Your old Christmas cards might be worth a lot of money. "Of course, Christmas is the most popular." She thinks that antique cards in excellent condition can sell for $10 to $50 each, but that the most desirable ones can command three- or even four-figure sums. "Certain artists produce very rare cards and collectors pay big money for them."
The story behind the card may also be worth something. If there's an interesting history to it - such as who wrote the message on the back - then this will add value too. Sometimes the whole card is worth more than the picture because there are limited editions out there and these usually have much higher prices attached to them.
Christmas cards were first produced in 1845 by American artist Charles L. Elliott. They were a huge success and many other artists joined in later. These days, only about 10% of Americans say they still send Christmas cards - probably because emails and social media make things easier today. But those who do send cards want unique images that show what the year had in store for them. That's why old cards are so valuable!
Cards don't need to be old to be valuable, though. Some people think baseball cards from years ago are worth lots of money now because they come with autographs. There are even online sites where you can buy cards with pictures on them from musicians, sports stars, and actors.
"Of course, the most popular is Christmas." She estimates that older cards in excellent condition can sell for $10 to $50 each, but that really desirable ones might command three- or even four-figure sums.
Cards are still sent to friends and relatives as tokens of love and remembrance, and they are an important source of information about what is happening with those we care about. Will email and social media replace them? Perhaps, but not yet.
Hallmark has been making cards since 1914, so you can be sure they know what they are doing!
Some baseball cards may be worth hundreds of dollars depending on the year, condition, and, of course, the player. I was browsing through my old baseball card collection and decided to donate some of the more desirable cards to my nephew as a present. He was very excited to get them and said they were worth a lot of money.
I thought that was interesting so I did some research and found out that some of the cards that I donated to him were worth far more than I thought. Here's how much some old baseball cards sell for today:
1903 Honus Wagner card: $30,000 - $50,000 (est.)
1913 Eppa Rixey card: $55,000 - $75,000 (est.)
1914 Sam Thompson card: $150,000 - $200,000 (est.)
1915 Eddie Plank card: $250,000 - $350,000 (est.)
1916 Grover Cleveland Alexander card: $375,000 - $500,000 (est.)
1917 Charlie Gehringer card: $750,000 - $1 million (est.)
If you've been following me on Twitter for any length of time, you're aware that I enjoy collecting vintage baseball cards, and that my preference is for nostalgia above real worth. The majority of the boxes I've purchased in the last year from card stores or eBay have been priced between $5 and $20 and are definitely from the heart of the Junk Wax Era. Some are even in pretty good condition.
It's hard to say what each individual card is worth because there are so many factors involved in determining value. What's interesting is that even though they're all from the same set, some are far more valuable than others. For example, it's very unlikely that anyone will pay you anything close to what the Mickey Mantle card is worth. It's also not likely that you could sell any of the cards for a large amount of money at any given time.
Here are the top 10 most expensive cards in the world:
1 Joe DiMaggio - $100,000
This is probably why people don't collect classic baseball cards anymore. The game has become so popular that there aren't enough fans like Joe DiMaggio around to make these cards worth much if at all.
2 Bob Lemon - $30,000
Lemon wasn't really that great of a player but he has the unique status as being the first player born after the introduction of baseball cards.