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Antiques Roadshow: Politically Collect

Airs Monday, November 11, 2013 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Francis Wahlgren gives an appraisal for signed photos of Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, valued at $75,0000.

In each episode, specialists from the country's leading auction houses — Bonhams and Butterfields, Christie's, Doyle New York, Skinner and Sotheby's — and independent dealers from across the nation offer free appraisals of antiques and collectibles.

The proud owner stands next to her extensive collection of campaign buttons, spanning decades of election years and party lines. Among the many examples in the collection, appraiser Rudy Franchi identified a button from the McKinley campaign in 1896 - the first political button ever produced - as well as a number of "fantasy" campaign buttons for early U.S. presidents, including Washington and Lincoln.
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Above: The proud owner stands next to her extensive collection of campaign buttons, spanning decades of election years and party lines. Among the many examples in the collection, appraiser Rudy Franchi identified a button from the McKinley campaign in 1896 - the first political button ever produced - as well as a number of "fantasy" campaign buttons for early U.S. presidents, including Washington and Lincoln.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW cameras capture tales of family heirlooms, yard sale bargains and long-lost items salvaged from attics and basements, while experts reveal the fascinating truths about these finds.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW throws its hat in the ring on the eve of the mid-term elections with this special edition “Politically Collect,” a celebration of America’s passion for collecting and electing.

Highlights include: an extensive collection of campaign buttons; a court affidavit submitted by Jimmy Carter to the state of Maine on the eve of the 1976 election, appealing its decision to list him on the ballot as James Earl Carter; and signed photos of Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, valued at $75,0000.

This episode originally aired in 2010.

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Antiques Roadshow: 20th-Century American Political Buttons

Above: Rudy Franchi looks at a collection of 20th-century American political buttons, which, like the politicians they promote, includes some genuine — and some disingenuous — examples. This appraisal is from ANTIQUES ROADSHOW "Politically Collect."