Collecting JFK

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.

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  1. binkydee7 says:

    Tom Carrier,

    I tried to contact you, but was unable to do so.
    I have an Inauguration Album. It is the 33′ size and it is difficult to find a turn table these days so have not been able to hear it.
    It is in perfect condition. Have no idea of it’s value.
    Would you be interested?

    binkydee7@yahoo.com
    Brenda Shelton

  2. tequila4ever_2000 says:

    i liked jfk….my grandmother saved alot of his stuff magz covers pics papers too……

  3. 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

  4. 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.

    • 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.

      • 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

        • 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

          • 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

          • 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?

          • 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

          • joey says:

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

          • 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

          • lisa says:

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

          • 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

  5. Louis Edward says:

    I have some JFK items my deceased father-in-law from Boston left me. They are two photo-electrostatic copies of letters to the deceased from JFK’s personal secretary, Mrs. Evelyn Lincoln. They are in reference to assistance my late father-in-law made to JFK regarding aid to disabled people. I also have an enlarged 35mm black and white photo print of the three Kennedy brothers (circa late ’50’s , early ’60’s) standing (close up) shoulder to shoulder. Would you be interested in purchasing these items? I know they are of some value.

    Thank you;
    LEH

  6. Tom Carrier says:

    To Louis:

    Copies of letters have only sentimental value to the family, I’m afraid. What happened to the originals? A personally signed letter by Evelyn Lincoln has a value from $20 to $40 depending on the content of the letter.

    The value of the photo depends on its context. Is it a professionally produced photo for the White House, was it a photo shot for a news event, perhaps it was a pose for a magazine or newspaper article, or maybe just a commercially produced one for resale as a souvenir. If it was a personal shot from an individual’s camera, then it could be more interesting. Who can say without looking at it to be sure. My feeling is that the enlargement by itself would have only an ephemera value to a collector, perhaps $10 to $15. Do you also have the negative? That might make a bit of difference.

    As a Worthologist, I can’t buy items I evaluate, so I might refer you to WorthPoint’s Buy and Sell Board as a way to sell your items.

    All the best. Tom

  7. Matt Hays says:

    what would be the value or significance of the the flag that had thee presidential seal that was on the car when JFK was killed

    • Tom Carrier says:

      Matt: Over the years there have been several times when a family has said that they have a personal presidential item attributed to the limousine JFK was riding in Dallas in 1963. One collector provided a set of keys said to belong to the car itself. However, the chain of provenance couldn’t be definitively proven and so the keys had no collectible value.

      That would be the same question I would have to ask you. Can you definitely trace the flag back to the limousine in Dallas through paper records. True, many Secret Service, FBI, and local police officers were just given items at the time, like the set of keys, but because it couldn’t be positively proven to have come from the car, a collector may buy them only as a curiousity, not for its true value.

      There were a set of flags that were definitively identified as coming from the car in Dallas auctioned from the Robert White collection several years ago for about $450,000 the set (includes the US and presidential flag). He was a well known JFK items collector and had the provenance of these flags to prove it. However, as with the keys, there are several other sets of flags used on the car as well. Could that be one of yours? If you can prove it.

      Hope this helps. Tom

    • Matt Hays says:

      As of now I do onot have any documentation that could prove it although I know it is from the car JFK was riding in in Dallas. The story of it is, My father was in the army and stationed at the white house garage at the time. The car came straight to him and another man once it got back to D.C.. I’m sure, by looking up some old White House logs, it could be traced back to the very car that JFK was assasinated in. The Flag has not left his possesion since he got it. He said the man that was with him got the American Flag, and that he was able to prove it. He regretted not doing what was needed to authenticate it.

  8. Tom Carrier says:

    Matt: Unfortunately, the late Robert White estate has already sold the actual flags that were on the JFK presidential car in Dallas in 1963. The final bid was about $140,000 or so. It was known that several sets of flags existed for the presidential limousine then and perhaps you may have another set. However, without documentation, or provenance, what you have is a set of presidential flags with a value of about $1200 or so. The story just doesn’t add more than that, I’m afraid. All the best.

    Tom Carrier
    Worthologist

  9. kendra ritlinger says:

    Tom,
    I have an original 1961 government printed picture of the Ask not speech with Kennedy’s picture on it. Is it worth being restored? It has some smoke stains? on it. It’s been in my parents posessions since I can remember. Thanks

  10. Tom Carrier says:

    Brenda: Your “Ask Not” commemorative from the GPO (Government Printing Office) is not worth restoring. Because so many of the items were printed and sent out to anyone who requested one, there are entirely too many still available. Without actually seeing the item, I would have to suggest it has more sentimental value than a monetary one, that is, less than $5.

    Thanks for asking the question.

    Tom Carrier
    Worthologist

  11. Chrisitna says:

    Just a question I know where you said newspapers fall on the list but what if you have a copy of every newspaper ever written on JFK from election to death. My grandmother collected and kept all of them.

  12. Tom Carrier says:

    Christina:

    If your grandparents collected every newspaper that referenced JFK from “election to death” meaning from November 1960 until his assassination in November 1963, you have quite a collection to dispose of.

    Within that group of newspapers, there would be the first mention of sending “advisors” to Vietnam, a war begun with Dwight Eisenhower, but nevertheless expanded by JFK while in office. The new program called the Peace Corps would have had a mention and so many other newsworthy events such as the pledge to “..send a man to the moon and return him safely to the earth…before the decade is out”, the 40th anniversary of which we just celebrated.

    Still, what could they be worth as a whole? Hard to say, since so many individual newspapers were printed and continue to survive today. Separately, any individual newspaper would have a retail value of between $1 and $3 at the very most, depending on content, but sold mostly for its curious advertising content. The ones mentioning the assassination could each have a higher value, but not by much unless they were the early editions of the newspapers from Dallas.

    Selling them individually online is probably the key to making more on the collection overall. But that brings in the added headache of registering each item, writing the content, taking photos, monitoring the auction, securing the payment, and then shipping the item, all to be done to the satisfaction of someone else. If you have the werewithal to do all that, it could be worth it over time, but you probably won’t get even minimum wage for the effort you’ve expended.

    Of course, you could just sell the entire collection as a lot, too, with just one shipping cost.

    Or, donate the collection, to the library, to a museum, to a JFK club, to a classroom journalism class, but understand that the collection will have to be broken up to hang on to the “good stuff.”

    I once had a large collection of newspapers and magazines with significant front page stories. Some I had framed as a source of interest, but most just sitting in a large box that I moved from place to place. It became too difficult to continuously maintain these items, especially as so many other ‘newsworthy’ events kept piling up. And the long term value of ‘newsworthy’ wasn’t very high.

    In short, keep the ones you like and either sell off the rest piecemeal (if you have the time), as one lot (but don’t expect very much more than gas money), donate them (but they probably won’t be kept either), or recycle them. I say all of this without the sentimental value your grandparents invested in collecting them. That has value, too.

    Tom Carrier
    Worthologist

  13. carol says:

    I have a mass card from JFK’s funeral. Should I hold on to it or is it worth something?

  14. Jake says:

    Tom,

    I have an envelope used from the Kennedy presidency (back when the president actually sent letters in an inter office type envelope). It is addressed to the president of the Senate from POTUS. It has a wax seal on the back that is still intact, but the envelope was opened at the top with a letter opener. Any idea of its value? It came to me from a retired Senate guard who obtained it many years ago.

    Thanks!

  15. lysette says:

    I have a slide taken by my grandparents of JFK waving to them at a conference. Not sure which conference, but I was just curious if it was worth anything.

    • Tom Carrier says:

      Lysette:

      Generally, no, slides or photographs of presidents or candidates on the campaign trail or at special events taken with personal cameras have any significant value in the collectible market (the current celebrity market notwithstanding). They would have more sentimental value, though, and that’s still something.

      However, it does depend on the circumstances, too. If the image includes something of an historical nature, then personal images would enter the collectible market more easily. Think the Zapruder film. Under ordinary circumstances, the Zapruder film would have had only a curiousity value, not the historical value it has since become. Again, circumstances of the image matters.

      Since I haven’t seen the image, if it is only of JFK smiling and waving from a distance, it would have an interest to a JFK collector, certainly, but it doesn’t come with a particularly high market value, say less than a few dollars. If the image was more of a closeup, then it could have a bit more value.

