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Where Can I Find *Very Cheap* Soviet Memorabilia?

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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 26 Oct 2004, 02:34
Komsomol
Post 26 Jan 2005, 06:02
Dear Comrades,
I was wondering where to obtain very cheap Soviet Memorabilia? I have seen several places to obtain it, but it is too costly.

In Solidarity,
Comrade RR
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 04 Jan 2003, 22:40
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Post 26 Jan 2005, 23:14
For cheapness, Ebay is probably the best. However, since even the little stars worn on shoulderboards are being faked now, you have to be really careful.
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 19 May 2005, 18:11
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Post 21 May 2005, 02:24
What sort of things would you like to have? I imported about a ton of various USSR militaria in 1997. Most of it is surplus to my collecting needs, so I will sell some of it cheaply. I'm talking about medals, uniform patches, etc. This stuff is real because I bought it in Russia. Let me know...

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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 27 Sep 2004, 23:23
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Post 22 May 2005, 01:49
EBAY!!

For some reason, I can't stop singing "that's amore!"

When the moon hits youre eye
like a big pizza pie
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 13 Nov 2004, 00:40
Komsomol
Post 23 May 2005, 04:30
Yeah ebay you can get cheap stuff, but its not entirely authentic... It could be fake or repro....
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 27 Sep 2004, 23:23
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Post 23 May 2005, 23:00
Hey, i wouldn't cvare as long as it looks real.

When the world
starts to shine
like youve had
too much wine
That's Amore!!
Whoppee for Comrade Sergei.
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 04 Jan 2003, 22:40
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Post 24 May 2005, 03:45
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Hey, i wouldn't cvare as long as it looks real.


You could probably make some Ukrainian con artist really happy...

Seriously, don't recklessly buy fake items. It just encourages them to make more and cause even more problems.
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 26 Oct 2004, 02:34
Komsomol
Post 25 May 2005, 06:47
Comrades,

What items am I looking for? I think I would like to find some medals from the Soviet Army (I would prefer real ones, but replicas are also fun). Also, I am looking for Soviet army officer hats, perhaps w/pins (again, preferrably real, but replicas are fine). Is there any way to purchase a Soviet-style greatcoat for cheap? What type of boots did Soviet people wear (I want some)? Again, I emphasize the word CHEAP, as I do not want to shell out a huge amount of cash for supposedly authentic goods that are overpriced and quite possibly fakes. Any help in this matter would be appreciated.

In Solidarity,

Comrade RR
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 04 Jan 2003, 22:40
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Post 25 May 2005, 21:49
There are still some Soviet awards that have not been faked.

Order of Labour Glory 3rd class, Order of the Red Banner of Labour, Order of the Badge of Honour, Orders of the Patriotic War 1st/2nd class and Orders of the Red Star are usually safe if they have serial numbers in the hundreds of thousands or millions. You can usually find these medals for $20-$40 each on Ebay.

Unnumbered Bravery, Combat Service, Distinguished Labour and Valiant Labour medals are safe, as are all Victory Anniversary and Red Army Anniversary medals except the 20th Anniversary of the Red Army medal. The Motherhood medals and orders (except Hero-Mother of the USSR) are safe as well. The Lenin 100th Jubilee medal and the 50th Anniversary of Soviet Militia are also not faked yet.

As far as I know, all of the WWII campaign and victory medals have been faked, as well as all of the higher awards.

I don't know a lot about hats or uniforms, but I do know they are faked as well. I've watched real greatcoats sell for $50 and up, and the shipping costs on them are astronomical. I've never even looked for boots, but I can't imagine it's hard to find a surplus pair. I've never heard of fake boots either. Army officer hats are cheap enough, just watch out for newly manufactured ones being sold out of the former USSR, specifically Ukraine.

I see some demand for replica items here. I have to say it's really a waste of your money to buy a fake uniform knowingly or not. If you're looking for cheap items, you can find them, but you're going to get what you pay for. You might find that it's hard to get rid of your fakes if you ever want to part with your collection.
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 26 Oct 2004, 02:34
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Post 27 May 2005, 02:57
How do I tell the real items from the fake ones?
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 04 Jan 2003, 22:40
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Post 27 May 2005, 04:42
The best way is to take a second and think about if it's 'too good to be true'. It probably is.

There are a lot of things to look for on a medal, the most obvious being wear. A WWII awarded medal shouldn't look brand new. At the same time, things like deep scratches or dark black oily patina are not natural and good indicators of fakes or medals that have been tampered with.

For uniforms, the same general ideas apply. A uniform that has actually been used will be worn around the collar and cuffs, and it will probably smell too. If it looks brand new, it probably is.

