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    Post by BM on Tue Dec 09, 2014 3:12 pm

    This fall, I got into a discussion with my friend in Iraq on reproductions. I had noticed three different
    patches that didn't meet the criteria of "originals".
    He said in 2004-2007, in order to meet the demand of the market, embroidery shops were making
    patches to meet the demand. The people buying them didn't care (know) what they looked like and bought
    them. The people making the patches thought they were doing a service to the troops but now what do you
    do with the reproductions? They are still reproductions.
    I will post the three different sets I have noticed.
    First is the Air Defense College Arm patch.
    The Reproduction is on the left and is fairly well done
    The original is on the right. Notice the plastic covering the front of the patch.
    The reverse side - the original patch has the three snaps.
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    Post by BM on Tue Dec 09, 2014 3:30 pm

    Next is the Saddam Youth Soldier Arm Patch.
    The reproduction is on the left.
    The front is a dead give away with the rifle looking like a cross between
    an M-16 and an AK-47.
    There is an original Saddam Youth Soldier Arm patch with a red border like the one
    on the right. Just the border thread is red.
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    Post by BM on Tue Dec 09, 2014 3:36 pm

    The Thunder Chest patch on the right is the reproduction. The front is very well done
    compared to the original.
    The revers is the giveaway with the rubbery, checkered back.
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    Post by msmith275 on Tue Dec 09, 2014 8:10 pm

    Wow. Great research Bob. Great the way you laid these out!
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    Post by BM on Tue Dec 09, 2014 8:33 pm

    msmith275 wrote:Wow. Great research Bob. Great the way you laid these out!

    I'm hoping some new guy just starting out collecting doesn't get burned by reproductions.
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    Post by Zeked on Thu Dec 11, 2014 12:42 am

    Very nice examples Bob; nice of you to show the differences. Nice having an expert around here!
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    Post by Nkomo on Thu Dec 11, 2014 1:09 am

    Great thread as usual, Bob. Just went ahead and pinned this thread for reference.

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