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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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Republican National Convention, 1892, Guest Ticket for Balcony -4th Day Only
May 30, 11:00 AM EDT
Republican National Convention, 1892, Guest Ticket for Balcony -4th Day Only
by Archives International Auctions, LLC
Est: $55- $110
$152 Bids
Arthur Watts Clark Sr. Major General Political Estate Collection
Jun 01, 10:00 AM EDT
Arthur Watts Clark Sr. Major General Political Estate Collection
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$552 Bids
LOT OF 2: CELLULOID POLITICAL PINBACK BUTTONS
Jun 12, 9:00 AM EDT
LOT OF 2: CELLULOID POLITICAL PINBACK BUTTONS
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$5001 Bid
LOT OF 28: CELLULOID 7/8" POLITICAL PINBACK BUTTONS, ALL JUGATES
Jun 12, 9:00 AM EDT
LOT OF 28: CELLULOID 7/8" POLITICAL PINBACK BUTTONS, ALL JUGATES
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $500- $800
$2501 Bid
LOT OF 20: CELLULOID POLITICAL PINBACK BUTTONS
Jun 12, 9:00 AM EDT
LOT OF 20: CELLULOID POLITICAL PINBACK BUTTONS
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $500- $1,000
$2501 Bid
Tray lot of Political buttons, along with other
May 30, 10:00 AM CDT
Tray lot of Political buttons, along with other
by Cedarburg Auction & Appraisals LLC
Est: $50- $100
$251 Bid
COLLECTION OF 35 POLITICAL PINBACK BUTTONS
Jun 12, 9:00 AM EDT
COLLECTION OF 35 POLITICAL PINBACK BUTTONS
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $800- $1,500
$4001 Bid
LOT OF 24: CELLULOID POLITICAL PINBACK BUTTONS
Jun 12, 9:00 AM EDT
LOT OF 24: CELLULOID POLITICAL PINBACK BUTTONS
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $700- $1,200
$3501 Bid
LOT OF 21: CELLULOID POLITICAL PINBACK BUTTONS
Jun 12, 9:00 AM EDT
LOT OF 21: CELLULOID POLITICAL PINBACK BUTTONS
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $400- $800
$2001 Bid
LOT OF 7: CELLULOID POLITICAL PINBACK BUTTONS
Jun 12, 9:00 AM EDT
LOT OF 7: CELLULOID POLITICAL PINBACK BUTTONS
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$5000 Bids
LOT OF 4: CELLULOID POLITICAL PINBACK BUTTONS
Jun 12, 9:00 AM EDT
LOT OF 4: CELLULOID POLITICAL PINBACK BUTTONS
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $1,000- $1,800
$5000 Bids
LOT OF 3: CELLULOID POLITICAL PINBACK BUTTONS
Jun 12, 9:00 AM EDT
LOT OF 3: CELLULOID POLITICAL PINBACK BUTTONS
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $1,000- $1,600
$5000 Bids
LOT OF 4: POLITICAL PINBACK BUTTONS
Jun 12, 9:00 AM EDT
LOT OF 4: POLITICAL PINBACK BUTTONS
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $800- $1,200
$4000 Bids
LOT OF 55: SLOGAN & NAME POLITICAL BUTTONS, 1/2" TO 1"
Jun 12, 9:00 AM EDT
LOT OF 55: SLOGAN & NAME POLITICAL BUTTONS, 1/2" TO 1"
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $500- $1,000
$2500 Bids
LOT OF 27: CELLULOID POLITICAL PINBACK & LAPEL STUD BUTTONS, ALL 3/4" TO 7/8"
Jun 12, 9:00 AM EDT
LOT OF 27: CELLULOID POLITICAL PINBACK & LAPEL STUD BUTTONS, ALL 3/4" TO 7/8"
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $400- $800
$2000 Bids
LARGE LOT OF OVER 70 POLITICAL BUTTONS, BOTH METAL & CELLULOID
Jun 12, 9:00 AM EDT
LARGE LOT OF OVER 70 POLITICAL BUTTONS, BOTH METAL & CELLULOID
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $400- $800
$2000 Bids
Large Group of Celluloid, Metal Pinbacks and Ribbons
Jun 01, 9:00 AM EDT
Large Group of Celluloid, Metal Pinbacks and Ribbons
by Dana J. Tharp Auctions
Est: $70- $110
$350 Bids
PLATE TOPPER, POLITICAL BUTTONS, & MORE
Jun 15, 10:00 AM EDT
PLATE TOPPER, POLITICAL BUTTONS, & MORE
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
LOT OF 4: CELLULOID POLITICAL PINBACK BUTTONS
Jun 12, 9:00 AM EDT
LOT OF 4: CELLULOID POLITICAL PINBACK BUTTONS
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $1,000- $1,800
$5000 Bids
LOT OF 18: CELLULOID POLITICAL PINBACK BUTTONS
Jun 12, 9:00 AM EDT
LOT OF 18: CELLULOID POLITICAL PINBACK BUTTONS
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $800- $1,500
$4000 Bids
31 POLITICAL CELLULOID LAPEL STUD BUTTONS, 1/2" TO 7/8"
Jun 12, 9:00 AM EDT
31 POLITICAL CELLULOID LAPEL STUD BUTTONS, 1/2" TO 7/8"
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $800- $1,200
$4000 Bids
LOT OF 7: POLITICAL BUTTON TRIGATES
Jun 12, 9:00 AM EDT
LOT OF 7: POLITICAL BUTTON TRIGATES
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $500- $1,000
$2500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Political - General


Morphy Auctions

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Archives International Auctions, LLC

Archives International Auctions, LLC