Looking for Political Collectibles

The world of political collectibles can be odd. Unlike sports memorabilia, there are not stores in malls dedicated to the hobby. There are a few stores scattered around the country that specialize in these items but as a general rule most antique shops and flea markets have a relatively small inventory.
Political collectibles come in many different shapes and sizes.  Some of the most common collectibles available are those that were mass-manufactured during various campaigns. As anyone that has turned on a television, read a newspaper or simply gone outside during the months leading up to a major election knows, there are more than a few sorts of advertisements used by major political candidates. Buttons, t-shirts and stickers are incredibly common across the country, and they were often simply given away to passers-by on the street. Finding these items in relatively good condition can be difficult, but many supporters do keep the various items used to advertise prominent candidates long after election day is over. It is usually somewhat more difficult to find those items that were used in smaller-scale elections than those that were used in nation-wide races, and it is also somewhat more difficult to find political items from those that lost the race.
At the same time, there are a variety of items that are rather less difficult to come by. Some of these are similar to those listed before, but only obtainable through very specific circumstances such as major party conventions. The rest, though, vary from politician to politician. Autographs from fundraisers, communications between various staffers signed by the candidate and even personal items used on the campaign trail and even in office are quite valuable, and quite often sought out by serious collectors. Almost any item used by a politician has some general value, with the price going quite a bit higher due to both the status of the individual in question and the rarity of the item. A pen used by a minor Congressperson might be relatively worthless, while something as odd as a pair of shoes worn by a president can fetch quite an amazing price.
Political collectibles are easy to find, though the more exotic items may take quite a bit of searching. There is a rather large pool of both buyers and sellers, and finding an item connected to an individual politician simply takes a bit of legwork. No matter what it is you aim to find, chance are someone has it.

Check these out on eBay:

19 Vintage Presidential Political Campaign Pinback Buttons Reagan Bush Sharp
19 Vintage Presidential Political Campaign Pinback Buttons Reagan Bush Sharp
$5.24 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 5h 56m
Vtg Lot 18 ALL FLASHER Political Campaign Button Pins Kennedys,Adlai,LBJ,Goldwat
Vtg Lot 18 ALL FLASHER Political Campaign Button Pins Kennedys,Adlai,LBJ,Goldwat
$39.99
Time Remaining: 1d 2h 12m
Vintage Harry S Truman For President Campaign Button Pin 1940's 1948 Original ??
Vintage Harry S Truman For President Campaign Button Pin 1940's 1948 Original ??
$17.50
Time Remaining: 6d 36m
Buy It Now for only: $17.50
NIXON 1968 Campaign BUTTON VINTAGE POLITICAL PIN Pinback 1.12
NIXON 1968 Campaign BUTTON VINTAGE POLITICAL PIN Pinback 1.12" ORIGINAL
$2.95
Time Remaining: 22d 13h 21m
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Vintage 1930s 1950s Political Campaign Button Pinbacks Willkie Ike Vanderbilt
Vintage 1930s 1950s Political Campaign Button Pinbacks Willkie Ike Vanderbilt
$4.99
Time Remaining: 2d 12h 37m
17 Vintage Presidential Political Campaign Pinback Buttons - Carter McGovern
17 Vintage Presidential Political Campaign Pinback Buttons - Carter McGovern
$9.99
Time Remaining: 2d 11h 17m
Lot of 5 different vintage presidential campaign buttons, tabs NOT pinbacks
Lot of 5 different vintage presidential campaign buttons, tabs NOT pinbacks
$4.99
Time Remaining: 1d 2h 47m
Buy It Now for only: $4.99
3 Vintage 2016 Wisconsin Issue Clinton Kaine Political Campaign Pinback Buttons
3 Vintage 2016 Wisconsin Issue Clinton Kaine Political Campaign Pinback Buttons
$9.99
Time Remaining: 2d 11h 18m
Vintage  Lot of 28 President Campaign Button Pin Pins Kennedy, LBJ, Nixon, Ike
Vintage Lot of 28 President Campaign Button Pin Pins Kennedy, LBJ, Nixon, Ike
$24.95
Time Remaining: 4h 1m


Christmas Collectibles

Of all of the theme related collectibles, probably the most popular are Christmas collectibles.  They range from hand-crafted pieces folk items like blown glass angels or Christmas trees.  Here a just a few:

Christmas Ornaments - These are some of the most popular of the Christmas collectibles.  Some collectors only look for Hallmark ornaments. Others collect only the annual ornament put out by the White House.

