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 Presidential Political Campaign Pinback Buttons - Win With Johnson
Vintage Presidential Political Campaign Pinback Buttons - Win With Johnson
$9.99
Time Remaining: 33m
1956 District of Columbia Eisenhower Nixon Club Campaign Pinback Button Vintage
1956 District of Columbia Eisenhower Nixon Club Campaign Pinback Button Vintage
$19.95
Time Remaining: 9h 31m
Lot Of 31 Vintage Political Campaign Buttons Presidential Races And Others
Lot Of 31 Vintage Political Campaign Buttons Presidential Races And Others
$3.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 2d 12h 32m
Orig Vtg 1960's up Political Campaign Pinback 50 Button Pins Collection Lot
Orig Vtg 1960's up Political Campaign Pinback 50 Button Pins Collection Lot
$19.95
Time Remaining: 11h 14m
VINTAGE1964 JOHNSON - HUMPHREY CAMPAIGN BUTTONS
VINTAGE1964 JOHNSON - HUMPHREY CAMPAIGN BUTTONS
$3.99
Time Remaining: 4d 11h 3m
VINTAGE 1944 DEWEY and BRICKER PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN PIN BUTTONS
VINTAGE 1944 DEWEY and BRICKER PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN PIN BUTTONS
$4.99
Time Remaining: 4d 10h 18m
20 Vintage Presidential Political Campaign Pinback Buttons - Clinton Reagan Bush
20 Vintage Presidential Political Campaign Pinback Buttons - Clinton Reagan Bush
$9.99
Time Remaining: 4d 9h 40m
LOT OF 4 VINTAGE 1952  EISENHOWER CAMPAIGN INAUGERATION BUTTONS PINBACKS
LOT OF 4 VINTAGE 1952 EISENHOWER CAMPAIGN INAUGERATION BUTTONS PINBACKS
$6.99
Time Remaining: 4d 11h 3m
VINTAGE DEWEY 4 FOR PRESIDENT CAMPAIGN BUTTON PIN
VINTAGE DEWEY 4 FOR PRESIDENT CAMPAIGN BUTTON PIN
$0.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 4d 8h 45m


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 Glass Christmas Tree Topper
Vintage Glass Christmas Tree Topper
$7.99
Time Remaining: 3d 8h 45m
Buy It Now for only: $7.99
Mixed Lot of 5 Vintage Christmas Tree Ornaments~Waterford/Orrefors/Danforth
Mixed Lot of 5 Vintage Christmas Tree Ornaments~Waterford/Orrefors/Danforth
$20.00
Time Remaining: 5d 25m
Buy It Now for only: $20.00
Vintage Christmas Figural Bird In Basket Nest Glitter Glass Ornament
Vintage Christmas Figural Bird In Basket Nest Glitter Glass Ornament
$19.79
Time Remaining: 9d 5h 31m
Buy It Now for only: $19.79
Christmas glass ornaments Gardening, Mushroom set
Christmas glass ornaments Gardening, Mushroom set
$19.00
Time Remaining: 22h
Buy It Now for only: $19.00
Vintage Shiny Brite Christmas Glass Ornaments Holiday Decorations Assorted Lot
Vintage Shiny Brite Christmas Glass Ornaments Holiday Decorations Assorted Lot
$24.99
Time Remaining: 28d 10h 50m
Buy It Now for only: $24.99
NOS (12) Christmas by Krebs Ball Ornaments. Blue.
NOS (12) Christmas by Krebs Ball Ornaments. Blue.
$29.99
Time Remaining: 25d 22h 45m
Buy It Now for only: $29.99
Christmas Ornament Russian Handmade
Christmas Ornament Russian Handmade
$6.99
Time Remaining: 5d 10h 31m
Buy It Now for only: $6.99
Lot of Miniature Glass Figure Christmas Ornaments  Approx 3
Lot of Miniature Glass Figure Christmas Ornaments Approx 3" Tall
$19.99
Time Remaining: 27d 3h 25m
Buy It Now for only: $19.99
Vintage Christmas Glass Ornaments - Christmas By KREBS - Victoria Collection
Vintage Christmas Glass Ornaments - Christmas By KREBS - Victoria Collection
$19.99
Time Remaining: 8d 12h 45m
Buy It Now for only: $19.99