Dwight D. Eisenhower served as the 34th President of the United States. Valuable Dwight D. Eisenhower collectibles include campaign pins, I Like Ike toys, bobblehead dolls, sheet music, autographed photos, signed Crusade in Europe first editons and World War II pins.
Dwight David Eisenhower (1890-1969) served as the 34th President of the United States. A graduate of West Point and the Supreme Allied Commander in Europe during World War II, Eisenhower or simply "Ike" to many Americans was first elected in 1952, winning a second term in 1956.
Here are ten valuable Dwight D. Eisenhower collectibles that are sure to interest historians and political/World War II memorabilia collectors. "The emergence of this new world poses a vital issue: will outer space be preserved for peaceful use and developed for the benefit of all mankind? Or will it become another focus for the arms race – and thus an area of dangerous and sterile competition? The choice is urgent." - Dwight D. Eisenhower in a speech at the United Nations, September 22, 1960
Dwight D. Eisenhower 1954 Signed Letter
A February 17, 1954, typewritten letter to Miss Florence Reed of New York City signed by President Eisenhower sold at auction for $812.
Ike signed letter $812 - Robert Edward Auctions
Dwight D. Eisenhower 1954 Single Signed Baseball
On Opening Day in 1954 President Eisenhower was on hand to watch the hometown Washington Senators. When umpire John Flaherty apparently blew a close call, the president chimed in from his seat behind the dugout, unmercifully taunting Flaherty for his perceived blunder, much to the disbelief of the other fans in attendance. Rabid baseball fan Ike apparently felt bad about his heckling later on, and he and Flaherty met in the locker room after the game. Here the president offered a peace offering in the form of an Official American League ball, which he signed on a side panel: "To John Flaherty, Dwight D. Eisenhower." That ball brought $1,725 at auction.
Dwight D. Eisenhower O'K Ike Club Pin
A World War II O'K Ike Club pin touting the Sunflower Ordnance Works in Kansas sold at auction for $143.40.
Ike WWII pin $143.40 - Heritage Auctions
Dwight D. Eisenhower I Like Ike-Burgers Pin
The "I Like Ike" slogan was first used in the 1952 presidential campaign. A rare I Like Ike-Burgers at Peter Pan pinback button brought $2,390 at auction. In bipartisan spirit – or maybe to cover all bases! – Peter Pan also made one for Ike's opponent Governor Adlai E. Stevenson II of Illinois.
I Like Ike-Burgers pin $2,390 - Heritage Auctions
Dwight D. Eisenhower I Like Ike Mechanical Walking Elephant
The I Like Ike theme even invaded the toy world. In 1952 Line Mar produced the I Like Ike battery-operated walking elephant. One surviving example with its original box brought $179.25 at auction.
I Like Ike battery-operated toy $179.25 - Heritage Auctions
Dwight D. Eisenhower 1956 Elect Ike Campaign Pin
A 1956 re-election campaign pin touting For Peace and Prosperity Elect Ike and Republican Congress in '56 sold at auction for $155.35.
Dwight D. Eisenhower Bobblehead Doll
Presidents were afforded their own bobblehead dolls from the 1950s on. One Eisenhower ceramic nodder from the '50s brought $42 at auction. It's a good likeness, featuring Ike in his trademark hat.
Ike bobblehead doll $42 - Heritage Auctions
Dwight D. Eisenhower Autographed Portrait
A color portrait signed/inscribed by Dwight D. Eisenhower to Elliott Roosevelt, President Franklin D. Roosevelt's third son, reads: "For Elliott Roosevelt Mayor of Miami Beach - With best wishes and warm regard from an old friend Dwight D. Eisenhower." This photo, which was signed between 1965-67, sold at auction for $476.81.
Ike autographed photo $476.81 - Heritage Auctions
A March to Eisenhower Autographed Sheet Music
Presidential sheet music has a long, rich history in American politics. A March to Eisenhower was published as a souvenir of Ike's 1953 inauguration. One sheet autographed by Ike at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in 1954 brought $143.40 at auction.
A March to Eisenhower signed sheet music $143.40 - Heritage Auctions
Dwight D. Eisenhower Signed Crusade in Europe First Edition
General Eisenhower's World War II memoirs Crusade in Europe was published by Doubleday in 1948. A signed first edition still in its dust jacket fetched a top bid of $478 at auction.
Dwight D. Eisenhower Political/War Memorabilia Credits & Top Image
- Auction results and images courtesy Heritage Auctions, Dallas, Texas, and Robert Edward Auctions, Watchung, New Jersey
- Top image: Dwight D. Eisenhower 1952 I Like Ike campaign pin $39 - Heritage Auctions
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