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Re: Baltimore Show
Posted by John on Sunday, 18 March 2012, at 8:56 p.m., in response to Re: Baltimore Show, posted by Ernie on Sunday, 18 March 2012, at 4:00 p.m.
I was interested in far more than just trapdoors, but the selection was impressive. While I may be off a little bit, I think there were two M1880 triangular rod bayonet models, one M1884 experimental rod bayonet, three officer models, two M1867 cadets, one replica Marksmans's rifle, hordes of M1873, 77, 79,84 and 88 rifles and carbines, along with earlier .58 and .50 caliber trapdoors. Muskets by the dozens, flintlocks galore, bayonets and ammo or every shape and size. Parts for just about every type of 1940 and earlier collector arms. Of course, AL Frasca, Red Daugherty, Cy Byrd, Ed Kneisley, and several posters on this forum were there too.
Since not all of the rarities mentioned above were above reproach, it was a tremendous benefit to have the chance to consult with experts on some of these.
For a serious collector, especially those tired of wasting time and money on junky local flea markets, you really should make the effort to get to Baltimore, at least once. That will probably convince you to figure out how to do it every year. Your only regret will be that you waited so long to do it!
Of course, it is a certainty that you can run out of money before you run out of things you would like to own, so save ut!.
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