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Lamenting of a Newbie Cartridge Collector

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12 April 2019, 00:17
Lamenting of a Newbie Cartridge Collector
There is a lot more to know about collecting cartridges that I imagined. I am focusing on Nitro British and Metric Cartridges that may have been used in Africa. There are a lot more British Cartridges that I imagined! As soon as I think I have a good list of cartridges to collect I find another one listed somewhere.

In the beginning, I found myself paying too much for a number of cartridges that I now pickup for much less.

I have paid for cartridges that were not what the seller said they were. I did not know any better both in person, auction sites and internet.

I have paid for ammo in boxes that did not have all the correct cartridges with correct bullets in the box.

I found shipping makes cartridges expensive. I try to buy as many at a time now or have seller hold them for me until I buy more. Auction premiums significantly raise the cost of the cartridge.

I am amazed at the number of shippers who ship ammo via the post office versus UPS. Yes, live ammo.

I have found or seen a couple of cartridges that were not in “Cartridges of the World” or “History and Development of Small Arms Ammunition.”

I have been doing this for about 3 months now and I have found most of the British Nitro Calibers with Kynoch Head-stamps. Now I am trying to find duplicates but with Jeffery, Purdey, Eley, Westley Richards….head-stamps.

I need to learn more about the bullets themselves. Did H&H ever make 500 NE Hollow points or did someone drill a hole in them in their garage?

I have met and talked to some very nice interesting people

I enjoyed the North East Ohio Ammo Show and looking forward to the International Show St. Louis next week. I have a lot to learn and what an expensive learning curve.

13 April 2019, 12:58
If you are going to seriously collect cartridges you need to seriously collect reference books too


Old enough to know better
14 April 2019, 08:36
True that. And that goes for any kind of collector. I recently picked up a reference book of values on Snap-On tools memorabilia. Amazing the prices they are saying these items are worth. I still have all m old girly catalouges in the attic from the early 80's ($75.00 ea.)key fobs,letter openers,belt buckels,hats,ad nauseum.I've still got all that stuff + don't really care about selling but the end result is all the same;What will the market bear?Just because a reference book (the Blue Book for example) says a product is worth so much,does not mean that someone will pay that.But I do agree that before you begin collecting ANYTHING you become very knowledgable on the subject.

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15 April 2019, 08:06
I meant to say calendars instead of catalogs in the above post.I have collected coins + stamps most of my life.Still looking for that 1943 copper penny (only 100 minted)all the rest were steel due to the war effort.Was in a coin + stamp store in the earl 80's + saw a 1934 airmail 50 cent stamp for $575.00. I asked the guy about the price.He said,"Because in 1934,no one had 50 cents + if they did,they would'nt spend it on a stamp.Makes sense. Several years ago I was going through my banks drive through + after making a deposit I wanted a $20.00 back in cash.The lady gave me a new looking minted series 1934 $20.00.I asked her if she had any more + she said,What,$20.00's?I said no, like this one.She said let me see + I said it's not getting out of my hands.Somebody must have looted Grandmas box.Just for curiosities sake,I wonder how many 20's were printed in 1934.

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15 April 2019, 17:54
You were on the ball not to hand back that 1934 twenty dollar bill. That was a great find.

16 April 2019, 07:42
Its interesting as well. It still has Jackson on the front but on the back the White House does not have the 2 side additions + the trees in front look to be just planted.It is a darker green in color as well.

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16 April 2019, 07:53
Several years ago a friend of mine's wife worked a convenience store in town. Harold would go there in the morning with her to get set up for the day.One morning he was cracking the coin rolls into the register + discovered several rolls of silver quarters + dimes.Another Grandma looting I fear.Obviously Harold took the money out of his billfold + exchanged it for all the silver coins.On a sadder note a secretary I once knew,her mother (not the sharpest knife in the drawer) had mucho silver certificate bills + to keep them safe she went to her bank + deposited them thinking she could get her own back whenever she wanted.Had never heard of a safety deposit box.She threw a fit when she went to get her bills back + they told her the truth.I feel sure that those bills went the same way as Harold's silver coins.If it were me I would damn sure have snagged them.

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29 November 2019, 10:10

That's the line of bullshit my sis
told me about Mom's old coins.
Bunch of Silver certifs, $2 bills,
Some Morgan's, couple or four rolls
of Mercury dimes.

"coin stores up here (Loveland CO) said
they're only worth face value so I deposited
them in the bank for that".

Think I believed for half a second you're nuts!
That was in' 11.
THe last couple months she's mentioned that 'she
is now collecting coins. OHHHH Yeah?


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George L. Dwight
02 December 2019, 08:09
well George, to a point you are correct. They are only worth face value as a coin of the realm. About 40 years ago I went into a coin shop to browse + bought something + the old gent gave me in my change a buffalo nickel. I asked him if he meant to do that + he said "Of course, you can't even read the date, so it's worth a nickel. I love to give them to little kids in their change + watch their faces. Most of them just try to get out of the store as fast as [possible."

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