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:

AUTHENTIC Vintage 1968 ROBERT F. KENNEDY Classic Political Campaign Button Pin
AUTHENTIC Vintage 1968 ROBERT F. KENNEDY Classic Political Campaign Button Pin
$9.00
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Vintage Campaign Political Pin Button Nixon Red White & Blue Stars & Stripes
Vintage Campaign Political Pin Button Nixon Red White & Blue Stars & Stripes
$7.50 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 2h 1m
VINTAGE ORIGINAL 1944 DEWEY - BRICKER RED, WHITE & BLUE CAMPAIGN BUTTON
VINTAGE ORIGINAL 1944 DEWEY - BRICKER RED, WHITE & BLUE CAMPAIGN BUTTON
$0.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 18h 53m
VINTAGE 1976 FORD - DOLE BLUE AND WHITE PHOTO CAMPAIGN BUTTON
VINTAGE 1976 FORD - DOLE BLUE AND WHITE PHOTO CAMPAIGN BUTTON
$0.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 18h 53m
VINTAGE ORIGINAL 1944
VINTAGE ORIGINAL 1944 "DEWEY" BLUE ON WHITE CAMPAIGN BUTTON BY BASTIAN BROS.
$0.99
Time Remaining: 18h 52m
VINTAGE 1952
VINTAGE 1952 "VOTE STEVENSON" RED, WHITE & BLUE CAMPAIGN BUTTON
$0.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 18h 53m
VINTAGE ORIGINAL 1948 THOMAS E. DEWEY FOR PRESIDENT B&W CAMPAIGN BUTTON
VINTAGE ORIGINAL 1948 THOMAS E. DEWEY FOR PRESIDENT B&W CAMPAIGN BUTTON
$1.65 (3 Bids)
Time Remaining: 18h 52m
vintage presidential campaign button mckinley & hobart 1896 rust free exc cond
vintage presidential campaign button mckinley & hobart 1896 rust free exc cond
$24.99
Time Remaining: 26d 2h 22m
Buy It Now for only: $24.99
VINTAGE CAMPAIGN BUTTONS-PRESIDENTS- AMERICAN FLAGS-4 REPRODUCTIONS-ESTATE SALE
VINTAGE CAMPAIGN BUTTONS-PRESIDENTS- AMERICAN FLAGS-4 REPRODUCTIONS-ESTATE SALE
$20.00
Time Remaining: 16h 51m


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:

2 vintage glass christmas ornaments-cherries*fruit basket:-W.Germany
2 vintage glass christmas ornaments-cherries*fruit basket:-W.Germany
$7.99
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Vintage Glass Mercury Christmas Tree Ornaments Shiny Brite, Poland -4 Boxes!
Vintage Glass Mercury Christmas Tree Ornaments Shiny Brite, Poland -4 Boxes!
$58.00
Time Remaining: 4d 21h 19m
Buy It Now for only: $58.00
Vintage Glass Christmas Ornaments - #6
Vintage Glass Christmas Ornaments - #6
$9.99
Time Remaining: 24d 16h 25m
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Vintage Set 12 Days of Christmas Ornaments Box Rare Glass Hand Painted 1982 SNP
Vintage Set 12 Days of Christmas Ornaments Box Rare Glass Hand Painted 1982 SNP
$29.99
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Vintage glitter glass christmas ornaments, set of 5
Vintage glitter glass christmas ornaments, set of 5
$11.50
Time Remaining: 26d 12h 25m
Buy It Now for only: $11.50
Vintage Lot Shiny Brite Glass 9 Christmas Ornaments Indents Poland Japan USA Box
Vintage Lot Shiny Brite Glass 9 Christmas Ornaments Indents Poland Japan USA Box
$7.00
Time Remaining: 29d 18h 18m
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Vintage Glass Mercury Christmas Ornaments Tree Shiny Brites GLITTERS! 3 Boxes
Vintage Glass Mercury Christmas Ornaments Tree Shiny Brites GLITTERS! 3 Boxes
$54.00
Time Remaining: 6d 21h 19m
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Vintage Lot Shiny Brite Glass Ball Christmas Ornaments Concave Reflector Stencil
Vintage Lot Shiny Brite Glass Ball Christmas Ornaments Concave Reflector Stencil
$23.00
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Vintage Glass Mercury Christmas Ornaments Tree Stripes, COLORS GLITTERS! 2 Boxes
Vintage Glass Mercury Christmas Ornaments Tree Stripes, COLORS GLITTERS! 2 Boxes
$38.00
Time Remaining: 6d 21h 19m
Buy It Now for only: $38.00