Well, last weekend I was browsing through the world's largest flea market in the world, otherwise known as eBay. Didn't really know what I wanted, but then some 48 star flags caught me eye. I started looking through the offerings. If eBay were a real flea market imagine walking through it. First you start with the indoor stalls, these are the high rent, climate controlled booths. The vendors are regulars, some of which you have developed a rapport with. It would be wise to remember these guys are in it as a business and are for profit. You look around, you decide to venture outside to the shelterhouse. At least you are under cover, but you are outside. The rent goes down, and you get into your amatuer dealers. Forget that too, let's go out past the shelters to the painted cubes on the ground, outside, no cover, and fully exposed. These are the novices, here is where people who just want to get rid of stuff load up rubbermaid tubs and card tables. Some great deals to be had here, if you know what you are looking at. OK, back to me and Ebay. I saw a listing, no gallery picture, "48 Star American Flag" Price being $15.00 BIN. I click into the item. The item description isn't much more helpful "48 Star American Flag - 3x5" But there is a photo! Oh wait, its taken in bad lighting, from a distance, but the flag is sitting on a white bedsheet or tarp. That may be good in showing how white the stripes still are, or it may be hiding damage. There is no zoom or enlargement available. Seller is a 100% feedback seller, so they have that going for them, which is nice. But from what I can see the colors still look vibrant, the flag looks intact from header to fly. But what catches my eye is the box the flag comes in. It looks like it could be a period box. Blue box, drawing of an American flag in a big white circle with the word FLAG written under it, I think also in blue in a white block. I decide for $15, even if its a nice reproduction I'm ahead, and I need a 48 star flag for the collection. I throw 3 red chips in the pot. Expected delivery time is this coming weekend. Wish me luck.