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Watch BSA posters get appraised on ‘Antiques Roadshow’

Antiques-Roadshow-logo(Updated Jan. 8, 2013)

The 10-time Emmy nominated Antiques Roadshow, “part adventure, part history lesson, part treasure hunt,” kicked off its 17th season with an episode featuring a little something for Scouting collectors.

The show’s premiere took us to Corpus Christi, Tex., and included a very-brief appraisal of Boy Scout posters.

Admittedly, when I first heard the show would feature BSA memorabilia, I had hoped the BSA segment would be longer. As it is, you can watch the 60-second appraisal of some BSA posters right here.

You Tell Me

What’s your most-prized piece of BSA memorabilia? And if you had to guess, what would you set as its dollar value?¬†Leave your comment below.


Note from Bryan (Jan. 8, 2013): In an earlier version of this post, I oversold the BSA segment’s length and its depth. I was basing that on the information PBS sent to the BSA last month, and I published this post before I had seen the clip myself. I apologize for the confusion.

44 thoughts on “Watch BSA posters get appraised on ‘Antiques Roadshow’

  1. I would love to see a “Scouting Memobilia Roadshow” program in which the host would travel to various Tradeorees or Scout Shows and interview people who trade and collect various items. With the variations in Order of the Arrow flaps and CSPs; interesting things like special neckerchiefs and slides; the whole Max Silber belt buckles, and the displays of Scouting items at the national musuem and other museums around the nation, I think that there’s a really good market for watching and reacting to those items — especially if the show illustrates that “those patches and pins in a box in the closet somewhere REALLY have some value to them!” I would watch it!!

    • That would be awesome Mike. The guy who did the appraisal on the posters was not a true scouting expert. He downplayed collecting scout memorabilia, saying it’s not that popular.
      We would need to have true experts who could not only do a correct appraisal, but be able to discuss what it is/was (the background of it).
      This would be a great boost to the trading community, showing those who had no knowledge of the history (and the value) behind the memorabilia. It would increase the number of collectors.
      I too would watch it!.

      • I was talking with my sweetie earlier today (we share lunch via phone) and I told her that they should have a “Scouting Antiques” show. She said “the only people who would watch it are guys like you…and maybe me, because I know how nuts you are about the things you collect…” I told her that the show as I saw it would be half “historical” and half “this is what it’s worth and how many are out there…” kind of thing.

        For instance, I told her about the World Jamboree I was supposed to attend in 1979 which got “shifted” from Iraq to Sweeden (The Jamboree was cancelled; the World Association created five regional “celebrations of Scouting”) because of the issues around the Shah of Iran (who was a friend of the USA and he was going to host the World Jamboree). There was a LOT of items made for that Jamboree which got distributed or given out when the Jamboree before and after it was originally cancelled… and which are very prized items now…Most Scouts and Scouters don’t know about that and the insignia, books, posters and banners — coupled with historical footage and interviews — would be a great way to bind history to Scouting collections!

        • It was Iran where it was to be held. Not Iraq. The Shah was overthrown and that ended the Jamboree with the revolution going on.

  2. It would be really cool if less know collections of we “in the background” scouters could be featured. I know that even people simply nearby in the hotels where we often have major events have shown an interest in my displays every year. Even most Scouters are pretty unaware of memorabilia beyond patches and common gear. My table of equipment, games, and hobby items, all official at one time, are big interest gatherers. Not sure about books and periodicals, as most are in plastic and discourage investigation, though have shared a few with people if they ask. The older paper is often very fragile, so it must be protected from indiscriminate handling.

    I have been trying to find a home for my material after I am gone, but so far have not had much luck. Since the majority is paper, it would be a good library addition; not something that National needs though, as they have most of it likely in storage or display, and much more. It does seem a shame that we do not have some kind of actual Scouting museum and library in Southern California, especially with all the history and collectors in the area. If anyone has the connections, it would be great to find a sponsor for such a thing in our neck of the woods.

    • I agree with you Wes…it’s not just the “massively large collections” I would love to see but I would love to see the smaller, and more varied collections. For instance, I have a small set of old unit and district certificates but I don’t know of anyone else who collects such things — or where would they go when I go. Most people collect patches, pins or books of some nature…

  3. At our National Jamboree in MORE RAIN Penn. One of the youngest Scouts I saw at the Jamboree, jumped off a bus, ran up to me, and said “Mr. Mr. Would you trade a patch with me. I said “What do have”. He handed me a 1933 World Jamboree patch in mint condition wrapped in plastic. I said ” Where did you get this” He said “From my Grandpa” I said “What do you want for it.” He said ” I just want to trade a patch” I said “Do you know what this is” He said yeah, a patch, I want to trade it.” About 50 yards away, there were a number of Scouts on their blankets, trading. They all add books full of them, and a number of patches laid out on their blankets. I told the little Scout, come with me. We walked up to the first Scout Trader, and I said to him ” Give me 20 patches you can live with out. He said “Why ” I said “Just do it, you’ll see”. I showed him the Jamboree Patch. His eyes became real wide. I said “Deal” He handed me 20 patches. We shook hands. I gave them to boy. “Thanks Mr”. and off he went.

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