Thursday, November 20, 2014

For sale: Athol Rod and Gun Club 1971 member pin/ pinback/button

A beautiful vintage button, 1971 Athol Rod & gun club member pinback.  In excellent condition.  $10 plus $2.32 shipping in continental US.


or email tdklim1966@gmail(dot)com

APIC member #17007.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

South Florida Political and Historical Collectibles Show

  • Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 9:00am in CST
    West Palm Beach Event Hall 2223 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd, West Palm Beach, Florida 33409

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

WWII J.B. Simpson tailored Navy Officers Dress Jacket

Here is a Vintage WWII J.B. Simpson Tailor made Navy Officiers Dress Jacket. Rank of Lieutentant (LT). I do not see any damage or repairs. Great condition, especially for its age.

Like all wool Black. a little scuff around neck but other than that fabulous condition.

$75 OBO add $12.95 shipping in US. International call for quote.

Todd 352-292-2736

I have lots of WW2 militaria from Germany, Japan and US

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

JFK - President Kennedy Wood Bust - $25

Price:$25 plus $7.95 shipping if not local
Address: Sarasota, FL 34238
Phone 352-292-2736

Description: This is a vintage wood carving of John F. Kennedy. This JFK bust measures about 10 1/2 inches tall, and 3 1/2 inches across the base. There are no identifying marks. 

It has no chips, cracks, etc. Please feel free to email with any questions.

I will ship internationally but must email for quote before buying.

Bill Clinton for Ark. Attorney General Campaign button

Rare Bill Clinton for Ark. Attorney General 
1 1/2" celluloid political button.


Good condition

APIC member #17007 No fakes or reproductions

$30 OBO
Call 352-292-2736

Friday, May 23, 2014

APIC National Convention 2014

The Denver 2014 Committee would like to invite all to wonderful Colorado for the APIC National Convention. Registration is now open! The convention runs from July 26th through August 3rd, 2014. Our host hotel is the wonderful Crowne Plaza Denver International Airport Hotel & Convention Center. Great rates ($99 per night) have been negotiated for our group. The APIC website will soon have online registration available. The hotel also has a direct link for online reservations. To register by mail, the form will be available on our Facebook site (under files tab), in the Political Bandwagon at regional shows/events and on the APIC website.

Much more info on the FB site. Room hopping and lots of events and activities Sunday through Tuesday with the official convention reception and bourse going from Wed through Saturday. We are still looking at a farewell event on Sunday.

With all of the great activities available in the late summer in Denver, there will be mountain and city excursions with a focus on families. We are also looking for sponsors for events, transportation and advertising, so please contact us. Also please let us know if you have any questions.

Tom Berg 719 527-0007
Ron Puechner 480 577-9575

Denver 2014 APIC National Convention Facebook site.

We want to see you in Denver!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Roosevelt & Garner: Jugate "Repeal" License Plat

Roosevelt & Garner: Jugate "Repeal" License Plate. This is, we believe, the best political license plate. There may be rarer ones but, for graphics and historical importance, this one ranks Numero Uno. It measures 9 3/4" x 5" and has portraits of "Roosevelt and Garner" flanking a frosty beer mug. The Democrats ran on a winning platform in 1932, promising to bring back prosperity and repeal prohibition. It took a while for prosperity to return, but FDR quickly fulfilled his promise to bring back beer. Talking about bootleggers, the consignor's father went to high school with Eliot Ness in Chicago. The manufacturer of this piece, Green Duck Company, was located a few blocks from their home and that is exactly where this piece was obtained. There are some faint scratches and handling wear, mostly to the border area. The overall condition is excellent.

