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    Welcome to the Forum Liasko... I started collecting in the early part of my life... But back then collecting was just that.. "Collecting" for me... I never once thought about Makers Marks and was not even aware of such things.. I feel as others have stated... Read some threads. Pay attention, and ask first before buying and you should be "Right as Rain"... Just my sentiments...
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    As said, study, study, and study. Read the threads here and buy recommended reference books.

    And always post before you buy. Better to miss out on an item than pull the trigger too fast and get stuck with a lemon. Otherwise you wind up with a draw full of these expensive lessons.......... (fakes)

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    You did not say however what you are interested in collecting? Everything? One area? I would start small in a single area with more common items less often faked. This will give you confidence and expertise as you learn and less pain if you make a mistake. Then branch out. And stay away from the uber rare and SS items.
    My greatest fear is that one day I will die and my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them

    "Don't tell me these are investments if you never intend to sell anything" (Quote: Wife)

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    He stated daggers and medals in the first post, map. Very good advice you gave him. You can't study enough, trust me on that one.
    We have met the enemy and have learned nothing more about him. I have, however, learned some things about myself. There are things men can do to one another that are sobering to the soul. It is one thing to reconcile these things with God, but another to square it with yourself. - Robert Leckie

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    Eek I'm regretting the stuff I've already bought now. I will definitely take all this advice. Thanks again!

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    Quote by MAP View Post
    As said, study, study, and study. Read the threads here and buy recommended reference books.

    And always post before you buy. Better to miss out on an item than pull the trigger too fast and get stuck with a lemon. Otherwise you wind up with a draw full of these expensive lessons.......... (fakes)

    DSC01122.jpg

    You did not say however what you are interested in collecting? Everything? One area? I would start small in a single area with more common items less often faked. This will give you confidence and expertise as you learn and less pain if you make a mistake. Then branch out. And stay away from the uber rare and SS items.
    Very good and sound advice... I have such a drawer as well... I think we all do... G
    I'd rather be A "RaD Man than a Mad Man "

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    Quote by UK Cousin View Post
    He stated daggers and medals in the first post, map. Very good advice you gave him. You can't study enough, trust me on that one.
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    Eek I'm regretting the stuff I've already bought now. I will definitely take all this advice. Thanks again!
    I know the feeling. All those awards I posted in that picture were purchased BEFORE I found WRF. Have bought a fake since joining.
    My greatest fear is that one day I will die and my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them

    "Don't tell me these are investments if you never intend to sell anything" (Quote: Wife)

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    What interests me most is wwii german items. I'm interested in the history of Germany and when an item is used, it's even more interesting. It's more important to me to be authentic than it is that it is valued. I'm not overly interested in uniforms though. Any thoughts of the reputation of grenadier military auctions?

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    Quote by Lisako View Post
    Eek I'm regretting the stuff I've already bought now. I will definitely take all this advice. Thanks again!
    Turn regret into knowledge. Everybody has been burned so don't get discouraged. People here are more than willing to help out a fellow member when questions come up.
    We have met the enemy and have learned nothing more about him. I have, however, learned some things about myself. There are things men can do to one another that are sobering to the soul. It is one thing to reconcile these things with God, but another to square it with yourself. - Robert Leckie

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    Bruce Haarman is "The real deal" IMO... But it ultimately is up to the collector to know their area of collecting. No one is perfect in this field.. I have actually dealt with Bruce... Nice guy and has a great deal of knowledge of many aspects pertaining to WW 2 memorabilia..G
    I'd rather be A "RaD Man than a Mad Man "

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