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 Barry Goldwater For President Campaign Pinback Tin Litho Button
Vintage Barry Goldwater For President Campaign Pinback Tin Litho Button
$6.95
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Lot authentic antique vtg campaign buttons WILSON ROOSEVELT TAFT + others
Lot authentic antique vtg campaign buttons WILSON ROOSEVELT TAFT + others
$31.00 (6 Bids)
Time Remaining: 12h 18m
12 Vintage 1974 President Gerald Ford Political Campaign Pinback Buttons -WIN
12 Vintage 1974 President Gerald Ford Political Campaign Pinback Buttons -WIN
$9.99
Time Remaining: 17h 59m
Vintage Stevenson President Campaign Pinback Tin Litho Button
Vintage Stevenson President Campaign Pinback Tin Litho Button
$4.95
Time Remaining: 29d 19h 17m
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7 Vintage 1988 Dukakis Presidential Political Campaign Pinback Buttons
7 Vintage 1988 Dukakis Presidential Political Campaign Pinback Buttons
$9.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 18h 3m
1972 Vintage Campaign Buttons for Nixon and McGovern
1972 Vintage Campaign Buttons for Nixon and McGovern
$2.00 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 17h 59m
Vintage 1896 William Jennings Bryan Political Campaign Photo Pinback Button bl/b
Vintage 1896 William Jennings Bryan Political Campaign Photo Pinback Button bl/b
$9.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 18h 3m
Vintage 1916 President Woodrow Wilson Political Campaign Pinback Button
Vintage 1916 President Woodrow Wilson Political Campaign Pinback Button
$16.99 (5 Bids)
Time Remaining: 18h 4m
 Vintage McGovern Eagleton Presidential Campaign Button 1972 Democratic
Vintage McGovern Eagleton Presidential Campaign Button 1972 Democratic
$7.95
Time Remaining: 29d 20h 54m
Buy It Now for only: $7.95


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:

LOT OF FOUR GLASS CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS (VINTAGE?) (L99)
LOT OF FOUR GLASS CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS (VINTAGE?) (L99)
$4.99
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(3) Vintage Fantasia Glass Christmas Ornaments
(3) Vintage Fantasia Glass Christmas Ornaments
$9.95
Time Remaining: 4d 20h 17m
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LOT OF VINTAGE RED GLASS POLISH CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS
LOT OF VINTAGE RED GLASS POLISH CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS
$18.99
Time Remaining: 20d 14h 17m
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12 VINTAGE SHINY BRITE INDENT ORNAMENTS 9 LARGER TEARDROP AND 3 ROUND IN BOX
12 VINTAGE SHINY BRITE INDENT ORNAMENTS 9 LARGER TEARDROP AND 3 ROUND IN BOX
$35.00
Time Remaining: 4d 8h 25m
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(3) Vintage Fantasia Glass Christmas Ornaments
(3) Vintage Fantasia Glass Christmas Ornaments
$9.95
Time Remaining: 4d 20h 14m
Buy It Now for only: $9.95
VTG BOX OF 4 HAND DECORATED GLASS CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS
VTG BOX OF 4 HAND DECORATED GLASS CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS
$8.00
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Christmas Ornaments Glass Balls Holly Glitter Lot of 7
Christmas Ornaments Glass Balls Holly Glitter Lot of 7
$10.88
Time Remaining: 29d 22h 48m
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Christmas Ornaments Glass Balls Holly Glitter Lot of 3
Christmas Ornaments Glass Balls Holly Glitter Lot of 3
$10.88
Time Remaining: 29d 22h 48m
Buy It Now for only: $10.88
12 SHINY BRITE VINTAGE GLITTER  CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS
12 SHINY BRITE VINTAGE GLITTER CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS
$30.00
Time Remaining: 29d 21h 44m
Buy It Now for only: $30.00