With one of the most historic inaugurations upon us, it is no surprise that Obama souvenir peddlers are coming out of the woodwork. Take the Obama “Victory Plate”, for example.
In a current TV commercial, the announcer is exhorting us to “own a piece of history”, “priceless work of art”, “first issue collector’s plate”, “this issue has been strictly limited to 65 firing days; after that, the die will be destroyed forever”, “this special treasure will be cherished as a prized family heirloom”, and “the certificate of authenticity from the American Historic Society promises you will own a collectible of the highest quality and integrity”.
Well, if the American Historic Society has endorsed this “collectible”, maybe it could worth money someday. Not.
*MOUSE PRINT: Not disclosed either in the commercial or on their website is the fact that the American Historic Society is not related to the American Historical Society — the organization incorporated by Congress in 1889. The latter nonprofit has neither commissioned the manufacture and sale of this plate, nor endorsed it.
The American Historic Society appears to be merely a marketing company engaged in the sale of commemorative coins and memorabilia.
And like so many other made-for-tv “collectibles”, the Obama plate is most likely destined to join that velvet picture of Elvis in your garage.