Political collectors gathering to talk, trade and deal

 

INDIANAPOLIS — The Midwest Regional Political Collectors is holding its annual convention in Indianapolis on Sept. 19-21, 2013. A nationwide group of collectors and dealers of political memorabilia will spend the weekend buying, selling, trading and

Dealer Michael McQuillen prepares his political buttons. (Photo courtesy Midwest Regional Political Collectors)

Dealer Michael McQuillen prepares his political buttons. (Photo courtesy Midwest Regional Political Collectors)

discussing this growing hobby at the Ramada Inn (I-70 East at 21st & Shadeland). Americana, advertising and similar collectibles will be included as well.

During past conventions, there have been instances of the public arriving with boxes of old buttons and “stuff,” and leaving with hundreds or even thousands of dollars. For example, an original George Washington Inaugural clothing button that was found during a bottle dig sold for $1,500, and a pair of rare 1920 Cox and Roosevelt jugate picture buttons sold for more than $30,000.

Michael McQuillen, a collector and dealer of political memorabilia for more than 20 years, advises, “Coattail political buttons, which feature a presidential candidate and a lower ticket candidate such as governor or senator are greatly in demand among collectors. Even elections as recent as last year saw the production of Obama and Romney coattails with sometimes little-known politicians produced all across the country. These buttons are highly sought after and can range from just a few dollars to hundreds of dollars due to demand and scarcity.”

Collectors can expect to find items priced from $1 to thousands of dollars in dealers’ rooms Sept. 19-20, which will be open to the public. At 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, a bourse of more than 60 tables will also open. Public appraisals are offered beginning at 11 a.m., with the opportunity to have items included in the club’s auction. Admission is $3; parking is free. Visit www.apic.us for more information.

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