Boy Scout Uniform & Cards
Appraised Value: $2,000 (1998)
$800 - $1,200 (2012)
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Appraisal Video: (1:58)
APPRAISER: Robert, I was an Eagle Scout growing up as a kid. And were you in the Scouts?
GUEST: Yes, I was an Eagle too.
APPRAISER: Oh, great, so this has a lot of significance.
GUEST: Yes, I collect memorabilia from scouting, and I wanted a world-class uniform, so I saw this in a mail auction, and I didn't really know what kind of condition it was going to be in but when it came in, it just flabbergasted me.
APPRAISER: Yes, well, did you know that it had all of these things with it, the buttons and patches?
APPRAISER: Well, I wanted to go through a few things that also came with the uniform. I love these, these membership cards that date back to 1915, which we see here. Now, in addition to these cards that you have, this was another thing I've never seen is the instructions for washing.
GUEST: I was flabbergasted when I saw that.
APPRAISER: (laughs) And look at the condition of this. And on the back, I just love the illustrations that go along with it because it gives us more of the history and the background of scouting and how that all came about, which I think has a lot of value, especially if you were a Scout yourself.
GUEST: Oh yes.
APPRAISER: That does make a difference. Now, on the uniform itself you also have the Boy Scouts of America pin. In addition to the name tag, all of the buttons are intact, and on the inside we also have the original label. And the most important thing, and I think this is the motto that everyone knows, is the "Be Prepared" patch that is here. Robert, you got this at auction. Do you mind me asking how much you paid?
GUEST: I paid $300 for it.
APPRAISER: This type of uniform in this condition with all of the cards and instruction, I would put a value of about $2,000 on this.
GUEST: (laughing) Wow. Fantastic.
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