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mike_vee 12-08-22 09:58 AM

Welsh Poppy Pin
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Arrived this morning , have an ROI pin on its way ! :D

Also , someone on holiday in Malta picked me up an "RBL Malta G.C. Branch" pin.


Home Guard 12-08-22 04:15 PM

Mike, Both are really nice pins!!! And very nice of the person going to Malta to pick that one up for you. This forum is living evidence of the goodness that still exists in the world!!!:)


mike_vee 13-08-22 09:11 AM

ROI 2022 Pin
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Todays arrivals !

ROI 2022 Pin and Kiwi Fern "100 Years" Pin. :D


Mike_2817 15-08-22 09:40 PM


Originally Posted by Mike_2817 (Post 582101)
What I have heard of and am looking for in 2022 and received so far in bold
Not all are doubles!

4 x Large Rugby Ball doubles White, Blue, Green & Red (Large Red is scarce)
1 x Dated 2022 single poppy
1 x 2022 Overseas double
1 x Platinum (70th) Jubilee single
1 x Falklands War 40th single
1 x undated Isle of Man Manx double
1 x undated Motorbike double
1 x Dated Irish (Poppy & Shamrock) single
1 x Dated Welsh double
1 x Manchester Bee [no details as yet]
1 x 2022 London Poppy Day Pin [Looking for multiple dates]

If anyone has details or pins for Ireland, Wales, Manchester or London I would like to know...

Same Golf pin as last year (undated)

Have received Irish & Welsh pins via Mike V (thanks Mike)

But still looking for 2022 Manchester Bee (if one has been issued) and a London Poppy Day (LPD) pin

mike_vee 19-08-22 02:43 PM

Poppy Time !
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These three Poppies just arrived , one is pre 1987 (no leaf) and the other two date to between 1987 (when leaves returned) and 1994 (when “Poppy Appeal” replaced “Haig Fund”).

NB. These poppies do not have the 'button hole hook' on the plastic stem.


mike_vee 05-09-22 01:40 PM

Isle of Man
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Finally got hold of a 2014 IOM motorbiker ! :D

Arrived today from Ukraine ! :eek:

I think I now have all the "official" bikes issued by the IOM , six plus MC/Sidecar , and five of the poppy/triskelion ones.

Am still missing the 2015 one , so if anyone spots it please let me know.


NB. Dates are "guestimates" based on Facebook/Social media posts.

Mike_2817 05-09-22 02:06 PM

Missing the same 2015 one, along with the 2016 example

Mike C

mike_vee 05-09-22 02:28 PM


Originally Posted by Mike_2817 (Post 586725)
Missing the same 2015 one, along with the 2016 example

Mike C

Will keep an eye out for 2016 one for you , and if I spot two 2015's I'll grab them ! :D


Mike_2817 05-09-22 03:55 PM

:cool: Ditto for 2015

mike_vee 07-09-22 11:53 AM

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Arrived today , two great poppies !

A gift from the author of the definitive book.


Home Guard 07-09-22 04:00 PM

Very nice Mike!

Hard to beat kindness like that and always sort of makes that item a bit more special. Not because it was free, but that someone thought kindly enough to to share.


mike_vee 15-09-22 12:09 PM

Belfast Poppies !
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Spotted a 1960's tray of Poppies on eBay but they went for way above my limited finances .:(

Then someone put me in touch with the winning bidder and after a few e-mails he has kindly sent me 3 of them , he didn't want anything for them but I sent him a couple of early BL badges for his generosity.

Apparently during WW2 members of the Women's Section of the Befast Branch of the British Legion started adding 'trimmings' (foil on stems and different number of leafs) to the basic Poppy. The practice continued post war and these three poppies are from the 1960's , they are larger than today's poppies.(pics 2 & 3 show comparison)

They are a fantastic addition to my collection.


mike_vee 20-09-22 03:00 PM

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Bought the earlier four petal wire stem Poppy and the seller kindly included one of the larger plastic stem (no button hole hook) ones . :D

As I've ended up with a few paper/cloth poppies lately I'll need to take a bit of time to sort out dates etc and also how to store/display them.


mike_vee 21-09-22 01:40 PM

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Seller had five poppy pins listed seperately :

1. 2012 RBL Motorbike - Have been after this for years !
2. 1914-2014 Soldier - On my 'wanted' list.
3. Three pre 2011 dated poppy pins (2008/2009/2010).

