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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

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Moran brown leather deep buttoned three seater Chesterfield, approx 67cm H x 193cm W x 91cm D
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Moran brown leather deep buttoned three seater Chesterfield, approx 67cm H x 193cm W x 91cm D
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Est: AUD750- AUD1,000
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Ballot Box Torch, Dated 1880
Oct 23, 10:00 AM CDT
Ballot Box Torch, Dated 1880
by Link Auction Galleries
Est: $200- $300
$1754 Bids
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LOT OF 130+ VINTAGE MISC. POLITICAL PIN BACK BADGES
Oct 24, 10:00 AM MST
LOT OF 130+ VINTAGE MISC. POLITICAL PIN BACK BADGES
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
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LARGE COLLECTION OF VINTAGE POLITICAL PINBACKS, RIBBONS AND METAL POCKET CLIPS, ETC.
Oct 22, 4:00 PM EDT
LARGE COLLECTION OF VINTAGE POLITICAL PINBACKS, RIBBONS AND METAL POCKET CLIPS, ETC.
by Diefenderfer Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
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LOT OF 130+ VINTAGE MISC. POLITICAL PIN BACK BADGES
Oct 24, 10:00 AM MST
LOT OF 130+ VINTAGE MISC. POLITICAL PIN BACK BADGES
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
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LOT OF VINTAGE POLITICAL ARTICLES
Oct 24, 10:00 AM MST
LOT OF VINTAGE POLITICAL ARTICLES
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$82 Bids
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Oct 27, 11:00 AM EDT
Political Buttons Including Lincoln
by Caza Sikes
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
9 VINTAGE 1948 DEWEY AND HANLEY POLITICAL PINBACKS
Oct 22, 4:00 PM EDT
9 VINTAGE 1948 DEWEY AND HANLEY POLITICAL PINBACKS
by Diefenderfer Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
BINDER OF VINTAGE MCGOVERN POLITICAL PINBACKS
Oct 22, 4:00 PM EDT
BINDER OF VINTAGE MCGOVERN POLITICAL PINBACKS
by Diefenderfer Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
2 ALBUMS CONTAINING MOSTLY 19TH C. AMERICAN
Nov 13, 10:00 AM EST
2 ALBUMS CONTAINING MOSTLY 19TH C. AMERICAN
by Marion Antique Auctions
Est: $500- $700
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State Inauguration Day Golden Jubilee Guest Badge [138554]
Oct 28, 8:00 AM PDT
State Inauguration Day Golden Jubilee Guest Badge [138554]
by Holabird Western Americana
Est: $80- $100
$401 Bid
A STRAND OF ALEXANDER HAMILTON'S HAIR
Oct 31, 8:00 AM EDT
A STRAND OF ALEXANDER HAMILTON'S HAIR
by Alexander Historical Auctions LLC
Est: $100- $150
$501 Bid
OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES, JR.
Oct 31, 8:00 AM EDT
OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES, JR.
by Alexander Historical Auctions LLC
Est: $60- $80
$301 Bid
GERMAN WWII 1933 POLITICAL BRAUNE PFINGSTEN BADGE
Oct 21, 9:00 AM EDT
GERMAN WWII 1933 POLITICAL BRAUNE PFINGSTEN BADGE
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $40- $80
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Lot of CLN political badges - Italy, first half of the 20th century
Oct 25, 3:00 PM CEST
Lot of CLN political badges - Italy, first half of the 20th century
by Bertolami Fine Art
Est: €100- €200
€700 Bids
Principles of Political Economy Carey on Population and Political Condition 1840
Oct 23, 11:00 AM EDT
Principles of Political Economy Carey on Population and Political Condition 1840
by Dana J. Tharp Auctions
Est: $1,200- $1,500
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LENIN: Political Parties in Russia and the Tasks of the Proletariat
Oct 30, 1:00 PM CEST
LENIN: Political Parties in Russia and the Tasks of the Proletariat
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Est: CHF300- CHF600
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GROUP OF NAPOLEON CERAMIC AND METAL ARTICLES
Oct 27, 10:00 AM EDT
GROUP OF NAPOLEON CERAMIC AND METAL ARTICLES
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Est: $150- $250
$900 Bids
Vintage 1928 Al Smith "Our Next President" Campaign Metal License Plate
Oct 25, 6:00 PM EDT
Vintage 1928 Al Smith "Our Next President" Campaign Metal License Plate
by One Source Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$250 Bids
[Hamilton, Alexander] [American Revolution] Printed Document
Oct 25, 10:00 AM EDT
[Hamilton, Alexander] [American Revolution] Printed Document
by Freeman's
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,0000 Bids
[Hamilton, Alexander] [Lighthouses] Hamilton, Alexander Free-frank Address Leaf
Oct 25, 10:00 AM EDT
[Hamilton, Alexander] [Lighthouses] Hamilton, Alexander Free-frank Address Leaf
by Freeman's
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,0000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Political - General


Holabird Western Americana

Holabird Western Americana

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Freeman's

Diefenderfer Auction Company

Diefenderfer Auction Company