Many of my friends have asked me if postcards are really worth anything. I cite personal examples of cards like one of the Danvers Insane Hospital located in Danvers, Massachusetts that I personally sold for over $100.00.The card brought a lot of interest because it has been the inspiration for H.P. Lovecraft’s Arkham Sanatorium along with being used in the movie Session 9. Its exterior even made an appearance as the insane asylum in the video game Painkiller. However, it is also known as the birthplace of the lobotomy. Finally, Danvers used to be called Salem Village and the home of the judge who presided over the Salem Witch Trials was once located on the same grounds. With all that background, it might not be hard to see why the card brought so much money.
However, cards worth over $100 are not very common. A number of cards do fall in the $15-25 cards. These include real photo postcards (RPPCs) that have unique images like blacksmith shops or include old automobiles They also include many Halloween cards and some Santa’s. However, a much greater number of cards can sell for $3-$5 apiece. Therefore, it is easy to see how a collection could quickly add up.
On March 22, 2016, 200 cards sold in an auction in England for £40,000. These were all real photos of small town life in Sussex County. Obviously, this is not the normal price for most postcard collections. However, it does show that postcards do retain value and can be worth quite a lot.