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Collecting JFK

by Tom Carrier (04/25/08).
Magazines featuring JFK
Magazines featuring JFK
Newspapers featuring JFK
Newspapers featuring JFK
JFK First Day Cover
Magazines featuring JFK
JFK Commemorative plate
White House card with printed sentiment and signature
Magazines featuring JFK
Official condolence card from Jackie Kennedy
JFK 'Profiles in Courage' book
JFK Commemorative creamers
JFK Commemorative salt and pepper shakers
Personal book of JFK with bookplate
JFK Campaign tab
JFK 1960 campaign brochure
JFK Commemorative Memorial stamps
White House photo with printed sentiment and signature
JFK Inaugural Medal


Memorial Edition of Life Magazine featuring JFK

There are events in our lives that stand out like no others. Most of us in my generation know where we were and what we were doing on Nov. 22, 1963 when we learned that John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

In the hours and days that followed, we lived the tragedy through media coverage of an almost unreal series of events culiminating with his funeral. It consumed our lives and we saved the newspapers and magazines with their black borders and bulletin-sized headlines. Later we bought commemorative items like glassware salt and pepper shakers that we dutifully packed and unpacked whenever we moved.

More recently, high profile estate sales brought us closer to the personal side of JFK when the combs he used, the sunglasses he wore, and even his underwear went up for auction. Prices reached astronomical levels.

But what about the value of everyday JFK items we’ve lived with all these years? Did their values rise as well? Yes and no. Let’s review the JFK collectible market and see why that is.

PERSONAL VALUE: Like any collectible of a significant national event such as the JFK assassination, items directly associated with the person have a higher collector value. If JFK touched it, owned it, gave it away, signed it, displayed it, wore it, bought it, loved it, cared for it, sat in it or visited it, that item is a first-level of collectible and commands a higher value. This is true of any historical figure from George Washington to George W. Bush.

ASSOCIATION VALUE: Items related to his political years of Congress, Senate and White House would have a relatively high level of value based on its proximity to JFK. The sign on the door of his office or on his desk, campaign signs, bumper stickers, schedules and business cards would bring values about half of those associated with items that held personal value.

EVENT VALUE: The newspapers, magazines, the funeral items and any item associated only with the assassination itself, but not a personal link or an-association with JFK, have a third level of value. These are more common items, but limited within a brief time frame.

COMMEMORATIVE VALUE: Glassware, photos, books, jewelry, plates, buttons, posters, recordings, movies, salt and pepper shakers, videos and other items were mass produced and sold to gift outlets well after JFK’s death to keep his memory alive. These commemoratives are quite plentiful and are not considered scarce or even limited. Their value continues to be the lowest in the collectible JFK market.

There are exceptions. For example, a set of keys to his Dallas limousine came to my attention some time ago. However, the keys couldn’t be verified as authentic and so the value dropped to about $10. Who knows how much they could have been worth? The keys would have had an event value, but an unusual one, so its value could be more significant than a normal event item.

Naturally, condition plays an important role, too. A personal item, such as a book in very poor condition, still would command a higher value because of its personal connection, but not as high as it could have been.

It may seem odd or a bit unseemly to consider JFK in the context of collectibles. After all, many of us remember his life and his tragic assassination with deep emotion. You might well have carried some of that attachment to your special JFK items nearly 45 years after his death. But like stocks, bonds, and real estate, our collectibles eventually need to be evaluated as to their investment value, too.

If you know where your item fits within the JFK collectible world, the better you’ll understand its value and the value of your collection overall.

227 Responses to “Collecting JFK”

  1. Sara Wilder says:

    I have a autographed photo of JFK written to my grandfather who was a Seargent with the West Palm Beach PD. It is personally addressed to him and signed. It is a thank you for service kind of note. Is there any way of assessing the value of this by chance?

