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July 27, 2004

Although Michigan State Police fakes and reproductions do surface on the collectors market from time to time, the badges of this department are seen less frequently than many of the other states.

Sometimes, some talented seller will take an old Detroit Police badge and try and turn it into a Michigan State Police badge, but these can be easily spotted by the more educated collectors and those who have the BADGE GUIDE.

Here are two Michigan State Police reproductions that might fool the uneducated collector. If you will match this badge with the photos in the BADGE GUIDE, you will see the areas under the eagle wings are closed and filled-in on these badges. The die of the Michigan State Police has this area open.

Also, the font used on these badges is wrong. That is a real tell-tale sign that you are dealing with a reproduction or a fake. Check out the "department issue" badge in the BADGE GUIDE, and you can quickly tell the difference.

This badge is worth about $30, if that. I didn’t even bother to check the back with this many things wrong on the front.

Our publication tells the secrets of telling a "department issue" badge from a fake or a reproduction. Should you encounter a badge that you have questions about, do send us a copy of the photos, front and back. This will help us in our efforts of telling other collectors what is out on the market these days. Should you encounter a state patrol badge and have questions about it, send us a photo of the badge, back and front, and let us give you an opinion. Remember, it is your input that alerts us to the fakes and reproductions that are out there. Support this site by telling us of questionable badges. Our BADGE GUIDE will assist you in collecting only valid badges, and will advise on a bracket price for each state.