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Collectors sizing up memorabilia opportunities ahead of Biden's inauguration

Last Updated Jan 19, 2021 at 9:26 pm PDT

A security team patrols in front of the White House as preparations continue ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration ceremony, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/David Phillip)

Ahead of the U.S. inauguration collectors are looking for chances to mark the occasion.

One collector says Canadian collectors may want a Kamala Harris keepsakes especially given her Montreal connections

'Make America Great Again' will be collectible too he says but they won't be worth much

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — With U.S. President-elect Joe Biden expected to officially be sworn into the White House on Wednesday, collectors are taking stock of possible memorabilia they’d like to get their hands on, but one collector believes items focused on the Vice-President will be the hot seller.

Brian Grant Duff runs All Nation Stamp and Coin in Vancouver and says, while Biden has the top job, Kamala Harris is breaking barriers as America’s first female, Black and South Asian Vice-President.

“I would think that the current market is going to focus more on the Vice-President probably than the President, and I think you’ll see a trend continuing towards that, as people who haven’t been given the opportunities in the past maybe get them now,” he says.

Duff says, specifically, Canadians will likely have a keen eye on Harris’ keepsakes since she has a connection to this country; she formally attended Westmount High School in Montreal as a young student.

Duff adds he expects “Make America Great Again” to be collectible too, but he says they won’t be worth much, as there are so many of them.

“And I also think there are lots of copies and fakes around, so you have to make sure you buy it from a trusted source.”

But, he says, money-making shouldn’t be your top priority when it comes to collecting.

“You’ve got to save it for fun, not for profit,” says Duff. “So, if it moves you, acquire it and keep the memory alive, or pass it along in your family.”