      Tom Carrier
      Worthologist

      • Tom Carrier says:

        Ken: For official photos of a particular day and time, check with the presidential library. If a photo exists of the welcoming ceremony, their archives will have it.

        All the best.

        Tom Carrier
        Worthologist

  16. Ken says:

    I was in the Air Force and was selected to be an Air Police honor guard for JFK on Nov. 21, 1963. I am trying to find photos of JFK at Kelly AFB when he was departing after the dedication at Brooks medical center. If there are any photos that were taken on the flight line that afternoon there is a slim chance I might be in them. Does anyone know where I might find photos from that day?

    • Robert Williams says:

      Ken,

      I have a few snapshots of JFK taken I believe at Kelly AFB a few days before he was killed. They are of great quality and my Mom took them. I don’t know if he was arriving or departing? I was actually researching them when I found this website. Let me know if you are still around and would like to see them.
      Robert Williams

      • Ken says:

        Robert,

        I would be very interested in seeing them. JFK was at Kelly AFB the day before he was killed. I stood about 5 feet from him and thought I was going to get to shake his hand but his security staff grabbed him and took him to his plane. If you could e-mail them to me at kenj2863@yahoo.com that would be great!!!

        Thank you.

  17. Frank Dunn says:

    I found a flasher button at work in a pile of stone dust. Its about half an inch round an flashes J.F.K. face and then the American flag. Its in very good condition and was wondering if it may have any value to it Thanks Frank Dunn

    • Tom Carrier says:

      Frank:

      The flasher buttons of the era were usually made by Vari-Vu, a company based in Mt. Vernon, NY that specialized in these types of buttons. They are no longer in business, but other companies have followed in their tradition since then.

      Your button is an unusual size. Most are in the 2 to 2 1/2 inch range. Your design is a bit unusual, too. JFK with an background of an American flag would be a great design.

      These types of buttons have to be in very good condition to be of any interest to collectors and most of these types were scratched or don’t ‘flash’ as they were intended.

      All things being equal, without seeing it, I would have to guess that your button may certainly have a value of $25 to $50. Depending on the actual design, condition and other factors that can only be evaluated ‘in person’, so to speak, the value can be higher to a collector.

      Thanks for the question.

  18. Sheryl says:

    I have a framed picture not professionally done that includes in it a cigar, a matchbook that says The Presidents House, a postcard of I believe the Red Room, a placement marker of Mr. Paul Lee, a luncheon card with a seal on it of some sort with the menu not printed in English, dated Friday October 20, 1961, and two pictures. The pictures have 18 people in them including JFK. The pictures measure 8 by 9. Mr. Lee was my hubands grandfather and he was a circulation manager of Hollywood news or Hollywood times.He is also in the pictures. I would like to know the value of this mini collection of a one day event, and if I can somehow find out the individuals in the pictures and what they did. Thank you for your time and hopeful answers. Sheryl

    • Tom Carrier says:

      Sheryl:

      What you have, it seems, is a collection of memorabilia from a State dinner at the White House. The menu card, place card and matches are all reminiscent of a formal White House dinner and still are.

      I don’t know about the cigar. Knowing JFK, its possible it was given to guests, mainly men, who attended. Hard to say unless the cigar has a special wrapping around it that says the White House or has the presidential coat-of-arms or seal on it.

      JFK items have continued to bring higher prices as years go by. With the place card, menu and matchbook, the value could be $95 to $195 altogether. I don’t know what to do about the cigar without seeing it close up. If it has a seal on it, well, that could be another $75 to $125. These are retail prices, of course, and are not based on a close examination and condition.

      To determine the people in the photos, talk directly to the JFK Library and give them the date that you have. They can determine who was invited to that dinner.

      A very nice collection. If you plan to keep them, though, they should be carefully removed from the generic frame and placed in an acid free matting and backing if you want to frame them again. If not, place the items in an acid free box and keep in a cool, dry place preferably on an inside wall, not one that faces to the outdoors.

      Tom Carrier
      Worthologist

  19. Robin Cleveland says:

    I have a Jaqueline Kennedy sympathy appreciation reply note exactly like the one you have pictured above. How much is that worth? I also have a newspaper cut out of Pres. Kennedy’s picture. Typed above the picture: ‘That was the week that was The British Broadcasting Corporation’s Tribute to John Fitzgerald Kennedy’ and then below the picture is ‘The BBC Telecast Saturday November 23, 1963. What is this small clipping worth?

  20. peggy says:

    Hi my father in law gave me a book by the Kansas City Star that covers the whole assassination and in the cover there were several pictures of JFK and his family and even one with LBJ and him they are real pictures not copies and I was wondering if they are worth anything? I also have one of the original newspapers that was published after his death.

  21. robin says:

    i have a 4 set 1966 1st print memorial miniature box set

  22. robin says:

    i have a 4 set memorial miniature book set from random house 1st edition

    • Tom Carrier says:

      Robin:

      I’m sorry, you’re right, somehow I missed your question completely. My apologies.

      Depending on their overall condition of each of the four books, Wisdom, Eulogies, Inaugural Address, Wit, the books and the slipcase itself, the value seem to be, on average, of about $20 to $40 the set.

      There are some sets selling up to $60, but that seems to be rather high no matter the condition. There are quite a few also selling for $7 to $15 a set, but the condition of the books are usually in poor to fair condition.

      Hope this helps.

      Tom Carrier
      Worthologist

  23. Robert says:

    I have two unused tickets and the invitation to a Democratic Workers Rally Oct 19 1962 in Chicago. All items are almost perfect. Any value?

    • Tom Carrier says:

      Robert:

      Unless there is something that makes the rally somehow historically significant or are signed by JFK or some other notable, the tickets and invitation are referred to as ephemera. Interesting, but without much retail value.

      Usually, you will find these types of paper items in a box labelled for as little as $1 each. For collectors, though, sometimes this type of ephemera can help round out a specific type of collection, but I wouldn’t consign them to Ebay, for example.

      I can suggest that perhaps you donate them to a school or local fundraiser as a silent auction item to help bring some additional funds to the work they do in the community.

      Every little bit helps.

      Tom Carrier
      Worthologist

  24. Jacie Rowe III says:

    I have a newspaper from ‘Inside the Turret’ a Ft. Knox military paper dated 11/29/63 The memory of JFK. Is it worth anything. Also i have The Courier Journal newspaper release of Oswald being fatally shot in the fron natioal television. are thes papers worth anything?

    • Tom Carrier says:

      Jacie:

      Most of the newspapers ever printed have relatively little value by themselves and that includes those from the 18th century as well.

      Only those with national or historic significance do well as collectibles such as ‘Dewey Defeats Truman’, the issue featuring the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution, that kind of importance.

      Most of the 99.5% of all the rest are curiousities and nothing more with a relative value of between $2 and $10. Yours fall into this category.

      Still, they do tell a story beyond just the headlines. A lot of local history is carried by these papers through its advertisements, births, deaths, and local concerns. Donate them to a local library for use in their local history sections.

      Tom Carrier
      Worthologist

  25. David Fernandez says:

    I have a Jaqueline Kennedy sympathy appreciation reply note exactly like the one you have pictured above. How much is that worth? It was passed onto me by a grandparent.

    Thanks!

    -DF

  26. robin says:

    i didnt rec answer 4mini book box set from random house 1st edition u answed guy under me about tickets

  27. Carrie Jo says:

    Going through a lot of my dads “junk” we came across a bunch of newspapers from the day after JFK assassination. From Twin Cities, Eau Claire, WI, Seattle, etc. They were all kept fairly well, but definately have time damage. It was really neat to see the newspapers, there were many other newspapers from other monumental times in our history. I wonder who in my family took the time and effort to save these… because my dad says it wasn’t him.
    Though I read that these such newspapers aren’t worth much at all, it was still really neat to see! I guess if anyone has an estimate on cost, please let me know! Thanks!

  28. Loretta says:

    In 1963 I was in 3rd grade and wrote a letter to President Kennedy about an issue.

    I recevied a letter back on White House stationary type written and signed by Evelyn Lincoln.

    Just wondered what it is worth, if anything. Its in very good shape. I have the envelope too.

    Thanks!

    • Tom Carrier says:

      Loretta,

      Evelyn Lincoln was, of course, the private secretary to John F. Kennedy throughout his career, first in the Senate in 1953 and through his time in the White House until his assassination in 1963. She collected and disbursed JFK memorabilia until her death in 1995.