  2. mike says:

    Hi what would two 8 x almost 12″ photos on kodak paper taken when he was in Hawaii in his car while going through Hawaii be worth? Thank you. Mike

    • Tom Carrier Tom Carrier says:

      Mike:

      Photographs of JFK come in many different types: personal, family, official, from news media, from the public, so its hard to evaluate the images without fully understanding where they come from.

      My guess, though, is that the images aren’t in any way worthy of archival since they are not from a specific event or of a specific historical moment.

      But based on their size, they do seem that a collector would sure appreciate them, depending on the images themselves. I would, without seeing them, evaluate them starting at $25 to $35 each.

      Hope this helps.

      Tom Carrier
      Worthologist

  3. Jaron says:

    I picked up a framed JFK Inaugural Address poster from 1966 at an estate sale. It is the John F. Kennedy Inaugural Address By The Geyer Studio Inc. 258 Broadway, N.Y.C 10007 It is stamped #252. There was another one just like it posted on eBay. I don’t think the seller had his facts straight. Mine looks just like the pictures on his listing. What is the real value of something like this?

    The eBay posting can be found at:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&_trksid=p4340.l2557&item=290715387637&nma=true&rt=nc&si=hz6c65tHvN6fZIIghcuftX5c3aU%253D&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWAX%3AIT&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc#ht_500wt_951

    • Tom Carrier Tom Carrier says:

      Jaron:

      This is one of those specialized inaugural items made well after the fact. The fact that there were 500 produced and no more doesn’t suggest a collector’s scarcity.

      While I haven’t had to deal specifically with this item before, I can confidently evaluate this item as being the price of the frame plus $25 to $35 to a collector.

      Hope this helps

      Tom Carrier
      Worthologist

  4. Michelle says:

    Hi Tom,
    I have an 8 by 10 black and white photo of JFK speaking behind a podium at what looks to be on the tarmac at an Air Force Base.My father was in the Air Force and I’m not sure if he took the photo. it is very clear and very good condition and I was just wondering if you knew of any collectors that would be interested in it.

    Thank You,
    Michelle

  5. Wilda Mullendore says:

    I have a JFK book called, ” A Day In The Life Of President Kennedy”. From what I’ve seen in the book is that it was written a couple of days before he was assassinated. The authors last mention in the book is on November 29, 1963 and it talks about stuff on November 17th and 18th. I was wondering if you could tell me how much this is possibly worth?

    Thanks for your time and cooperation,

    Wilda

    • Tom Carrier Tom Carrier says:

      Wilda:

      After some quick research, I found that the book isn’t as easily available as I would have thought. Still, the ones i did find were at the $5 to $10 level, but I know the book enough to realize that booksellers may have a copy for sale from $10 to $25 or so.

      There is a copy available on Amazon.com for $116 new, but that just doesn’t make much sense.

      Hope that helps.

      Tom Carrier
      Worthologist

  6. I have a memorial book containing newspaper clippings regarding JFK’s events including all clippings of Oswalds as well. Articles on their families and friends surrounding all the events beginning with the day of his death November 22 1963 till June 7th 1968 when they flew his body back to NY. they are all actual clippings from News Papers covering every event having to do with JFK and Oswald, Nixon and Johnson. Even the smallest events. The book has an actual 1964 JFK Silver Half Dollar atached to one of the pages and also a replica of the “Decloration of Independance” on another. This was just a personal memorial a relative of mine had put together years and years ago with lots of love and care. I would love for some one who has a big interest in the events surrounding JFK and the amazing newpaper articals from all those years ago to have them especially if they are a collector. But I have no idea what to even ask for something of this sort, could you please give me an idea of a starting price? that would be so great! Thanks ;D

    • Tom Carrier Tom Carrier says:

      Shari:

      Thanks for sending the images. They helped a lot.

      Normally just newspaper clippings by themselves have relatively little collector value. An exception was an announcement of a presidential election of the early 1820s that sold as a clipping. In more modern times, clippings, on any subject, have relatively little commercial or collector interest.

