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Issue #9 June 2010
Slow Market....not on the scarce!!!
Good morning fellows. Sorry it has taken some time to get around to updating the Blog. I have to tell you that I have been extremely busy this summer. So far this year, business has really been super, considering that we are in the worst economy in 30 years, things are great. The market is a bit odd right now. The scarce pieces are really holding their own in the market place and I haven't seen any price retreating on the rare pieces. Supply and demand models will always be in favor of the seller on the scarce and rare pieces. This year has just been fantastic so far with regard to scoring rare and exceptional pieces. So far this year I have landed the following pieces that are high caliber type helmets.
M35 Luftwaffe Afrika Corps with Net "Merchant Marine Vet Bringback from Tripoli port of call"
M1938 Regimental 6 Fallschirmjager Normandy Camo helmet "101st Airborne Vet Bringback"
M1918 Heer Reissue Ear Cut-out helmet in top condition "Patton's Third Army Vet Bringback"
M1940 Normandy Camouflage Heer helmet with Half Basket "US Army Vet Bringback"
M1938 Fallschirmjager SD Luftwaffe Camouflage helmet "from woodwork of Pennsylvania"
There are probably a few more but these are the ones that come to mind as being special type helmets.
I am really encouraged by the great helmets that are coming out of the woodwork. I absolutely love the wood work pieces. They typically are exactly like they were the day the Vets stuffed them in a duffle bag and carried them back from Europe as War Trophies. Now, some of you unfamiliar with the term "out of the woodwork" here's the definition: pieces that are generally found not in a collection but in an old trunk, attic space, drawer, closet, or some other hidden crevice, typically in a Veterans personnel belongs. Some of the most exciting helmets I have had the pleasure to obtain have been these out of the woodwork type pieces.
Now, getting back to the market, I am seeing a flat market on the common type pieces, in mid range or less condition. Inventory levels are somewhat high on the common, mid range condition pieces and deals are out there and it's a great time to buy those types of piece. There is even some price retreating on the common pieces. High condition pieces are much like the rare and the scarce pieces, in that they still command top dollar and enjoy a fast selling cycle. When I post a high condition or perhaps rare piece, they generally sell in minutes. For example, the Ear Cut-out M18 Heer sold in 3 minutes. I posted a blurb about the M40 Heer Chicken Wire Normandy and had a list 15 buyers deep on that one. And what a killer that one was or is! I posted up top so you could see it again. And the fellow in New York that is the new owner of this killer should be thankful my real estate business is slow as that one would have never hit the market otherwise.
I do feel that market conditions will continue to be favorable on the scarce pieces and flat on the common pieces. The Global economy is still in a somewhat fragile state and it will most likely be a few years before the cycle turns itself around.
My final word today is with regard to protecting yourself from buying a fake or messed with helmet. Do yourself a favor. If you don't own a Jewelers Loupe like the one pictured below, go by one...now! It is absolutely the most important tool that a collector should own. If you go out searching for helmets at flea markets, antique stores, auctions etc, be sure to have it in your pocket ready to use. Fake decals give themselves away quickly under a loupe. And the loupe is very useful in determining the wear of a helmet. Most helmets with post war paint that have been artificially aged will show signs of abrasion. The abrasions are not visible to the naked eye but under a loupe they reveal themselves. Get into the happen of studying your helmets with a loupe. One you view a number of authentic decals under a loupe, you can easily determine the authenticity of the various helmets that you find in your travels.
Have a great Summer, stay cool, and travel safe!
Until next time, happy hunting!
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Payment Methods and Shipping
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Items will be shipped after the check clears for items paid with personal checks.
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International shipping is also on a quote by quote basis. I will ship to any country that shipping is available. Be advised that if you are in a banned country, the risk for customs seizure is yours. For International shipments I recommend using USPS Express International Mail as it can be tracked. EMS is more expensive, however less services with the US Postal Service put you at risk for loss as the tracking capabilities are limited. For the safest and best tracking as well as the fastest transit time, I recommend United Parcel Service, International Door to Door Service. For shipments with low value declared without proper insurance, WW2GermanHelmets.com cannot accept liability for loss or damage.
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