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Presidential Collectibles: What’s It Worth Quiz

by Sandra Lee Stuart (09/14/08).
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So you think you know political collectibles? What’s hot. What’s not. And most importantly, what they’re worth.

WorthPoint’s political-collectibles specialists—Jim Warlick, Tom Carrier and John Olsen—are set to test your knowledge. Answer the questions below, then check the answers on our special American Presidential Experience features page, and win a round of applause if you do well.

1. JFK was the first president to wear cufflinks that showed the presidential seal on the obverse and an engraved presidential signature on the reverse. Presidents Nixon and Johnson gave them away as gifts. This tie clip was issued as an official presidential gift by Richard Nixon in the 1970s. What is its value?

Nixon presidential tie clip

A. $50
B. $125
C. $225

2. In the 19th century, presidential campaigns relied on decorative and elaborate banners to ballyhoo their candidates. They were carried through the streets in large parades, hung on buildings or across broad avenues in big cities. This particular campaign banner is from the 1845 presidential campaign of James K. Polk and George M. Dallas. What is the most recent auction value for this historic memorabilia?

1845 Polk-Dallas campaign banner

A. $225
B. $522
C. $378

3. Vari-Vu was a political button maker that used a unique twist. Turn its button one way, and you saw an image. Turn it another way for another image or slogan. This is called a flasher button in the trade. This particular flasher button was used in the 1956 Eisenhower campaign. It shows a grinning Eisenhower and the slogan “Win with Ike.” What is the value of this button?

1956 Eisenhower flasher pin

A. $35 to $45
B. $75 to $95
C. $20 to $30

4. One of the easiest ways to commemorate a political event is with a postcard such as this one from the 1908 Democratic National Convention in Denver. The DNC was again held in Denver exactly 100 years later. The 1908 Democratic nominee was William Jennings Bryan, who is shown on this card riding a donkey into Denver with the slogan “Our Turn Next.” What is the value of this colorized postcard?

1908 Bryan campaign postcard

A. $20 to $30
B. $15 to $20
C. $7 to $12

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