      However, your collection may be an exception based on its subject and its bulk. There are other more interesting items attached as well that might make it more curious to a casual collector as opposed to a hardcore JFK collector, but perhaps not.

      I mentioned it to other collectors and dealers and the impression I get is that the volume may have a collector value of between $50 and $100 to the right person. A similar type of newspaper clipping collection for Iwo Jima sold at auction for around $50 so it doesn’t seem a stretch for JFK collectors to offer more.

      Just remember to store the book in an acid free box and within an environment that faces an inside wall, not an outside one.

      Thanks for your question.

      Tom Carrier
      Worthologist

      • Thanks much for your info and advise. Someone else had suggested I place it in an auction so I guess i will venture into finding out more on auction info. I do appreciate the help and was glad to have found this site.
        Thanks again! ;~D

  7. I have a picture of President JFK just before he was shot in Dallas. I wondered if it has any value.

    • Tom Carrier Tom Carrier says:

      Patty:

      Thanks for attaching a copy of the photo. It shows quite clearly, JFK, Jackie, Governor and Mrs. Connally in the presidential limousine enroute through the streets of Dallas. It is actually one of the better photos I have seen, quite crisp and clear.

      Looking through auction records on WorthPoint there are several that come close to your image. They aren’t in color, though. But auction records as of 2008 and 2011 listed two similar images selling at $200 to $225. I would guess that yours could be in the similar range at auction.

      Be sure to store the image in an acid free envelope or box and away from direct light. Do not store in a closet or shelf that sits against an outside wall as the temperature changes will affect the image over time.

      If you are to frame the photo, use only acid free and non-glare glass and keep away from direct lighting or facing an outside wall.

      Thanks for contacting WorthPoint.com.

      Tom Carrier
      Worthologist

  8. I received your e-mail on the picture I have sent back a picture. I havent’ received a reply. I wondered if the picture is worth any money. I will try to send another picture.

  9. Brian and belinda says:

    How do I let you see this one pic. I have I cant find another one like it. He signed j.f.k and someone eles singed it to. It looks like air force one in the pic. with him. I wanted to find out what its worth. And mable sell it.

  10. Jim lenox says:

    I have the original teletype from a radio station of President Kennedy funeral. Is there a market or collector that would be interested in this?
    Thanks

    • Tom Carrier Tom Carrier says:

      Jim:

      As with any historical event there will always be some bits of ephemera associated with the event itself. The closer to the actual event itself determines the value of the individual piece of memorabilia.

      If you could verify that you had the very first news report of the assassination (teletype was the main means of passing news from source to public then) we could be having a lengthier and more involved evaluation here.

      Unfortunately, like the many magazines, photos, and other ephemera associated with the event, many are interesting, most have little monetary value.

      Yours falls into this type of category; interesting, but with little value.

      To a collector of this president, having the teletype and having it framed with an image of JFK or signature might add a bit more to the overall presentation so you might receive up to perhaps $10 for your teletype with that in mind.

      Seek out a JFK collector through WorthPoint’s Buy and Sell option or anyone with an online auction account to sell directly.

      Hope this helps.

      Tom Carrier
      Worthologist

  11. Mike Watkins says:

    I have a typed letter written to my grandfather from John F. Kennedy on United States Senate letter head dated January 16, 1961 The letter is thanking my grandfather for his contribution to the committee which worked on behalf of his election. The letter is signed and in mint condition. What is its possible value?

  12. Travis says:

    Hello Tom,

    I have two picture of JFK from his campaign in Grand Rapids,
    MI before he became president. One is of him shaking someones hand by him self with a campaign helper in the back round. The other is of him with his father that looks to be on the back of a car waving. These pictures were taken by a family member who was a part of his political party in Grand Rapids. Is there any estimate of the value on something like this. They are standard size of the era. Appears to be like 4 x 4.

