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Old 04-25-2012, 09:55 AM   #91
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Re: Hi Everyone!

Thanks for the PM Eric

I think i may post in the "wanted" thread when i get back from work, if i don't drown in the rain first

York has completely gone to pot in the last couple of years and everything has always been stupidly overpriced in that city!

I have a couple of pieces i'm wondering about too, so i will post some pics for your opinions when i get home!

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Old 04-25-2012, 10:30 AM   #92
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Re: Hi Everyone!

Tom,

Welcome to the forum and the north of England collective,

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Old 04-25-2012, 10:49 AM   #93
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Re: Hi Everyone!

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Now, regarding your interest area, there are many sub-categories to focus on. Some examples are: Researched awards (with information of the recipient, like who, when, and why he got it for), awards with their documents (the certificate that came with it), award groups (all the awards and paperwork awarded to one person), cased ones, military ones awarded during peacetime or combat, Soviet awards given to foreign people, Labor awards, awards given to individuals of a certain ethnic group within the USSR, etc... You have a lot of choices!
Some examples of collecting within a theme or area of focus:
Labor-related items, GPW awards and campaign medals.
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Old 04-25-2012, 11:01 AM   #94
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Re: Hi Everyone!

Cheers Pacha! Keepin' it Northern!

Wow Eric! Are they yours?! They're awesome!

Maybe i really should think about a specific are more...

So many choices though :-)

Better than too few though i suppose!

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Old 04-26-2012, 09:48 AM   #95
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Eric, nice sets! But I wouldn't consider Partisan medal a campaign medal
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Old 04-29-2012, 12:21 AM   #96
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Not to dismiss the comments about educating yourself, because that is incredibly important - even when some of the best books are a bit pricey because they had limited runs and are not always easily available, but I cannot stress enough the importance of finding trustworthy sellers - even for less expensive items.

When I started buying items after I was back in the US, I only knew about ePay and thankfully only bought stuff under $20-30. I got ripped off a few times, as might well be expected and didn't even know it until I found this forum. I was lucky in the sense that my main focus was on security service items and even in Russia they were not cheap so I didn't get stabbed in the back very often in that area.

Read all you can, study it well, listen to the folks who know and have been doing this for long enough to be knowledgeable and burned (I never really trust anyone who never admits to having made mistakes), but don't think they walk on water because they have more experience than you. This comes back to my original point - find and only do business with people you can trust and who won't charge you outrageous prices.

Just by looking at the "marketplace" on the forum, you should be able to get a good idea of who is selling at reasonable prices.

Oh, and one last thing: don't be in a rush to get everything you want right away. It took me years of waiting for both the right items and the right people that I could trust to land most of the greatest (to my mind) pieces in my collection.

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... it's knowing who you can trust!

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That's a pretty short list I'm afraid, but you can find most of the people I would put on that list right here. Read the feedback before you buy (here and everywhere else you are looking because, amazing as it may seem, not everything on the e-auction is a fake, but you have to dig deeply to find the good stuff).

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Old 01-07-2014, 01:08 PM   #97
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Just want to say hello

Hello everybody,

I just registered for this forum, and wanted so say "hello" to everybody

First to say, I am not a collector. My grandmother passed away at the end of 2013 and followed my grandfather, who died 4 years ago. Now I have to dissolve their whole house and all thinks they ever owned...

My grandfather collected orders and metals, most of his collection (I estimate about...500 pieces) is soviet.

It would be a great help for me if you guys could help to identify and separare chinese copy fakes from real, genuine medals.

If I will post something you find interesting - contact me. I will give away everything as I don't want to throw it away...collecting orders was grandpas greatest hobby


a big "thank you" to all of you guys,
with regards from germany,
Andy

ps: please excuse my rusted school english
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Old 01-08-2014, 10:34 AM   #98
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Welcome to the forum! Always good to see a new member. It appears you want to establish the validity of your grandfather's collection- hopefully there aren't any fakes. This is the place to do that, and have some fun in the process. Enjoy!
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Old 01-22-2014, 11:39 AM   #99
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Welcome! Go to the fake alert section and start reading! There are too many high end fakes out there. I stopped collecting because of it. Collecting becomes exciting when you can attach a name to the medal you have and learn how it was warned by the award recipient.
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Old 09-26-2014, 03:03 PM   #100
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Re: Hi Everyone!

Hi everyone!
I am a long time fan of the site. I found it after thinking about all the medals that were awarded on computer games. I play a lot of computer games. Not all soviet war games. but it is interesting to find out what i'm looking at. Red Orchestra 1 and 2 give a really good fell of how intimidating it would have been to fight in the war. Close combat has strange medals.
does anyone else here combine their hobby with gaming? BLITZKRIEG!
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