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April 14, 2005
NORTH CAROLINA STATE HIGHWAY PATROL

75th Anniversary Badge

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol has started sales of the 75th Anniversary badge to patrol personnel. The Blackinton manufactured badges are basically of the same design as the regulation department issue badge, solid back, with pin and safety catch. The eagle banner noting the 75th Anniversary of the NCSHP is basically the only change.

The NCSHP personnel are allowed to purchase one badge each. Cost to the members is around $35, depending on whether the badge is rhodium or gold ® Karat Clad. The badges for Lieutenant and higher are gold, and are slightly higher in cost to the patrol member. Badges from First Sergeant down are rhodium.

All badges are solid back and Blackinton hallmarked.

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NORTH CAROLINA STATE HIGHWAY PATROL
April 9, 2005


This badge has NEVER been authorized for manufacture or sale by the NC Trooper Association or the North Carolina State Highway Patrol! If you are offered one of these badges, keep in mind you are being offered a badge that is being made up just to sell to collectors at a VERY inflated price.

This badge isn’t valid. It isn’t authorized. It is over priced, and so far as collectors are concerned, it is worthless unless you collect “never authorized, never issued” badges.

If this badge is offered to you as a valid badge, the seller isn’t telling you the truth or he doesn’t know what he is talking about. DO NOT be taken by this one, and by all means don’t pay more than $25 for it, as that is about all it is worth!.

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. 


NORTH CAROLINA STATE HIGHWAY PATROL
April 14, 2005

There are web auctions and direct web sales being offered of reproduction North Carolina State Highway Patrol badges. One sales offering says you can have your choice of ranks.

These reproduction badges are poorly made, often offered in Blackinton bags, and have the rank panel “after-market” lettered. Look at the two Sergeant badges pictured. You can tell there is a clear difference between the “department issue” factory lettered die and the reproduction “after-market” badge.

These reproductions, although close to the NCSHP copyrighted “issue” badge design, are not of the quality of the “department issue” and should not be confused with the “real” badge in value. This reproduction series of “after-market” ranked badges should be considered as nearly worthless to any serious “department issue” collector, and certainly valued at no more than $30 to $35 dollars to those who collect reproductions. These badges are costing the seller somewhere around $10 to $15 in time and material, and are rated very low on the collectors value list. They are not recommended for anyone seeking a valid “department issue” badge.

Look closely at any NCSHP badge you are offered. Do not be taken on this one! If you are fool enough to think Blackinton made this badge, as pictured, why not call them and ask about it.

Sellers should be reminded that any badge that is offered and sold as a “department issue” badge, when truly the badge is known to be a reproduction could be prosecuted under the federal mail fraud statutes.

 


NORTH CAROLINA STATE HIGHWAY PATROL
September 19, 2004


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Reproduction note… IF you are offered a NCSHP CORPORAL badge with the Blackinton hallmark, it is NOT department issue. The NCSHP discontinued the rank of CORPORAL many years ago, and the ONLY CORPORAL badges that are “department issue” were made by the Hahn Company.

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. 


 

 

 

NORTH CAROLINA STATE HIGHWAY PATROL
August 8, 2004

Although a custom die and closely guarded by the department, a complete set of North Carolina Highway Patrol reproductions has surfaced in the collectors market, much to my surprise.

I know for an absolute fact that Blackinton, the current contract holder for the NCSHP badge requires a letter of authorization before anyone can order a badge of the State Highway Patrol. Those in law enforcement positions within the state who are also collectors have found getting an official "department issue" badge, much less a "department issue" rank set nearly impossible.

These badges, although made from what appears to be the authorized NCSHP die are not made to department specifications. Note that the ranks have been added, and in doing so, they were added with the wrong font, wrong size lettering, and incorrect spacing. The collector who forwarded this photo to us for inspection said the asking price was $2500. That is a lot of money for a set of reproduction, back door badges.

Gold North Carolina State Highway Patrol badges are KaratClad. I don’t know if these are or are not, but whoever bought the reproduction rank set now has a lot of money invested in something worth less than half of what was reported as the asking price.

 

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