    • Tom Carrier Tom Carrier says:

      Travis:

      There doesn’t appear to be any significance to the photos other than that they are merely closeup images of JFK in a traditional setting, the campaign. If they were of a significant event, meeting someone of importance, in a special setting, or were press proofs perhaps a collector would love to add them to a collection.

      Still, a collector might find them of interest enough to expand on an existing collection, but not for more than a few dollars.

      Check with the American Political Items Collectors regional group near you to see if a JFK collector has an interest.

      Tom Carrier
      Worthologist

  13. Jeff says:

    Tom,

    Going through my father-in-law’s items, I’ve come across several tickets to “Breakfast with President and Mrs. John F. Kennerdy.” These tickets were sold by the Fort Worh Chamber of Commerce (my fil was a member) for $3.00 each. The event was held in the Grand Ballroom of the Hotel Texas at 8:00am on November 22, 1963. Each ticket is numbered and has a name on the back , written in pencil in my fil’s handwriting. Presumably, these were people who bought tickets but, for whatever reason, could not attend.

    Any ideas?

  14. Jeff says:

    Tom,

    Going through my father-in-law’s things, I came across several tickets to an event entitled “Breakfast with President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy.” These tickets were sold by the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce (my fil was a member) for $3.00 each. The event was held in the Grand Ballroom of the Hotel Texas at 8:00am on November 22, 1963. The tickets are numbered, and each has a name written on the back in pencil in my fil’s handwriting. Presumably, they are tickets my fil sold, but the purchaser’s, for whatever reason, were unable to attend.

    Any ideas?

  15. Keith Payne says:

    Hi, I was surprised to find Amazon selling this book for a dollar. It is Jim Bishop’s account, The Day Kennedy Was Shot. It is hardcover with dust jacket and in very good condition. It is a pre-publication edition with an inscription to Harold Gibbons which says, “Harold, you will long remember this day, Best, Jim”. It refers to the vice president of the Teamsters Union who lowered the Washington office’s flag to half staff upon hearing the news of JFK’s death. Jimmy Hoffa, (who was being investigated by RFK), called and told him to raise the flag back up. Gibbons said, “Jimmy, no matter what you think, the man was the President of the United States…..the flag will stay where it is”. Hoffa fired him over the phone although Gibbons continued to run the office without pay for Hoffa. It caused a rift between the two that caused Hoffa to withdraw his support from Gibbons, (a thing he said in his own book was one of the two worst mistakes he ever made).

    First, I am wondering why Amazon is selling it only for a dollar. Second, I wonder if the pre-publication edition and the inscription would make it worth anything.

    Thanks for your time, KEITH PAYNE

    • Tom Carrier Tom Carrier says:

      Keith:

      The book was definitely a bestseller for Jim Bishop who also wrote the equally bestseller “The Day Lincoln Was Shot.”

      Finding a personalized signed copy for $1, plus shipping, is a very good deal as his signed Lincoln book has been auctioned for $35 and a signed Kennedy book is being offered elsewhere for $30 to $35.

      While to whom it is personalized sometimes can make a difference, I don’t consider the back story here to add any more to the overall value.

      Still, I enjoyed the connection.

      Tom Carrier
      Worthologist

  16. Don Rickel says:

    Being in Washington,DC in 1963, I was a doorkeeper on the US House of Representatives floor. During that year, I personally was there and saw the I Have a Dream speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. I took friends through the rotunda three times to view the casket of JFK. The graveside service in Arlington Cemetary I was within ten feet of Charles DeGaulle and Emporer Haille Salaskee (sorry about the spelling)
    I have DC newspapers of those days, plus a copy of the speech JFK was going to deliver on Thanksgiving 1963, but was not able to.
    What would be the value of those papers and the copy of the undelivered speech?
    Don Rickel
    Tigard, OR

    • Tom Carrier Tom Carrier says:

      Mr. Rickel:

      Being that close to historic events is what makes great memories for yourself and your family. A lof of the memorabilia you acquire during your time of service can also help tell your story, too.

