The 2021 Political Collectibles Show & Sale included a display of political items from the 1948 presidential election campaign. (Cary Jung/Submitted)

The United States may be divided over political beliefs, but Thomas Morton, a member of Southern California Chapter of the American Political Items Collectors, said his organization’s shows are different.

“The best part about the Political Collectibles Show & Sale is that the people are really nice,” Morton said. “It’s a great way to build friends, and to grow your collection.”

This year’s event is set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at San Marino Masonic Center, 3130 Huntington Drive, San Marino. The nonprofit is dedicated to preserving and educating the public about America’s political history

Admission is $3 for adults but free for children younger than 13 and students with identification. Visitors can browse and purchase political memorabilia from the last 150 years and receive free appraisals for political items they bring in. Free buttons will also be given to young collectors. 

The APIC is a nationwide organization founded in 1971 with over 2,000 members. The organization focuses on political memorabilia collecting and hosts shows around the greater Los Angeles area.

The annual Political Collectibles Show & Sale allows the public to see political memorabilia and learn about U.S. history from Abraham Lincoln’s presidency to the 2020 presidential campaign.

However, the October show will have a wide variety of original items from George Washington’s time up to current political campaigns. Thousands of political memorabilia items including campaign posters, buttons, badges, ribbons, books and vintage Americana will be for sale to the public during the event.

“We have everything from the 1800s to now,” Morton said. 

“We have Washington to Lincoln, to Roosevelt to Kennedy — a lot of hot items. There’ll be original items from campaigns and lots of stuff that you won’t see anywhere else.”

The public can also bring their own political items for appraisals. In the past, guests have brought in items from their attics, trunks and basements without being aware of their value. Previous appraisals have uncovered valuable JFK posters, Theodore Roosevelt autographs, Civil War letters and FDR buttons.

In addition to appraisals, there will be an auction held in the early afternoon. During the pandemic, masks were required. Now, they are optional.

Political Collectibles Show & Sale

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8

WHERE: San Marino Masonic Center, 3130 Huntington Drive, San Marino 

COST: $3 for adults but free for children younger than 13 and students with identification

INFO: Tom Morton, 818-894-6113