Are Old Postcards Valuable?


Quick Answer

Old postcards can be valuable depending on their condition, rarity, age and the images they feature. The world's oldest postcard, sent in 1840, sold for almost $50,000. This postcard was colored by hand and featured caricatures of postal service workers.

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Some of the most valuable postcards are ones that have no tears or creases. In addition, a postcard with a real photo is often more valuable than one with an illustration. Usually, these "real photo" postcards feature the main street of a town, or important buildings in a town. Some collectors also value postcards from towns that no longer exist, or even more exotic, those sent from ships.

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