This issue features our salute to toys!

As I am writing this column it is just 15 (short) days until spring arrives. And “Super Tuesday,” when several Democratic candidates were vying for votes to be the next candidate, took place the other day.

That got me thinking about all the collectible products associated with political campaigns, and a quick look on the Internet brought several selections. Everything from pinbacks; buttons; bumper stickers; handbills; pamphlets and more are available for sale.

Most of the items I saw for sale were from the 1960s –Nixon and Kennedy, as well as some George Wallace items; Lyndon Johnson items and Barry Goldwater. But I was very surprised to see a set of election items (souvenir illustrated cards) from the campaign of Ulysses S. Grant in 1885. Now that’s going back some.

Political items are very collectible and some people love to collect items from their favorite candidates from the past. And for those looking to add to their collections, don’t forget to save some of the paper items being used now –in the future they will likely rise in value!

One of my husband’s prize collectibles is a pin with Wallace/Lemay on it. A quick search online found the pins are selling for about $5 or $6 dollars. George Wallace and his running mate, Curtis Lemay ran in 1968 with the motto “Stand Up For America” under the American Independent Party.

According to the Internet, “Wallace’s ‘outsider’ status was once again popular with voters, particularly in the rural South. He won 9,901,118 popular votes (out of a total of 73,199,998)—that is, 13.53% of votes cast nationally—carried five Southern states - Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi - won 45 electoral votes plus one vote from a faithless elector, and came fairly close to receiving enough votes to throw the election to the House of Representatives. He was the first such person since Harry F. Byrd, an independent segregationist candidate in the 1960 presidential election. (John Hospers in 1972, Ronald Reagan in 1976, Lloyd Bentsen in 1988, John Edwards in 2004 and many non-candidates in 2016 all received one electoral vote from dissenters, but none earned those votes via the popular vote, and none except Hospers were actively running for President in the general election for those respective years.) Wallace also received the vote of one North Carolina elector who was pledged to Nixon. Wallace’s percentage vote of 13.53% is considerably less than the 19% won by Ross Perot in 1992 who unlike Wallace did not win any electoral votes.

Here’s a few listings of upcoming auctions for those who are looking for that special toy or maybe some political collectibles.

A Pop-Up Fine Art auction is Wednesday, March 11th, (Tomorrow) by Nye & Company Auctioneers, online and at the gallery in Bloomfield, N.J. Following the success of Fashion Week in New York, London and Paris, Nye & Company is taking a page out of the fashion world with a catalog that will delight collectors from all different tastes and collecting aesthetics, with works from the 17th thru the 20th century. The auction will begin at 10 a.m. Eastern time. Online bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.comInvaluable.com and the Nye & Co. website. If you need additional information about this auction, you may call John Nye at (973) 984-6900; or email him at john@nyeandcompany.com.

An online-only East Meets West Auction is Friday, March 13th, at 10 a.m. Eastern Time by Converse Auctions, with previews to be held March 10-12 at the firm’s new gallery in Paoli, Pa., located just north and west of Philadelphia. The auction is packed with 579 lots of fine American, European, African, Chinese and other Asian items -- a tantalizing blend of objects from the East alongside items from the Western culture (hence the title East Meets West). Internet bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.comInvaluable.com and the Converse Auctions website (www.ConverseAuctions.com). If you need additional information about this auction, you may call Todd Converse at (610) 722-9004; or, email him at info@converseauctions.com.

Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers and the planned cataloged auction is scheduled for Saturday, March 14th, online and at the gallery in Cranston, R.I. An expected headliner is an Impressionist oil on canvas painting by Norwegian artist Frits Thaulow (1847-1906). Other star lots will include a bronze bust of George Washington by F. Barbedienne, a Macchia glass vase by Dale Chihuly, a watercolor painting by Maqbool Hussain and many other fine items. Internet bidding will be via LiveAuctioneers.comInvaluable.comBidsquare.com and the Bruneau  & Co. website. If you need additional information about this auction, you may call Travis Landry at (401) 533-9980; or, email him at info@bruneauandco.com.

Woody Auction’s first American Brilliant Cut Glass auction of 2020, is scheduled for March 27th and 28th, online and at Woody’s Auction Hall in Douglass, Kansas, at 5 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. on Saturday (both times Central). The public and unreserved auction will be headlined by several major collections, led by the collection of Steve Owlett of Pennsylvania, who gravitated to J. Hoare cut glass because his family tree just happened to include John Hoare. Online bidding is via LiveAuctioneers.com. If you need additional information about this auction, you may call Jason Woody at (316) 747-2694; or, email him at info@woodyauction.com.

Have a great couple of weeks attending auctions, antique shows and sales and enjoying the warmer weather. Check out this issue’s special pages on collectible toys as well as additional listings on several upcoming auctions and antique shows. Please notify us with Young Collectors; Auction Action news; mystery items; club and convention news; unusual collections; and other antiques-related matters at editor@collectorsjournal.com; meego929@aol.com or at (319) 472-4763.