Bill wrote:Heads up. There are several lots of Afghanistan deployment patches on ebay. Here is one http://www.ebay.com/itm/271119552782?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649.
Having compared the ones being offered with the same I have in my collection (I have 6 or 7 that duplicate those on offer), the ones being auctioned vary significantly in detail. It is interesting to COMPARE in detail the badges posted above in this thread with the same badge being offered. The patch colours, embroidery style, lettering size, and base materials on some differ enough to indicate a completely different embroiderer. Cliff mentioned something about the velcro on the back.The problem of reproduction in the case of Afghan deployment patches has already been discussed, and is an ongoing problem. These can not be conclusively dismissed as reproduction, but they are different from ones verified as issued.
I suspect these patches will sell for very significant prices given the results for similar Afghan material. IF you collect these patches, please take note.
In the case of the patch that I showed in wear by Gen Vance (above), my son had these made by a Canadian supplier (manufactured in Pakistan) and these were never theatre-made. I suspect that late rotos (as well as upcoming rotos) may have more of these than in the past. In other words, legitimate patches can be made elsewhere than on the boardwalk.