The inauguration of Barack Obama as President of the United States is indeed a historic event but, what Barack Obama souvenirs will be worth collecting in the long term? Which Obama memorabilia items are going to be worth something in 30-50 years and which are going to be duds? There is no shortage of Barack Obama Presidential inauguration products on the market. Some are standard souvenirs while others are just plain wacky. In this buyers guide, we’ll take a look at which items, in my estimation, will retain some value.
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First of all, I recommend hanging on to the standard Presidential campaign paraphernalia like official Obama campaign buttons and Obama campaign posters. These have always been popular with collectors of Presidential memorabilia. A good Obama button collection would include examples from the primary as well as the general election. It’s also good, for completeness sake, to add in buttons from organizations that supported Obama, such as those from MoveOn, since they also capture the essence of the campaign. Adding in related posters, such as those by Shepard Fairey, lapel stickers, bumper stickers and other official and semi-official Obama campaign trinkets will give you a well rounded collection that you can maintain as a keepsake for many years that will also maintain some resell value if you want.
What about Barack Obama coins and coin sets? Are they going to be collectible? My guess is that while they’ll have some value, primarily for their precious metal value, they won’t have much value beyond that. There are a lot of these coin sets out on the market and while some of them look quite nice, don’t expect any significant appreciation on them. The same is probably true as well for Obama commemorative plates and other mass produced collectibles.
Obama clothing items have been quite interesting. Aside from the ubiquitous T-shirts and ball caps there have been Obama pajamas (’Ojamas’), Obama ties and even Obama thongs. Pretty much any clothing item that can be made with a picture of Obama on it has been made to sell to the souvenir hungry crowds around the US and the world. But, will these Obama clothes have any collectible value? My take is that official Obama campaign clothing will have some value while most of the other, unofficial, ordinary clothing items won’t have much value because there’s so much of it. However, it is possible that some of the wackier Obama clothing will have some novelty value due to its uniqueness.
Obama bobbleheads are popular with supporters as are Obama action figures. There’s even an animatronic Obama that will dance to tunes from your iPod. Will these have collector value? Maybe, however they’re like any other mass produced commemorative item and, given the popularity of them, they will have to be rather unique and well built to hold much value.
Inauguration day newspapers and magazines have always been popular Presidential collectibles and this year, with many publishers putting out special Obama editions, promises to have a wide selection available. Due to the heavy circulation and popularity, these won’t be rare but having a good collection as a whole might be of value. I would especially keep an eye out for the Obama Spiderman comic if you want a well rounded magazine and newspaper collection.
One item that I’ll single out with collectible potential is the Rand McNally “fabMAP”, a cloth map with the Obama inauguration parade route on one side and Obama’s likeness above the Capitol building on the reserve side. This kind of unique, timely and relatively lightly distributed souvenir item is one that may increase in value.
Beyond this, there are literally thousands of other Obama merchandise items being offered. If you’re looking for collectibility, look for official items, quality items, unique items and lightly distributed items. This will help insure that you get the most value for your dollar on Obama souvenirs.