Category Archives: General Postcard Collecting

Are Postcards Really Worth Anything?

Danvers Insane Hospital Postcard
Danvers Insane Hospital Postcard

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.

Halloween Postcard by Clapsaddle
Halloween Postcard by Clapsaddle worth $30.00.

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.

Hello from Lucky Dog Postcards

dogsself1The dog on the left looks just like our Ellie!Our family was blessed to have our own wonderful dog for 11 lovely years. She was a Brittany Spaniel named Ellie and she is sorely missed everyday. Therefore, when I wanted to come up with a name for my new store and blog, it just seemed right to honor her and the luck we had in how wonderful she was with our name: Lucky Dog Postcards. When I was looking for an image to use in my new logo, I found a postcard with a dog that looked just like our baby.

Bird with a Postcard in its Beak
Bird with a Postcard in its Beak

Postcards hold a special place in my heart. My Daddy first fell in love with them when he was newly married and his mother-in-law found some old postcards in her attic. She gave them to him and a hobby was born. Over the years, I accompanied him to auctions, to homes, to antique sales, always looking to add to his collection.

Now that I’m an adult, I have started my own collection and am passing my love of postcards on to my own daughter. It’s a wonderful hobby that allows us to connect with the past and share something tangible to hold and discuss. In the end, I feel so lucky that she enjoys it with me as much as I did with my Dad.

In this blog, I hope to highlight interesting postcards that I have collected over the years along with tips and facts about postcard collecting in general.