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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Ebay Find #10: Wayne Morse a Great Senator

In the political collecting hobby there are different groups for all sorts of different political items. For instance, some political historians only collect items relating to Presidents and candidates for President from before they held that office. Items like Richard Nixon for Governor pins from his 1962 gubernatorial campaign or from his earlier campaigns for Congress or Vice President. Other collect 'coattail' items. Some of the most highly sought after coattail pins are FDR for President and LBJ for Senator, Woodrow Wilson for President and James M. Cox for Governor. There are many more different areas of the hobby. My general realm of collecting is Oregon related items which falls under the 'locals' category. The pin being featured today is a holy grail of Oregon locals. This is the only known Wayne Morse pin that ever featured his picture.
It is also one of the largest Wayne Morse pins out there coming in at 3.5" inches in diameter. As a Wayne Morse enthusiast I had to have this pin when I found it on ebay. I spent over my self imposed $10 dollar limit per pin, but it was worth the small extra I went over considering this pin has sold from $50 to over $100 dollars in past auctions.  This pin is now the centerpiece of my Wayne Morse display of a dozen or so buttons. I'm still looking for a Wayne Morse for President pin, but for now I can rest from one quest. The pin itself is either from 1968 or 1972.  A similar McGovern pin from 1972 can be found easily with the same design so some suspect the same company made them in 1972. Then again, there are enough differences that the Morse pin could be from 1968 and the McGovern pin is just an updated template. All in all, this was $18 dollars well spent. Famed political junkie Ken Rudin featured this pin on his political junkie column archived at the Washington Post.

1972 McGovern pin

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