Heritage Auctions, Dallas 17th Floor3500 Maple Avenue Dallas, TX 75219Friday, May 23 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM CT

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Identifying the Common Plastics in Vintage Toys, Pins and Other Collectibles

1902 Celluloid baseball pin
1902 Celluloid baseball pin
Just as buyers want to know if an antique table is made of oak or maple, a wedding ring is gold or brass or a statue is steel or bronze, serious collectors of antique plastic toys, trinkets, figures and jewlery want to know the type of plastic in an item. If you start selling old plastic items on eBay, bidders will ask you the identity of the plastic. Some vintage plastics, including Bakelite and Celluloid, are highly collectible these days.
Beyond general interest, identifying an item as being made from certain plastics shows that it is indeed old, or at least consistent with being old. Bakelite and Catalin, for examples, were discontinued decades ago and will only appear in an an old toy or piece of jewelry.
Track and Field trophy with a Bakelite base
Track and Field trophy with a Bakelite base
This brief article shows how to identify the five most common plastics used to make many vintage and antique collectibles:Celluloid, Bakelite, Catalin, Casein and Lucite.
How to tell plastic from other materials?
Most people have a good feel for what plastic feels like, but glass, crystal, rubber and other materials are sometimes mistaken for plastic. This is particularly true if the item is small, such as a button on a coat, or embedded into a larger object.
Lucite beer tap
Lucite beer tap
Plastic is warmer to the touch than glass, crystal and most gemstones. Just put the object to your cheek to test. Plastic is also usually much lighter. Glass items, such as a wine glass, will have a distinct sound when clicked with the fingernail that plastic does not. Plastic often has a seam, but rubber and glass can too.
The sometimes used hot needle test will often reveal the identity. A red hot pin won’t pierce glass or gem,stone, but can enter plastic and often gives a distinct plasticy smell. Rubber will give off a rubber smell. Wood will often give off a burnt wood smell. The hot needle test is a destructive test, so it should be done with care, if at all, and only in discreet areas, such as on the bottom. Many collectors do not use the hot needle test as it can leave a small hole.
Celluloid football bulldog
Celluloid football bulldog
** Plastic #1: Celluloid 

Friday, April 18, 2014

Political buttons for sale + Louisville, KY APIC Show this Saturday! has just added many new items for sale including Benjamin Harrison, Cleveland, Henry Clay and much more.

A special link for the newest items on our web-site:
                            *New Listings*

We are actively buying collections and accumulations. Please let us know if you have anything to sell! If you are on Facebook, please visit to join the group by searching for “PoliticalParade” to receive special previews and other info.

Also, please visit our eBay store “PoliticalParade” for 2100 more items:
                              *Political Parade eBay Store*

We will be attending this weekend’s show in KY, feel free to ask for info:

April 19. PACK Political Button Show, Louisville, KY – Sat 9am – 3am, Holiday Inn Louisville East, 1325 Hurstbourne Pkwy, Exit 15 off I-64, behind IHOP.


Michael J. McQuillen

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Vintage Eisenhower Straw Campaign Hat

Estimated Price: $100 - $200
Description: Eisenhower vintage straw campaign hat w/18 political pins & paper, Ike on top, hat measures 12 x 14 in., genuine Panama leather hand woven in Ecuador on rim
Condition: Good for age, hat has slight wear, buttons good

Ron Rhoads Auctioneers

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Taking offers for large estate collection of Presidential Engravings.

I came into this large estate collection of engravings.  Abraham Lincoln, Martha Washington, and inaugural engravings.  Will sell all or by the piece.

Please contact for more information 352-292-2736 or email me at

Monday, April 7, 2014

Anderson Americana Auction 171 On-Line and Open for Bidding

Anderson Auction 171 is on-line and open for bidding. Auction 171 features more than 2,200 great items from American history. You can see the auction and place your bids at Printed catalogs will be mailed this morning to subscribers.

Al Anderson, David Lindeman

This colorful William Jennings Bryan pin is almost like looking at a kaleidoscope on paper. It’s a 1908 celluloid jugate with an spectacularly colorful design showing Bryan with running mate John Kern and Lady Liberty. The 1 3/4 inch celluloid is dented on the collett and a little uneven at bottom, but it’s rare item with amazing color.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Warren Harding & Calvin Coolidge Election Year Political Pin with Ribbons sells for $6,625.00 on Ebay

APIC 2014 Denver National Convention Update


We are really excited about APIC members' tremendous early response to the forthcoming APIC National Convention to be held in Denver in late July and early August. We have every reason to believe that our Denver Convention will be one the best ever. We have a packed calendar of events from Tuesday, July 29th, through Saturday, August 2. We will have two live auctions, a silent auction and the walk-in Denver rules auctions (Seattle is not a good word to use in Denver – NFL fans understand this). The bourse will be open Friday evening and well intoSaturday afternoon to attract walk-ins. There will be Chalk and Awe, the World Series of Trivia, a Buffalo Meat Dinner, a Saturday Night Entertainment Extravaganza (featuring Dixey City Limits and other great entertainment) , Denver Mint Tours, High Tea at the Brown Palace Hotel, Square Dancing, Seminars, a Presentation by a renowned Colorado History Professor, Chapter Meetings, an Old Fashioned Bull Session and Much, Much More.

