American Society of Military Insignia Collectors
The American Society of Military Insignia Collectors (ASMIC) is an organisation for collectors of military insignia, a type of militaria.
Its website describes ASMIC as “the oldest and largest organization of collectors of military insignia in the world”.
ASMIC was founded in 1937 by a small group of enthusiasts. It now has nearly 2,000 members across the US and 24 other countries.
ASMIC is an excellent resource for insignia collectors, particularly in helping them to avoid reproductions and fakes:
“Membership is an investment. As the values of insignia have risen, so, too, has the proliferation of reproductions and fakes … Membership in ASMIC provides avenues to the knowledge and expertise that can save you embarrassment and money.”
ASMIC conducts a number of activities for the benefit of its members:
ASMIC publishes a quarterly journal entitled ‘The Trading Post’ and also issues a newsletter.
The website describes ‘The Trading Post’ as “an outstanding reference for both the novice and advanced collector”.
It contains information about insignia and fakes, illustrations, member articles, prices. It is published in full colour.
The ASMIC newsletter provides detail about insignia for sale, member advertisements and information on insignia and militaria shows.
ASMIC conducts an annual convention which the websites states is “arguably the largest show in the country devoted just to insignia and related items.”
Containing nearly 1,000 items, the ASMIC reference library allows its members to borrow various publications relating to military insignia.
These include back issues of ‘The Trading Post’, major published reference works and journals from other societies.
The ASMIC website states that it has produced more than 20,000 black and white line drawings of military insignia, as well as providing extensive detail on insignia and variations.
The society’s ‘Distinctive Insignia’ and ‘Cloth Patch’ catalogues contain many of these drawings; they are available to both the general public and members (the latter benefiting from a discounted price).