Obama memorabilia is bound to become a whole new category in our collecting world. It's a sure bet that those millions of people that descended on Washington to celebrate our new president, as well as the many millions watching worldwide, will want something special to commemorate the event.
Although it's always nice when a collectible or piece of memorabilia appreciates in value, it's important to realize that most things won't appreciate, especially when many thousands of items were made.
But what to save or collect? That's the big question!
Ephemera - What to Save?
Also look for literature from the Obama campaigns and inaugural committee, brochures, magazines, anything that commemorates this historical event.
Did you have a picture taken with President Obama at a campaign stop? Frame the picture with corresponding literature or memorabilia for a display that will have meaning in the years to come.
Also see: Rachel Cooper's Inauguration Pictures 2009
If you want to enjoy those newspapers, possibly framing the copies or putting them in a scrapbook, consider getting color copies made at a shop that can work with oversize pieces. Put the originals away and enjoy the copies.
Of course you will want to have a copy of the local newspaper, but also look for foreign editions, as well as the papers from the capitol and major cities.
The Woodmere china cup and saucer set ($78) or china plate ($82) would be a good choice for a more traditional collection or one that isn't necessarily all political.
Also shown are medallions, silver charms, cuff links and coins.
Don't expect those Moveon.org pins to be worth much in the future, with over 2.2 million pins distributed, that's a lot of pins sitting in desk drawers.
Are these going to worth more than you paid in a few years, doubtful. But if you like them and want to add some kitschy stuff to your collections -- go for it, there's a lot to choose from.
Autographed Photo and Book
From Heritage Auction Galleries:
Barack Obama signed book and signed photograph both having the presidential hopeful's large, distinctive "BO" autograph. The image is an 8.5" x 11" color senatorial glossy, while the book, Dreams From My Father, is Obama's 1995 paperback autobiography. Both items excellent condition.
Sold price: $418.25
Auction PricesWhat's hot online? These auctions have taken place from right before the election to the inauguration.
- First editions of Dream of My Father have sold for up to $19,000 for a signed edition. Many others have sold in the $6000 to $8000 range. See below for older auction of book.
- The various Fairey limited edition prints have been very popular on eBay.
- The Obama Amazing Spiderman #583 comic has also done very well, with hundreds sold the week after release. Copies have sold for an average of about $50, with a few copies as high as $175.
- Invitations to public inaugural events (not specific invitation) sent to donors have received bids in the $100 - $125 range.