Political Autographs

Share your political autographs and anecdotes about how you acquired them here... whether you got them in-person, or they were gifted to you, or you traded for or purchased them.

But... try to make your first post of or about the very first one you acquired. Whether you still have it or not, tell us why or how you obtained it, and even where it is now.

Then share with us your: First Republican acquisition. First Democrat. First Independent. Etc.

Your first President. First Senator or House member.

First Secretary. First Signee of the Declaration of Independence.

First State, City or other political figure.

First woman.

First political pundit.

You get the idea.

And watch for mine on occasion. I have a bunch I secured in-person, at events local, state, national and world politicians participated in while in New York City (since 1997).

And the image to the left? Signed by Harry Belafonte, who gave the opening remarks at the anti-Bush affair.

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Comment by T.H. Leighty on December 17, 2012 at 5:28pm

I met McGovern at Air Expo air show in Minnesota several years ago.  Got him to sign the book Wild Blue and a book on Bombers of WWII.  A Thunderstorm rolled through a little while later and I got to hang out near him while as people tried to stay dry!

Comment by Michael Ragsdale on October 23, 2012 at 5:50am

Back on May 4, 2003, I met and secured the autograph of the now deceased George McGovern, the first man I voted for in a Presidential election. At the time I was living in Massachusetts, the only state he carried in the 1972 Presidential race against Richard Nixon.

I secured his autograph on two brochures from the New York Society for Ethical Culture, the location of a Nation Institute-sponsored discussion featuring Gore Vidal and Katrina vanden Heuvel. (I also got their autographs.) I spotted McGovern in the audience; everyone saw him enter.

So what did I do? I went to the lobby to get a handout or two – turned out to be the NYSEC brochures, then approached him for his autograph. And while he was signing two of them I told him I voted for him in Massachusetts back in ’72. He smiled.


Comment by Michael Ragsdale on October 22, 2012 at 3:16pm

Great stuff, James. Thanks for sharing.

If you can... give us NYC area collectors a heads up about the opportunities you learn about.


Comment by James Lafaman on October 22, 2012 at 11:14am

I have quite a few and have acquired them through various means. This is the one area where I get most through book signings as opposed to IP on the street or conventions. Tough to get street signings in this category as these people are usally surrounded by secret service and local police. Some of the in person's are the Clinton's, Romney, Christie Whittman, Bill Bradley, Dole, Palin, Giuliani, Caroline Kennedy, etc.  Some are purchases from the Easton Press, George W. Bush, Gore, Carter, or limited edition signing like Palin again. Some are from book signings at the 5th ave. B&N. One was a purchase where I spent a decent amount on, which I rarely if ever do and that was Reagan. I loved Ron and just felt like my collection of politics would be incomplete without him. Other purchases include Pelosi, Coulter, Queen Noor. This is not my main genre to collect by any stretch, but with Fox 30 yards from my building and B&N doing lots of signings, I do get them when I come across them.  Not as many photos or 8 x 10's as most seem to be secretarial or autopen. I do get a lot of photo's in the mail that are autopen or pre-prints, when they hit me up for money. Most are books. I can't remember which was first. I am literally adding new autographs to my collection every day, so I really have trouble remembering these days unless there was a funny or odd story attached to it. The odd ones and the stories alway stand out. I remember Clinton being at a Sam's Club and my wife stood on line for hours and hours to get him. That one is probably the oddest location. Giuliani and Rev Al are both members and regular visitors of the Havana Club (Cigars) in Manhattan.

Just met Schwarzenegger at FOX and he was readily signing for everyone, but I didn't have anything with me other than a blank and he would not sign blanks. I was the only one not to get a signature that day. I was not a happy camper. That one I will never forget.  I tend to remember the ones I miss or mess up a lot more than the ones I get.

I will refrain from sharing my political views and hopefully others will as well. As you can see, mine are from both sides of the aisle. That said, this is one of the most important elections of our lifetime, so rock the vote! Maybe you can catch a local at your voting place and pick up a graph :).


Comment by J.Seah on October 22, 2012 at 11:03am
Comment by Michael Ragsdale on October 22, 2012 at 9:01am

I just thought of the category, First Political Person I Voted For.

While I try to find the images of the autographs I secured of George McGovern in 2003, take a look at the button I wore in Massachusetts both after I voted for him in the 1972 Presidential election and in 1974 after President Nixon resigned.



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