Vintage postcards are one of my loves, but I don’t really collect them. I’ve inherited several albums and lots of loose cards. An old album came home with me at an estate sale 3 years ago, and I wanted to have it evaluated by someone in the know. In all this time, I haven’t decided how to approach selling it…Ebay? Etsy? Sell as is or remove the cards? Luckily, there is a postcard dealer right here in my hometown. Gary and I visited him and his fascinating shop recently. I will be doing a post about that soon.
An Instagram postcard dealer strongly discouraged removing them. Taking them out is not a good idea as they are all glued in. To remove would likely mean destroying the cards in the process.
Every time I decide “THIS TIME I’m going to sell it,” I pore over it, and know I can’t do it. Follow along with me as I give you a little tour of these pieces of history~
Worn and frayed, the larger is at a disadvantage with no cover. It contains place postcards, greeting cards, paper dolls, and pictures cut from magazines. What’s of special note is that everything is glued into an old “Hotel Ware” catalog probably dating from 1910-1920. That in itself would be desirable if untouched. The below pictures are some of the pages in the back…
How about these fancy coffee mills?
The 140 lb “Cutlery Renovator” machine for polishing and grinding blades???
or the “Day Dough Mixer”??? Can you imagine working with such a contraption??
These are just a few of the fascinating catalog photos, but back to the postcard album.
How to determine value?
HOW TO DETERMINE VALUE OF VINTAGE POSTCARDS
- Condition is everything. Creases, corner bumps, rubs, and wear devalue cards
- Postmarks devalue cards (Personally, I love postmarks…it gives me an idea of age and I like the look).
- Cards sought after by collectors date from 1898-1940. However, the 1910 era was the heyday for vintage postcards. There were more made then, so this amount of age is not necessarily a determinant of value.
- Vintage Birthday postcards are not as sought after because there were more of these made.
- Subject matter and rarity determine value. Some people collect war cards, Christmas, Halloween, linen cards, Curt Teich postcards.
- Real Photo Postcards (RPPC) are desirable if unusual. (I recently sold 2 photo postcards. One was a photo of an amputee sitting on the ground beside a covered wagon goat cart, and the other was a photo of convicts on a railroad track.)
For more info on determining value, click here: http://antiques.lovetoknow.com/Value_of_Old_Postcards
I was offered $150 for both albums. I decided not to sell because I’m not ready to part with them yet! Am I crazy or not? Sometimes I think I am….