Each 'lot' was within minutes of each other , so my attention was on the Biker.

Ended up getting four out of five , missed out on a 2008 pin when my laptop froze ! :mad:

That's two more off my list. :D


Home Guard 21-09-22 05:59 PM

Congrats Mike! Isn't it always a rewarding feeling to finally nab something you've been after for such a long time!!!


mike_vee 23-09-22 03:04 PM

Poppy Fundraiser
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Almost missed this one , it was in a small joblot that included some poppy pins I already have (and a set of poppy earings ! :eek:) .

It goes well with other "supporter" pins I have.

1. Poppy Fundraiser - 2020 given to those who took part in various sponsored fundraising activities.

2. Poppy Supporter - 2021

3. Legion Companion - 2015/16 (?) They were introduced after VE70 campaign in Gold/Silver/Bronze and given to those who signed up to donate a set amount each month.


mike_vee 28-09-22 11:22 AM

Poppy Cabs
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Just got this year's badge :

The cab is an Austin Jones High Lot built sometime between 1930 and 1933. Austin built the chassis at Longbridge, and there were several coach builders who produced bodies
The badge has either a clutch pin or brooch fitting.

Apart from offering free transport for veterans to attend the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday all donations are shared between Royal British Legion and Taxi Charity for Military Veterans.


mike_vee 02-10-22 04:04 PM

Commemorative pins.
If anyone is missing any of the oval/hexagonal RBL pins , check out this listing.


Mike_2817 02-10-22 04:26 PM

:( Only missing the YPRES pin same as you Mike.

Obtained a Bronze Legion Companion pin, but still looking for Silver & Gold examples...

Same as you Mike when I find a Poppy pin another still gets added to the list :rolleyes:

mike_vee 04-10-22 02:22 PM

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Managed to do a swap and an "Overseas 2017" pin has just arrived ! :D

No one has heard of (or seen) any earlier ones , so that is another 'set' completed. :)


mike_vee 05-10-22 02:03 PM

Another mini !
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Just got this 'mini' soldier pin , I now have three different pins this size. They are all well made (not cheap copies) so possibly made for Riders Branch.


mike_vee 05-10-22 02:15 PM

Remembrance Poppy
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Been picking up a few Paper/Cloth poppies lately , here are the latest ones.

Cardboard "children's poppy" :- possibly dates 1922-1924.

"Austerity" Poppy :- 1942-1944.

Am in the process of identifying/dating the various poppies and will post photos when I get organised.


mike_vee 14-10-22 10:14 AM

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Originally Posted by Mike_2817 (Post 585470)
But still looking for 2022 Manchester Bee (if one has been issued)

Photo of official 2022 Manchester Bee (undated) are popping up on-line , so hopefully some will start to appear soon.

NB: Described as 'orange'.

If anyone spots any please pick up two for me , Thanks ! :)


mike_vee 14-10-22 12:36 PM

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Originally Posted by mike_vee (Post 583320)
These great pins were privately produced and sold , with profits split between RMP Association/RBL .

Then , like many other fine groups , the RBL banned them from using the Poppy so for 2 years they used a different design but after last year's badge they are not going to produce any more.


Postman just delivered a 2022 RMP Remembrance pin (Thanks Michael !) , I didn't think they were producing them this year.

I still think RBL made a big mistake not allowing them to use the traditional Poppy.


mike_vee 14-10-22 12:40 PM

Channel Islands
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Have picked up another two of the great pins produced by the Channel Islands , these are always "limited editions" and have their issue number on the back.


Shiny 18-10-22 12:50 PM

They are nice Mike, I wish I'd known they did these, I was in Jersey a couple of weeks ago and could have looked.


mike_vee 18-10-22 01:02 PM


Originally Posted by Shiny (Post 589359)
They are nice Mike, I wish I'd known they did these, I was in Jersey a couple of weeks ago and could have looked.


They have produced a lot of pins/badges over the years and I haven't even scratched the surface.

Here are some posted by jermil :


mike_vee 18-10-22 01:55 PM

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New pins that are available from Northern Ireland (and bikers branch ?).


mike_vee 23-10-22 12:39 PM

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Picked up the Waterside Poppy pin and wondered when the "Poppy Man" figure first appeared .

