Saturday, April 23, 2011

Obama buttons for sale!

Pictured above is page one of my Obama Sales/Trade list. There are 23 more pages of scans of buttons I have available (more than 300 different). If you are interested in seeing the full list send an email to I am always interested in trading. Even though I have nearly 3800 different Obama buttons and pins, there are still many I don't have. There are likely many I've never seen.

The event button that WASN'T there!

Event buttons are such a hot commodity in the hobby that vendors and collectors have seized the golden opportunity. They not only have an item that will sell well at the event, but they have a "collectors' item" that may bring a premium price in the hobby. The South Carolina Oprah Winfrey button is almost that kind of button, but not exactly. The wearer of the button might be able to claim "I Was There", but the button can't. It was made by a collector AFTER the event. That's right, it wasn't there. Does that detract from its significance? It had little to start with, and that revelation drops it to nothing. Unfortunately careless collectors paid high prices in auctions, but demand seems to have tapered off. I was asked about this button by a novice collector who had it high on his want list. I told him the facts about the button, and where he could purchase it since he wanted it so badly. Soon after he had it for sale at a premium price. I hate when that happens.

Watch for the flood!

Tigereye just dumped the remaining supply of their Announcement button for 25 cents each. I don't know how many were cleared out, but I expect there were quite a few. I wouldn't pay much for it since it is going to be plentiful for years to come. I had suggested this back in 2008, but some collectors still paid premium prices. First of all it isn't official. Just because Tigereye produced the official buttons sold from the Obama Store, that doesn't mean every Tigereye Obama button is official. That company churned out hundreds of different vendor buttons, and this was among them. The Obama campaign did not sell it, and it wasn't actually sold at the event. A few were handed out, and they didn't come from the campaign staff. I know, because unlike every dealer who has sold this button I was actually at the event. The only pinback item the Obama campaign ordered for the Announcement is a super rare logo lapel pin with the word "Staff".

I don't understand the appeal of this button. It is pretty ridiculous looking, even by Tigereye standards. Okay, maybe it isn't quite as idiotic as their "Breakfast For Obama" button, but it's close. Tigereye uses a Steelworkers printing union label. Maybe they use Steelworkers for artists, too.