World War II was a pivotal time in international politics. Fighting in European lands had reached a climax, and the United States and its allied nations had no choice but to enter into the conflict. The rest, as they say, is history.
One of the things that WWII has left us in its wake is a wide variety of collectible artifacts. WWII collectibles remain one of the hottest on the collectors market.
The range of items available is astonishing, which is perhaps why collectors are so eager to grow their collections. From relatively numerous items, such as helmets or uniforms... To more rare and treasured collectibles, such as fully functional rifle scopes or medals, World War II collectors have an almost unlimited number of items to keep them busy for years to come!
For a novice collector, your best bet is probably starting out with inexpensive collectibles, and working your way towards more expensive ones while you get a feel for the process. Nothing is more frustrating or demoralizing (not to mention expensive!) than purchasing a WWII Collectible for several hundred dollars, only to realize that it is actually a "reproduction" or not the piece you were looking for.
If you purchase a collectible that the seller claims is "authentic", be sure to demand that the seller includes a "Certificate of Authenticity" along with the item. If they refuse to do so, you can be almost certain that the item is NOT authentic, but rather a "reproduction" or to put it more bluntly "FAKE!"
Reproduction WWII Collectibles do carry value however for certain types of collectors. For example, reproduction items are made of some extremely valuable and difficult to obtain pieces of memorabilia.
Reproduction WWII Collectibles are also great for people who may wish to actually use some of the collectibles. For example: if you enjoy participating in "Re-enactments", and wish to have a realistic looking German or Allied uniform. You would be wise to buy a nice looking reproduction, instead of spending much, much more on an authentic uniform which should be kept in safe display... After all, it already had its day in battle!
Collecting artifacts from World War II can be a great hobby for history enthusiasts. Hopefully now you are better equipped to go out into the collectibles world and begin your WWII Collection!