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 Ross Perot  '92 Political Campaign Pinback Button (2 for $1.50)
Vintage Ross Perot '92 Political Campaign Pinback Button (2 for $1.50)
$1.50
Time Remaining: 13d 23h 14m
Buy It Now for only: $1.50
Vintage 1912 Woodrow Wilson & Marshall Campaign Pinback Button w/ Paper Backing
Vintage 1912 Woodrow Wilson & Marshall Campaign Pinback Button w/ Paper Backing
$26.75
Time Remaining: 26d 20h 30m
Buy It Now for only: $26.75
Huge Lot Vintage President Election Campaign Button Political Pinback Pins
Huge Lot Vintage President Election Campaign Button Political Pinback Pins
$27.25 (7 Bids)
Time Remaining: 7d 21h 51m
Lot of 4 Vintage Barry Goldwater 1964 Campaign Button Pins
Lot of 4 Vintage Barry Goldwater 1964 Campaign Button Pins
$8.99
Time Remaining: 26d 14h 59m
Buy It Now for only: $8.99
Vintage 1912 President Woodrow Wilson Political Campaign Pinback Button 8 Hr Day
Vintage 1912 President Woodrow Wilson Political Campaign Pinback Button 8 Hr Day
$19.38 (4 Bids)
Time Remaining: 3d 19h 45m
VINTAGE 1940 ROOSEVELT - (HENRY) WALLACE CAMPAIGN BUTTON BY CM GERAGHTY CHICAGO
VINTAGE 1940 ROOSEVELT - (HENRY) WALLACE CAMPAIGN BUTTON BY CM GERAGHTY CHICAGO
$0.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 4d 19h 18m
3 Vintage 52-54 President Eisenhower Political Campaign Pinback Buttons 1 Brooch
3 Vintage 52-54 President Eisenhower Political Campaign Pinback Buttons 1 Brooch
$9.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 3d 19h 46m
VINTAGE 1936 ALF LANDON PHOTO INSIDE SUNFLOWER CAMPAIGN BUTTON
VINTAGE 1936 ALF LANDON PHOTO INSIDE SUNFLOWER CAMPAIGN BUTTON
$0.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 5d 8h 17m
6 Vintage 1968 President H H Humphrey Political Campaign Pinback Buttons
6 Vintage 1968 President H H Humphrey Political Campaign Pinback Buttons
$9.99
Time Remaining: 5d 19h 46m


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:

Hand Carved Basswood Heirloom Traditional Santa Christmas Tree Ornament
Hand Carved Basswood Heirloom Traditional Santa Christmas Tree Ornament
$18.00
Time Remaining: 9d 11h 33m
Buy It Now for only: $18.00
Lot of 9 Vintage Christmas Santa Snowglobes
Lot of 9 Vintage Christmas Santa Snowglobes
$13.95
Time Remaining: 22d 22h 47m
Buy It Now for only: $13.95
Christmas Robert Stanley Collection Glass Ornament - Black Scottish Terrier Dog
Christmas Robert Stanley Collection Glass Ornament - Black Scottish Terrier Dog
$10.99
Time Remaining: 28d 14h 16m
Buy It Now for only: $10.99
Santa's Of The Nations Hand Painted Christmas Ornament Italy 1991 Vintage
Santa's Of The Nations Hand Painted Christmas Ornament Italy 1991 Vintage
$4.95
Time Remaining: 29d 13h 1m
Buy It Now for only: $4.95
Handmade Christmas Tree Ornaments - The Santa Collection
Handmade Christmas Tree Ornaments - The Santa Collection
$3.99
Time Remaining: 29d 17h 45m
Buy It Now for only: $3.99
Christmas Vintage Gnome Ornaments Plastic Tree Elf Ornament Gnomes Santa Dwarf
Christmas Vintage Gnome Ornaments Plastic Tree Elf Ornament Gnomes Santa Dwarf
$23.45
Time Remaining: 29d 2h 24m
Buy It Now for only: $23.45
Kurt Adler Fireman Santa Fire Fighter 10-Inch Christmas Saving The Day!
Kurt Adler Fireman Santa Fire Fighter 10-Inch Christmas Saving The Day!
$39.95
Time Remaining: 3d 20h 47m
Buy It Now for only: $39.95
HALLMARK Keepsake Christmas Ornaments Collectibles - MULTIPLE CHOICES
HALLMARK Keepsake Christmas Ornaments Collectibles - MULTIPLE CHOICES
$6.00
Time Remaining: 25d 8h 33m
Buy It Now for only: $6.00
Santas of the Nations MEXICO Christmas Ornament Collectible Figure 1991 Vintage
Santas of the Nations MEXICO Christmas Ornament Collectible Figure 1991 Vintage
$8.00
Time Remaining: 29d 13h 10m
Buy It Now for only: $8.00