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AMERICAN POLITICAL ITEMS COLLECTORS

 
 
President John F. Kennedy memorabilia

More than 650 items of former President John F. Kennedy memorabilia will be auctioned by John McInnis Auctioneers on Feb. 17, 2013, including this leather "Air Force One Bomber Jacket" from 1962, estimated at $20,000 to $40,000. The items are from the estate of David F. Powers, who was special assistant to Kennedy, assistant Appointments Secretary and the first curator of the JFK Library. More than 650 items of former President John F. Kennedy memorabilia will be auctioned by John McInnis Auctioneers on Feb. 17, 2013, including this leather "Air Force One Bomber Jacket" from 1962, estimated at $20,000 to $40,000. The items are from the estate of David F. Powers, who was special assistant to Kennedy and the first curator of the JFK Library. Powers was in the Secret Service car directly behind the presidential limousine on that fateful day in Dallas and is seen in the famous Zapruder film. Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Democrat of Massachusetts, said in a written statement when Powers died in 1998, ''Jack loved Dave Powers like a brother, and so did all of us in the Kennedy family.'' This year is the 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination.

American Political Items Collectors Club

"All politics is local," was the axiom popularized by former House Speaker Tip O'Neil but for members of the American Political Items Collectors Club a better axiom might be, "all politics is collectible."

Political campaign buttons
Political campaign buttons
are one type of collectible
sought after by APIC members

 The 55-year-old club is a great forum for buying and selling everything from political campaign buttons to politician's autographs. Turns out, even old ballots are collectible.

 But having a forum to swap buttons isn't the only reason folks join, says club member Stephen Cresswell. Many members use the club as a resource for trade information and research.

 But having a forum to swap buttons isn't the only reason folks join, says club member Stephen Cresswell. Many members use the club as a resource for trade information and research.

 "I suppose most hobbies make this claim, but with APIC we genuinely do have folks from all walks of life," says Cresswell, who is also a history professor and dealer of political memorabilia.

 "Teachers, antique dealers, doctors and lawyers, postal workers, Teamstersmany were politically active as kids or teens," Cresswell says. "They began collecting as they worked on campaigns as Young Democrats or Young Republicans. Others remember the neat pins that dad or grandma had."

 All of those neat pins (and canes, suspenders, glassware, autographs, bonds, ribbons, ballots, and more) can be found at any one of the group's several conventions around the country.

 But unlike some of the infamous political party conventions of the past, scandals at collectors' conventions are uncommon, says Cresswell. The club has an ongoing project dedicated to teaching members how to spot phony items. "Our code of ethics makes it clear that those who cheat other members will be drummed out."

 The club's reputation for authenticity has paid off: it has more than 3,000 members, an internship at the Smithsonian, and subscriptions to the APIC magazine from ten major research libraries. It's also the only nation-wide organization for collectors of political memorabilia.

 In addition, says Cresswell, the club appeals to different levels of enthusiasts. Some members are hobbyists content with picking up a 19th-century campaign button for $30.

 Other members are serious collectors or dealers on the hunt for more exclusive items, such as a black-and-white campaign button from 1924 Democratic presidential candidate John W. Davis and running mate Charles W. Bryan.

 That pin fetched $150,000 at a private sale, the highest known price ever paid for an American campaign pin. (And quite possibly more money than Davis and Bryan raised for their failed campaign.)

 But perhaps the club's most telling feature is its "big tent" approach. Political affiliations Republican, Democrat, etc. are tossed out the window, and only one label matters collector.

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 For more information on the American Political Items Collectors, go to http://www.apic.us/ or write to APIC Secretary Treasurer Joseph Hayes, P.O. Box 1149, Cibolo, TX 78108

 


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