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Political collectibles at 2-day show

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As the country turns its attention to this summer’s national political conventions in Boston and New York City, another important convention is generating buzz among collectors of political Americana.

Political junkies, history buffs, and new and longtime collectors from across the county will gather in Reno on Friday and Saturday for the largest two-day political Americana convention in the Western U.S. Sponsored by the Americana Political Items Collectors, the 2004 Western Regional Convention will bring together dealers and hundreds of collectors to the Atlantis Resort Casino for buying, selling and swapping political items from past and present campaigns. Members of the public are invited to attend, buy political campaign items and have political items appraised.

The show is also an opportunity for the public to buy a variety of buttons, posters and other campaign ephemera and view displays of political memorabilia. Additionally, dealers will be available to provide free appraisals (ala “The Antiques Roadshow”) on items brought in by the public. Previous appraisals have uncovered such finds as vintage Kennedy campaign posters, a 6-foot FDR banner, a 1992 Woman’s Suffragette silk sash, and scarce 1960 Nixon staff badges.

“The convention provides the public with an opportunity to buy old and new political collectibles from dealers from around the county. Whether a novice collector or a seasoned veteran, this show is the place to explore America’s past through its political artifacts,” said Adam Gottlieb, president of the APIC’s Northern California chapter.

“While some buttons can sell for thousands of dollars, many buttons can be acquired for a few bucks,” he said. And every election year more collectors join the hobby.”

Admission is $5 for the two-day event. Children 13 and under and students with ID are admitted free of charge. The American Political Items Collectors, organized in 1945, is a nonprofit hobbyist organization dedicated to the study and preservation of materials relating to America’s political history.