by Alan Collins

With the excitement and historic election of Barack Obama as the first African-American president, his collectibles are hot and are increasing in value. Barack Obama has inspired 52 million Americans to vote for him. Now, his popularity is inspiring lots of people to try collects bits and pieces from his election to remember this historic occasion.

It seems like there is no shortage of people wanting Obama memorabilia.

After his election the November 4, 2008 edition of the Chicago Sun Times newspaper featuring him on the cover sold out by noon and was featured on eBay at 5PM that day for $100.00.

His autographed book, "Dreams From My Father" has been posted for $8500 (starting bid) on Ebay now and has $19,500.00 buy out price.

Inexpensive Obama pins that cost about 15 cents to make are going for about $20 on eBay.

After the election, Obama political signs have been reported being stolen from neighborhood lawns all over America. This was not because of a prank or some kind of political maneuvering -- many of them found their way to eBay selling for $100 and up.

It seems anything with Barack Obama on it, especially anything having to do with the 2008 Presidential election, is hot.

Collecting has always been a popular hobby, particularly of items like coins, sports memorabilia, comic books and the like. Even collectibles of fascinating presidents like Kennedy, Reagan, FDR and Lincoln have increased in value over the years. Many collectors items featuring these great presidents have increased in value and bring in thousands of dollars over the years. Barack Obama has the potential to join this group.

Obama collectibles are just beginning to take off. If his popularity holds and he does a great job tackling the issues facing our country, the profit potential of his collectibles might be unlimited. This remains to be seen. But meanwhile his collectibles are hot.

For those interested in investing in Obama collectibles and owning a piece of history, here are 10 things you should know if you’re looking to investing in these items for fun and profit:

Tip #1: Find an Obama collectible that you like and would enjoy displaying in your home. Be careful: If an item is too popular, it may "glut" the market.

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There will be too many available to make your piece rise in value. That's why it's important to collect what you really like.

Tip #2: Watch your budget. When you search for Obama collectibles online compare prices. Prices can vary widely for specific items like posters, paintings, mugs, t-shirts, newspapers, bobble head dolls and the like.

Tip #3: Concentrate on items from the 2008 election. The most collectible items will those associated with the 2008 Presidential election. This was a first and when history was made. Even if Obama gets re-elected in 2012, those collectibles won’t likely have the same value as collectibles of the 2008 election.

Tip #4: Find a reasonably priced Obama piece and just BUY IT! This definitely helps feed one's interest. People are often reluctant to become involved in a purchase of new collectibles, but this is the best way to build your interest and accelerate the learning process for the next purchase and building a larger collection of Obama items.

Tip #5: If you’re buying Obama collector’s items to make a quick profit, understand the risks involved. There’s no guarantee that they will increase in value. Obama collectibles are the latest addition to the collectibles market and represents a great ground floor opportunity for the avid collector or for anyone who wants to own a piece of history. And if Obama does well in office and joins the likes of JFK, FDR, Lincoln Reagan, it’s likely that his collectibles will increase in value. However, this is not certain. No one has a crystal ball.

Tip #6: Condition, condition, condition. Buy your Obama collector’s items in the best condition possible. You don’t want to buy items that are broken, with pages torn or have been repaired. If you Invest in the best conditioned Obama collectibles you can find, if you ever decide to sell them, there’s nothing to haggle over…except the price!

Tip #7: Many Obama collectibles are available in enormous quantities and that affects their value and their price. For example, there may be over 300,000 to 500,000 Obama mugs and pins in circulation. With that many items in the marketplace, you may have to wait a long time before the price increases...if ever.

Tip #8: If you find something you haven’t heard of, and the description calls it ‘rare’, don’t assume that it actually is. Far too many sellers just put ‘rare’ into all of their descriptions of collector’s items - the chances are that the item is common and has just been described wrongly. So don’t buy unless you know what you’re buying.

Tip #9: Don’t be impatient! There are hundreds of Obama collectors items listed available every day on eBay. Whatever you want, it’ll come around again, and if you don’t get it there are plenty more things to buy.

Tip #10: No matter what Obama collectible you buy, remember that you will want to take good care of it. Who knows, you or your children may end up with something valuable for that you can either resell on eBay for a big profit or might someday be featured on the Antiques Roadshow.

Thank you for spending time with this guide. Feel free to print out this guide and take it with you as you search for your Barack Obama collector's items. Happy hunting!

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