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Trash to Treasure: WWII memorabilia

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Historical items collected by soldiers while serving overseas often end up really appreciating in value. This is especially true of objects from World War II. Here's a look at how old uniforms in the attic could be treasures in disguise.

World War II began in 1939 when Hitler invaded Poland. It remains the largest conflict in history and changed the world, so no wonder anything related to it is highly collectible.

Uniforms are some of the most valuable because of their historical significance. Michael Roman has one of the most impressive collections in America. His fascination with the war was inspired by the stories he heard from his father.

"This is my father's WWII marine core uniform," says Roman as he displays his collection, "He was a sergeant in what's known as the Third Marine Amphibious Corp and their logo was the dragon. Something like this, depending on which medals it had could be anywhere between $200 and $500."

Other uniforms to look for are those that were taken from fallen enemy soldiers.

"Almost any original uniform that's from the enemy is worth a few hundred dollars, possibly even more," says Roman.

Roman showed us a WWII German air force uniform. The the original owners rank is determined by the three eagles – Colonel.

"This uniform would probably be around $800 to $1,000 dollar range," says Roman.

But buyer beware! There are reproductions on the market. The telltale sign of an authentic original can be found with a simple black light test.

"A black light will shine on Pre-WWII material dimly," says Roman. "It won't reflect very much on the whites in the fabric. Original zigzag stitching on the collar is another clue to the uniform's authenticity."

He adds that you should always look for a little bit of wear in the material, like moth holes or something that shows you that it's been around a while.

So if you find an old military uniform in the closet, don't mistake it for trash. It's a historical treasure -- and the honor and patriotism it represents is priceless.

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