      Of all the personal secretaries to the president, Lincoln was probably more devoted to her president than any other. Rose Mary Woods, for example, is well known as personal secretary to Richard Nixon primarily for her convoluted explanation as how she erased a crucial 18 1/2 minutes of audio tape pertaining to Watergate. John Hay wrote about his time as secretary to Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War.

      The very mention of their names conjures up images of the men they served. And so anything associated with them is noteworthy as well such as their correspondence, like yours.

      However well known they are, they still don’t come close to garnering a lot for their personal items such as their signature. Evelyn Lincoln’s signature may have a bit higher value than some others, but it is still within the $15 to $35 range, depending on the subject matter of the correspondence or item.

      There is something to be said for sentimental and educational value, though. If you have young children around you, frame the letter as a reminder that anyone can reach the office of the president and be recognized for it, even at a young age.

      Who knows how that might inspire.

      Tom Carrier
      Worthologist

  29. krysti says:

    i have a photo of JFK riding in his presidential car in Fort Sill,Ok original photo is it worth anything

  30. Jess says:

    I have the type program from the funeral. I’ve been trying to find out what that kind of item would be worth.

  31. art gebhart says:

    I have an large box of original material from the time of the assassination if anyone is interested.

  32. Joe says:

    I have a framed picture of JFK which I know was a common photo where he faces forward with his hands on his lap and the American flag to the right. But inside this frame in the lower righthand corner a newspaper clipping was placed with a photo of JFK when he was a senator and there is a signature across this newspaper clipping. This was recovered from my wifes grandmothers home. her grandfather was involved in politics on the local level and was good friends with the local mayor who I have seen in many photos with JFK so I believe her grandfather must have met him at some point while he was with the mayor. I would love to know what the value that this signature would bring in. Any help is appreciated.

    • Tom Carrier says:

      Joe:

      As a local Democratic activist myself, I can understand that proximity to elected officials brings small, special favors like an autograph the official wouldn’t give to anyone else.
      JFK was just such an elected official. He rarely signed his name, even on official documents.

      So, it is possible you have an authentic JFK signature. Without actually having a photo of it, I can’t be sure, of course, but if an accredited autograph dealer can authenticate it as JFK’s, then the value could be anywhere from $350 to $500, more if it was on an official document or photo.

      Tom Carrier
      Worthologist

  33. Jerry Wehle says:

    I had the honor of serving aboard the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. DD 850, in 1962 the president JFK and his wife and family came aboard to view the Americas Cup Races at this time I was able to take a few photos of them during a presentation of a replica of our ship

    I would like to know if you would be interested in purchasing them or if you would have any suggestions which would help me in the sale of them?

    • Tom Carrier says:

      Jerry:

      I’m assuming that these photos are ones taken with your personal camera. If so, the collectible market for personal photos of presidential events just isn’t very high unless the photos were taken during a particularly historic event such as Dallas.

      Even with my time at the White House in the early 90s, so many others have taken personal photos of presidents that there are just too many out there to be collectible. Perhaps a collector would find the candid shots of some interest, but even so the value wouldn’t be very high.

      As a Worthologist and evaluator, I cannot buy items myself. You might want to consider selling them on WorthPoint’s Buy and Sell Classifieds. Since I don’t know how many you have or what the images look like, I can’t possibly tell you their value.

      Still, your photos have great sentimental value to your family and they should be considered a part of your family history, too.

      Hope this helps.

      Tom Carrier
      Worthologist

  34. Stephen Pascoe says:

    I have a memo from the labor and public welfare committee signed by JFK, while he was in the Senate. How do I authintcate it and if it real whats it worth?

    • Tom Carrier says:

      Stephen:

      It is accepted wisdom when collecting JFK that he hardly ever signed anything himself, even as an elected official. That’s what he had Evelyn Lincoln for, it is said.

      Still, it is possible that he signed an official memo as a committee member. Only an autograph specialist expert in the signatures of JFK can know for sure. You can find one from the UACC at uacc.info to start.

      An authenticated JFK signature has a value from $750 to $1500 depending on content.

      Hope this helps.

      Tom Carrier
      Worthologist

  35. Daniel says:

    I have several original photographs taken fresh off the Daily News print shop during the years of JFK’s Presidency. My Grandfather, God rest him, worked there for years and when the photographers did not use all the pictures they would usually toss them; my grandfather was smart enough to grab most. I also have some of Jackie O as well.
    If you would like to see pics, I can email them.
    Let me know if these are worth anything to you as I am trying to pay for a grand Irish wedding!

  36. Janeen Dumas says:

    Hi Tom,

    I have letter on JFK’s Senate letterhead dated 1953 in which he writes to tell my grandmother how he enjoyed meeting her at a recent ceremony opening an Army Lab.

    I also have the envelope it was sent in. The signature on the letter does not match the one used on the postage spot on the envelope, which leads me to think that the letter itself was not signed by an autopen.

    Any idea of value if the signature is by him, and also how I could get this authenticated? Thanks!

    • Tom Carrier says:

      Janeen:

      If the signature on the letter doesn’t match the one on the envelope (which is the official signature to qualify for the free frank privilege), the one on the letter was signed either by autopen or by his secretary, Evelyn Lincoln. Since it isn’t original, it’s value would then be in the $10 to $20 range depending on content.

      Hope this helps.

      Tom Carrier
      Worthologist

  37. Jen says:

    Hi, my dad has the set of collectable jfk cards black and white ones, missing 3 out of the whole set. How much could he get for them?

    • Tom Carrier says:

      Jen:

      The cards you’re referring are a black and white series of cards the size of playing cards that feature the life of Jack and Jackie Kennedy in photos on one side and text on the reverse. If I remember, there were about 75 cards or so in the entire set. But there were many different series of them as well, some sold in decks others sold in elaborate boxes.

      Many sets of these cards were produced and so the value for a complete set would be in the $50 to $95 a set range. Individual cards have been known to sell for $3 to $5 each.

      Hope this helps.

      Tom Carrier
      Worthologist

  38. donna lea says:

    What is the value of th newspaper clipping on Jfennedy newspaper aticle, what is the value o tis clipping?

    • Tom Carrier says:

      Donna:

      There is no significant monetary value of a newspaper clipping about John F. Kennedy.

      In the past, I have had newspaper clippings about the John Tyler’s presidential campaign in 1840, but the clipping was in the form of an announcement that included a poem. That was significant enough, even without the entire newspaper, to have a value of about $35.

      Hope this helps.

      Tom Carrier
      Worthologist

  39. Chad says:

    I have a photo of the President and Mrs. Kennedy and Gov and Mrs. Connolly in the limo at some point in time before the assassination (obviously). The picture is in rather rough condition and I will scan and e-mail for you to take a look at if you’d want to see it. My wife says its a reproduction, but it’s been in my family for years and the people I could ask are now deceased. Any help would be appreciated.

    Thank You.

  40. Lissa Hubb says:

    During Sept. of 1960, then Senator Kennedy campaigned in a small OH town. My greatgrandmother and grandmother met him, and he signed a Democratic Ohio Congressional candidate’s campaign hat. The hat is in excellent condition. We’re not sure if we should investigate selling it once the signature is authenticated, or perhaps donating it to a local museum. Thank you for your time.

    • Tom Carrier says:

      Lissa:

      JFK, as a rule, hardly ever actually signed anything on his own, even official documents. That’s a given for collectors. Still, campaign items are a different matter. Yours appears very promising.

      It is worth getting an official appraisal from a licensed appraiser, but get one that deals with political items, particularly one familiar with the many facets of a JFK autograph. To find one go to an association such as the UACC(Universal Autograph Collectors Club)at UACC.org. Don’t get a free appraisal or evaluation. They aren’t worth the price.

      Authenticated JFK signatures have ranged from $750 to $2500, depending on the item and its historic value. One of my videos for WorthPoint dealt with our appearance at the 2008 Democratic Convention where we evaluated political items nearby. One visitor brought in a signed program bearing the signatures of JFK and Jackie, one of the rare times both signatures appear together. It had a value of $1000 to $1500 at the time.

      By all means, follow through with an appraisal even for a donation. You will still get the tax benefit and perhaps a small museum will get more visitors.

      All the best this 4th of July.

      Tom Carrier
      Worthologist

  41. jim saunders says:

    I have several magazines (in perfet condition) ranging from his assination to Bobby’s death. Mostly Time life, Look mgazines… again PERFECT CONDITION. I have many with other topics.