I have a couple of pins from 2011/2012 , so thought it must have been around that time.

Then I discovered that the RBL had posted a "Poppy People" page on Facebook in 2007 with a picture of the "Poppy Man" logo.

A bit more digging and I discovered an article about an RBL campaign from 2003 :

The campaign to find more 'poppy people' is being launched with the message 'Count Me In'
This appears to tie in with a postcard I have (but didn't know what era it was from) , I can't (yet !) find anything earlier so it looks like my initial 'guess' was out by about 8 years. :o


mike_vee 02-11-22 09:33 AM

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2022 Manchester Bee pin is on its way to me and 2022 LAS (London Ambulance Service) pin has just arrived. That is 2 more off the 'wanted list' ! :D

Also got a 2008 Jersey Poppy Appeal pin , an excellent 'limited edition' item with the issue number on the rear.

mike_vee 02-11-22 10:36 AM

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Just spotted this year's Jersey Poppy Appeal pin , this is the standard one and there are also different pins for the various 'parishes'.

More for the "wanted list" ! ;)

If anyone lives in or is visiting Jersey I love to get hold on any of this year's pins.

Thank You :D


mike_vee 04-11-22 08:47 AM

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Originally Posted by mike_vee (Post 590364)
2022 Manchester Bee pin is on its way to me

Arrived yesterday ! :D

Have done well this year as I've managed to get hold of all the 'special' pins I was after ...... apart from the "2022 LPD" (London Poppy Day) one.

I checked with my local Poppy Stall and , although part of London , their poppy sellers have never received the LPD pin.

I have a feeling that these are only handed out (on the day) in Central London.


Mike_2817 04-11-22 05:12 PM

As did mine, and my Holy Grail is also the LPD pins.

My wants list below has reduced as I obtained pins and grown as I discover new 'wants'

mike_vee 09-11-22 11:54 AM

Early Christmas !
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Worth a gamble ?

Spotted a lot of seven “remembrance” pins which looked genuine and from a seller I have bought badges from before. As “poppy” wasn't in the listing there was only 1 other bidder and I got the lot for a reasonable price.

They could have been fakes but I thought it was worth a gamble , they arrived today and are all genuine !

I think I may have the missing ones in my “spares box” so could could end up with a second full set !


mike_vee 23-11-22 04:32 PM

Filling gaps !
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Picked up a 2006 City of Nottingham Poppy Appeal pin , I now have eight of their pins but as they possibly started in 1990 I've got a lot more to find.

Also got this years Metropolitan Police pin , the earliest one I have is 2006 and I still need to get hold of another six years.


mike_vee 26-11-22 02:19 PM

More 2022
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Two of this year's TFL/London Underground pins , Buses with brooch fitting and Roundel with clutch pin. There were also three train pins but I gave them a miss this year.


mike_vee 02-12-22 03:18 PM

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Got this one I was after in a small joblot .:)

It was designed by the Chairman of the Golcar Branch RBL , it was produced for an event they were holding to commemorate the WW1 Centenary.


Home Guard 02-12-22 05:07 PM

Well done Mike!!! One more to scrap from your want list!


gurkharifles 11-12-22 01:10 PM

I've just spent a frustrating hour trying to list a 2007 Poppy Pin badge on ebay ( offered on the forum first) with 100% of the proceeds going to the Gurkha Welfare Trust. As soon as I try and list it a banner comes up saying "The sale of Royal British Legion poppy pins or brooches is not permitted on eBay as these are typically sold for charitable purposes" - but there are over 1,000 current listings of poppy pin badges !!! - I removed any reference to RBL in the listing but still no go. I went onto a "chat" with ebay - half an hour of going round the houses - they eventually said that the other listings must be in breach and will eventually be taken down - I doubt that very much !

mike_vee 11-12-22 03:34 PM

It is bad when someone wants to sell a genuine pin , which they have bought and paid for , with the proceeds going to charity.

The RBL have the copyright/trademark for their poppy (manufacture/logo etc) but once you have bought one surely you have the right (legally but maybe not morally) to resell it on any site you wish ?

What really gets to me is the numerous listing for fake/counterfeit poppies that are being sold. These are definitely in breach of RBL copyright/trademark but when I have reported the listings , both to eBay and the RBL , nothing gets done !. :mad:


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