Collecting Political Memorabilia

Little Pieces of Politics, Some Obscure, Lure Collectors

NYTimes.com
By STEVE FRIESS
Published: August 6, 2008

Las Vegas – “Here in the ballroom of the Riviera Hotel & Casino at the 2008 American Political Items Collectors National Convention, Dr. Toepel has no such fear. He is joined by about 300 fellow aficionados who understand the appeal of gathering, studying and selling memorabilia related to politicians…

…Even stalwart Republicans acknowledge that items related to Senator Barack Obama of Illinois, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, may become especially valuable if he is elected because he would be the first black in the office. A button, for instance, issued at Mr. Obama’s campaign kickoff in February 2007 sold for $150 on Monday, the first day of the gathering, which ends Thursday.”

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