      While the newspapers have generally little collectible value, the speech might, but it depends on a few things. If it is an actual photocopy of the original, then there is only curiosity value, not a monetary one.

      But, if the speech was the actual speech ready to deliver with notes or revisions made by JFK or the speechwriters, then perhaps there is some collector value after all.

      If it was the actual speech ready to be given to JFK to deliver, how would we know? The event was scheduled for three days after the assassination and, if my time in politics is any indication, no speech is ready to be delivered until it has been.

      Sometimes there is no collectability in what might have been.

      Tom Carrier
      Worthologist

  17. I have an 8×10 glossy black and white print of John F Kennedy and Jackie in the presidential vehicle while in the parade in Fort Worth. Does this have a value?

  18. I have an 8×10 glossy print of John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy in the presidential vehicle during the parade in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1963. Does it have a value?

  19. I have original Time Magazines (the big ones) that have information on JFK are they worth anything? I also have what looks to be head shots of both JFK and Jackie and I am pretty sure they are originals. Any idea what I may have?

  20. What would Ethel Kennedy’s thank you cards be values at. These were sent out after the death of Joe and JFK

  21. Kathleen Stepherson says:

    I have a portrait of JFK walking the beach in either Hyannis or Martha’s Vineyard. He is holding a pair of black sunglasses in his hand. I cannot tell if it is a reproduction or not but it is signed on the lower right by R. Mondello 65. I was wondering if you could tell me anything about this painting and if it has any worth.

  22. DL Mhan says:

    I recently came across a photograph of my mother and JFK and two other friends. The photo has a short note written to my mother with JFK’s signature. Does this photo have any value. I believe it was during his congressional run.

  23. Mr Carrier,
    I was given over 100 photographs that have never been published of JFK….several inside of Norad. I would appreciate finding a way to sell them but am Leary of scam artists. Since I am not at all familiar with all of these internet websites…please feel free to contact me at RockyMtnHigh1@live.com if you feel you might be able to help me. Thank you

  24. I have something like a newspaper clipping that has pictures of Jackie Kennedy at 5 with her father John Bouvier III,Jackie dressed as an indian,Jackie at 24 in summer of 1953 a picture of Jackie tending to Senator who was hospitalized in 1954,a picture of Jackie and Eunice Kennedy talking to Jack in 1956,a picture of Caroline and the Kennedy’s in 1957 ,a picture of Jackie in the crucial primary in West Virginia ,then a picture of a victory celebration with Jean Kennedy,Jacks mother Rose,Joseph Kennedy Sr,Pat Kennedy,Sargent Shriver
    could you tell me if these are worth anything?

  25. Jim says:

    Hello,

    I have a Limited Edition Reproduction of the Inaugural Address of President John F. Kennedy 16.5 by 12.5. I have a few other items, such as a letter from him when he was a Senator and a letter from Chairman John Bailey when they were on the campaign trail in NW Indiana back on 02/09/1960, plus a picture of him and the Mayors of NW Indiana. The Limited Edition Address I cannot find anywhere, so just curious what it may be worth before I give them to another family member.

    Thank You.
    Jim

  26. jenat says:

    After going through my grandmothers things we came across the condolense note and envelope from Jackie Kennedy that was sent to my grandmothers grade school class. I know that they are probably pretty common …just wondered their worth.
    Thanks

    • Tom Carrier says:

      Jenat:

      I’m glad that you still have the mailing envelope with the condolence card as that helps to complete this as a set. The envelope will have Jackie’s ‘franked’ signature, a printed version of her signature that legally substitutes as the stamp. It is a form of privilege according First Ladies, members of Congress and others. Usually the envelope is missing.