  42. wally bosley says:

    hello there,
    I have an old inauguration pin of president kennedy. it is quite large round about 5 inches end to end. Is it worth anything ??

    • Tom Carrier says:

      Wally:

      Without seeing the pin itself, I will have to assume it was one of so many souvenir inaugural buttons sold by vendors during the inauguration. Most of buttons have a value of between $3 and $10. Since your button is oversize, the value would be about $15 to $20, depending on its graphics, its condition, and its scarcity.

      Tom Carrier
      Worthologist

  43. frank says:

    I have a hand written note from JFK Jr. while working for him at his magazine – anyne know what that might be worth

    • Tom Carrier says:

      Frank:

      JFK, Jr. was well known because he was related to someone who was well known, so while his signature has value it isn’t in the same realm as his more famous father.

      WorthPoint shows a signed JFK, Jr. signature card being auctioned for $75 in 2006. A completely handwritten letter probably has a value of $75 to $125, depending on the content.

      Tom Carrier
      Worthologist

  44. Danielle says:

    I have a postcard of kennedy gravesite arlington national cemetary do you know much that would be worth?

  45. Jessica says:

    I have a JFK funeral card , how much would it be worth ?

    • Tom Carrier says:

      Jessica:

      There isn’t one funeral card, but several of them. Each Catholic church produced their own individual mass card for the national funeral and so there are any number of different ones out there.

      There is, however, only one ‘official’ one, a card with a 3/4 profile of JFK chosen by Jackie Kennedy herself. That is the one most collectors prefer.

      Without seeing the one you have, I’ll assume that it is one of the general mass cards, rather than the ‘official’ one. The value, depending on condition, would have a retail value of $10 to $20. The ‘official’ one, again depending on condition, would have a value of $35 to $50.

      Tom Carrier
      Worthologist

  46. Sammie says:

    I was wondering if a thank-you card with a hand-written envelope with Mrs. Kennedy’s signature on the envelope is of any value?
    Thank-you

    • Tom Carrier says:

      Sammie:

      I’m assuming your card is a thank you card that was sent from the White House to those who expressed their condolences in writing. The envelope would have been hand addressed by White House staff, but the frank (where the stamp would be) would be a printed version of Jackie Kennedy’s signature. A printed signature instead of a stamp is a privilege extended to former president’s and first ladies (and members of Congress).

      In good condition, the card and envelope together would have a better value than if the card was alone, which is usually the case. This one example found in WorthPoint Price Guide showed an envelope and card together sold at auction for $60: http://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/jackie-kennedy-condolence-thank-you-card

      The general retail value is generally $45 to $60 as a set and about $35 for the card alone.

      Hope this helps.

      Tom Carrier
      Worthologist

  47. nancy55 says:

    I have an invitation to JFK’s inauguration? is it worth anything?

  48. Peter Erickson says:

    A friend who does not have internet access asked me to find out the approximate value of a unique and original photo his father snapped of JFK as he was exiting a home in Kingston, MA during a campaign for State office in the 1950s. The photo is B&W, about 6″ X 9″. I took a digital photo of the original that I could send you. Any tips on how to proceed would be appreciated.

    • Tom Carrier says:

      Peter:

      These kinds of memorabilia can be a little tricky to evaluate when you can’t see them. Mostly, though, personal photos taken of presidents have very little to no collector value, unless it is part of an historic moment.

      A photo taken of the motorcade in Dallas in 1963 qualifies as important, a close up of JFK at his desk in the Oval Office or with another head of state, for example, may also qualify as collectible.

      The photo you have would be curious, but not necessarily collectible. Still, a JFK collector would still probably like the photo enough to add to his collection for about $10 to $25, depending on quality and condition.

      There are many JFK collectors out there that just might have an interest.

      Tom Carrier
      Worthologist

  49. Anthony says:

    I have the complete paper from the day Pres. Kennedy was assassinated. I also have about 90% of the paper from the day Ruby shot Oswald. They are both the newspapers out of Dallas. They are not in the greatest shape (they have turned a dingy color from being in a box for 30 years. What would these items be worth?

    • Tom Carrier says:

      Anthony:

      The Dallas Times Herald or any of the morning newspapers of that day have a higher value than any of the other newspapers printed that day.

      According to WorthPoint.com, the newspapers of that day from Dallas have successfully been auctioned for $50 to near $100, depending on condition, edition and newspaper content.

      Hope that helps.

      Tom Carrier
      Worthologist

  50. Angela Engele says:

    I have recently aquired a picture of JFK with Jaqueline Kennedy, a picture of JFK with Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. and a picture of Martin Luther King, Jr. alone. Two of them are framed in what appear to be late 1940’s or early 1950’s pressed tin frames. Do you have any idea how I would go about finding out their worth?
    Thank you!

    • Tom Carrier says:

      Angela:

      Without images of the photos you have, it isn’t possible to know about their value. They certainly aren’t in frames from the 40s as these individuals weren’t particularly well known until the late 50s with souvenir items like these, as I suspect they are, not appearing until the 60s and 70s.

      Still, even as souvenir items original to the period, they would probably have a value, depending on condition, of $10 to $20 each.

      Tom Carrier
      Worthologist

  51. Jody Pastick says:

    I recently acquired about 80 origial photographs of JFK. The photos are of JFK with family, friends and as president. I am interested in selling them if there is a private collector out there that may be interested , please contact me.

    • Tom Carier says:

      Jody:

      There are different types of ‘original’ photographs taken of JFK and the family. There are actual family photos, press photos, official photos, White House photos, photos from relatives, and so on, all claiming to be original.

      Without getting a close up view of any of the photos it is hard to tell exactly what ‘original’ means. Can you tell me where you were able to acquire them? Are there any specific kinds of markings or words on the reverse or anywhere on the photos? Do they appear to be of the 1960s?

      And, not all photos are collectible. Sure, personal family photos are great, but taken by whom? These are the questions collectors will ask.

      So, what else can you tell me about them?

      Tom Carrier
      Worthologist

  52. Tammy G says:

    Hi – I have recently acquired a framed portrait of JFK and Robert Kennedy – it was my mother in-laws who passed away about 15 years ago. After going through her items, we came across the picture of the two Kennedy brothers. Just wondering if it is worth anything – you can email the info if you would like – the name of the artist on the picture says – something Tobey *first name starts with an A. thanks for your time :)

  53. My mother in-law has 2 8×10 pictures of John F.Kenndy and his wife Jackie. They are taken at Kelly Air Force base on Nov.22,1963 when he visted San Antonio Texas. One is outside after they got off plane, with San Antonio Police and the other is with a group of people..One is lightly colored and the other is back and white..They are both outside pictures..On the back each one they say Offical Photgraph US AIRFORCE. Kelly Air Force Base,Texas
    Could you tell me if they are worth anything? I myself loved John F Kennedy

    • Tom Carrier says:

      Barbara:

      These are officially produced photos of the commander-in-chief authorized for use by the US Air Force. Photos of this type like the ones used for official civilian publications or official White House photos have more of a collector value than individual photos.

      Generally, the value of the photos depend on the historical nature of the photos themselves. Yours are standard meet and greet type of photos and are appreciated by collectors for use in framed displays, usually with a signature.

      The value of your photos to collectors would have a value of between $20 to $45 each.

      Tom Carrier
      Worthologist

  54. Debbie O. says:

    I am wondering what the pair of binoculars that President Kennedy used at the White Sands Missile Range might be worth. My father was in the military, based in NM when President Kennedy went to view the missile range. He was present during the visit and from what my mother remembers, was part of a security team at the event. After the viewing of the missile launches, he handed my father the binoculars he used. I somewhat recall my father telling me that he said “here soldier, hang on to these”. I used to sit for hours looking out of them while on camping trips and family vacations. When my father passed years ago, they were passed down to me. I also have pictures my father took during the visit with his own camera. I remember growing up with a darkroom in the basement of our home, but do not have the negatives. After doing some further research, I found that President Kennedy was the only President that visited White Sands Missile Range while in office. I also found pictures of him using the binoculars that I own and also 90% sure my father is in some pictures while at the event. (He was very young back then) Any help with value would be greatly appreciated. I have attached links to some pictures and I hope they show up as links.

