Collectors Hunt for Obamabilia Treasures

Experts struggle to pick future keepers from sea of merchandise
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 17, 2009 1:50 AM CST
A Barack Obama action figure is for sale in Washington at last month's InauguralFest, a nine-day, traveling tribute to presidential history.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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(Newser) – Collectors are sifting through a sea of Barack Obama memorabilia searching for items that will be the gems of the future instead of tomorrow's junk, the Washington Post reports. Vast quantities of knick-knacks, ranging from dancing presidential dolls to Obama mints, have left even experts stumped about what to buy.

Over 25,000 Obamabilia items are for sale on eBay, but many serious collectors are either holding off on buying anything for a few months, or looking in less obvious places. "You could go back to his state career or his career in Congress and you can probably get some good items," said one expert. "I'd be looking around flea markets."