      As relatively common as they are, it is still a nice piece of memorabilia from a historic event. Taken together and in good condition, the value of both the card and the envelope should be between $35 and $55. Not enough to retire on, but it would seem to have more sentimental than monetary value anyway, I would think.

      Thanks for the question.

      Tom Carrier
      Worthologist

  27. Peter says:

    I have a pastel portrait of the times cover portrait of JFK -size – about 14×20 big by Donna M. Binkiewitcz value?

  28. Rommel Martinez says:

    Dear Mr, Carrier; ill be as breif as possible, i have in my possession an 4″ by 6″ original personal portifolio of john f kennedy, mass his pctr, opposite black n white pctr of both his parents, on mr kennedys pctr you flip it backwards and it shows the usual lettering when a person dies and they give you those little cards at church, but this one i think is unique because it is obviouse that only those of whom attended his church funeral were given these, also have over 18 black n white glossy originals of the kennedy family in denton , texas around 1947 to the 50s , these all are originals not copys. how much could they be worth. thank you.
    will be glad to send you either copys by mail.

    • Tom Carrier says:

      Mr. Martinez:

      I discuss mass cards in my article and say that virtually every Catholic church created its own mass card, most of which have a value of $15 to $25. The official mass card for the national funeral can be worth from $20 to $35 because they aren’t particularly scarce.

      As for the photos, its hard to determine value of the Kennedy family without knowing more about the content of each photo. However, I can say even without looking at them, a collector might consider value from $5 to $20 each depending on content.

      Hope this helps.

      Tom Carrier
      Worthologist

      • Rommel Martinez says:

        I understand tom abought the kennedy mass cards, the only difference that this one is not as you think, i truly believe this one is one of a kind really, i took it to the personal secretary of one of our states representitive here in el paso, texas and she stated o my god you have a fortune , there, i truly believe that you have ever seen one of these, i truly believe that only and only the kennedy family had in their possesion this item i am talking abought on that date of his funeral. thank you.

  29. Sandra Highlander says:

    what is a gold jfk stamp worth?

  30. When Elaine de Kooning was with JFK to work on her commissioned official portrait of the President, she had an assistant who took many photographs. He also wrote letters home to his family and included anectdotes and sketches of what he saw and the first family, Jack, John Jr. (2), Caroline (5) and Jackie. His repertoire of pictures includes several 8 x 10 (matte finish) of Kennedy relaxing and reading teletypes, sitting in his shorts in the Palm Beach sunshine, and of Ms. de Kooning sketching with the President in the background talking with his Secret Service men. These are one of a kind pictures, and sketches from someone who had the privilege to be in JFK’s family unit for several weeks – he called it the “inner sanctorum”. How much value do you think these would have and who would you suggest we contact?

    • Tom Carrier says:

      Ms. Campbell:

      There have been quite a few high profile recent auctions of all things JFK, no doubt due to the 50th anniversary this month. So much memorabilia has been auctioned now that both the personal and the political have received enormous attention and even higher auction values.

      The items you describe would definitely fit into the personal realm, no doubt many of these images have not been seen before. Particularly family images.

      It would seem, without looking at anything, that the lot might do well at a well-regarded auction house. There have been quite a few that can help now that JFK items are doing so well.

      You have an unusual collection here. Take the time to visit several auction houses to gauge their interest for the lot. It will be worth the trouble.

      Tom Carrier
      Worthologist

  31. Jeff Newman says:

    In 1979 I took two pictures of Jackie O and rose Kennedy walking Rose’s dog in HyannisPort. I am wondering what value they might have? Jeff NEwman

    • Tom Carrier says:

      Jeff:

      The fascination with all things Jackie Kennedy continued well past her time at the White House, but once she married into the Onassis family and went to work as an editor, the fascination tended to slow. That means that photographs of her tended to do well with the media, but not necessarily for the after market.

      Without seeing the photographs, they would have an interest to a Jackie collector, I’m sure, but it does depend on the photograph. I would suggest contacting a Jackie Kennedy fan site or collector group to determine their interest, but most Jackie Onassis photos on WorthPoint seem to auction for $10 to $15 or so.

