I don't like it and I have my suspicions...you should be able to find something much better in Stalingrad...
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I think it's an original buckle, but the condition is terrible, and it's been repainted so it can't even be called a relic.
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By the way, it isn't a 'Batman' fake. The eagle is much uglier on those.
Glenn, I've been living here for 4 years and so far everything I've seen under $150 seems to be in that condition. It's just not until recently that I've really been interested in buying. They were asking 2500 rubles ($74) at the flea market the other day for a rusted old thing. I'm just trying to come out of here with something from the battle.
Erno, I think the paint is pretty easily removable and yea the condition is bad. I'm just more of a kar98k guy so I don't really know much about the buckles. But I did read through the posts about fakes and the different makers. To be honest, I thought those were much uglier too, but when I posted this I hadn't double checked.
Mike, I sold a nice battle worn Heer on here in the classifieds for $60 recently. If you check around, you can find nice ones for the price that relics sell for in Volgograd. Maybe the prices are high there because of tourists? Either way, take a look around the classifieds here and WAF and you will probably be able to find a nice one for $75 or so including shipping to Russia. If you like relics specifically, there is one for sale on WAF right now for $25.
Get some paint stripper on it!....
It's a wasted trip baby. Nobody said nothing about locking horns with no Tigers.
I'm Spartacus, not really i'm Paul!...
Erno, I think if I buy one from the states, I think i'll just wait until I get back to do so, I'm here on and off all year. Do you happen to know any good places to look in the Northeast for when I get back?
I'm not sure why the prices are so high here, but I can safely say that 90% of the tourists here are guys looking for Russian wives. Although, a good amount of Germans do come to pay their respects.
Times sure have gotten better since the war years, since you can now return from Stalingrad with a wife and all of your toes.