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 William Taft Political Campaign Button
Vintage William Taft Political Campaign Button
$20.00
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70+ Vtg Antique Political Campaign Buttons Pins Pinback Lot Jugate Watch Masons
70+ Vtg Antique Political Campaign Buttons Pins Pinback Lot Jugate Watch Masons
$50.00 (3 Bids)
Time Remaining: 7h 50m
VINTAGE 1964
VINTAGE 1964 "RFK '64" FOLD-OVER CAMPAIGN BUTTON
$1.29
Time Remaining: 19d 40m
Buy It Now for only: $1.29
VINTAGE CAMPAIGN BUTTONS-PRESIDENTS- AMERICAN FLAGS-4 REPRODUCTIONS-ESTATE SALE
VINTAGE CAMPAIGN BUTTONS-PRESIDENTS- AMERICAN FLAGS-4 REPRODUCTIONS-ESTATE SALE
$12.00
Time Remaining: 1d 3h 4m
40 Vintage Campaign Buttons from President Hoover to President Reagan
40 Vintage Campaign Buttons from President Hoover to President Reagan
$40.00
Time Remaining: 7h 44m
Vintage campaign Reagan buttons, Govenor fund raiser, 1968 flyer
Vintage campaign Reagan buttons, Govenor fund raiser, 1968 flyer
$12.99
Time Remaining: 24d 7h 59m
Buy It Now for only: $12.99
VINTAGE 1904 PINBACK POLITICAL CAMPAIGN BUTTON - THEODORE ROOSEVELT WITH CASE
VINTAGE 1904 PINBACK POLITICAL CAMPAIGN BUTTON - THEODORE ROOSEVELT WITH CASE
$195.00
Time Remaining: 28d 9h 47m
Buy It Now for only: $195.00
VINTAGE LOT UNITED STATES PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN BUTTON COLLECTION REPRODUCTIONS
VINTAGE LOT UNITED STATES PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN BUTTON COLLECTION REPRODUCTIONS
$12.00
Time Remaining: 29d 7h 13m
Buy It Now for only: $12.00
Vintage 1967 GROVER CLEVELAND - THOMAS HENDRICKS Campaign Button Pin by Art Fair
Vintage 1967 GROVER CLEVELAND - THOMAS HENDRICKS Campaign Button Pin by Art Fair
$7.99
Time Remaining: 1d 2h 21m


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:

DISNEY NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS ORIGINAL MINIS DOMEZ COLLECTIBLE  SALLY
DISNEY NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS ORIGINAL MINIS DOMEZ COLLECTIBLE SALLY
$7.99
Time Remaining: 2d 9h 1m
DISNEY NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS ORIGINAL MINIS DOMEZ COLLECTIBLE OOGIE BOOGIE
DISNEY NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS ORIGINAL MINIS DOMEZ COLLECTIBLE OOGIE BOOGIE
$7.99
Time Remaining: 2d 9h 1m
DISNEY NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS ORIGINAL MINIS DOMEZ COLLECTIBLE PUMPKIN JACK
DISNEY NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS ORIGINAL MINIS DOMEZ COLLECTIBLE PUMPKIN JACK
$7.99
Time Remaining: 2d 9h 1m
DISNEY NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS ORIGINAL MINIS DOMEZ COLLECTIBLE SALLY SMILING
DISNEY NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS ORIGINAL MINIS DOMEZ COLLECTIBLE SALLY SMILING
$7.99
Time Remaining: 2d 8h 48m
3 Rubber Stamps- Christmas Collection 1999 - Christmas Sleigh / Villagers -
3 Rubber Stamps- Christmas Collection 1999 - Christmas Sleigh / Villagers -
$0.49
Time Remaining: 7h 7m
Nightmare Before Christmas Snowglobe
Nightmare Before Christmas Snowglobe
$85.00
Time Remaining: 1d 23h 20m
Stampin' Up! CHRISTMAS COLLECTIBLES Retired Clear-mount stamp set
Stampin' Up! CHRISTMAS COLLECTIBLES Retired Clear-mount stamp set
$6.99
Time Remaining: 4d 10h 6m
Nightmare Before Christmas BAND MEMBERS Jun Planning PVC Set
Nightmare Before Christmas BAND MEMBERS Jun Planning PVC Set
$9.90
Time Remaining: 4d 8h 50m
DISNEY NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS ORIGINAL MINIS DOMEZ COLLECTIBLE SANTA JACK
DISNEY NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS ORIGINAL MINIS DOMEZ COLLECTIBLE SANTA JACK
$7.99
Time Remaining: 2d 9h 1m