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Political - General

Collecting political items is very popular in the United States. Since term limits ensure that elections of some sort are held every year, the campaigns that go with those elections at the national, state, and local levels ensure that a wide variety of political collectibles are available to collectors. Serious collectors of political memorabilia do not limit themselves to national elections, but collect state, local, and cause items as well.

In the United States, national political items primarily advertise candidates for president and vice president. Items with pictures of the candidates are always more desirable than items that only use print, and items that picture more than one candidate are more sought after than single-picture items. An item that pictures both the presidential and vice presidential candidate is called a jugate.

The most popular items acquired by political collectors are campaign buttons. The value of these buttons is dependent on the type of button and its rarity, rather than that popularity of the candidate that it represents. Other collectible political items include signs, posters, newspapers, bumper stickers, banners, jewelry, china, and novelty items.


Quick Facts

  • Political collecting has only been popular since the '60s. In addition to collecting items from political campaigns, collectors acquire items representing causes, such as women's suffrage, the environment, war, and human rights
  • The highest price ever paid for a campaign button was $150,000. The button was for the democratic candidates for president in 1924, John W. Davis and Charles W. Bryan, and included pictures of both candidates plus their Honest Government slogan
  • Flasher campaign buttons were popular in the '60s. These buttons show two scenes, usually a picture and a slogan, but sometimes two pictures. The scene changes when the button is moved back and forth

Recommended Items at Auction

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Group Of Campaign Buttons
Dec 01, 10:00 AM EST
Group Of Campaign Buttons
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$11 Bid
(on-31) POLITICAL BUTTONS, METALS, & ETC
Dec 18, 10:00 AM EST
(on-31) POLITICAL BUTTONS, METALS, & ETC
by White's Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
VINTAGE CAMPAIGN PINS ANTIQUE
Nov 28, 11:00 AM CST
VINTAGE CAMPAIGN PINS ANTIQUE
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
6 Mitgliedsabzeichen Organisationen - 6 membership badges different organizations
Dec 04, 9:30 AM CET
6 Mitgliedsabzeichen Organisationen - 6 membership badges different organizations
by Berliner Auktionshaus GmbH & Co. KG
Est: €0- €0
€1001 Bid
Vintage Patriotic, Political Donor Lapel Pins
Dec 03, 2:00 PM EST
Vintage Patriotic, Political Donor Lapel Pins
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $40- $80
$200 Bids
POLITICAL PIN LOT: IKE/NIXON, WALLACE 1968,
Dec 15, 11:00 AM EST
POLITICAL PIN LOT: IKE/NIXON, WALLACE 1968,
by Vintage Auctions Online
Est: $25- $50
$100 Bids
POLITICAL PIN LOT: FORD U.S. SENATOR, LBJ,
Dec 15, 11:00 AM EST
POLITICAL PIN LOT: FORD U.S. SENATOR, LBJ,
by Vintage Auctions Online
Est: $20- $45
$100 Bids
Vintage tin Seniuk for sheriff campaign badge
Nov 28, 11:30 PM EST
Vintage tin Seniuk for sheriff campaign badge
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $30- $40
$200 Bids
CONFEDERATE PARADE OR PATRIOTIC FLAG WITH 2 FAMILY PHOTOS.
Dec 13, 9:00 AM EST
CONFEDERATE PARADE OR PATRIOTIC FLAG WITH 2 FAMILY PHOTOS.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $800- $1,200
$4000 Bids
Lot of Political Buttons
Nov 27, 1:00 PM EST
Lot of Political Buttons
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $175- $1,750
$1750 Bids
A Patriotic Mug
Dec 03, 2:00 PM CET
A Patriotic Mug
by Antikvity
Est: €60- €100
€600 Bids
Ferdinand II of the Two Sicilies
Dec 03, 2:00 PM CET
Ferdinand II of the Two Sicilies
by Antikvity
Est: €500- €600
€5000 Bids
Limited Edition Signed by Nelson Mandela Mandela (Nelson) & others A Prisoner in the Garden, Opening
Dec 07, 10:15 AM GMT
Limited Edition Signed by Nelson Mandela Mandela (Nelson) & others A Prisoner in the Garden, Opening
by Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers
Est: €1,500- €2,000
€1,5000 Bids
TRAY LOT OF VINTAGE POLITICAL PINBACK BUTTONS
Dec 02, 4:00 PM EST
TRAY LOT OF VINTAGE POLITICAL PINBACK BUTTONS
by Diefenderfer Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
MANDELA: DESCRIPTION TO FOLLOW…
Nov 30, 12:00 PM CET
MANDELA: DESCRIPTION TO FOLLOW…
by International Autograph Auctions Europe, S.L.
Est: €200- €300
€2000 Bids
WALLACE LEMAY CAMPAING BUTTON
Dec 16, 11:45 AM EST
WALLACE LEMAY CAMPAING BUTTON
by Carroll's Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $70- $280
$100 Bids
HUMPHREY MUSKIE CAMPAING BUTTON
Dec 16, 11:45 AM EST
HUMPHREY MUSKIE CAMPAING BUTTON
by Carroll's Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $70- $280
$100 Bids
Political and Historical Ephemera 17th-20thC
Nov 26, 11:00 AM EST
Political and Historical Ephemera 17th-20thC
by Kaminski Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
Provisorische Wahlordnung zur Verfassungs-Urkunde
Dec 04, 9:30 AM CET
Provisorische Wahlordnung zur Verfassungs-Urkunde
by Berliner Auktionshaus GmbH & Co. KG
Est: €0- €0
€450 Bids
8 Flugschriften Wiener Oktoberaufstand 1848
Dec 04, 9:30 AM CET
8 Flugschriften Wiener Oktoberaufstand 1848
by Berliner Auktionshaus GmbH & Co. KG
Est: €0- €0
€450 Bids
EARLY CAMPAIGN BUTTON 
Dec 19, 12:30 PM EST
EARLY CAMPAIGN BUTTON 
by Museum of Culture and Arts, Inc
Est: $70- $270
$90 Bids
1940 WILLKIE CAMPAIGN BUTTON
Dec 19, 12:30 PM EST
1940 WILLKIE CAMPAIGN BUTTON
by Museum of Culture and Arts, Inc
Est: $70- $270
$100 Bids
1940 WILLKIE CAMPAIGN BUTTON
Dec 19, 12:30 PM EST
1940 WILLKIE CAMPAIGN BUTTON
by Museum of Culture and Arts, Inc
Est: $70- $270
$100 Bids
1940 WILLKIE CAMPAIGN BUTTON
Dec 19, 12:30 PM EST
1940 WILLKIE CAMPAIGN BUTTON
by Museum of Culture and Arts, Inc
Est: $70- $270
$100 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Political - General


Kaminski Auctions

Kaminski Auctions

Berliner Auktionshaus GmbH & Co. KG

Berliner Auktionshaus GmbH & Co. KG