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Old 10-15-2008, 06:21 PM   #46
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Actually, I think it is rather intriguing that a discussion on regretted Communist Bloc purchases has sidetracked into radioactive items coming out of the former Soviet Union.

I presume Federal Agencies are sitting up and taking notice.
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Old 10-15-2008, 07:39 PM   #47
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There are some interesting articles about all the trucks and equipment that was sold by dealers that came out of the Chernobyl area. Apparently radioactive vehicles and items were appearing in Turkey and some other areas, I understand they were very inexpensive.
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Old 10-16-2008, 11:17 PM   #48
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And, hey, thanks a lot for making me hold this thing extremely close to my face.
All for the furthering of the knowledge of the collective Comrade!

But seriously thanks for looking. From what I've read, your results are not entirely uncommon for radium dial watches. It does make me think that perhaps my watch in question is not radium painted as it registers no more than background level on my beta counter. I kind of want to find one for my collection now. Maybe I have too much of an interest in Radioactivity.

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Old 10-17-2008, 02:05 PM   #49
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Search eBay for item # 330279430657

The face of the watch in this auction looks virtually identical to mine -- except it does not appear to have luminescent paint on the hands or numbers. Interesting.
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Default fake Defense of Stalingrad

Here's one I got recently.

Note the puffy clouds above the flag on the obverse.
They stand out more in-person than in this image.

Also note the ring.

A big tip-off is the suspension pin. I've never seen this on
any real Soviet medals and I've just noticed them on an
eBay auction of late that included a Berlin medal and another
campaign medal that I don't recall at the moment.
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Old 02-22-2009, 11:07 AM   #51
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Eric,

If I may ask, how much did you pay for the fake Stalingrad medal? You might be able to recoup your losses, if it's not too much. (feel free to PM me on this)

I have been deliberately purchasing select reproductions and wearing these on my uniform at reenactments instead of the originals (which I now keep in a display case).

If you thought you were purchasing an original, that's unfortunate. But reproductions have a legitimate use in living history: preservation of original militaria. Sadly, they also serve as a tool for the malicious.
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Old 02-22-2009, 11:20 AM   #52
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10 bucks. It's yours if ya want it.
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Old 10-29-2011, 02:47 PM   #53
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If you are offered the more common telogreika and or the matching padded trousers from German sources or the likes of German eBay, you must be open minded to the fact that such material is most likely not wartime Soviet military, but post war worker wear that returned to German on the backs of returning POWs. Typically these items are devoid of all markings, stamps etc. so there will be no dates to verify.
This makes a lot of since to me. I have a telogreika with german buttons. I got it in NE Italy and the story was that an Italian Alpini troop wore it back to Italy during their the retreat from Stalingrad. That's possible and I have no reason not to believe my friend, but I think the POW story, while not as heroic, could also be the case.
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Old 03-04-2012, 12:13 PM   #54
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I'm actually going to be as bold to say that this isn't a fake. I don't think it's a graduate badge of the university, but perhaps a student's badge... The construction and quality is typical for the gazillion kinds of pins that the USSR produced in the 1980's and early 90's. If someone knows for sure if this is a student's badge or not, I'd be interested in hearing. Although, while I don't think it's a fake, I don't think it has much value either even as a student's pin - maybe $2-$3 tops.

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I agree. The quality of the badges really fell off over the last 20 years of the Soviet Union. They went from enamel with screw backs to to cheap plastic with pin-backs. Even the military badges, insignia buttons, etc. went plastic. I accumulated loads of these cheapos when I lived in Russia during the 1990s. Just go along Tverskaya in Moscow. You'll see them attached to hats, penants, etc. . Not necessarily "fake" just cheap; however, I'll bet there are still some old Soviet era badge makers who are still cranking out the plastic for the tourist and unwary collector market.
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Old 04-10-2012, 05:31 AM   #55
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http://www.ebay.de/itm/originalen-ru...item2ebd39712c

Haha, really?
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Old 08-22-2012, 02:52 AM   #56
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Here's one I got recently.

Note the puffy clouds above the flag on the obverse.
They stand out more in-person than in this image.

Also note the ring.

A big tip-off is the suspension pin. I've never seen this on
any real Soviet medals and I've just noticed them on an
eBay auction of late that included a Berlin medal and another
campaign medal that I don't recall at the moment.
New made copy. Lock was another in original medals.Prise in Kiev not more than 5$
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Here's my submission to this thread; a fake Partisan medal.
Thankfully no major cash was involved with this purchase. In fact, at less than ten bucks I felt no reason to even take it back as it's a decent copy and fits a hole that I'll never be able to afford to fill with the real thing.

I hope the image comes out well here. I may have to rephotograph.
New made copy.10$ - normal price for that
Original will cost 40-50$ approx
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Old 04-30-2013, 11:25 AM   #58
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I always wanted a WW2 Russian tunic with the hammer and sickle emblem of the Kommissar. One night after a couple of glasses of wine I saw one for sale on ebay. The auction was about to end in 3 minutes. I quickly looked at the picture and got the tunic. It was listed as at least a 50 year old tunic. Well, it was a piece of crap and without the wine, the late hour, the impending ending and my mad desire I wouldn't have spent the money on this worthless piece of ****. I gave the son of a bitch negative feedback and of course received negative feedback myself. The only negative feedback I have ever received on ebay. Please enjoy the picture.
But it will be 50 years old ...some day.
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