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 (Reproduced1972) Presidential Campaign Button Set/Collection
Vintage (Reproduced1972) Presidential Campaign Button Set/Collection
$5.00 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 15h 28m
Vintage 1976 Lot of 8 Jimmy Carter Political Campaign Pinback Button's Rare USA
Vintage 1976 Lot of 8 Jimmy Carter Political Campaign Pinback Button's Rare USA
$7.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 17h 2m
Vintage Political Pin-back 2.25
Vintage Political Pin-back 2.25" Button REAGAN BUSH 1984 Presedential Campaign
$8.09
Time Remaining: 28d 15h 33m
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35 Piece Vintage Antique Presidential Campaign & Advertising Button Collection
35 Piece Vintage Antique Presidential Campaign & Advertising Button Collection
$599.00
Time Remaining: 10h 26m
26 Vintage Presidential Political Campaign Pinback Buttons - Bayh Harris Bentsen
26 Vintage Presidential Political Campaign Pinback Buttons - Bayh Harris Bentsen
$9.99
Time Remaining: 1d 17h 1m
Vintage PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN BUTTONS:  Three KENNEDY JOHNSON Pins and Clip On
Vintage PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN BUTTONS: Three KENNEDY JOHNSON Pins and Clip On
$7.97
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24 Vintage Presidential Political Campaign Pinback Buttons - MacBride In '76
24 Vintage Presidential Political Campaign Pinback Buttons - MacBride In '76
$9.99
Time Remaining: 1d 17h 1m
Vintage Dewey for President Campaign Pinback Button
Vintage Dewey for President Campaign Pinback Button
$9.99
Time Remaining: 7d 21h 17m
Buy It Now for only: $9.99
24 Vintage Presidential Political Campaign Pinback Buttons - Shapp Udall Mondale
24 Vintage Presidential Political Campaign Pinback Buttons - Shapp Udall Mondale
$9.99
Time Remaining: 1d 17h 1m


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 Shiny Brite Lot of 12 Mercury Glass Christmas Ornaments Glitter w/ Box
Vintage Shiny Brite Lot of 12 Mercury Glass Christmas Ornaments Glitter w/ Box
$8.99
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~NICE LoT of ViNtAgE shiny brite/ MICA indent Christmas tree orns/ must see!~
~NICE LoT of ViNtAgE shiny brite/ MICA indent Christmas tree orns/ must see!~
$35.00
Time Remaining: 29d 17h 11m
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~LoT of (4) HTF ViNtAgE SHINY BRITE/~TOP Christmas tree orns/ LQQK!!~
~LoT of (4) HTF ViNtAgE SHINY BRITE/~TOP Christmas tree orns/ LQQK!!~
$16.25
Time Remaining: 29d 17h 11m
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ANTIQUE /VINTAGE LOT OF CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS 38 IN ALL
ANTIQUE /VINTAGE LOT OF CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS 38 IN ALL
$35.88
Time Remaining: 29d 15h 20m
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SHINY BRITE CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS  5 GREEN INDENTS IN BOX
SHINY BRITE CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS 5 GREEN INDENTS IN BOX
$12.00
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Lot Of 14 Vintage Shiny Brite Christmas Ornaments Pink And Gold
Lot Of 14 Vintage Shiny Brite Christmas Ornaments Pink And Gold
$16.99
Time Remaining: 29d 14h 28m
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Beautiful Lot of Vintage GLASS Christmas Ornaments / Figural Angel Snowman
Beautiful Lot of Vintage GLASS Christmas Ornaments / Figural Angel Snowman
$6.99
Time Remaining: 29d 23h 55m
Buy It Now for only: $6.99
#BX] 6 PIECE LOT OF VINTAGE GLASS CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS
#BX] 6 PIECE LOT OF VINTAGE GLASS CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS
$9.95
Time Remaining: 29d 12h 45m
Buy It Now for only: $9.95
vintage hand blown spun glass christmas ornament bells 3
vintage hand blown spun glass christmas ornament bells 3" tall
$8.99
Time Remaining: 4d 9h 38m
Buy It Now for only: $8.99