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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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Vintage Political Buttons
Mar 05, 12:00 PM EST
Vintage Political Buttons
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$3015 Bids
75+ Republican Party Pins
Mar 05, 9:00 AM EST
75+ Republican Party Pins
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$42 Bids
HOOVER CAMPAIGN BUTTON
Mar 08, 10:30 AM EST
HOOVER CAMPAIGN BUTTON
by Carroll's Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $70- $270
$101 Bid
1895 Puck The Press View Political Illustration
Mar 20, 10:00 AM EDT
1895 Puck The Press View Political Illustration
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $50- $100
$11 Bid
2008 McCAIN CAMPAIGN BUTTON
Mar 08, 10:30 AM EST
2008 McCAIN CAMPAIGN BUTTON
by Carroll's Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $80- $300
$121 Bid
Margaret Thatcher Dress
Mar 14, 11:00 AM PDT
Margaret Thatcher Dress
by Nate D Sanders Auctions
Est: $200- $300
$2001 Bid
Puck 1896 WHOA Political Cartoon
Mar 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Puck 1896 WHOA Political Cartoon
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $50- $100
$11 Bid
EARLY POLITICAL BUTTON
Mar 08, 10:30 AM EST
EARLY POLITICAL BUTTON
by Carroll's Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $60- $200
$100 Bids
EARLY POLITICAL BUTTON
Mar 08, 10:30 AM EST
EARLY POLITICAL BUTTON
by Carroll's Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $60- $200
$100 Bids
McGOVERN CAMPAIGN BUTTON
Mar 08, 10:30 AM EST
McGOVERN CAMPAIGN BUTTON
by Carroll's Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $60- $200
$100 Bids
EARLY POLITICAL BUTTON
Mar 08, 10:30 AM EST
EARLY POLITICAL BUTTON
by Carroll's Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $60- $200
$100 Bids
EARLY POLITICAL BUTTON
Mar 08, 10:30 AM EST
EARLY POLITICAL BUTTON
by Carroll's Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $60- $200
$100 Bids
EARLY POLITICAL BUTTON
Mar 08, 10:30 AM EST
EARLY POLITICAL BUTTON
by Carroll's Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $60- $200
$100 Bids
EARLY POLITICAL BUTTON
Mar 08, 10:30 AM EST
EARLY POLITICAL BUTTON
by Carroll's Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $60- $200
$100 Bids
GARFIELD, James A. (1831-1881) and ARTHUR, Chester A. (1829...
Mar 07, 10:00 AM CST
GARFIELD, James A. (1831-1881) and ARTHUR, Chester A. (1829...
by Potter & Potter Auctions Inc.
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
EARLY POLITICAL BUTTON
Mar 08, 10:30 AM EST
EARLY POLITICAL BUTTON
by Carroll's Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $60- $200
$100 Bids
Vintage Political Pinback Button Lot Larson Nixon Ferraro Archie Buncer Reagan Bush
Mar 21, 9:00 AM EDT
Vintage Political Pinback Button Lot Larson Nixon Ferraro Archie Buncer Reagan Bush
by Figlio Designs LLC
Est: $100- $200
$90 Bids
VINTAGE THE PAPER MAGIC GROUP ELECTION 2000 AL GORE POLITICAL MASK SERIES
Mar 08, 4:00 PM EST
VINTAGE THE PAPER MAGIC GROUP ELECTION 2000 AL GORE POLITICAL MASK SERIES
by Diefenderfer Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
Political poster, Klaus Staeck (1938 Pulsnitz), "Seit 1933 pausenlos in Sor
Mar 16, 1:00 PM CET
Political poster, Klaus Staeck (1938 Pulsnitz), "Seit 1933 pausenlos in Sor
by Auktionshaus am See
Est: €0- €0
€300 Bids
Political Buttons and Lighters, one by Dunhill
Mar 16, 11:00 AM EDT
Political Buttons and Lighters, one by Dunhill
by Kaminski Auctions
Est: $150- $250
$750 Bids
(27 Pc) Political & Other Items
Mar 12, 12:00 PM EDT
(27 Pc) Political & Other Items
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $25- $250
$250 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Political - General


Carroll's Auctioneers & Appraisers

Carroll's Auctioneers & Appraisers

Potter & Potter Auctions Inc.

Potter & Potter Auctions Inc.

The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.

The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.

Kaminski Auctions

Kaminski Auctions