  • Figurines -  There is no shortage of Christmas related figures.  There's Santa Claus, reindeer, Christmas trees, angels, elves, villages, and nativity scenes.

  • Christmas Plates - There is no shortage of the number of holiday related plates.
  • Coca-Cola Related - There is a whole industry based on Coca-Cola memorabilia and a lot of it is Christmas related.
  • Christmas Trees - Lots of ceramic types of trees out there.
  • Jewelry - Christmas themed jewelry is very popular.  Look for brooches and other pins.
  • Christmas Bells - These come in all shapes and sizes too. Brass, china, porcelain bells are some of the most popular.

If you’re thinking of taking up collecting Christmas related items and don’t know which one to pick, just look around during the holidays.  You won’t have any trouble finding examples.  You may however, have trouble making up your mind.

Here are some items on eBay:

Vintage Mercury Glass Christmas Ornaments Lot of 7
Vintage Mercury Glass Christmas Ornaments Lot of 7
$7.99
Time Remaining: 29d 17h 35m
Buy It Now for only: $7.99
SPUN GLASS HEART ORNAMENTS LOT OF 7 CHRISTMAS WEDDING VALENTINES
SPUN GLASS HEART ORNAMENTS LOT OF 7 CHRISTMAS WEDDING VALENTINES
$9.50
Time Remaining: 27d 7h 34m
Buy It Now for only: $9.50
Vintage Pyramid Assorted Stenciled Glass Christmas Tree Ornaments Lot of 15
Vintage Pyramid Assorted Stenciled Glass Christmas Tree Ornaments Lot of 15
$14.00
Time Remaining: 27d 2h 9m
Buy It Now for only: $14.00
6 Vintage Glass Acorn Christmas Ornaments Poland?
6 Vintage Glass Acorn Christmas Ornaments Poland?
$8.99
Time Remaining: 27d 2h 7m
Buy It Now for only: $8.99
12 Vintage Glass Bell Christmas Ornaments - Shiny Brite, W Germany
12 Vintage Glass Bell Christmas Ornaments - Shiny Brite, W Germany" 2"
$29.99
Time Remaining: 9d 14h 24m
Buy It Now for only: $29.99
VINTAGE SHINY BRITE GLASS CHRISTMAS TREE ORNAMENTS INDENT REFLECTOR PINK
VINTAGE SHINY BRITE GLASS CHRISTMAS TREE ORNAMENTS INDENT REFLECTOR PINK
$20.00
Time Remaining: 26d 5h 45m
Buy It Now for only: $20.00
Vintage SHINY BRITE Lot MINI CHRISTMAS TREE Glass ORNAMENTS BOX Japan
Vintage SHINY BRITE Lot MINI CHRISTMAS TREE Glass ORNAMENTS BOX Japan
$14.99
Time Remaining: 5d 7h 9m
Buy It Now for only: $14.99
Shiny Brite Christmas 18 Ornaments (12 stenciled, 7 solid)
Shiny Brite Christmas 18 Ornaments (12 stenciled, 7 solid)
$18.00
Time Remaining: 6h 46m
Buy It Now for only: $18.00
12 Vintage Shiny and Brite Small Christmas ornaments
12 Vintage Shiny and Brite Small Christmas ornaments
$14.99
Time Remaining: 16d 10h 39m
Buy It Now for only: $14.99