No Better Time to Collect

I think my investment portfolio lost about $20,000 since the beginning of 2016. As oil prices plummeted and the China manufacturing slow-down destabilized the world financial markets, I watched the crumbling of years’ efforts to build a “comfortable” retirement. “Stay … More »

What’s Hot in 2016?

What will be the hot military items in 2016? 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. For example, German Luger pistols … More »

The Night Santa Stole a Tank.

Just as the midnight moon broke free from the clouds on Christmas eve, the only sound in a small southeastern Minnesota town came from the Peterbilt cabover releasing its air brakes. In the moonlight, three people clad in Santa Clause … More »

Lessons From Opening Day

“Do you deer hunt, John?” my 30-something neighbor yelled across the road separating our town houses. I suppose, seeing someone sitting in a garage, cleaning a rifle in late November, indicates that person must be a hunter. He probably couldn’t … More »

A Halloween Tale

With his head wrapped in what appeared to be bandages, a dark bloody figure rolled out of the Belgian darkness on All Hallows’ Eve in 1914 into the entrenchment of  a huddled group of British soldiers. Regaining their composure, the … More »

Let’s Trade!

It might surprise some to know, I am not much of a “trader.” After living a childhood marred by bad trades for model tanks, fireworks, and football cards, I grew up to realize the best trades begin with, “I will … More »

Put this under your table.

I admit it. I am guilty of one of the most selfish show tactics. Hopefully, you don’t recognize yourself in my confession. It happened several years ago. I was walking a show, stopped at a friend’s table who had a … More »