So... if you are a regular AGM customer you have probably heard us talking about INSIDER. For years, actually. Well, it is finally complete! 
INSIDER is the new subscription side of the AGM website. Don't worry - we are not going to start charging for anything that we previously provided for free. AND, one of the primary Insider features (the Online Militaria Show) will be available for everybody to attend free of charge as well.

So what is INSIDER? There are currently four main components to the subscription side of the website: The Online Militaria Show, our A.E.F. Unit Roster project, the AGM Reference Database, and an online version of the AGM print catalog.

Here is a bit more on the individual parts of INSIDER:

Online Militaria Show: Since the beginning of the internet, traditional sources for militaria started going online. The printed militaria sales catalogs have blossomed into websites.  Auctions popped up left and right.  The only major traditional source for militaria that has yet to find an online home is the militaria show... until now!  We hold a new show every week except for four (AGM Catalog openings.)  That is 48 shows per year.  The show is open ot dealers and members Monday at 3:00 pm US Central Time, and to everybody else at 4:00 pm.  You do not have to be a subscriber to enter at 4:00 and to browse the aisles, but you do need to be registered on the website (free) to look at item details, make a purchase, etc.  Insider membership works just like a collecting club membership or early buyer's pass at a regular militaria show - you get in when the dealers do.  For sellers, you could not ask for a better deal.  Sellers purchase their table once, and it is good for all 48 shows in the year.  There are absolutely no commissions or fees, and your items will be viewed by many of the very best militaria buyers in the international collecting community.*
AEF Unit Roster Database: Over 4.5 million men served in the US armed forces during WWI, and approximately 2.5 million of them went overseas with the AEF.  At AGM, we are working to document as many of them as possible through unit history rosters and other sources, with the goal being to create the best possible working database of US WWI servicemen.  All information is entered by hand rather than just scanning the document.  This makes the database ridiculously expensive for us to produce, but also far and away more useful from the researcher's point of view than any of the other sources on the internet.  Sites using scanned data are better than nothing, but also generate lots of false leads.  Ours is designed with the collector in mind - if you acquire a uniform with initials in the lining from a particular unit covered by our database, you should be able to positively identify it or at least narrow it down to the handful of soldiers with those exact initials from that specific unit.  This project is well underway, with nearly 100,000 soldiers already entered.  As soon as Insider is online and generating some revenue, we plan to add more staff members to enter the records.  The goal is to have this project complete by April 2017, the 100th anniversary of the United States' entry into WWI.
AGM Reference Database: So what is it, and how much is it worth?  This is a question that is asked dozens of times every day at AGM, by customers, antique pickers, folks who found something exciting among a serviceman's souvenirs, and mostly by us as we evaluate new items for upcoming catalogs.  So where do we get our information?  We have a rather large research library, but if we can avoid re-inventing the wheel, we do.  With over 60,000 records to browse, chances are that we have had identical or similar items in the past, and so the first place that we turn is to our own archive.  These records run all the way back to 1998.  Some of the older records (pre-2000) predate our digital photography days, but we included them anyway for the useful information found in the descriptions: pricing data, nomenclature, etc.  Now that the database is online and linked up to the item photos, this database is much more powerful than the plain text version that we have been using for the past few years.  You can search by country, era, and item type, as well as by keyword.  To refine the results, reorder the data by price or date sold (ascending or descending.)
AGM Catalog Print Preview: AGM started out as a mail-order catalog business.  In spite of the many obvious advantages of the internet, our print catalog subscriptions are still going strong.  Why?  Some people buy the printed catalog because they have no (or very slow) internet access.  Most, however, still want to receive the printed catalog so that they might get a preview of what will be on the website when it opens.  IF they are among the lucky ones who get their catalog delivered Monday morning, they can read through it at their leisure and map out their 'battle plan', knowing exactly where to strike when the web catalog opens - an invaluable advantage, actually.  But what about customers who are overseas?  What about the others here in the US that might not get their printed issue delivered until later that day or even later in the week?  We have no control at all over how the postal service operates.. but we have found a perfect alternative solution.  As an AGM Insider, you can have access to the exact same catalog that we print and mail - and this time it is GUARANTEED for Monday delivery at 9:00 am US Central Time!
What is all of this going to cost?

  • Access to the AGM Catalog (currently FREE): will remain FREE.
  • Notification of new AGM Catalogs - the 'E-subscription' (currently $25): will now be FREE.
  • Insider Membership: $6.95 per month or $49.95 per year
  • If you wish to purchase a table and sell your items at the Online Militaria Show, those are $65 per year, good for a total of 48 shows.

We came up with INSIDER as a way to help pay for the ongoing effort to catalog all of the AEF servicemen in the Unit Roster Database.  This is a very costly project, and although we feel that it is well-worth the effort, frankly we can't bankroll it alone.  Our goal is to cover the expense of this project as well as the development and ongoing maintenance of INSIDER through subscription sales.  You can see by these prices (as well as the absence of commissions and fees on show sales) that our goal is to keep this priced at a level where everyone can easily be a part of it.  This is essentially a transformation of the website from our own sales venue to a resource for the collecting community as a whole.  With the introduction of INSIDER, the website is as much yours as it is ours.  We truly hope you enjoy it.

Click Here to add INSIDER to your AGM Subscription

 
*Please note: since the Online Militaria Show is being held at our venue, we are going to be rather cautious about selling tables. Tables will be sold to sellers who we believe will provide quality, authentic merchandise and customer service that meets the expectations of AGM customers. Sellers with merchandise that we do not feel would be a good fit with our site and for our customers will not be granted a table. Some of these will be perfectly good folks with perfectly good items.. but to ensure that this show is a success and something that we are all proud to be a part of, it will be appropriately controlled.