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I was watching a similar pair too - I have concluded there are too many of us in the 11.5 to 12 range to get any great deals.
Mine are the Color #8 from NRO: http://www.styleforum.net/t/85589/the-official-alden-thread/25710#post_5314973
Hope that helps.
+++ #8 should be your first, IMO it is a foundational piece of a wardrobe. I also concur that your first pair of #8 should have the dark edge trim/welting. I have a pair of #8 LWB with antique edge trim/welting and they get far more limited use.
Shoe mart stocks cigar tassels
In general, for rare cordovan colors in "basic" models (tassels, LHS, PTB, longwings, chukkas), check the Alden stores (DC, NYC, SF). They tend to stock them, and if they don't have your size, they will put your name down for the next restock.
A couple of helpful hints. First, my Alden Chukkas always have a little heel slippage - I inserted tongue pads this week and there was no more slipping. Second, I found my regular leather soles to be slippery in certain weather conditions. I found these non-skid pads that work really well.
There in barely worn condition and look great. Thanks...JT