Do you have militaria you would like to sell?

I accept consignments and will get your quality pieces seen by the right market.



Converting your militaria to cash is something every collector is faced with at some stage, whether it’s turning over items to pay for an unexpected personal expense, moving a piece to fund a new item you want, or finally exiting the hobby. If you’ve ever been faced with selling some of your “stuff”, you know that it can be quite challenging and can take time to find the right buyer.


Nearly all of my listings in the “For Sale” section of this website are items consigned to me by collectors just like you.  If you’re thinking about selling items out of your collection, I’d certainly welcome the opportunity to represent you by brokering your pieces via consignment on this website, and am interested in individual items, or an entire collection.  The Marshal’s Baton has a customer base specifically looking for higher quality and hard to find items, as well as the more common pieces that are in nicer condition. As a result, I’m always looking for high quality consignments that I can market to my customer base.  Consignment is a great opportunity for you to get a better return on your money by having your militaria marketed worldwide by a dealer recognized for offering higher quality pieces.  If you check around you’ll find that I’ve built a solid reputation with many collectors and dealers in the hobby, and am known for being fair in my dealings and excellent in communications.  I also have a sizeable list of specific items my customers are looking for…and you may have something I can sell quickly.




Why Consign?


As a collector, your options to achieve a maximum return on selling your militaria are limited; 


1. You can wholesale to a dealer for quick cash, but at a loss to you of 50% or more of the value. 

2. You can send it to an auction where combined commissions for both the seller and the buyer can easily add up to 40% of the final sold price, which can affect how high your piece will sell.

3. You can consign it here with the potential to achieve 80% of its value.


It doesn’t take a calculator to realize that consignment is definitely the smartest way to dispose of your items and achieve the ultimate return on your investment!  So, if you have nice pieces to sell, I’m interested in helping you.




How do you Consign an item?

First, contact me by email about what you have so that we can initiate a discussion.  I am also often available to talk by phone and enjoy establishing a comfort level and relationship with potential consignors and collectors…something that isn’t always possible by email only.  If you have any decent photographs that can be emailed this will also help in my initial evaluation, as from there I can assist you in determining whether I have a market for your item.  If we agree on a consignment, I will need to get your militaria in my possession so that it can be examined in hand for originality and then photographed in detail so that it can be properly marketed.  My sales efforts consist of marketing the items directly to my client and prospect base, listing it for sale on this website and potentially exhibiting select items for sale at any militaria trade shows that I attend. 


Terms of Consignment

I take items on consignment with a one-year minimum exclusive right to sell, automatically renewing each year unless notified prior to expiration. If a consignor chooses to withdraw items prior to the expiration of the first year, I charge $150 per item for photography and webpage production.


Consignors are responsible for shipping consignment items to me, for providing full insurance coverage of their merchandise while in my possession, and for return shipping of any unsold items. 


Commission Fees: As a fee for providing the venue to market your item to other collectors I have a couple of options on commission structures, and you can choose one that is most comfortable or appropriate to your needs.  Please feel free to contact me about the fees and we can determine what will work best for you.



Do I buy items too?

Occasionally I will also purchase items directly from collectors if it’s something I’m interested in and have a market for.  Please realize that when purchasing items for resale I will make an offer based on what I am willing to pay, and like the other dealers it will not be the retail value, it will be a wholesale price.  Also be aware that anything presented to me for a direct purchase must be sent to me so that it can be examined in hand first for evaluation, before any payment is made. 




About the business….



The Marshal’s Baton is a full-time militaria business located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with a showroom open to visitors by appointment only.  The website and business have been in existence since 2005, though I have collected since 1968.  Most of the merchandise listed on the website, as well as many other unlisted pieces and an ever changing inventory can be reviewed in-hand by potential buyers.  The business is located in a century old downtown factory building converted to loft office space, which happens to have some WWII history as well (the table used for the Japanese to sign surrender documents aboard the USS Missouri was manufactured in this building).  Michigan is home to many advanced collectors and military veterans, so in addition to web traffic your militaria will be on display to any visiting local collectors, as well as those who arrange to visit while on business in the region. 


Below are a few pictures of the shop;



The “Berghof” Window













Here are a few pictures of my old shop, “The Vault”, which was an actual vault with a working safe door in another old factory building in town. 

Unfortunately progress prevailed and the building was sold and being converted into apartments and retail.