      Tom Carrier
      Worthologist

  32. Doreen says:

    When I was in fifth grade we were given an assignment to write to someone we admired. I wrote to President Kennedy. I received a return letter from him. The envelope was postmarked the day he was shot.

    Would this be of any worth to a collector?

    • Tom Carrier says:

      Doreen:

      I had thought we had answered your question some time ago, but glad to do it again.

      It is a curious item that a collector would find, well, curious. For the postmark to have any historical value, the letter would have to have an authentic signature of JFK, which I’m sure, even without seeing it, that it isn’t.

      Still, a collector might find it enough of a curiosity to add to their collection with a value of $10 to $20 at the outmost.

      All the best in the New Year.

      Tom Carrier
      Worthologist

  33. kimmie says:

    my mother has several life and time magazines for the kennedy assasination and other from the 1960-1970 s could you please email me and let me know if they are worth any thing and if you know anybody who would be interested in them. my dad collected them along time ago and has recently passed away. my mother is on a fixed income and needs extra money to move on.
    i will be looking forward to hering from you soon
    sincerly

    kimmie j

  34. Great collection… I would love to start my own collection…

  35. JJ Weathers says:

    Have a picture of JFK that has the Supplement in the philidelphia Inquier December 1 1963 by Karsh Ottawa is there any value to this?

  36. Felishia Phillips says:

    I have a limited edition reproduction of the inaugural address of president John F. Kennedy autographed and presented by John M. Bailey and also autographed by John F Kennedy. Any idea of it’s worth?

  37. Tom Carrier says:

    Brenda:

    I’m sorry I am only now getting to your question.

    There is some value to these types of items, but really not very much. There were just entirely too many of them produced. Perhaps in another 100 years. Right now, the value of such a record provided it is in good condition and can still be played [but how?] is about $10 to $15. That is the selling price, although many dealers mark them up to $25 or $30 with the understanding that someone will get a discount. They will probably give you $5 or so for yours.

    I don’t have a personal interest in it, but you could use our Buy & Sell Board and list it there for $10. Perhaps someone will find it there.

    Hope this helps. Tom

  38. Tom Carrier says:

    Sure, with the advent of Ebay so much more JFK items have entered the market to such a degree that prices have noticeably dropped. That is, the everyday items like yours have dropped in value. The more personal items have skyrocketed. We just need to be aware of the more unique items that will translate into a higher value collectible.

    For example, see my blog about the ‘Evelyn’ coffee mug that may have belonged to JFK’s personal secretary Evelyn Lincoln. It still has to be independently verified, but that is still an unusual find.

  39. I have a pin given to me when I was sixteen from attoney general robert kennedy in his office in washington dc. the pin is a pt 107 boat from jfk iwas wondering if you could tell me someone to contact about it.

  40. Tom Carrier Tom Carrier says:

    Kathleen:

    Actually I think you have a PT-109 pin, not a PT-107. This pin is fashioned like the PT boat that JFK skippered in WWII and was the kind he was wounded in action. They were produced for the 1960 campaign and aren’t particularly scarce, but there are specific designs that may have a higher value than others.

    Still, the value of any of the PT pins will be from $25 to perhaps $95 each.

    However, if you have any specific attribution that RFK gave that to you directly, a letter, autograph with a notation, a photo of him giving it to you, for example, the value could be higher because of its direct association with RFK.

    It must have been a great day for you to meet RFK. What a great memory.

    All the best.

