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Remember these AOL days Trenches items we had made for the group?

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  • Remember these AOL days Trenches items we had made for the group?

    Back in the AOL TRENCHES days, we had a few things made for the group. All are pictured except for the large GI JOE patch which I’ll post when I find it. I still wear the jacket and hat. For some perspective, I included a four generation photo at my son’s birthday and I am wearing the hat and Gi Joe t-shirt. The lad in the photo is my son and is now 20 and the photo taken in 1999. That’s when we had this stuff made!
    Way cool hat Sticker about 2” x 3” Jacket and hat combo
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    Yes I do. I still have the jacket and the action soldier sticker. I also have the AT hat and watch.
    The Joe Collecting "Geek".
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    • geyejoeme
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      AT watch? Really?!
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    I had the hats made by a member who was in Korea (Rick Sollers aka RTSOLLE) some of them had the screen names on the back. Rick master minded the patches and the jackets.

    We also had coins made, the original Grenade Brigade coins are quite sought after. There was a run of 150 of them numbered, There were also key chains made that were the same sans numbers. I have a few of the test shots with a blank reverse. My original coin is shown next to a text shot and you can see that carrying it in my pocket for almost 30 years took a toll on it.

    Chris O'Brien a commercial artist out of Canada did the stickers, also the original paperwork and images for the Dough-boy.

    We had t shirts designed by Buddy Finethy as well as some odds and ends bits that I cannot recall.

    Yes there is a Trenches watch, but they came from a guy in DC and were made without the permission of the board and he took the Trenches Logo (also done by Chris O'Brien) and tried to do cups and all kinds of stuff. We had to shut him down as he was profiting off of our labors. I remember it was quite the conundrum. Ironically, when I bought a portion of Buck's collection, Tracey sent me a Trenches watch. Oddly I had never seen one in person and not surprised, it did not work.

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    Last edited by GI Defender; 12-05-2018, 01:13 AM.
    - Scott
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    Bulletmann - Hyatta
    See photos of my collection on my Pinterest Page https://www.pinterest.com/scottbeckmann/gi-joe/

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    • geyejoeme
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      wow that’s very cool. never got the coins.
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    Wow I forgot about some of that. Still have a few of the keychains...see photo
    Last edited by geyejoeme; 12-05-2018, 02:08 AM.

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      That is some nice stuff. 20 yrs ago was a little before my time here. Thanks for sharing!
      The following is my answer to the comment below:
      Favorite stuff in my collection: I have favorite groups of figures : my firefighters including BBi French Sapeurs and 1890’s fireman, my Historical types such as Buffalo soldiers and one of the Lewis and Clark figures, my ladies including custom Cathay Williams, and finally, the pilots and astros, being vintage and otherwise. Perhaps this needs its own thread!
      Last edited by Unveiled; 12-14-2018, 02:12 AM. Reason: edited to answer bottom comment.

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      • geyejoeme
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        Yeah, they were some really nice pieces made at a very interesting time in the gi joe hobby. It was probably the hottest time for the hobby. Classic collection was rolling out really neat stuff, timeless collection was out, fao schwartz and other toy stores were doing exclusives. There was a lot and it was truly overwhelming. The Trenches was a great place to see neat stuff, share ideas and finds and be kids again. Looks like we have that opportunity again. Glad I stumbled onto the new trenches and glad you are here! What’s some of your favorite stuff in your collection?
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      I still have my GIJOE coin, but not the AT coin. It's in my office along with all of my military coins.

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      • GI Defender
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        Dave, the AT Grenade Brigade logo is on the back of the coin. They are all the same except the test shots that were blank.

      • geyejoeme
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        That’s very cool!
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      Not mine. I had two coins, both were blank on the back. I gave the AT coin away as karma, But I kept the gijoe coin. I must have had test shots.

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      • GI Defender
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        You probably got them from Rick, you were in San Antonio during that time frame. He is who I got the test shots from, I have two of them.
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      I do wish I got the coins though. Wow, either I didn't know about, or don't remember about the controversy over the watch. I bought one. If I knew, I wouldn't have done it.
      I do wish I got the coins though. And, yes, my watch hasn't worked in years.
      Last edited by GeekDragon; 12-05-2018, 07:04 PM.
      The Joe Collecting "Geek".
      Visit my online art store for some cool art prints:: www.etsy.com/shop/geekdragonart
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      • #9

        Not sure if one of you bought it, but I recently sold the Trenches large patch off of the jacket on ebay. I still have the coins Rick made - those were were pretty cool. And the key chain from the same coin/medallion.

        By the way, the AOL Trenches was an OUTSTANDING forum for buying/selling/trading back in the day! Man, I miss that!! I think I heard that AOL found out that we were buying/selling and they weren't making a cut from it, so they did away with it. But I had a blast. My name back then was MBakerToys.
        Last edited by Zombo; 12-06-2018, 03:39 PM.

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        • geyejoeme
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          very cool!
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