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 15m
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
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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)
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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 46m
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 19m
Lot of Vintage Presidential Campaign Buttons
Lot of Vintage Presidential Campaign Buttons
$59.11 (27 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 20h 30m
21 Vintage Presidential Political Campaign Pinback Buttons &4 Tabs Ford McGovern
21 Vintage Presidential Political Campaign Pinback Buttons &4 Tabs Ford McGovern
$9.99 (1 Bid)
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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)
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6 Vintage 1968 President H H Humphrey Political Campaign Pinback Buttons
6 Vintage 1968 President H H Humphrey Political Campaign Pinback Buttons
$9.99
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