Selling President JFK Collectibles

Anniversaries are important when it comes to the buying and selling of collectibles. The three most common JFK collectibles are listed below.

The anniversary on November 22 of the tragic death of President John F. Kennedy offers a lesson to those who collect anything. While items relating to the 1960 Presidential campaign or personal effects of the Kennedy family are among the most highly sought after pieces at the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s assassination on November 22, 2013 however, no matter what you collect, anniversaries increase market awareness and value. Have you noticed all the JFK TV specials? So, if you are selling any item, do so at anniversary time.
JFK Salt & Pepper shakers
The three most common Kennedy collectibles are:

1. John F. Kennedy record album

This memorial record album chronicled many of his famous speeches on vinyl. The record album in its original jacket is worth $55.

2. Campaign memorabilia

Examples include posters that read “Kennedy for President: Leadership for the ’60s” ($300), pins that say “Kennedy’s White but he’s Alright” ($30) or the Kennedy/Johnson promotional campaign cigarette lighters which were distributed at fundraisers on the campaign trail ($400).

3. Jackie Kennedy head vase

Made of earthenware ceramic featuring the First Lady’s famous head and shoulders is worth $200-$400.

If you have a Kennedy collectible and you would like to sell it, you can command a high price around November 22, 2013 which is the date of the 50th anniversary of the President’s assassination. If you are in the market to buy Kennedy collectibles, wait until after the anniversary date to find a bargain.

Got a Kennedy collectible and wondering what it is worth? I can appraise items from photos or bring it to one of my events.

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Don’t Use eBay as a Price Guide

Here are real stories told to me by fans like you. Read my three reasons why you should not use eBay as a substitute for an appraisal. The online auction site does not reflect true values.

1. Lost $60,000 on eBay

At my event in Houston, a young woman tells me that she sold an old bottle on eBay for $1,200. Turns out the glass bottle was really worth $60,000. How? The guy who bought it from her was the president of a bottle collecting society (my experience shows that title is actually code for a longtime dealer in antique bottles). After he resold her bottle, he was mean enough to contact this woman and rub her nose in it. He emailed her just to say that she was stupid to sell a bottle worth $60,000 for $1,200. Right now on eBay under sold items, that bottle comes up as being worth $1,200 when it is really worth $60,000. See, don’t use eBay as a price guide. Read how to tell the age of your bottle.

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2. Turning $7K into $14K

A few years ago at an event, I appraised a Native American basket for a fan. I told him that it was worth $7,000. Of course I based that value on actual sales records from many different sources where similar baskets sold at the time. About a year after that appraisal, I was presenting another appraisal event and a friend of the basket owner told me that they sold the basket on eBay for $14,000. Doubling their money because they found two crazy people who wanted that basket and a bidding war took place. I told them that that particular basket is not worth that much money, but good luck to them! They found two buyers who just had to have it and would pay top dollar for it.

3. Radio DJ’s eBay mistake

I am on the leading morning radio show in Seattle, the Bob Rivers Show, during a press tour … a member of Bob’s on-air staff asks me to appraise a cookie jar that he has in the studio. I tell him that it is worth $375. He says that an eBay auction for a similar cookie jar has it at only $100. I ask the DJ to tell me if the cookie jar seller has my credentials as an appraiser and what they know about the vintage cookie jar market. Of course, the DJ has no idea who that eBay seller is or if they know anything about the antiques market. And, THAT is my point exactly.

Are you asking yourself “Where do I get my stuff appraised?” If you don’t know where, I surely can help. Bring items to my events, submit photos, or schedule an in-home visit.

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