Giving Back

A few years ago, a friend of mine who collects WWII vehicles, called me. “John, you like WWI Tank Corps stuff, right?” he asked before describing an identified uniform and helmet he had just bought at a farm auction. “Is … More »

Life Lessons from Dad

Just before this past Christmas, Dad, Mom and I were sitting at a table waiting for the nursing home staff to deliver our “holiday meal.” As we looked over everyone gathered for the quiet celebration, Dad asked, “Did I ever … More »

What’s the Hot Militaria for 2015?

What will be the hot military items in 2015? Trends in the military hobby are not always difficult to predict: Items that soldiers were eager to find as souvenirs have become the hot collectibles today. There are some growth areas in the hobby, however, that may not be as obvious. More »

Hummers Unleashed!

  For years, one iconic military vehicle has been notably absent in the surplus stream: The AM General High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV, pronounced “HUM-vee”). Known to generations as the “Hummer,” very few of the military 1-1/4-ton trucks have … More »

Preserving Firearms

Recently, I was asked what was the first Civil War firearm I had owned. I really had to scratch my head and think on it, not because of how many I have owned (just a handful, really), but rather, because … More »

Setting up at your First Show

You feel like you have extra items in your collection that you can sell. You believe you are current on pricing. Looking it all over, you believe you have enough stuff to cover an 8-foot table, so you go ahead … More »

Splat Tag Zombie Hunt

Following a line of cars, I pulled into an open field where a GP large tent stood adjacent to a row of deuce-and-a-half trucks. As people abandoned their cars, they streamed into the tent and gathered around a television monitor. … More »