If you have a particular item in mind post a picture of it and I'll tell you what I think.
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 26 Feb 2004, 03:15
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Post 27 May 2005, 07:02
I would like to find an extremeley cheap keffiyeh. Can anybody help with that?
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 04 Feb 2007, 03:21
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Post 05 Feb 2007, 20:29
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I would like to find an extremeley cheap keffiyeh. Can anybody help with that?


Here, they call it a shemagh but it's the same deal...
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?tag=sovietempire&path=subst/home/home.html/Shemagh-SHEMAGH-O ... &s=apparel

In regards to the original question, try here:http://www.soviet-power.com/index.htm

Some are replicas, some are real...
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 28 Feb 2007, 03:32
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Post 28 Feb 2007, 04:56
Comrade Rabble Rouser! There are two places that I know of that have what you are looking for.

The first is RussianIsland.com, based in Texas. They have MANY Soviet visor caps, ushankas, pilotka caps, etc. They also have MANY Soviet uniforms from the army, navy, airforce, and other smaller branches (ie chemical troops). However these full uniforms usually cost between 80 and 500 US dollars, if you want a good one. This is a nice place if you are in North America because shipping will not deprave you of too much of your hard earned $ from working in the Uranium Mines.

The second site is SovietArmyStuff.com. They have many medals, collar tabs, pins, badges, etc. at a reasonable price. However I warn you that they are based in the Ukraine, so be ready to pay a hefty shipping price for your hard earned(ha ha) decorations, that is, if you are in North America. They also have some cool gas masks. Not much in the way of uniforms though.

As for greatcoats, good luck Comrade for I have yet to find one decently priced.(I too am composing my uniform
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PS: I forgot to mention that RussianIsland.com also has many shoulder boards. Do Svidaniya, Tovarishchi!
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 21 Dec 2004, 23:53
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Post 28 Feb 2007, 05:51
ooo Russian Island has some neat stuff. Thanks for the link comrade.
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 28 Feb 2007, 03:32
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Post 28 Feb 2007, 06:26
Any time, I am always looking myself for something affordable on my peasant's wages.
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 25 Feb 2007, 11:18
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Post 06 Mar 2007, 23:33
bornintheussr.com has a few nice medals, rather cheap replicas of hero of the soviet union and hero of socialist labor medals. getting them for my 21st birthday
along with 15 years military service and uhmm veteran labor. afraid only because they look nice. would have preferred 20 years military service it looks a bit nicer with the red. also hoping to get order of the patriotic war 2nd class and a not very great replica of the order of lenin (but i read it was dished out along with the hero of the soviet union/socialist labor thought it would make sense to try and get one) from collectrussia.com i believe the site is called.

alot of fakes and non issued stuff but ill never have ability to own real versions and they look not too bad so i don't mind at all.
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 25 Jan 2009, 23:31
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Post 14 Feb 2009, 20:25
Comrades:

I, too, used Sovietarmystuff.com in the Ukraine: they sent me a Russian-Federation pilotka with Soviet-era Navy cap badge when I ordered a Soviet-era cap; they are resending me the correct pilotka, and I will keep you posted on how that goes.

I didn't know that there was an outlet, RussianIsland.com, based in Texas: let me look into that one, as yes, it does take awhile for swag to arrive from Ukraine. Also, you might try the gift shop in front of the B-427 "Scorpion" museum, alongside the Queen Mary in Long Beach: not a bad selection! You can reach the museum (which is a beautifully preserved Project 641 "Foxtrot" diesel-electric attack submarine: please see http://www.russiansublongbeach.com/ ) at 562-432-0424: you can do orders over the phone. Moreover, if you're in town, a visit to the B-427 is a rewarding experience (much better shape than the B-39 "Cobra" berthed in San Diego...take it from me, I've been aboard both boats, and the B-39 shows the years it was mothballed in Finland, whereas the B-427 looks and feels like it's been retired right from active duty...who knows, perhaps some of the parts of the B-39 were cannibalised to maintain the B-427 in active service!)

So: my thanks for the lead, comrades, hope mine was helpful as well!
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 06 Mar 2007, 04:11
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Post 03 Mar 2009, 03:32
Memorabilia can take many shapes... if it's simply consumer-type badges that were sold in Red Square for tourists and events, there are many on our favorite auction site. Many of these are fun to wear and look at and are pretty reasonable. Now, if you want genuine awards, they are going to cost you. There are many, many fakes about- my best recommendation is to STUDY and join the Soviet Military Awards Page Forum. I have a fairly extensive collection of Soviet, Mongolian, East German, Bulgarian and Romanian awards and badges, and would be happy to let you know the going price for a particular award. As far as Soviet and Mongolian orders go- you'd better be seated when I tell you the price. Ten or fifteen years ago, you could have had them for next to nothing- now they surpass 3rd Reich collectibles.
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