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 Walter Mondale/Geraldine Ferraro Campaign Button
Vintage Walter Mondale/Geraldine Ferraro Campaign Button
$0.10
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22 Vintage Presidential Political Campaign Pinback Buttons - Romney Mondale Dole
22 Vintage Presidential Political Campaign Pinback Buttons - Romney Mondale Dole
$9.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 23h 24m
Vintage 1996 Dole Kemp Presidential Campaign Republican Nominee Button Pin
Vintage 1996 Dole Kemp Presidential Campaign Republican Nominee Button Pin
$5.99
Time Remaining: 1h 46m
20 Vintage Presidential Political Campaign Pinback Buttons - Bush Cheney Clinton
20 Vintage Presidential Political Campaign Pinback Buttons - Bush Cheney Clinton
$9.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 23h 24m
HUMPHREY - MUSKIE VINTAGE- 1968-PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN PINBACK BUTTON
HUMPHREY - MUSKIE VINTAGE- 1968-PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN PINBACK BUTTON
$0.50
Time Remaining: 3h 45m
18 Vintage Presidential Political Campaign Pinback Buttons - Kerry Jackson Bush
18 Vintage Presidential Political Campaign Pinback Buttons - Kerry Jackson Bush
$10.50 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 23h 24m
Vintage I Like Ike Political Campaign Button- Dwight Eisenhower  7/8
Vintage I Like Ike Political Campaign Button- Dwight Eisenhower 7/8"
$1.99
Time Remaining: 2d 48m
Buy It Now for only: $6.99
Vintage Campaign Button Pin Pinback * DUKAKIS BENTSEN 1988 * UBC * CLIC
Vintage Campaign Button Pin Pinback * DUKAKIS BENTSEN 1988 * UBC * CLIC
$0.99
Time Remaining: 17h 56m
21 Vintage Presidential Political Campaign Pinback Buttons - McGovern Shriver
21 Vintage Presidential Political Campaign Pinback Buttons - McGovern Shriver
$10.50 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 23h 25m


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:

OLD TEAR DROP SHAPE CHRISTMAS ORN
OLD TEAR DROP SHAPE CHRISTMAS ORN
$9.99
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Vintage BLOWN GLASS CHRISTMAS TREE ORNAMENTS Assorted LOT! NICE VARIETY!
Vintage BLOWN GLASS CHRISTMAS TREE ORNAMENTS Assorted LOT! NICE VARIETY!
$29.95
Time Remaining: 27d 18h 35m
Buy It Now for only: $29.95
Vintage1996 Dickensville Collectibles Christmas Village House
Vintage1996 Dickensville Collectibles Christmas Village House
$4.99
Time Remaining: 1d 16h 52m
Vintage Double Indent UnSilvered Ball Glass Christmas Ornament 2.5
Vintage Double Indent UnSilvered Ball Glass Christmas Ornament 2.5"D
$7.99
Time Remaining: 39m
Vintage Hand Painted Figural Santa Glass Christmas Ornament / Italy
Vintage Hand Painted Figural Santa Glass Christmas Ornament / Italy
$14.99
Time Remaining: 17d 1h 26m
Buy It Now for only: $14.99
Victorian Village Collectibles 1996 Old Towne Christmas Clown Show Christmas
Victorian Village Collectibles 1996 Old Towne Christmas Clown Show Christmas
$12.99
Time Remaining: 1h 57m
Buy It Now for only: $17.99
1996 Sees Candy Christmas Tin & 1990 Hershey's Kisses Hometown Collectable's
1996 Sees Candy Christmas Tin & 1990 Hershey's Kisses Hometown Collectable's
$17.99
Time Remaining: 1h 31m
Buy It Now for only: $23.49
LEMAX CHRISTMAS VILLAGE COLLECTIBLES - Lot of 5 Figurines & 2 Park Benches
LEMAX CHRISTMAS VILLAGE COLLECTIBLES - Lot of 5 Figurines & 2 Park Benches
$7.99
Time Remaining: 2d 19h
Buy It Now for only: $7.99
Frog tree topper Old World Christmas glass ornament
Frog tree topper Old World Christmas glass ornament
$20.99
Time Remaining: 11d 2h 45m
Buy It Now for only: $20.99