References and Resources

Fakes, Reproductions and Overruns


Fakes, reproductions and private issues exist in many collectable fields. Unfortunately individuals looking for a fast buck are reproducing hard to find Boy Scout insignia items. Although many of these are initially sold or traded as "Reproductions", as time goes on it becomes "Buyer Beware". Below are some links that will  help you compare some of the know fakes and the real items.

ISCA defines a FAKE as:
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 "The production of a Scouting item, including the reproduction 
or copy of a previously issued Scouting item (i.e.: patch), whether
 identified as such or not, that is made by an individual or a group 
without the original authorized  authority (or successor authority) 
to produce or issue such an item. 
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Fake and Reproduction Insignia
Information on identifying the differences between REAL and FAKE (or reproduction) Boy Scout Insignia including: 3 inch Foley pin, Lodge Chief patches, Adult Insignia, Medals, Patrol Medallions, Merit Badges,  Eagle Patches, Square Knots and Jamboree items.

Henry Chang Overruns
Back in August 2000, some collectors received an email from Henry Chang in Taiwan offering to sell over-run OA Flaps and CSP's. Although selling over-runs is a common practice for many patch manufactures, they are not normally targeted to Scout Memorabilia Collectors. Click on the above link to find out more.

Malaysian Fakes
Starting in late 2003 an eBay seller started listing a variety of fake item. He has fakes modern and classic OA items, CSP, RWS and other memorabilia. He is most prolific with OA items, producing over 30 new fakes. This page details these OA fakes.
 

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