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.

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vintage Charles E Hughes presidential campaign button - leather luggage tag
vintage Charles E Hughes presidential campaign button - leather luggage tag
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Vintage Lot of 4 GOLDWATER Presidential Campaign Pinback Buttons
Vintage Lot of 4 GOLDWATER Presidential Campaign Pinback Buttons
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vintage 1936 ALFRED LANDON presidential campaign button SUNFLOWER - pin back
vintage 1936 ALFRED LANDON presidential campaign button SUNFLOWER - pin back
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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)
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Lot of 4 Vintage Barry Goldwater 1964 Campaign Button Pins
Lot of 4 Vintage Barry Goldwater 1964 Campaign Button Pins
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Vintage Political Campaign Buttons President IKE Eisenhower Lot 9
Vintage Political Campaign Buttons President IKE Eisenhower Lot 9
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2 vintage William Jennings BRYAN presidential campaign buttons - pin back
2 vintage William Jennings BRYAN presidential campaign buttons - pin back
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Lot Vintage President Election Campaign Button Political Pinback Magnets Nixon
Lot Vintage President Election Campaign Button Political Pinback Magnets Nixon
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4 vintage WENDELL L WILLKIE presidential campaign buttons - pin backs, McNary
4 vintage WENDELL L WILLKIE presidential campaign buttons - pin backs, McNary
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