and there is also the comfort of knowing the items now have a safe and good home. Then you open up the box and get overwhelmed! I currently have a large package (50+ items) on its way to me so not long until a new array of previously unseen awards can be presented the the forum and I can be frustrated and overwhelmed whilst trying to sort the "known" awards into types and variations.

Keep us all updated!
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Old 07-20-2013, 11:09 AM   #74
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Meyerse....

How have your efforts been going ?
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Old 09-15-2013, 10:06 AM   #75
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Dead ends but admittedly I've had two international moves in less than two years. When looking I've had no luck.
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Personally I've been finding that awards are being offered in larger and larger number. Rather than singles or doubles or common awards items are now offered in 5s, 10s or more.

I was offered a few hundred ONF3 as a single lot but they wanted double what I was willing to pay. I don't think they are many collectors (or even dealers) willing to purchase hundreds of more common items in a single purchase so they will have to either trickle onto the market over the next few years or simply flood it.

There are always DPRK items offered for sale on the market and if they price isn't right they just don't move. The dealers offering these items though have a constant supply inwards and if stock is not going out when are they going to let the excess overflow?

I have a feeling some dealers will be taking a loss on DPRK items before it is all said and done.
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I'm sorry for always mixing insignia and awards. lol, it's a habit. :o

Anyhow, have you ever seen the DPRK marshal star, like up close and high res?

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These can be seen in the Mausoleum for Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. I returned from a trip to Korea (and Russia: Lake Khasan) recently and saw them myself. Unfortunately no pics allowed in the Mausoleum.

I am still struggling with the price reference for the high end awards... e.g. Hero Star with serial nr < 500.
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Sounds promising.
As I have said "seek and ye shall find". If after only one week of digging...
North Korea’s Grave Robbing Problem | The Diplomat

Interesting choice of words... coincidence?:cool:
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