Ten Valuable Franklin D. Roosevelt Collectibles

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Franklin Roosevelt was America's longest-serving president. Valuable FDR collectibles include campaign pins, autographed photos, signed baseballs, figural bottle stoppers, inaugural souvenir pennants and FDR lamps.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945) served as the 32nd President of the United States from 1933 to 1945. An Assistant Secretary of the Navy and a former governor of New York, Roosevelt was first elected president in 1932, winning successive terms in 1936, 1940 and 1944. Franklin Roosevelt died at age 63 in Warm Springs, Georgia, on April 12, 1945.

Here are ten valuable Franklin D. Roosevelt collectibles that are sure to interest historians and political memorabilia collectors. "...Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself..." - President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Inaugural Address, 1933

Franklin D. Roosevelt 1914 U.S. Senate Campaign Pin

Franklin D. Roosevelt ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate in New York in 1914, losing big to James W. Gerard in the Democratic primary election. A classic political pin picturing a young FDR from that ill-fated senate run in excellent condition sold at auction for $388.38.

FDR 1914 U.S. Senate pin $388.38

Franklin D. Roosevelt 1933 Inaugural Button with Ribbon

Franklin D. Roosevelt became the 32nd President of the United States on March 4, 1933. A 1933 inaugural souvenir button with ribbon in excellent condition brought $310.70 at auction. The button reads: "Okay America You Bet - I'm With You."

FDR 1933 Inaugural button $310.70

Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt 1941 Signed Photo

A 1941 9x7-inch Christmas photo signed by both Franklin Roosevelt and first lady Eleanor sold at auction for $2,270.50.

FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt autographed photo $2,270.50

Furriers For Roosevelt Campaign Pin

One of the more elusive FDR presidential campaign pins is the scarce Furriers For Roosevelt pin, which was probably used in New York state. One example in top condition brought $985.88 at auction.

Furriers for Roosevelt pin $985.88

Franklin D. Roosevelt Single Signed Baseball

Ballplayers weren't the only ones who signed baseballs. An early 1930s Official American League ball from the William Harridge era autographed by FDR on the sweet spot brought $5,377.50.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Autograph on White House Card

An official White House card bearing the signature of Franklin D. Roosevelt sold at auction for $657.25.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Democratic Precinct Worker Campaign Pin

A rare Franklin D. Roosevelt Democratic Precinct Worker pin with original cardboard insert back brought $448.13 at auction.

FDR Democratic Precinct Worker pin $448.13

Franklin Roosevelt 1937 and 1941 Inaugural Souvenir Pennants

A pair of 1937 and 1941 FDR inaugural souvenir pennants fetched a top bid of $310.70 at auction.

FDR 1937 and 1941 inaugural pennants $310.70

Franklin D. Roosevelt Figural Bottle Stopper

A circa 1948 FDR bottle stopper made in Germany brought $131.45 at auction.

FDR circa 1948 bottle stopper $131.45

Franklin D. Roosevelt National Industrial Recovery Act Lamp and Shade

The Great Depression of the 1930s spawned a number of government programs, including the National Industrial Recovery Act (NIRA) of 1933 . An FDR/NIRA lamp and shade made by the Gibraltar Electric Clock Company in the 1930s sold at auction for a reasonable $155.35.

FDR 1930s lamp with shade $155.35

Franklin Roosevelt Political Memorabilia Credits & Top Image

  • All auction results and images courtesy Heritage Auctions, Dallas, Texas
  • Top image: Essex County Women's League Pro Roosevelt campaign button $358.50

Copyright © 2011 William J. Felchner


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Posted on Jul 24, 2011
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