    My father on the left in uniform
    http://143.84.21.9/pao/FactSheets/jfk/crowd2.jpg

    President Kennedy using the field binoculars
    http://143.84.21.9/pao/FactSheets/jfk/jfklook.jpg

    I think that is my father taking the picture on the right, that is the camera that was passed to my brother. It looks like the binoculars are already hanging from his neck.
    http://143.84.21.9/pao/FactSheets/jfk/incar2.jpg

    • Tom Carrier says:

      Debbie:

      A couple of years ago, I got a similar question from a family asking the value of a presidential automobile flag given to a relative by President Eisenhower. Without definite evidence to suggest that the flag was given by President Eisenhower (and I found none) I had to place a value on the flag, not the story.

      I have to do the same here. Certainly, the photos suggest that the binoculars were used by President Kennedy, then handed to your father. No one will dispute the story. Unfortunately, the farther away from the event time goes the value will be placed on the binoculars themselves, not the story since there is no definite evidence to suggest that President Kennedy actually used them (apart from a set of photos of Kennedy looking through a similar pair of binoculars).

      Having a historical connection to an item has to be more than ephemeral, there has to be something more tangible such as a letter that describes them, an inventory listing them, a note from President Kennedy to your father mentioning the binoculars, and so on.

      As it stands, the value would be placed on what a set of military binoculars of the 1960s would be worth today without the Kennedy connection.

      Tom Carrier
      Worthologist

      • thomas j terrell says:

        Tom,

        I have 1960 LS Hudson signed inaugral plate for JFK Delano studios NY. It is in mint condition and has the Delano crest on the reverse side. I wonder if it is worth anything?

        TJ

        • Tom Carrier says:

          Mr. Terrell:

          Virtually any commemorative presidential plate with a color transfer design from the 1950s onward were made in such large quantities that none have a retail value higher than $10 to $25. There may be exceptions, but they are very few.

          Recent auctions of this plate featured on WorthPoint.com realize the value between $12 and $17 for the JFK alone and from $20 and $35 for both JFK and Jackie.

          Thanks for your question.

          Tom Carrier
          Worthologist

  55. Cindy says:

    I’m Woundering what a fk 5cent 1963 stamp that has never been used would be worth.

    • Tom Carrier says:

      Cindy: The stamp is probably not especially valuable. You can ask any stamp dealer regarding its value, but it has to be at or just above face value.

      Tom Carrier
      Worthologist

  56. Mary says:

    I am trying to find out the value of a letter that I have that John F. Kennedy, Jr. wrote two weeks after the death of his uncle, Robert Kennedy. The letter is written from Hammersmith Farms in Newport, RI on Hammersmith Farms letterhead. The letter is encased in heavy plastic I also have the addressed envelope with the postage mark on it from Newport. John was just a child and after the funeral of RFK, Jackie and the children came to Hammersmith Farms. Any information would be helpful. I would like to put this up for auction. Thank you!

    • Tom Carrier says:

      Mary:

      John F. Kennedy, Jr. was about 8 years old when he wrote this thank you letter to a family friend. Your photos sent to me indeed suggest it to be authentic.

      While the letter is interesting, it is more a case of celebrity by association, not by accomplishment. If the 8 year old writer were my own son, it would have more sentimental value than auction value. I say that not to be difficult, but to be cautionary. Just because a person is associated with a historical figure, it doesn’t always follow that their writings have immediate historical value, too.

      On the other hand, what I was hoping for was some mention in JFK, Jr’s letter about the death of his uncle, Robert Kennedy, two weeks before. Any mention would have had a more personal connection to an historical event giving the letter a much higher value both historical and monetary. Since your letter is merely a generic thank you letter (one his mother probably had him write), it is interesting, but not historical.

      A quick check on WorthPoint showed the only other immediate value of JFK, Jr’s early writings was an auction in 2005 of 29 of his schoolwork sold apparently by the teacher who graded them. Part of the collection included handwritten essays complete with signature. The total auction value was $1200, or about $41 for each paper.

      In later life, JFK Jr’s signature has been auctioned for up to $300 or so. Although its hard to say what the market will bear these days for your letter, I can’t help but think the value is about $50 to $100.

      I hope this helps.

      Tom Carrier
      Worthologist

  57. debbie says:

    i am interested in knowing what the newspapers featuring the death of jfk are selling for and where i can go to sell it

    • Tom Carrier says:

      Debbie:

      Newspapers announcing the death of JFK are very plentiful. Remember, most Americans got their news from daily newspapers then instead of the internet or late night talk shows like they do today.

      Except for the very early the daily Dallas edition of November 22, 1963, most newspapers have a retail value of $5 to $10 as long as it is in very good condition and is complete (just the front section won’t do).

      Where to sell it? Apart from WorthPoint’s own classifieds section, traditional online auctions or buy it now are another option as well as checking into your local antique/collectibles store (but you’ll be selling it for only a dollar or two in good condition).

      Hope that helps.

      Tom Carrier
      Worthologist

  58. Mike Driscoll says:

    My father was a former Mass. State Police Officer, for a while he worked as a photographer for the State Police. My mother has 3 photos of JFK 8″ x 10″ that were supposedly taken by the State Police for JFK – one is a portrait in an office setting and 2 are of him with Jackie – in one they are on a sailboat and the other they are sitting on the rear deck of a small yacht. I was wondering if these had any value. They are very crisp and defined black and white photos.

    • Tom Carrier says:

      Mike:

      There are similar questions I have answered on this blog for others who have JFK photos from an official source as opposed to a personal camera.

      For all photos of any president in an official capacity, news source, wire service, government agency, that are intended for use in any official capacity, the value of such photos will depend on content, context, pose, condition, and attribution.

      Your photos fall into this official capacity and so their value will be from $20 to $45 retail.

      Hope this helps.

      Tom Carrier
      Worthologist

      • Mike Driscoll says:

        Thankyou for your response – I don’t think these were offical photos for public distributiuon – the State Police were guarding him as part of a detail and the story was that these were taken off the cuff and distrubuted to the guys in the photography office.

  59. Mark Lee says:

    Any idea of the worth…… or where I might sell an original (1963) teletype spool “ticker-tape” (1″ X 2592″)announcing the Assination (shooting) of JFK? It’s an original of the message sent via teletype to all of the media outlets at the time.

    • Tom Carrier says:

      Mark:

      I guess you’re asking about ticker tape, the smaller version of the teletype where news was first transmitted.

      When looking through the Worthopedia to find a recent auction of JFK assassination bulletins, I found plenty of teletype, but no ticker tape. This might suggest rarity in some cases, but, not necessarily in yours.

      You see, a collector would find what you have interesting, and even collectible as a variation on a theme, but because it would be harder to see the relevant passages because of its small size and overlong length, it would be harder to display. And displayability also plays a part in determining value.

      Teletype print is a good collectible here, because it is relatively easier to read and so is easier to display. I’m sure collectors would prefer this format over the other.

      For that reason, I provide a link to the Worthopedia that shows an auction in March 2008 with a collection of assassination teletypes selling for $250.

      http://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/1963-kennedy-assassination-original-teletype-with

      The value of your ticker tape could very well be about a 1/4 or 1/2 of that, or $65 to $125 but in the JFK market, anything is possible.

      Hope this helps.

      Tom Carrier
      Worthologist

  60. G Mathew Bass says:

    I have a Life Magazine from the week after President Kennedy was assassinated. Any idea on what it might be worth?

    • Tom Carrier says:

      Mathew:

      Even in the best of condition, any magazine reporting on the death of President Kennedy will have a collector’s value of $5 to $10.

      The reason? So many were printed that too many are still in circulation. Now, in 100 years, it is possible to get a bit more for it.

      Tom Carrier
      Worthologist

  61. Hello. I have the original front page of the Daily News from Friday, May 17, 1963. The headline reads, “600,000 Mile Bullseye! Cooper Does It the Hard Way”. The page shows JFK on the telephone speaking to Astronaut Gordon Cooper. I also have a special supplement put in the New York Sunday News, Jan. 5, 1964 with 2 full pages of color photos of the Kennedy family. The title is The Many Faces of a Courageous Lady, The Kennedy Family, Easter 1963. Can you tell me if these are worth anything?

    • Tom Carrier says:

      Ann:

      So many of us seem to think that the very mention of an historical person in any format automatically has collectible or monetary value. In only a few cases is that actually true, if you measure monetary value more than $10.

