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nkomo wrote: You are going to get a lot of varying opinions on this topic. As of right now, there is more of a focus on DCU's than BDU's in the collecting community. There are several reasons for that and one of the main ones is that the DCU's have been to "war". The BDU's are often seen as "peace time" uniforms. I don't necessarily prescribe to that way of thinking. The main reason I don't collect BDU's is that I simply don't have the room. If the BDU's are part of a DCU grouping or if the BDU's are modified, then I'll buy them as well.
That being said, I might make an exception for these two because of the association with higher ranking US Army officers. The numbered collar insignia, the SF association with one, and the 82nd association with the other make these more desireable. As far as the price goes, that is about the maximum I would ever pay for a BDU set.
The next big question you have to ask yourself is this: Are you collecting these for yourself because of the history behind them or are you looking to turn these for a profit at a later date? If you are looking at these for the historical value, then these would make a great research project and would display nicely in a "man-cave" or "war room". If you are looking to resell at a later time, then I think you will have to sit on these uniforms for awhile to get any big money out of them.
This is just my opinion. I hope others will chime in and give their opinions as well.
I totaly agree with you !
It is always hard to follow the likes of P.E. and nkomo and this is no exception!
I would only add this - the removed name tape from the first top is also an important matter to keep in mind when contemplating a purchase. In my opinion, the lack of a name tape greatly impacts the value (collectibility, historical, and resale) of the piece. My thoughts only .......
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