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Political collectibles expo comes to town
by Tribune Staff
Aug 04, 2011 | 475 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — Collectors, pop culture junkies and even President Theodore Roosevelt will converge Aug. 12 through 13 for the west’s largest show and sale of political campaign memorabilia.

This convention will offer thousands of vintage political campaign buttons, badges, posters, 3-D items and ephemera from campaigns past.

“The convention is a nostalgic, star-spangled opportunity to buy and trade political pop culture items, advertising pinbacks, campaign posters and antique Americana,” said Adam Gottlieb, convention co-chair. “This show has something for both seasoned collectors as well as new collectors. Additionally, the public can discover if their dusty political trinkets are valuable treasures worth hundreds of dollars with free appraisals by experts.”

The two-day show at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa also is a rare opportunity to meet noted re-enactor Joe Wiegand in the role of Teddy Roosevelt. Wiegand, dressed in period attire, will meet convention attendees on Friday. He has performed across the nation, including at the White House in 2008 on TR’s 150th birthday.

Attendees can get free appraisals of their political treasures by professional experts, bid in auctions and see exhibits of political artifacts and a display of political unusual automobile attachments. Hundreds of collectors from across the country are expected to attend. Admission costs $5 for both days, $10 for families for both days and children are admitted free.

Now in its fourth year in Reno, the show is sponsored by the American Political Items Collectors (APIC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the study and preservation of material relating to America’s political heritage.

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