• 22 Jan
    2009

What Makes a Political Button Valuable?

By Tom Carrier WorthPoint Worthologist Common or scarce? Political buttons were created for campaigns, for issues, even for special events—or sometimes just because. With so many different kinds of political campaign buttons available since they were first created in 1896, and more than 3,000 for the Obama campaign alone, how can you know which ones […]

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  • 22 Jan
    2009

William Jennings Bryan Items from the 1908 Democratic Convention

By Tom Carrier WorthPoint Worthologist WorthPoint was a sponsor of the American Presidential Experience in Denver, Colo., earlier this year. This travelling road show of the American presidency was set up just outside Invesco Stadium in Denver as part of the 2008 Democratic National Convention. Inside were exhibits such as a full-scale replica of the […]

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  • 14 Jan
    2009

The Perils of Improperly Storing Your Campaign Buttons

Have you just started to collect political buttons? Did your grandfather just give you his prized collection of buttons from the presidential campaign of John F. Kennedy? Did you mother just hand over the women’s suffrage movement buttons worn by your great, great grandmother, who marched for the right for women to vote? Or did […]

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  • 15 Nov
    2008

The George Washington Trivet

According to Kelly & Ellwood in their 1990 book Trivets & Stands, the first George Washington Trivet was designed and cast in brass for the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition of 1876. George Washington was an appropriate subject, considering that the Exposition was held to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Dec

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  • 11 Nov
    2008

Crazy Prices for Obama Victory Papers

November 5 was a very special day for the United States of America. When Barack Obama was declared the next president of the United States, hot collectibles were the next morning’s newspaper. Across the country, the demand for the Nov. 5 edition of the newspaper, any newspaper, was astronomical.

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  • 7 Nov
    2008

Political Collectibles: What’s Hot

Someone once suggested to me that when an election is over, the buttons and posters and everything are all trash. I immediately countered that this may be the one area of collectibles where items from an event continue to have a value well after it has ended.

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  • 28 Oct
    2008

The Family Sandifer and the Dumpster Collectibles Campaign

There are stories of finding antiques and collectibles in the most unlikely places. Flea markets, antique shops, your grandma’s attic. But, the dumpster?

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  • 27 Oct
    2008

Campaign Buttons Predict Winners

What we collect says a lot about ourselves as a nation. Our collectibles tell us a lot about where we’ve been. And sometimes, what we collect can be an indicator of where we are going. A case in point is political-campaign buttons.

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  • 6 Oct
    2008

Presidential Inaugural License Plates a Tough Collection to Fill

Presidential Inaugural License Plates a Tough Collection to Fill

By Andy Bernstein

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  • 4 Oct
    2008