• 24 Sep
    2015

Five Ways Collecting Political Buttons is Different than Other Hobbies

As there is still a good 410 days or so left before the 2016 presidential election, the news coverage of the primary candidates in both the Republican and Democratic parties is nearly wall-to-wall already. And as voters begin to take sides, they’ll be looking to show their support for their chosen candidates. Traditionally, that support […]

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  • 22 Nov
    2014

Collecting JFK: Do the Kennedy Things Grandmother Saved Have Any Value

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.

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  • 15 Nov
    2013

Upcoming Legends Auction Retells the Story of JFK and Camelot One item at a Time

With the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy later this month, several high-level auctions of personal, campaign and presidential items associated with his time at the White House have recently been conducted. Even personal effects of Lee Harvey Oswald have been auctioned. Now comes the Kennedy-Hollywood connection. John McInnis Auctioneers is […]

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  • 15 Nov
    2013

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Dan Meader on the JFK and the Legends Auction

On this week’s Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis speaks Martin talks to Dan Meader at John McInnis Auctions about the record-breaking David Powers Auction of JFK’s affects earlier this year and the upcoming monumental Legends Auction, JFK, Peter Lawford, Ernest Hemingway, Marilyn Monroe and more. Listen to Dan’s enthusiasm as he explains behind the […]

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  • 9 May
    2013

Collecting JFK: Reviewing the Dave Powers Kennedy Presidential Auction

As WorthPoint’s Worthologist for presidential, political and White House memorabilia, one of my first articles, written more than five years ago, concerned the collectibles of President John F. Kennedy. In “Collecting JFK” I highlighted four collectible categories to consider when determining the value of any JFK item: personal, association, event and commemorative. The closer to […]

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  • 11 Feb
    2013

Collecting JFK: A Second Look at what is Valuable and what is Just Memorabilia?

The upcoming auction of John F. Kennedy memorabilia at the John McInnis Auction Gallery on Feb. 17, 2013, led me to look more closely at an earlier blog I wrote for WorthPoint called “Collecting JFK.” That blog showed the different levels of collectibles and their values, depending on their associations with JFK himself. Ever since […]

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  • 25 Jan
    2013

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Dan Meader on the JFK Items Up for Auction

In this week’s installment of the Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis visits John McInnis’ Auction Gallery in Amesbury, Mass. and talks with Dan Meader about the important John F. Kennedy memorabilia that belonged to David F. Powers, JFK’s White House special assistant and longtime confidant. Check out the upcoming Presidential Auction items here. Listen […]

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  • 18 Jan
    2013

Tips on Collecting 2013 Presidential Inauguration Memorabilia

Curiously, since 1901, the preparation for the swearing in of the new president of the United States actually falls to Congress or, more precisely, the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies. The committee was established only to ensure that the president-elect fulfills the one requirement under the Constitution, to witness the prescribed oath to “enter […]

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  • 29 Jan
    2009

Umbrellas Double as Presidential Campaign Devices

By Tom Carrier WorthPoint Worthologist It is amazing sometimes in the world of collectibles that a relatively mundane item becomes an important historical artifact simply because it lasted 100 years. Prior to 1896, hats, ribbons, clothing buttons, parade torches, lanterns and other innocuous everyday items were produced not only as functional items, but also doubled […]

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  • 22 Jan
    2009

Presidential Campaign Tin Trays

By Tom Carrier WorthPoint Worthologist Throughout the 19th century, supporters for American presidential candidates were able to advertise their loyalty by buying some rather unusual items, or at least considered unusual in the era of bumper stickers and pinback buttons. Prior to the 1896 election, the torch light parade through town in honor of your […]

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