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    Roosevelt & Johnson: Rare 1¾" Jugate Button. One of the most dramatic varieties of this sought after 1912 jugate for the Progressive "Bull Moose" ticket. Nicely centered and in excellent condition. All Roosevelt & Johnson jugates range from scarce to rare, valued from a little over $2000 to $10,000-plus. As a representative example, this impressive version is an ideal choice.

    We cannot resist relating the story of Geary Vlk's acquisition of this particular button (at least as told to us years ago). Geary, in his typical unassuming attire, went to an antique show in suburban Chicago. A dealer's showcase contained a shirt cardboard of earlier political pin backs. Most were standard varieties of TR, Parker, etc., and carried price tags of about 50% over prevailing retail values. In the center of the board was this Roosevelt & Johnson, with a box drawn around it and the notation "price on request." With understandable trepidation Geary inquired as to the asking price. The older dealer sized him up and responded, "Son, you can't afford that button." Geary replied that actually he could, and could he please be given a price. After several more attempts to discourage his customer, the dealer will finally looked down his nose and said, "Son, that button is FIVE.....HUNDRED......DOLLARS!" The rest, of course, is history, but Geary did tell me that he went through the motions of haggling for a few moments, lest the dealer realize he had blundered and pull the button back.

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