June 20, 2010
When it comes to living presidents, a simple autograph that Obama handed out during the 2008 campaign can expect to fetch up to $300. At the auction, Panagopulos sold two: One on a June 2008 Esquire yielded $260, and the other — on a Democratic National Convention guest pass — sold for $700.
But Panagopulos says that he's seen no autograph from Obama since he became president and no handwritten material or official White House letters from Obama, which would go for far more, especially if the content on those letters was newsy or controversial.
"We haven't seen anything, not even his auto pen," the historical collector said, in reference to the pen machine that typically signs presidential memos.