Last Updated on 2/19/2007 by bidz

Thriving market emerges for World War II collectibles

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
By Chriss Swaney
Sunday, January 21, 2007

“Together, the veterans and those historic battlefields form a precious national treasure, a collective conscience, of sorts, that has ignited a boom in World War II collectibles.

“Renewed interest for World War II memorabilia stems from the fact that 14-year-olds today see World War II the way my generation viewed the Civil War when we were kids. We used to collect everything from the Civil War, and now this new generation is determined to own as much World War II stuff as they can find,” says Huckestein, whose collection includes several German bayonets and a letter Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower penned to the D-Day forces.

…The collection stampede has seen a 45 percent increase in people interested in military insignia from World War II, according to the American Society of Military Insignia Collectors.”

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