This exclusive excerpt is from the newly expanded second edition of Warman’s World War II Collectibles, Identification and Price Guide, by Michael Haskew (Krause Publications, 2010).
|• Headgear is extremely personal. The collector can determine some of a soldier’s history from a single piece.
• Supply is plentiful. It is easy for a collector to find a level that is both affordable and enjoyable.
• Display is not difficult. A few shelves and hat stands will allow a collector to adequately and safely exhibit their items.
• Items are small enough that shipping is not a big issue, enabling a collector to buy from any source in the world.
|• In the arena of helmets, fakes abound. If a helmet displays any sort of decal or painted insignia, it is best to approach it with suspicion.
• Helmets are prone to changes in humidity. Rust is the biggest threat to a helmet collection.
• It is easy to get carried away and acquire more than one can enjoy or even afford. Supply is high, so a collector needs to exercise discipline and purchase wisely rather than wildly.
• If you decide to collect either helmets or visor caps, rare examples are going to run into the thousands of dollars.
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