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:

18 Vintage Assortment Presidential Campaign Election Buttons Pins Nixon Carter
18 Vintage Assortment Presidential Campaign Election Buttons Pins Nixon Carter
$18.95
Time Remaining: 7h 54m
Vintage 1902 Jacksonian Club Of Nebraska Political Campaign Pinback Button
Vintage 1902 Jacksonian Club Of Nebraska Political Campaign Pinback Button
$9.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 14h 17m
30 Vintage Presidential Political Campaign Pinback Buttons Johnson Clinton Gore
30 Vintage Presidential Political Campaign Pinback Buttons Johnson Clinton Gore
$9.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 14h 16m
29 Vintage Presidential Political Campaign Pinback Buttons - Hillary Goldwater
29 Vintage Presidential Political Campaign Pinback Buttons - Hillary Goldwater
$9.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 14h 16m
Vintage 1912 President Theodore Roosevelt Political Campaign Pinback Button
Vintage 1912 President Theodore Roosevelt Political Campaign Pinback Button
$25.00 (13 Bids)
Time Remaining: 14h 14m
Vintage 1932 President John Nance Garner Political Campaign Pinback Button
Vintage 1932 President John Nance Garner Political Campaign Pinback Button
$16.05 (5 Bids)
Time Remaining: 14h 12m
Vintage 1916 President Woodrow Wilson Peace Political Campaign Pinback Button
Vintage 1916 President Woodrow Wilson Peace Political Campaign Pinback Button
$20.50 (6 Bids)
Time Remaining: 14h 13m
26 Vintage Presidential Political Campaign Pinback Buttons - McGovern New Party
26 Vintage Presidential Political Campaign Pinback Buttons - McGovern New Party
$9.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 14h 17m
Vintage 1968 President Eugene McCarthy Political Campaign Pinback Button EUGENE
Vintage 1968 President Eugene McCarthy Political Campaign Pinback Button EUGENE
$33.55 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 14h 14m


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:

2001 Mr Christmas Gold Collection 30 Song Animated Carousel Works
2001 Mr Christmas Gold Collection 30 Song Animated Carousel Works
$20.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 6h 37m
CHRISTMAS COLLECTIBLES;WHITMEYER;1987 UPDATED 1990;HARDCOVER
CHRISTMAS COLLECTIBLES;WHITMEYER;1987 UPDATED 1990;HARDCOVER
$1.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 1d 4h 9m
VINTAGE COLLECTIBLES Santa Claus Christmas Ornament Toy Decoration
VINTAGE COLLECTIBLES Santa Claus Christmas Ornament Toy Decoration
$15.00
Time Remaining: 29d 20h 33m
Buy It Now for only: $15.00
Collectible 7
Collectible 7" Christmas Tree with Two Snow Children
$8.00
Time Remaining: 4h 52m
Weilwood The Country Homespun Collection Carolyn Carpin Christmas Tree Fabric 2y
Weilwood The Country Homespun Collection Carolyn Carpin Christmas Tree Fabric 2y
$2.00
Time Remaining: 11h 3m
Vintage Holiday Collection Mug by Magenta, Happy Holidays, Christmas Coffee Cup
Vintage Holiday Collection Mug by Magenta, Happy Holidays, Christmas Coffee Cup
$5.99
Time Remaining: 13h 10m
 Vintage Christmas Ceramic Collectibles Identification and Price Guide Book
Vintage Christmas Ceramic Collectibles Identification and Price Guide Book
$23.00
Time Remaining: 4d 14h 50m
Lot of M&M's Collectibles, Dispensers, Figures , Mouse Pad , Christmas  + More
Lot of M&M's Collectibles, Dispensers, Figures , Mouse Pad , Christmas + More
$19.95 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 16h 45m
Christmas Collectibles: Tree Ornaments and Memorabilia [Dec 01, 1985] Kirsch,...
Christmas Collectibles: Tree Ornaments and Memorabilia [Dec 01, 1985] Kirsch,...
$4.00
Time Remaining: 5d 10h 36m
Buy It Now for only: $4.00