      In 99.95% of all newspapers ever printed, the value is relatively little and that goes back 300 years. It’s mostly because of content. With little historical content, for example, the newspaper, whether 3 or 300 years old, is basically just paper. If it tells of a secret deal that changed history and there were relatively few produced, then it is in fact historical and monetarily significant.

      Your set of articles fits cleanly into the 99.95% of newspaper with relatively little historical or monetary value (although the ads are fun to read). Generally speaking, a newspaper clipping by itself has no collector value.

      Antique dealers will like your Kennedy special edition just for fun and will try to get upwards of $10 for it, if it is in good condition. They might even get it. They will offer you $1 for it, though. There are just too many printed and available for them to have any real collector value.

      Just enjoy the special edition, give it to the kids, or better yet, if you have to get rid of it, donate it to a charity auction or the local library for their periodic book sales.

      The JFK clipping doesn’t need to be saved.

      Tom Carrier
      Worthologist

  62. pat says:

    I have a Kennedy colectors plate like the one in image sevon on this webite and i was wondering what is the value for it

    thanks

    • Tom Carrier says:

      Pat:

      Virtually any commemorative presidential plate with a color transfer design from the 1950s onward were made in such large quantities that none have a retail value higher than $10 to $25. There may be exceptions, but they are very few.

      Tom Carrier
      Worthologist

  63. Kathy Parisi says:

    I was going through some items of my Dads and found what looks like an original 8 X 10 photo of Jfk in his military uniform (up close). My father was from Boston and lived there between 1922 and 1963. If I can prove this was an original photo, would it be worth anything?

  64. Janelle says:

    I have the Dallas Times Herald Final Edition with all three sections from Friday evening November 22, 1963 that says PRESIDENT DEAD. It has the JFk speech text that he was supposed to deliver to the Dallas Citizens Council, the picture story of a presidential tour across the state of Texas, an article that says Bob Kennedy won’t quit to help JFK, a page that says Assassination, an article that says JFK to get steer gift from University of Texas, plus extras on the autopsy the Birdman of Alcatraz and a Hoffa article on alleged jury-bribing. So it has a lot in there. I’m thinking this edition was developed before he was assassinated because a lot of the articles are on “regular” presidential activities and then the assassination happened and a rush change was made to add to the paper.

    I may just keep it b/c it’s in very good condition; there’s just one tear and the color has of course browned over the last almost 50 years. Any idea on how common this paper may be or if it has any value with collectors?

    • Tom Carrier says:

      Janelle:

      There are a few very collectible newspapers that have a great deal of historical as well as monetary value. The Dallas Times Herald of November 22, 1963 is one of them.

      But only the first special edition.

      Your edition, the final edition, has a higher value than any other newspaper of the day, but its value is about $50 to $75 in very good or excellent condition. And the newspaper has to be complete, not just the front section as yours seems to be.

      The tear and the browning of the front page will affect the final value to about half, but still better than any other paper reporting on the event the next day.

      To store the newspaper, wrap the paper itself in acid free paper and inside an acid free box and keep it away from temperature extremes in a dry, dark place. If it is to be framed, use only the first page (with wraparound section intact), attach with acid free material and keep it out of direct sunlight and hang on an inside wall, not one that faces outside. Be sure to keep the rest of the newspaper in an acid free envelope attached to the back of the frame or in a safe storage.

      Hope this helps.

      Tom Carrier
      Worthologist

      • Janelle says:

        Thanks Tom for your prompt response and assistance. It is actually the whole paper (all three sections). I’ll take the care needed to preserve it using your recommendations.

        Just for my information, what was the difference between the first special edition and the final edition?

  65. Ye Juanda Alex says:

    I have a news paper clipping the says the last portrait of John F Kennedy. Two and a half hours before assassination. Do you know if it is worth something?

    • Tom Carrier says:

      Ye Juanda:

      No, as a rule, any newspaper clipping has no collector value. There are only a few examples that I had that had some value such as the announcement of a presidential ticket printed in the early 19th century that included a popular political song. Even then, it had a small value of only about $20.

      Hope this helps.

      Tom Carrier
      Worthologist

  66. Anthony says:

    I have 125 negatives of jfk funeral. how much are they worth and who might be interested in purchasing them?

  67. Anthony says:

    I have 125 original negatives of jfk funeral. How much are they worth and who would be interested in buying them?

    • Tom Carrier says:

      Anthony,

      Usually I spend a lot of time answering questions about actual photographs. To talk a bit about the negatives is refreshing, but not particularly lucrative – for you.

      You might remember a recent story heralding the end of the production of photographic film by Kodak for consumer cameras. It’s a shame, too, as I have problems trying to get copies of photos off of my digital camera. It just means that while a collection of negatives of an historical event such as the JFK funeral(and I am assuming they are the consumer variety, not the professional ones) are unusual, it would cost quite a bit now to have photos made from them.

      Now, of course, I haven’t seen any of the negatives to know if there are any closeup views of Jackie and kids, the dignitaries along the parade route, and any unusual camera angles. The number of negatives suggest a lot of photos were taken, but of what?

      Without that knowledge, it is hard to gauge any real historic or collectible value for your negatives. If the photos were taken along the parade route by your Aunt Minnie, the value of the whole collection is less than $5 and only to a hobbyist who might be able to extract an unusual image.

      If the photos were taken by a professional photographer with access to all of the behind the scenes activity, then the historic value increases significantly to perhaps ten dollars for each negative.

      So, with that in mind, take Aunt Minnie’s negatives and give them to a nonprofit school, library, or food bank auction to help raise money (some hobbyist will want them for their curiosity factor). If they are professional, you have a better chance of selling the lot for much more at more established auctions.

      Hope this helps.

      Tom Carrier
      Worthologist

      • Anthony says:

        Tom,

        Thank you for your initial response. I obviously left out important eough details to allow you to answer me properly. The photo negatives are from a professional photographer and are of impressive quality. The subjects (Jackie, JFK Jr., Caroline, Ted, RFK, LBJ, President and Mrs. Nixon) are taken from different angles and from varying distances. There are some incredible shots that may never have been seen before. Assuming that they are the best possible photo negatives of this event, how much could they be worth and who would be likely to be interested in them?

        • Tom Carrier says:

          Anthony, thanks for the clarification, although it actually doesn’t change my initial evaluation.

          When you say they are the “..best possible photo negatives of this event..” I still don’t know what that means.

          I’m not trying to be difficult. What is significant to one collector is less so to another. You may have read recently that a series of Marilyn Monroe photos came on the market from a photo shoot before she was famous. At one time, those photos had little value, now they are worthy of their own auction.

          Yet, your evaluation is based on negatives, not photos, which is trickier. Are there any negatives that show an historic event in a new light like the photos of Marilyn? Without going through them, its hard to say.

          So, what to do? Consider contacting collectors of presidential memorabilia or JFK collectors and ask them for advice. Simply check online and you’ll get a list to start. They’ll want to check out the negatives themselves or better yet, you might want to consider getting a photo of each negative made to make the job of analyzing their value easier.

          There are many things to look for to determine value. When evaluating a flag, for instance, it isn’t enough to ask what the value of a 48 star flag is. There are variables to consider such as star pattern, material, wear and tear, place of manufacture and others. The difference is between $25 and $125.

          In short, the value of your negatives could be the difference between $2 each and $95 each, more or less, depending on what the photo reveals.

          Tom Carrier
          Worthologist

  68. tema says:

    we have pictures of jfks funeral. they are with the kids and jackie . and of them carring out the casket. my brother was in the navy and photographed the funeral the pitures are upclose he was practlly standing next to the family

    • Tom Carrier says:

      Tema:

      I apologize for not following up on your question. Somehow it slipped by me.

      You have a question similar to the one asked by Anthony here. Review my evaluation and if there are any additional questions, please let me know.

      Thanks for visiting WorthPoint.

      Tom Carrier
      Worthologist

  69. Cory L. says:

    I have 13 old dallas times herald papers covering all of jfk’s assasination and all the info printed in the dallas times herald on oswald … And even the 10 year anniversary paper. My father worked at the dallas times herald at the time and took them straight off the press. They arent in great shape but could be a lot worse. Any idea of the value of a lot such as this?

    • Tom Carrier says:

      Cory:

      You can read all my earlier comments regarding JFK newspapers as collectibles and realize that you have some very special editions – until you mentioned that they’re not in great shape.

