I have not really been into collecting Presidential autographs till recently. I am not familiar with the typical trends as to pricing for new President and one who just left office.
Question -
Is Obama's signature now, not worth as much as it was when he was in office?? Is it typical for the out going President to have their value to take a huge drop?

Thanks with any input.


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I haven't checked Obama autograph prices recently, but presidential autographs are often worth less right after their term or two is over than they were worth when they were in office. The sitting president is in the news and he's (someday soon she's) the leader of the US, so their autograph is more exciting.

The sitting president is in the news and the leader of the US, so their autograph is more exciting.

Thanks Steve for your response.... I know it was kind of a rhetorical question.  Just curious especially to Obama's value. Do people think it will always be up there?



It all depends if he starts writing books and signing them like crazy like Jimmy Carter, Ford or Bush 41. He's still a relatively young man... he could sign a lot of autographs for decades to come.

Regardless of how anyone feels about his performance as President (I believe this affected Ford and Carter's value over the years, as well as GW Bush), I believe Obama's will hold its value, even with the book signing, because of his status as the first African American President.

Excellent point, Terrier. That will always be something that sets him apart.

YES - Good point. I was thinking and hoping the same thing.


That's also a good point, Steve, and it will be interesting to see what happens with Obama's autograph value. His autograph is still pretty pricey, but I think it's quite possible he will write multiple books over the years with ensuing book signings. And we know for sure, like all presidents, he will write his memoirs...and sign many. So how will the value of his autograph be affected?

I remember reading that Truman was also a prolific signer.

Yes, I think so, because I'm surprised that his autograph is not worth more. And I imagine that it's just that the supply is plentiful.

Great point Steve - thanks for you input!

Mark, I've often read and heard that of modern presidents (however that is defined), John F. Kennedy's and Ronald Reagan's autographs typically have the highest value. I'm not for sure how "modern" is defined, but I'm guessing it means Post-World War II.

I would assume that modern presidents -- especially beloved ones like JFK or Reagan -- trend higher simply because there is more demand "for the time being." Many collectors alive today recall these presidencies and have some sort of emotional attachment.

The demand for FDR was probably higher 30 years ago.

30 years from now, Reagan and JFK may take a step back and be replaced by more recent presidents. That said, JFK will likely always be sky high due to his premature death... unlike the others who lived to a ripe old age and signed many books along the way.



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