Home | Helmets For Sale | Miscellaneous German WWII items for Sale | Field Gear & Accessories | Daggers & Bayonets | Helmets Previously Sold | Sell Your German Helmet | Contact | Fakes and Reproductions | History | Information| References| Dave's Desk (Blog)
Issue #7 The Show of Shows (SOS) 2010
Well, things have been crazy since returning from the SOS 2010 in Louisville. Finally found a little time to give you guys a recap of the Show. The show was really a blast. I found that the higher end pieces sold really well in general at the show. The more common pieces were abundant and seemed to sit during the show. Working a table pretty much hemmed me in to staying in one place which was difficult as I really wanted to get out and see everything that was out there. Next year I am not going to spend as much time at the table as I really missed out on seeing a number of things, and I didn't get to shop for myself. The Show is huge and you almost suffer from sensory overload. I think some collectors had to spend an entire day just looking as there's so much you are afraid to buy something as the next table may have something you want more.
WW2GermanHelmets.com Table at the SOS Canadian Collector, Doug and yours truly
More than anything, it was worth the time and effort just to meet all the helmet collectors out there. I was really pleased with the number of fellows that made an effort to come by and get introduced in person. It was really humbling that these fellows were willing to take time to find me. Also the great feedback about my website was also great to hear. I have worked really hard over the last 5 years to provide a high quality website as well as high quality German helmets. I really treated the show much like a Trade Show and that aspect was fantastic. I was able to pass out a lot of business cards and met a number of collectors that have never had contact with. The social aspect is one of the best things about the show. I met a number of fellows that participate in the Helmet forums, such as the German Helmet Walhalla forum and the Wehrmacht Awards Forum. To be able to finally put a face with a name was simply great. The helmet collecting community in many ways is a very tight knit group and really a great bunch of enthusiastic history buffs. There were several off site get togethers that were a blast. The first is what has come to be known as "Helmetfest 2010". Doug Buhler, a personal friend and Canadian collector hosted the "Helmetfest 2010" as his hotel room just a few blocks from the Exposition Center. The helmets and the conversation was fantastic. There were number of the most well known and prominent helmet experts in the World in that room. In the bottom right picture, Tom Kibler was giving Doug and I the history behind a US M1 101st Airborne, 502nd Regiment helmet named to US Army Lt. Frye. What an amazing story and a super rare helmet. Tom brings a serious passion to the hobby and I was really impressed with that passion and knowledge. Ty Smith also brought a heavyweight helmet, another US Army M1 Airborne helmet, from the 101st Airborne, 506th Regiment. Ty gave us all a really nice lesson in the US Airborne helmets...thanks for sharing your knowledge with us Ty! And just a screamer of a helmet. If you look at the pictures, you will note a number of killer helmets. There were several pristine DD M35 SS helmets, some minty DD Heers, a super 6th Parachute Regiment M38 Fallschirmjager Normandy camo, a Vet Bringback Desert Afrika Korps M35 Luftwaffe (I brought this one!)...and more.
Helmetfest 2010 - a high dollar bed!!! Beers and conversation....
Another really fun event was dinner at the local German Restaurant, the Gasthaus. A number of the fellows from the GHW and WAF forums were in attendance, and the food and conversation was fantastic. We enjoyed the beers and the cute waitresses in their German attire. The event was held on Saturday night and I am hopeful that we can move this dinner up next year to Friday evening as a number of the guys headed home on Saturday afternoon.
Gasthaus 2010 Collector Dinner Gasthaus Cutie, Olga with Morten from Norway
The show also featured a number of Veteran Guests. It was really great to meet three Veteran's that were part of the Real Band of Brothers. The 101st Veteran's that I had a chance to talk with were Earl McClung, Bradford Freeman, and Lt.Col. Buck Compton. All three gentleman were really nice and very humble fellows. I just wish that I could have had more time to talk with them. I did have Buck Compton sign my copy of his book, "Call of Duty, My Life before, during, and after the Band of Brothers". To these fellows and all Veterans I say thank you for your service to our country. It won't be many years before we will not have a chance to hear the WWII Veteran accounts firsthand. I encourage you to embrace these fellows and talk with them and thank them while the window of opportunity is still there.
(Left to right: Bradford Freeman, Sgt. Earl McClung, Lt. Col. Buck Compton, and me standing)
Here's a link to the SOS website for more information in case you are thinking about coming to the show in 2011. I encourage you to make the trip if possible. The experience will be one that you will really enjoy, from the vast array of WWII artifacts to the fun and conversation with fellows from all over the World that share our passion for the WWII helmets. A special thanks also to Chris Rennirt (Stahlhelm) for sending me many great pictures as well as hosting the Gasthaus event! Your hospitality was greatly appreciated!
Until next time, happy hunting!
|We weed out the fakes,
so you won't have too!
Can you tell a fake one from a real one?
Payment Methods and Shipping
Cash, Check, Money Order, PayPal, Visa/MasterCard, and Bank Transfer are all accepted. I also am pleased to accept layaways. Simply pay 1/2 down, then pay the remaining balance within 30 days. Once the balance is paid, I will ship your item promptly.
Items will be shipped after the check clears for items paid with personal checks.
Shipping will be handled on a quote basis. Generally we use UPS for domestic as the tracking is superior and the service very reliable. We can offer FedEx & USPS shipping as well.
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.
Please make checks and money orders payable as follows:
128 Silver Pine Drive
Website Design by SiteDesignHelp.com