      In most collectibles, condition matters most (flags, for example, list condition around fifth). Newspapers, particularly historic ones, must be complete (not just the front pages or first section) and be in just-issued virtually uncirculated condition. Without that, your newspapers will have a slightly higher value than others of the same day, but not by much.

      All of the newspapers printed after Nov 22, 1963 have no other instrinsic value than any other newspaper of the day, less than $3 each complete. The Nov 22 edition, hopefully, the first edition telling about the assassination is worth considerably more, but not in fair condition, about $20 to $35.

      Hope this helps.

      Tom Carrier
      Worthologist

  70. Curtis Hines says:

    I have an old snapshot photo of JFK riding in Lincoln Continental in a parade-type setting with the Governor of Florida. This was my now deceased Aunt prized photo. Is this worth anything?

    • Tom Carrier says:

      Curtis:

      In order for a photo such as that one to have tremendous collector value, it must be of some significant historical event. Just riding in a car with the governor of Florida doesn’t quite go the historic route.

      Still, the right JFK collector could pay up to $10 to $25 if it is particularly unique to their collection. The question, where to find that JFK collector? That is the question.

      But, Curtis, there is also something to be said for sentimental value, too. If it was a favorite of your aunt, perhaps it can be a favorite to you, too, for that reason alone.

      Hope this helps

      Tom Carrier
      Worthologist

  71. John Zagar says:

    While cleaning and going thru old stuff, I re-found something I thought I had lost… it is an Ampex 632 reel tape recording of the JFK funeral service and I was wondering what, if any, value there may be to it.

    Thanks, John

    • Tom Carrier says:

      John:

      I’m glad you found the tape, too. Ampex 632 reel-to-reel tape, interestingly enough, is still available here and there. I understand it to be more of a professional grade of video recording tape and so that makes your find more interesting than the traditional 8mm type.

      But have you been able to see it? If the video portion is only of the funeral as it winds its way down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., for example, from a sidewalk position, then its merely sentimental. It the video portion shows closeups of the family, President Johnson, or preparations along the way, than it is of historical nature. What is being recorded will determine its overall value.

      So, until it is viewed completely, the value, to me, is a generic video recording of an event, with some meaning to be sure, with a value of about $10 to $20. On the other hand, with more of an insight into the event itself, the value could be more.

      Tom Carrier
      Worthologist

  72. Sylvia says:

    President JF Kennedy visited Ottawa Canada in 1961.
    My dad was military and was either the chauffer who drove the car or the soldier in uniform as part of the parade….my father received, so he told me long ago, a thank you from JFK. So on this business card sized stock in the right hand corner is the print THE WHITE HOUSE WASHINGTON, on the bottom right in smaller font it reads PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, and hand written is two letters I can’t make out, “best wishes” and then John F. Kennedy.

    would this have any value? Do you know someone in Ottawa Canada I could take this to, to verify whether or not its an actual JFK signature and or one signed by an assistant. My dad has been passed since 1971, so no way to find out more info. Thank you for your time.

  73. Amy says:

    Hi, i have several photos my grandfather took of jfk at his inaguration and pictures with the vice president (when he was still a senator.) how much would these be worth?

  74. Bud Healer says:

    Have a 3.5 X 5 photo I took at about 8′ of JFK in 1962 at his speach on the campus of Stanford University in Calif. Any value?

    • Tom Carrier says:

      Bud:

      It depends. There are photo archives that will be photos and their negatives for use in commercial applications. Yours might be a good candidate for that. I don’t suspect you’d get much for it (I don’t know that type of business very well), but it can’t be much.

      It depends on the image itself and whether it is readily reproducable. Not having seen your image, I can’t say for sure.

      Hope this helps.

      Tom Carrier
      Worthologist

  75. cheryl says:

    we have a set of john and jacqueline kennedy collectible spoons and was wondering the value. they are made from klepa arts holland. i have perused the collectible sites and have not seen any like these.

  76. Margaret McCrae says:

    Hello,

    I have recently been cleaning out an old barn on an 1830’s plantation in South Carolina. The property was donated to a non-profit and I am trying to raise funds to save it anyway that I can. Today I came across a stack of 1960’s Kennedy campaign brochures and am wondering if they are worth anything. Some are damaged but those that were in the middle of the stack appear to be in fantastic shape aside from the expected dusty aroma, ha-ha. Due to its “hiding place” of the last 51 years, I found it an especially interesting and somewhat ironic find, as the focus is on race relations and Kennedy is pictured with an African leader and an African American on the cover. It reads ” A Time for Moral Leadership” on the front. Any insight you may provide would be greatly appreciated.

  77. Jeff Evins says:

    I have a Time Magazine January 5 1962 JFK Man of the Year issue in great condition. Was wanting to know the value of it. Thanks.

  78. Maxinebr says:

    I have an 16X20 picture with a light at the top is this worth anything

  79. Tammy Huynh says:

    Hello,

    I recently found a stack of newspapers from of articles from the date after JFK’s death. I was wondering how much they are worth and how do i go about selling these?

  80. Karen says:

    I have a book called the Torch is passed that starts with the day JFK died ending on the day President Jonhson addresses a joint session of congress. Also a recorded album called President Kennedy his wit and humor.

    • Tom Carrier says:

      Karen:

      The book and LP recording are quite common commemorative items and are usually sold second hand for $2 to $10 or so for the LP. Some antique and collectible dealers try to get more for them because of the JFK association, but they are so widely available that supply will never be a problem.

      Hope this helps.

      Tom Carrier
      Worthologist

  81. courtney says:

    I have an original photo of JFK and his wife in the limo minutes before he was shot. The photo is in color. Just would like to know it’ value I think my mom in considering donating it to the JFK museum.

  82. I have an autographed picture of President Kennedy and another photo of him with his family. The envelope addressed to me was posted marked Washington, DC Nov. 22, 1963. Is it worth anything?

  83. Shannon says:

    Hi! I recently dug through my Grandmother’s old cedar chest and found a stack of newspapers with the headlines starting with the assassination of JFK. I also have a few more from when Johnson was sworn in and just a few from while he was acting president. So I was just wondering if these have any value what so ever. I do not plan on selling them any time soon just curious, I guess.

  84. Sandy Dempsey says:

    Hello,
    I have a letter written to my deceased husband as a child on White House stationary and signed by Evelyn Wood on behalf of JFK. The letter and envelope were dated and postmarked on Nov, 22, 1963.
    Is there any value to a collector?
    There are also several letters from Richard Nixon during his presidency, but only one has his handwritten signature. Any value there? Just curious…thank you for your response.

    • Tom Carrier says:

      It is only a curious coincidence that a letter sent out by the White House was dated and postmarked on the same day as the assassination. There would be considerably more historical value if it alluded to anything happening in Dallas that day. As it happens, the letter should remain as part of your family history since it is only considered what we call ephemera, or having relatively little collectible value, less than $5.

      That may also be true of the Nixon letters. Unless the signed letter has policy implications or has the language that is personalized beyond that of a form letter, we can assume that it is more along the lines of ephemera as well.

      Hope this helps.

      Tom Carrier
      703 863 5971

  85. jeanne says:

    hello, we have a thankyou card from jackie kennedy that was received after jfk’s death. in 1963 our 6th grade class sent sympathy cards to the white house. we have a printed thankyou card, and a hand written envelope with my address, and jackies signature is where the stamp should be- would this have any collector value?

    • Tom Carrier says:

      Having volunteered in the White House correspondence section in the early ’90s, I’m aware just how many pieces of correspondence a president receives every day. To make sure everyone is answered in one way or another at times a printed card is sent with a printed signature.

      That is certainly the case when a president dies. So many letters of condolences are received that a card is printed and sent to everyone who sends in a letter. You have one of those cards. And there are thousands more.

      Still, the value of a JFK condolence card has additional value because of its association with Jackie and the JFK assassination. It’s nice that you have the original envelope, but it was filled out by a volunteer like I was. It was sent over Jackie’s signature instead of postage because in 1958, the law allowed the widows of presidents to use franked mail (the signature) instead of a stamp. They still do.

      If you can keep the envelope and the card together, the value isn’t particularly high, between $15 and $30 to a collector. It might be better to just keep it as a family heirloom, a part of your family’s history.

      Tom Carrier
      Worthologist

  86. Brian says:

    My boss found an invitation to president Kennedy’s funeral. Any idea what that may be worth ?

