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Both the militaria and historic military vehicle hobbies depend on new collectors and dealers learning how to connect with each other. For the past two years, we have published an “ambassador issue” for the military vehicle hobby that has been very successful in introducing new people to the joys of owning, restoring and driving historic military vehicles. To insure the health of the military collecting hobby by showing both beginners and advanced collectors how to form strong military collecting networks, the Military Trader staff has decided to produce a special, “Ambassador” issue to be published in December 2011.

What is the “MT Ambassador Issue?”

This special, stand-alone bonus issue from the publisher of Military Trader will introduce new collectors to the basic facets of our hobby. The articles will appeal to both beginners and advanced collectors by discussing:

*Where to find military relics

*Current collecting trends

*Investment potential

*Favorite Finds: Collector’s Stories

*What to consider when it’s time to sell

*Preservation tips

*Dealer profiles

*Even a directory of dealers and collectors so that new collectors can immediately begin forming their own network.

Who are the MT Ambassadors?

Our hobby depends on always introducing new people to the joy, intrigue and satisfaction of collecting military relics. We are all ambassadors for our hobby—collectors, dealers and publishers. This special bonus issue will provide each of us with something to provide to a person who expresses an interest in learning about our hobby.

Who will receive the MT Ambassador Issue?

Military Trader’s staff is committed to growing our hobby. We will produce and send this special issue as a “bonus” to all current subscribers. In addition, we will print extra copies for dealers, show promoters or individuals who want to help us get it into the hands of people interested in learning more about our hobby.

What can YOU do to become an Ambassador?

There are many ways for you to help grow our hobby, and participating in the MT Ambassador issue is one of them. Here a few ways you can become involved and be considered one of the hobby’s Ambassadors:

*Complete our brief survey (click here to open).Your answers will be used to compile the issue’s Directory of Dealers and Collectors. Send completed form to John Adams-Graf, Editor, 901 Fourth St., Suite 50, Hudson, WI 54016. Form must be received by November 16, 2011, to be included in the MT Ambassador issue.

*Tell us about your “Favorite Find.” What is the best or favorite piece of militaria you have found? Share your your story in up to 1,000 words and 3-4 photos (high resolution, 600 pixels x 900 pixels minimum). Email your tale and images to: (Write “Favorite Find” in the subject line). or send via regular post to Military Trader: Attn: John Adams-Graf, Editor, 901 Fourth St., Suite 50, Hudson, WI 54606. Favorite Finds must be received by November 16, 2011, to be included.

*Introduce your business. Military Trader’s advertising manager, Nick Ockwig, has special advertising packages for you to introduce your business to new people while connecting with our core audience. Contact Nick via email at or call him at 800-726-9966, ext. 13322 to learn about these special opportunities. The advertising deadline in this special bonus issue is October 30, 2011.

*Send us Auction and Show dates for 2012. We will include a complete 2012 schedule of shows and auctions in this issue. Don’t leave your show out! Send your dates and show or auction info by November 16, 2011, to Military Trader: Attn: John Adams-Graf, Editor, 901 Fourth St., Suite 50, Hudson, WI 54606.

When is this happening?

The MT Ambassador Issue will mail on December 13, 2011, to be in our readers’ hands before the holidays. Extra copies will be printed and distributed throughout all of 2012. And yes, we will be publishing another Military Vehicles Ambassador issue in 2012 (I will let you know more about that one as the time draws nearer). We really believe these special issues are the strongest steps we can take to promote the health of our hobbies.

Preserve the Memory, Promote the History,

John Adams-Graf

Editor, Military Trader and Military Vehicles Magazine