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Vice Presidential Guest Pins

by Tom Carrier (04/25/08).
Vice Presidential guest pins, c. 1980, reverse
Vice Presidential guest pins, c. 1980s
Vice Presidential guest pins, c. 1980

Just as the Secret Service provides a specially designed lapel pin to frequent guests to the White House, the Secret Service also provides similar lapel pins to guests of the vice president of the United States.

Oddly enough, these are rarer to find than the presidential ones as they do not often appear very often in private sales or public auctions. I have only these two examples of vice presidential guest pins while my presidential guest pin blog shows ten. Like the presidential ones, the vice presidential guest pins are occasionally numbered either on the front of the pin or on the reverse as shown above.

These guest pins have been out of Secret Service inventory for at least a generation and do no longer represent a controlled item. However, those with similar pins for any Administration for the past 10 years should not advertise or sell these pins either in private or public auction as they may still be considered a controlled item.

8 Responses to “Vice Presidential Guest Pins”

  1. jgold says:

    Tom – I recently acquired from the estate of a deceased civil service agent 4 vice presidential guest pins. Based on what was in the house, they are Clinton era or earlier. Two are a dark green; one is light green; and one is orange. I am interested in selling them, and would like an idea of value and how to go about doing so.

    I also obtained other pins that might be of interest, and I would appreciate your assistance identifying them and their value. There is a vice presidential seal pin with Walter Mondale’s signature on the back. There is a Presidential seal pin, with Bill Clinton’s signature on the back. There is a presidential seal pin with Jimmy Carter’s signature on the back. There is a small gold pin with Jimmy Carter’s signatue on the front, and there is a small presidential seal pin with ruffled edges but no name on the back.

    There are also some small inaugaral pins.

    Thanks, Jeff

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  3. Tamara Boyll-Olah says:

    I have a question on an actual “President of the United States” pin. How rare is it to find those? One has come into my possession and if my mom’s story is correct, it came from President Ronald Reagan about six months after he had been shot.

  4. Re says:

    Tom my husband and I just bought an estate and have come accross a frame which reads 100 years of presidential pins. It appears that all the pins are in place. I would like to know what a set like this is worth. Thanks you

  5. Nina says:

    Hello Tom,

    I’ve reading all the posts. I have the presidential guest PIN no. 850 when Kennedy came to CR, there was no secret service or army and still there is none in CR, belongs to my father in law more than 25 years ago, he was choosen by Kennedy himself since then, he was the Central American Judo Champion, I am trying to look for infirmation of the pin or the number on it, I was reading that every number is unique and is a way to identify who it was given to, I really will love to see my father’s in law name on the security guest service list in Kennedy time, could you please help me???…. Thank you so much.

  6. Tom Carrier says:

    Jeff: the vice presidential guest pins are difficult to find and collect. Although, recently Ebay has had them more often than they had before. Their final values have been from $90 to about $150 each, sometimes more.

    All of the presidential and vice presidential pins you mentioned are consistent with official lapel pins given as gifts from each of the Administrations you mentioned. The value for the vice presidential pin is about $50, the rest are about $125 to $150 each, sometimes less sometimes more on Ebay and elsewhere.

    Hope this helps.

    Tom

  7. jgold says:

    Tom – Thanks. Are you recommending ebay to sell them. What category do I list them in.

    I’m still digging through the box that I bought, and came across an item, I can’t find anywhere else. Its a lapel pin from the Omaha Debate where Bentsen told Quayle “You’re no Jack Kennedy”. Do you think there is a market.

    BTW – this was my first time at worthpoint. I’m sure I’ll be back. Jeff

  8. Tom Carrier says:

    Jeff: WorthPoint is still a growing community and there are still bugs to work out such as recognizing when someone has answered a blog. I didn’t realize that you had responded and so will do so now.

    If your pin is an official debate pin, that is provided by the debate committee to an official of some sort, then the value will be a little higher than just a regular campaign event button. Without an image, I really can’t tell for sure. If you can upload an image, that might make it easier.

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