    Tom Carrier
    Worthologist

  41. Eileen Beattie says:

    I have just inherited alot of collectibles from my family that is a treasure box of at least 200 comic books that are 12 cents and in plastic covers besides that what i recently found was life magazines 3 of which are : life of president jfk issue november 29,1963 with the black frame around life, life magazine of the first lady she tells her plans for the white house september 1st 1961 issue and then the post magazine of in memoriam the new president of jfk december 14, 1963 and a jfk a memorial music album of november 22 1963 also newsweek magazine december 2 1963 of jfk with his side face on the front cover- i have newspapers from 1963 from los angeles times and herald examiner of jfk and the man on the moon i need serious help with getting values of these they are all seriously in mint condition and have no ware to them. please email me your thoughts

  42. Tom Carrier Tom Carrier says:

    Eileen:

    Your collection consists of items still readily available and so the value of the magazines and newspapers, even in mint condition, have a retail value of $3 to $10 which means you can expect to receive about half of that from a dealer.

    The record album, particularly the memorial one, has a retail value of about $10 to $15.

    I can’t speak to the value of the comic book collection. That has a criteria of value completely different from me. Check with Worthologist Matt Baum about those.

    Hope this helps.

    Tom Carrier
    Worthologist

  43. Gary Maize says:

    My aunt’s brother was with the Secret Service the day JFK was killed.On the plane bringing the President’s body back to D.C. he got a pack of cigarettes with the presidential seal on them for my mother.She loved Pres. Kennedy.They are still in the family.What would be the value to a collector?

  44. Tom Carrier Tom Carrier says:

    Gary:

    The White House has given all manner of presidential keepsakes for who knows how long. In the 18th and 19th centuries the White House gave mostly dinner placement items, cards with presidential signatures, and sometimes physical items from the White House itself.

    In the middle of the 20th century, FDR began the tradition of sending out a Christmas card along with handmade items using the presidential seal. All presidents have followed that tradition in one form or another ever since.

    Cigarettes, though, were given as gifts in official packaging only for a relatively short time. We know that the cigarettes appeared mostly in Air Force One, since that’s where most of the smoking seems to have occurred. Until JFK, we haven’t found cigarettes in special presidential packaging, but its possible some may have been given out. Cigarettes remained a presidential souvenir through Ronald Reagan (Carter did away with them briefly). After that, they disappeared as a souvenir, opting instead for candy items such as M&M’s, jelly beans, and for a short time, small mints.

    Few of the cigarette packs had presidential names printed on them. Most just had the presidential seal in color or variations of color and it was usually just a card printed with the seal that was included with a regular pack of cigarettes as provided free by the tobacco companies themselves.

    Unfortunately, the pack of cigarettes with the presidential seal don’t seem to have a lot of collectors. We have tried over the years to interest collectors in them and have had little success. For that reason, the value of presidential cigarettes in any format remain in the $10 to $15 range.

    However, if the pack of cigarettes has a printed presidential signature, the value of the pack could easily double as long as the original wrapping is still intact. Any pack without the original seal or is missing cigarettes has relatively little value.

    This is just a short course on your item. If I can answer any other specific question, please let me know.

    Tom Carrier
    Worthologist

  45. joey says:

    I would like to know the price of Times magazines of 1963 when they published JFK NOV 22.

  46. lisa says:

    hi,
    how much is a newspaper clipping from 1963 kennedy assassignated ” the montreal star final edition” be worth

  47. Tom Carrier Tom Carrier says:

    Lisa:

    A recent clipping from a newspaper, magazine, book or any media has no collector or monetary value.

    Clippings from newspapers from an earlier era, before 1800 or so, can command collector value, but that depends on its historical value.

    Hope this helps.

    Tom Carrier
    Worthologist

  48. Tom Carrier Tom Carrier says:

    Joey:

    For JFK’s funeral on Nov 26, an entire complete New York Times newspaper in excellent condition recently sold at auction for $30 or so. That’s unusual.

    Generally, most newspapers of any era have a collector less than $25 and most between the $5 and $10 range. There are relatively few that sell for higher than $25.

    Your complete newspaper even in excellent condition will always have a value closer to the $5 to $10 level.

    Tom Carrier
    Worthologist

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