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Nation’s Largest Political Memorabilia Convention Comes to Reno July 22-23; Rare exhibits and free appraisals of political items are available to the public
RENO, NV. — Hundreds of collectors from around the country are expected to converge at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno, Nevada on July 22-23 for the 2022 American Political Items Collectors (APIC) National Convention. Thousands of political memorabilia, pop culture, and historical items will be available for sale and on display.
“We’re really excited to bring our big show to the Atlantis in Reno, because it’s such a great venue,” said APIC President Cary Jung. “We want people to see how we honor history and experience the thrill of the hunt for rare items. That’s why we want people to bring in their own political items for free expert appraisals to see if they have something they want to keep or sell.”
The public can attend the National Convention for free on Friday, July 22 (9am to 4pm) and Saturday, July 23 (9am to 2pm). Not only can they get free appraisals of their political items, but they can also offer their collections for possible live auctions. An exhibit room with rare memorabilia of political campaigns and American history will also be on display. The APIC will hold members-only meetings, seminars, and other events earlier in the week before the National Convention opens to the public.
Political memorabilia range from campaign buttons, advertising pinbacks, posters, textiles, automobile attachments, inaugural souvenirs, photographs, ribbons, social justice and cause items, patriotic flags, and even pop culture collectibles. Their value may range from purely sentimental to thousands of dollars. But the most important aspects of these types of memorabilia are their historical background, authenticity, and condition. The APIC’s mission is to promote the collection, preservation, and study of materials relating to political campaigns and other historical events.
While the APIC has previously hosted eight regional events in Reno, this marks the first time it will hold a National Convention in the city—its 18th nationwide gathering. The nonprofit collector organization was founded in 1945 and has a following of about 1,500 people nationwide. APIC members often collaborate with the Smithsonian Institution, presidential libraries, and higher education to promote the understanding of American politics using the artifacts of political campaigns. For more information, visit www.apic.us, and search @apic_usa to follow us on Twitter and Instagram.
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