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:

Vintage McCarthy President Campaign Button Pin Back Lot Of 2
Vintage McCarthy President Campaign Button Pin Back Lot Of 2
$1.99
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VINTAGE Anti Thomas DEWEY Campaign Button 1 1/4 inch
VINTAGE Anti Thomas DEWEY Campaign Button 1 1/4 inch
$3.75
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Vintage 1912 President Woodrow Wilson Political Campaign Pinback Button color
Vintage 1912 President Woodrow Wilson Political Campaign Pinback Button color
$24.95
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Vintage 1912 President Taft Sherman Political Campaign Jugate Pinback Button
Vintage 1912 President Taft Sherman Political Campaign Jugate Pinback Button
$16.50 (7 Bids)
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Vintage 1916 President Wilson Marshall Political Campaign Jugate Pinback Button
Vintage 1916 President Wilson Marshall Political Campaign Jugate Pinback Button
$11.50 (3 Bids)
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NICE LOT OF VINTAGE POLITICAL CAMPAIGN BUTTONS IKE ROOSEVELT NIXON ADLAI WILLKIE
NICE LOT OF VINTAGE POLITICAL CAMPAIGN BUTTONS IKE ROOSEVELT NIXON ADLAI WILLKIE
$19.01 (6 Bids)
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VINTAGE PAIR of 1948 Thomas DEWEY Earl WARREN PIN Campaign Buttons  1 inch
VINTAGE PAIR of 1948 Thomas DEWEY Earl WARREN PIN Campaign Buttons 1 inch
$7.75
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Huge Lot of 86 Vintage Presidential Candidate Campaign Pinback Buttons 1964-1984
Huge Lot of 86 Vintage Presidential Candidate Campaign Pinback Buttons 1964-1984
$45.00 (11 Bids)
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Lot of 46 Vintage Presidential Candidate Campaign Pinback Buttons
Lot of 46 Vintage Presidential Candidate Campaign Pinback Buttons
$13.50 (12 Bids)
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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:

Santa Colonial Williamsburg Christmas Green Folk Art Santa Bunny 8 in New in box
Santa Colonial Williamsburg Christmas Green Folk Art Santa Bunny 8 in New in box
$15.99
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Possible Dreams Clothtique Dept 56 SANTA Christmas Cub Figure, New w Tags
Possible Dreams Clothtique Dept 56 SANTA Christmas Cub Figure, New w Tags
$32.00
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Hallmark Gift Bag Christmas 6
Hallmark Gift Bag Christmas 6" Tall Santa Lighted Snow Globe Glitter NEW
$8.99
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Collectible Figurines Standing Santa Decoration,Wishwin 12
Collectible Figurines Standing Santa Decoration,Wishwin 12" Christmas Indoor Red
$10.91
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22" large santa claus holiday christmas doll figure with wreath toys fabrique
$20.00
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Rachel Ashwell Simply Shabby Chic Pink Santa Claus 13
Rachel Ashwell Simply Shabby Chic Pink Santa Claus 13" Christmas Figurine NEW
$49.99
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Red White Santa Claus Doll Candy Storage Box Collect Gift Xmas Decor Bell Hot
Red White Santa Claus Doll Candy Storage Box Collect Gift Xmas Decor Bell Hot
$25.99
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Santa Claus Father Christmas Table Top Figure Tree Topper Decoration 12
Santa Claus Father Christmas Table Top Figure Tree Topper Decoration 12"
$8.99
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Clothtique Possible Dreams Puppy Love-item #810024
Clothtique Possible Dreams Puppy Love-item #810024
$16.99 (1 Bid)
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