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Old 03-05-08, 02:31 PM   #1
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WW2 memorabilia... pricing?

My dad was a WW2 veteran and he left us a bunch of old German flags, banners, medals, a helmet and so on. I was wondering if there was any place you'd recommend online that might be able to price these? Or is there a price guide out there that could price these items?

He has doubles of some stuff so I thought of possibly selling some.

He used to have some Lugers and SS daggers but htose were stolen some time ago.

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Old 03-05-08, 02:46 PM   #2
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Ive seen people selling that kind of stuff at gun shows. (not kidding)
If CA still has them, go down there and see what they'll offer.
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I'd keep it...
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Find an auction house / memorabilia dealer in your area and let them appraise it?
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i'M with Timmy on keeping it, but I would still try to get an appraisal for insurance purposes, assuming it is valuable, or you have reason to believe it to be.
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Man, if I pawned my grandfather's WWII possessions, my family would probably disown me.

He didn't carry that stuff (even some French handblown glass Christmas ornaments) though combat in France as well as The Battle of the Bulge for me to pawn.

-Just my thoughts.

Do whatever you want though.
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Go to a professional appraiser. The people at shows will probably quote a low price and then offer to buy it. My dad collects WWII stuff. Hang on to it for a while. The value of that stuff will keep going up.
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There are some things I will certainly always keep like the M1 garand, the large German banner and helmet with the German swastika/eagle symbol on the side.

But some of the other stuff doesn't have the sentimental value that the above does and he had doubles of a lot of things. So... I'd like to get rid of the doubles and other things that aren't as meaningful to my sister and I.

I understand your point about keeping this stuff that my father brought back home from the War but I'm moe inclined to keep his own medals he received as a soldier rather than this other stuff. They are of more importance and value to us than the Nazi stuff, save a few things I'll keep.

Not sure of any auctions houses here but we certainly have gun shows I can check out.

EDIT - kmoses - you're right. I'll most likely get lowballed at a show.

Thanks for the suggestions so far!
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Also, if you do sell the nazi stuff... It may be going straight to some skinhead's livingroom where it will be displayed proudly.

Just some food for thought.
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I'd consider getting appraised and then contacting a museum to see if they would be interested in tax deductible donation.
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A lot of the stuff probably won't be worth all that much. Have a bunch of friends who buy old stuff (swing dancing, 30's and 40's, etc...) and they can pick up stuff for a few bucks here and there.

We have old shells that my grandfather in WWI carved into vases for his wife with really intricate designs done with a nail and the butt of his gun. It's on display at a Veteran's Home now which seems like a good home for the time being.

Keep it in your family, write down the stories and pass them to your kids. That will be worth more.
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Just from what you've got listed you're probably looking at a few grand or more. There are lots of war collectors, most are just history buffs, not skinheads. Again, hang on to it for awhile. For some reason the baby boomers are really getting into this stuff during retirement. My dad has some WWII items he claims have appreciated more than 50% in 3-4 yrs.
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Also, if you do sell the nazi stuff... It may be going straight to some skinhead's livingroom where it will be displayed proudly.

Just some food for thought.
That doesn't give them special powers or anything.
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I don't know, if video games are to be believed, the Nazis were big into mystical/occult stuff. What if one of those rings feeds off of the wearer's hate, and transforms them into SuperRacist, defender of truth, justice, and the Aryan way?

Do you really want to be responsible for that?
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But in all seriousness, if you can keep the stuff in a reasonable way so it is not damaged - then keep it. If you can only keep some, then pick and choose wisely.

But, it would be sad to sell everything.
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I don't know, if video games are to be believed, the Nazis were big into mystical/occult stuff. What if one of those rings feeds off of the wearer's hate, and transforms them into SuperRacist, defender of truth, justice, and the Aryan way?

Do you really want to be responsible for that?
"The Agency" will just put a series of scantly clad, lethal women, and space-alien-battle-hardened marines after their asses. The government's secret room full of child psychics know when that occult stuff is being used. You can't hide from them.
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Check ebay and see what things are going for on there. You can no doubt sell it higher than what it fetches on ebay in the right circles, but that's a start.

If there's any local history museums, you might see if they're interested. They'll take good care of them and the donation should be tax deductible.

Keep a German flag too. That's a pretty interesting piece of memorabilia. Just don't go hanging it on the flagpole lest someone misunderstand your intent...
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