Political Items Collectors (APIC) - APIC is the national
organization for collectors of political memorabilia. Whether
you collect presidentials, locals or cause items -- buttons, posters,
lanterns, clothing, books or whatever -- APIC is the group for
you! There are regional chapter shows (i.e., political flea markets)
and a bi-annual national convention. You also get a directory
of thousands of fellow collectors and a monthly glossy magazine
included with your membership. APIC, with thousands of active
members, also has many "specialty chapters" (Locals, Causes, Obama,
Reagan, JFK, Nixon, Clinton, etc.). Let them know that we referred
you (write "Ron Gunzburger" or "#8327"
as the referring member on your application) -- as Politics1
strongly supports and promotes the hobby. Every person interested
in collecting really should become an APIC member. Join today!
Political Collector's Bookstore:
ARE MY BUTTONS WORTH?" You just found an 1896 McKinley
for President button in your grandfather's attic -- but what is
it worth? Well, there were hundreds of different McKinley buttons
produced (as there are typically for most major candidates over
the years) -- and they range in value from only a few dollars
apiece ... up to thousands of dollars for a single button. But
how can you tell the difference between a common button and a
rare treasure? Sadly, there are very few books currently in print
to help potential new political collectors. Most button related
books are rather dated and hard to find. However, Politics1
suggests the following books as a starting place for people interested
in the political memorabilia hobby. These books cover only Presidential
items -- as there are no books or guides for collectors of the
usually less expensive political cause and "local" (i.e., non-presidential)
of Political Buttons: United States 1896-1972 by Ted
Hake (1998 Ed.). Hake is a leading dealer in pins and advertising
memorabilia -- his sales usually cover topics ranging from product
advertising to sports stars to holidays to politics. This illustrated
book is a reliable basic price guide to collecting Presidential
and other political buttons. The prices are still a good guide
to most of the current values, as they contain revised 1998 values
(and values have not risen substantially since then for most items).
Very hard to find book -- but worth whatever the price.
Price Varies - Used.
Years of Political Campaign Collectibles by Mark Warda
(2004). This very nice book helps collectors accurately estimate
prices and instructs collectors what to look for in detecting
counterfeits. An all-around good book for beginning collectors,
with lots of great-looking pictures. Warda is a veteran collector/dealer
of buttons and well respected within the APIC group (listed below).
208 pages. Recommended. Price: $29.95. (Paperback)