Up for bid on eBay is an original California 1868 National Union Republican Electoral Ticket with Ulysses S. Grant for President and Schuyler Colfax for Vice President.
The Presidential Election of 1868 saw Grant and Colfax successfully run against New York Democratic Governor, Horatio Seymour (for President) and Francis Blair, Jr. (for Vice President). As a result of the election, Ulysses S. Grant became the 18th President of the United States, and became the first President elected since the abolishment of slavery. Interestingly, says the seller, Grant had visited California while he was an army officer in 1852, and thus became the first president to have made the trip to California.
According to the listing, the document contains the portraits of Grant and Colfax in ovals with an eagle holding a ribbon with the words President and Vice President over the respective candidate.
"There is a portion of the ticket missing in the upper left hand corner, eliminating the letters Natio in the word National and part of the U in Union," says the seller I found this ticket in a book many years ago, and apparently it was being used as a bookmark. Other than the noted defects, the item is in excellent condition, and was well protected in the book for almost 150 years."
The seller adds, "Presidential ephemera related to Ulysses S. Grant, specifically paper items are very hard to locate. This ticket is very rare, and I could not locate an identical piece for sale anywhere on the Internet. The item would look great framed, perhaps starting the matting just above the word Republican, hiding the missing portion."