  87. Chris Hartman says:

    I have a picture of John f Kennedy with Jackie on a balcony at the White House with the monument in the background. It is signed by JFK. I saw one similar that sold at auction for $6,000 and wanted to know how to go about selling it if it worth a similar amount.

  88. Rich says:

    Tom: My PT 109 pin comment was cut short. I wanted to add. I saw JFK in Columbus, Ohio back in early 60’s. What he was striving for would have saved a mounumental amount of human misery and tragedy. Many families would have enjoyed their grandchildren while getting to watch their children grow up if Kennedy had been permitted to live. He was trying to give our country back to us. Trying to stop war. Uniting the world, bringing people together in manyways, and the war mongers of this world despised him for it. Now we have all this, thanks to a famous family who will never equal or come near his legacy. There has niot been a day go by in my entire life, I have not thought of JFK in some way. Anyway, I asked you about that PT 109 pin if you can respond. I’ll keep watching. Thanks for your time.

  89. Debbie Mcgee says:

    hello my name is Debbie my father was a chauffeur under presidents Kennedy Johnson and Nixon i have signed pictures that was given to my father some are personal items to him do you know what they might be worth??

  90. Josh B. says:

    I have a hand typed “President’s Engagements” schedule dated October 4th 1963. It doesnt appear to be the carbon copy and it does have the presidential seal water mark. The subject matter is also interesting, President Kennedy met with Texas Governor John Connally that day, likely discussing his fateful trip to Texas in November. This was part of the Robert L White collection. Any idea what it would be worth?

    Thanks!

  91. Karen says:

    I have found about 20 magazines ranging from Look, Like, McCalls, Journal, Sat Evening Post, Redbook, Good housekeeping, Modern Screen, and Photoplay all having the covers about JFK. They are about the family, family photos, the assisination, and life afterwards. All are 1963 – 1964 and in very good condition, nothing ripped on them. Is there anywhere other than ebay to sell them…or better yet to find what they are worth?

    thank you
    Karen nofunjohn@windstream.net

  92. Nathan says:

    I have an old Life Magazine with President John F. Kennedy on the cover it is dated November 29th 1963. The magazine is in a loose plastic cover but seems to me to be in great condition (not mint). I was wondering what the value might be?

    Nathan

  93. Frank Bogu says:

    I have a photo of JFK taken while he was in the motorcade right before he was shot. Is there any value of this photo?

    • Tom Carrier says:

      Frank:

      There are many individual photos that have come from along the parade route over time. To be sure yours has any particular value to collectors it would help to get an image of the photo to be sure.

      But, mostly an individual photo of JFK in the motorcade has a value to collector of between $10 and $25, of course depending on the image and clarity.

      Tom Carrier
      Worthlogist

  94. I too have a signed photo of JFK and Jackie standing on balcony of white house with the washington monument in background.I know a little history about the picture in that The president of the local bank met JFK and asked him to sign it and he did with a personal message. What is the value if any?

    • Tom Carrier says:

      Deanna:

      It appears that the banker must have taken up a membership in a Democratic Party fundraising presidential committee for JFK or party fundraising council. In return this photo was sent by the White House to all its members.

      The photo is indeed a White House photo but since it was sent to “…a fellow sustaining member…”, it is intended to be mass produced and sent to all the thousands who also joined the committee.

      The written sentiment and signature are printed, not actually signed with a value of about $15 to $25 to a private collector.

      Tom Carrier
      Worthologist

  95. Angela says:

    I was wondering how much a stamp of John F kennedy would be worth if come from another country? I have one that was made in Correias de Brasil. it was a stamp made in his memory as well. it also has 100.00 on the stamp,so I am not sure how many was made and what year.

    • Tom Carrier says:

      Angela:

      I consulted with a prominent stamp dealer here in Washington, DC and he isn’t aware of any JFK commemorative stamp in any country that has a value of more than 15 or 25 cents, certainly less than a dollar even if it is a limited edition.

      It’s just that the nature of stamps, unless its a really limited edition, is that at least thousands need to be reproduced to cover the cost and so there leaves quite a few on the market. More stamps = less collectible.

      Tom Carrier
      Worthologist

  96. Alana V. says:

    I have a bust of Spock’s head that appears to be a liquor decanter of some sort. Its colour in grey. I was wondering if you could give me an appraisal of its value. I bought it many years ago on a trip to Reno with my husband and his parents for $ 10.00. By the way I have its original container box too. Thankyou Respectfully Alana V.

  97. Nikki Brod says:

    I found a envelope from the white house stamped Sept of 62 and inside there was a embossed paper honoring a relative that passed JFK is the president that singed it. So would that be a stamp or real. How do I find this out? And what would the worth be?

    • Tom Carrier says:

      Nikki:

      What you have is a memorial certificate issued by the White House whenever a US soldier is killed in action. It is awarded to the family for grateful service to the nation.

      The certificate you have features a printed (not handwritten) signature of John F. Kennedy with a typed name of the family member just below the gold embossed Great Seal of the United States.

      Frankly, this would have more of a sentimental value to the family than a large monetary one. Collectors don’t routinely collect this type of memorabilia, but would sell one if they happen across one for about $10 to $20.

      Tom Carrier
      Worthologist

  98. Josh says:

    Can you tell me the approx value of a thank you letter on JFK senate letterhead with an auto pen JFK signature? Dated Jan 5th 1961, it is a thank you for a letter relieved regarding his election win.

    Thank you!

    • Tom Carrier says:

      Josh:

      If it is indeed an autopen signature, which is definitely more likely than not with JFK, the value of the letter falls under a category called ephemera.

      With other similar autopenned letters from other presidents, it would have a value of between $10 to $20. However, with JFK, the value would be just a bit more, say $20 to $35, depending on content.

      Tom Carrier
      Worthologist

  99. Brooke says:

    Hi,

    I have the door off of John F. Kennedy’s house that was in Georgetown I believe. My Dad had remodeled some things in the house for the new owner, and saved some of the things he removed from the house that had documentation that it was there during the time Kennedy lived there. I have papers that prove it. How much would this be worth and who would I contact about it?

  100. Cheryll Thompson-Smith says:

    My husband has six 2×3 black and white photographs or President John F. Kennedy taken in Cincinnati, OH in 1962 according to the information on the back. The photographs were taken by William F. Pflanz of Redding, OH, who appears to be the photographer. They look to be originals, are good condition, and I have never seen them before anywhere else. Do you have any idea what they might be worth.

    • Tom Carrier says:

      Cheryll:

      I’m sure there are so may unpublished photos of JFK that seem to make it out of storage that are ‘discovered’ now and again. The question is whether the photos are of some event that collectors find worthwhile. Generally, the answer is probably not.

      While JFK photos are always collectible to a certain degree, it is the nature of the photograph that determines its final value. The fact that yours is from a photographer who has date stamped them somehow does provide a certain higher value than others without a date stamp, what exactly is being photographed and where is the main question.

      Without actually seeing the photos, I’m guessing that your photos are just routine shots of JFK at some event. For that, original photos have a general collector value of $10 to $35, depending on the circumstances of the photo itself.

      Tom Carrier
      Worthologist

  101. rommel says:

    I have an original black and white photo of the late president john f kennedy, opposite his parents joe and ethel kennedy, four inches by five inches , green portifolio, from portraites of amarillo, and on the reverse the catholic rosary, dedicated to mr , kennedy , how much could this be of value.?

  102. Mateo Micic says:

    I have a typewriter owned by JFK with his initials as keys and was wondering it worth?

  103. 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?

  104. 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 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

  105. 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 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

  106. 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

  107. 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 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

  108. 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 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

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

    • 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

  110. 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.

  111. 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.

  112. 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 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

  113. 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?

  114. 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 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

  115. 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?

  116. 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?

  117. 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 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

  118. 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 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

  119. 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?

  120. 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?

  121. 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?

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

  123. 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.

  124. 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.

  125. 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

  126. 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?

  127. 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

  128. 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

  129. Peter says:

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

  130. 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.

  131. Sandra Highlander says:

    what is a gold jfk stamp worth?

  132. 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

  133. 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

  134. 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

  135. 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

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

  137. 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?

  138. 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?

  139. Nora Black says:

    I have a picture of President Kennedy , Jaclyn Kennedy Conley and his wife the day he was killed in Dallas Texas in the motor pool this picture was taken right before it happened I do not know the worth of it but I am willing to sale it if a good offer comes my way its in excellent condition my see picture by contacting thank you its a piece of history