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 Charles E Hughes presidential campaign button - leather luggage tag
vintage Charles E Hughes presidential campaign button - leather luggage tag
$5.00
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Vintage Lot of 4 GOLDWATER Presidential Campaign Pinback Buttons
Vintage Lot of 4 GOLDWATER Presidential Campaign Pinback Buttons
$4.99
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vintage 1936 ALFRED LANDON presidential campaign button SUNFLOWER - pin back
vintage 1936 ALFRED LANDON presidential campaign button SUNFLOWER - pin back
$3.00
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vintage1936 WILLIAM LEMKE campaign button for president - Union Party pin back
vintage1936 WILLIAM LEMKE campaign button for president - Union Party pin back
$7.61 (3 Bids)
Time Remaining: 5d 15h 47m
Lot of 4 Vintage Barry Goldwater 1964 Campaign Button Pins
Lot of 4 Vintage Barry Goldwater 1964 Campaign Button Pins
$8.99
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2 vintage William Jennings BRYAN presidential campaign buttons - pin back
2 vintage William Jennings BRYAN presidential campaign buttons - pin back
$5.00
Time Remaining: 5d 15h
Vintage Political Campaign Buttons President IKE Eisenhower Lot 9
Vintage Political Campaign Buttons President IKE Eisenhower Lot 9
$5.50 (3 Bids)
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Lot Vintage President Election Campaign Button Political Pinback Magnets Nixon
Lot Vintage President Election Campaign Button Political Pinback Magnets Nixon
$15.00
Time Remaining: 4d 17h 28m
4 vintage WENDELL L WILLKIE presidential campaign buttons - pin backs, McNary
4 vintage WENDELL L WILLKIE presidential campaign buttons - pin backs, McNary
$56.00 (29 Bids)
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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:

CLOTHTIQUE SANTA,GREAT CONDITION,COLLECTIBLE FIGURINE CHRISTMAS DECOR
CLOTHTIQUE SANTA,GREAT CONDITION,COLLECTIBLE FIGURINE CHRISTMAS DECOR
$17.00
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Santa Claus Tree Topper/Christmas Decor-Very Nice 16
Santa Claus Tree Topper/Christmas Decor-Very Nice 16"
$16.98
Time Remaining: 29d 10h 6m
Buy It Now for only: $16.98
Possible Dreams Clothique Irish Shanachie Santa Musical Christmas Figurine
Possible Dreams Clothique Irish Shanachie Santa Musical Christmas Figurine
$10.50 (2 Bids)
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David Frykman Collectibles
David Frykman Collectibles "Christmas 1995" Figurine
$15.00
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Lot of 2 Vtg Clothtique Pepsi Santa Collectible Figurines Christmas Display L@@K
Lot of 2 Vtg Clothtique Pepsi Santa Collectible Figurines Christmas Display L@@K
$29.99
Time Remaining: 3d 10h 8m
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David Frykman Vintage Collection - 1996 - Santa - Father Christmas - Noel
David Frykman Vintage Collection - 1996 - Santa - Father Christmas - Noel
$20.00
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Department 56 Possible Dreams Santa Claus “Ready For Bed” Clothtique
Department 56 Possible Dreams Santa Claus “Ready For Bed” Clothtique
$31.79
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SANTA TOMTE NISSE | SWEDISH CHRISTMAS GNOME | RED WITH CREAM DOTTED HAT
SANTA TOMTE NISSE | SWEDISH CHRISTMAS GNOME | RED WITH CREAM DOTTED HAT
$16.00
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New adorable Resin primitive ,glitter Christmas Santa in pajamas,figure decor #2
New adorable Resin primitive ,glitter Christmas Santa in pajamas,figure decor #2
$8.95
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Buy It Now for only: $8.95