The tremendous response means that our room reservations to date are months ahead of projections. Table reservations are increasing a quite a clip as well. Therefore, if you have not as yet registered for the Convention or have not yet reserved your hotel room, we encourage you to do so now.  We would not want you to miss the experience at the convention hotel, the Crowne Plaza Denver International Airport and the $99 per night rate.  Also we want to be sure that all APIC members who want bourse tables get them.

Remember also that we will have free shuttles running most of the convention week that can get you to many of the museums, shopping, restaurants, sights etc. This should make it very family vacation friendly! Come early – stay late – you’ll be glad you did!


We are lucky to have Wes Berger and Hal Ottaway heading up the Members Auction. They already have some great items consigned, but we can use many more high quality items. Please contact Wes ( or Hal ( if you have items to consign.


We are also fortunate to have Bob Banwart heading up the Exhibits Committee. The themes we have selected for this convention will include:

Golden Age Elections of 1896 - 1912
Denver National Conventions - 1908 & 2008
Bimetallism - a national frenzy
Rocky Mountain Politicians – Presidential and Local Candidates
(Quality displays outside our Denver Convention themes will be accepted on a case by case basis.)

 If you have items to exhibit, please contact Bob ASAP ( .



July 26th
Room Hopping
All Day
Sightseeing & Touring on your own
All Day
July 27th
Room Hopping
All Day
Sightseeing & Touring on your own
All Day
July 28th
Room Hopping
All Day
Registration Opens
July 29th
Room Hopping
All Day
Registration Open
3rd Annual Chalk and Awe
High Tea Shuttles leave for Brown Palace
Georgetown Train Ride and Mining Tour Outing
Square Dancing Demonstration
2nd Annual World Series of Political Trivia
July 30th
Room Hopping
All Day
Registration Open
Chapter Meetings
Heritage Auction
Exhibit Setup
Exhibit Setup
President's Reception
July 31st
Bourse/Display Setup
Registration Open
Bourse Open to registered APIC members only (kids free)
Exhibits Open to registered APIC members only (kids free)
Bourse Open to All (kids free)
Exhibits Open to All (kids free)
Denver Rules Auction (additional auctions may be held as needed)
2pm and ?
Member Auction Preview
Member Auction
Old Fashion Bull Session - Beer Provided
10pm until ?
Aug 1st
Bourse/Exhibits Open (kids free)
Denver Rules Auction
Bourse/Exhibits Open (kids free)
Denver Rules Auction
Happy Hour/Local Music
Aug 2nd
Awards Breakfast
Registration Opens
Denver Rules Auction
Bourse Open (kids free)
Dinner Option #1 - Ted's Montana Grill
Dinner Option #2 - Ted's Montana Grill
Happy Half-hour

Entertainment Extravaganza featuring Dixey City Limits, other live performers and presentations

Monday, March 31, 2014

President Garfield Nose Thumber Antique Campaign Charm

Estimated Price: $400 - $620
Description: This is a little figure of Garfield on the campaign trail, and he looks quite stately and then thumbs his nose at the opposition! The arm slides out subtly to put forth the surprising expression. This piece has great detail on either side, with Garfield's name marked on his tall hat. It appears to be brass, and is 1 1/2 inches tall. Its condition is excellent for its age, and it functions smoothly. The hole on top is for a chain, to be worn as a charm, or pin.This is a fun U.S. presidential campaign item, and it will be a treat for any political collector.

by Universal Live Auctions

April 12, 2014, 11:00 AM CST | Wheeling, IL, US

Friday, March 28, 2014

Abraham Lincoln Black American Postcard

Really nice Abraham Lincoln Black American Postcard.

Auctioned off by 

by Burns Auction & Appraisal, LLC.

March 30, 2014, 1:00 PM EST | Lancaster, OH, US

"The Great Emancipator"