Collecting Military Patches Collecting military patches and insignias is a very popular hobby. It is a wise choice for those who don’t want to spend a fortune, on their collection addiction. (Most collectors eventually become addicted, at some point.) It is a great choice if you have a limited amount of storage or display space, as well. Military patches are also inexpensive to ship, should you decide to order them online. The cost of the majority of these patches is very reasonable, especially when you take into consideration the fact that you are acquiring a little piece of history. Many times collectors are able to purchase just the military patch or insignia they were looking for, for less than the price of a fast food lunch. There are almost a limitless number of military patches and insignias available, today. More and more collectors are using the Internet as a means of buying, selling, trading and researching this hobby. This means that they have access to a wider variety of patches, insignias and information, than ever before. Many people choose to collect military patches, because of the sense of pride they feel toward the country and those who have lost their lives, in the fight for freedom. The military patches, proudly displayed on the uniforms of servicemen and women today, will one day become sought after collectibles… just like the patches which represent previous wars. Some of the first patches were made of felt… others were made of fabric or woven on weaving machines. Military patches and insignias have always been designed to convey loyalty and courage. They are colorful and each quite unique. These patches are worn by all branches, of military service. Some collectors choose to collect them from one specific branch, while others collect a variety of Marine, Army, Navy and Air Force patches, insignias and other memorabilia. There are two common types of military patches and insignias. They are shoulder insignias and unit patches. Shoulder insignias are typically worn on the uniform sleeve. They indicate soldier rank. A soldier’s unit patch reveals the specific unit he or she is assigned to. Military patches, insignias and other related items, such as pins, baseball caps and desk sets, make great ‘I’m thinking of you’ gifts, for someone who was in the military. Remember, a gift doesn’t have to be extremely expensive, to be appreciated. Many times, a small gift from the heart means much more to the recipient, than a fist full of money.