Series: Postcard Price Guide
Paperback: 592 pages
Publisher: Colonial House; 4 edition (February 21, 2001)
Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
Best Sellers Rank: #512,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #32 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Antiques & Collectibles > Paper Ephemera & Cards > Postcards #405 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Antiques & Collectibles > Antiques Care & Reference > Reference #922 in Books > Reference > Encyclopedias & Subject Guides > Antiques & Collectibles
It's been over 7 years since this has been updated, and a lot has happened in the world of postcards. I'd say that the vast majority of prices quoted in this book are much higher than prices realized at traditional and online auctions, and many retail sales. So, if you just found a shoebox of postcards in your grandmother's attic and are planning on selling them, don't expect to realize prices anywhere near most of the prices you see in this book. That said, there are exceptions - and condition really does play an important part in pricing, but as the Internet opens up dealers to a worldwide audence it appears that many cards that were in demand 10 years ago are no longer that scarce.
This guide provides prices for over 10,000 cards and will be useful for collectors, dealers, and novices. The book highlights the most collected categories, and the artist-signed chapter covers over 250 pages. The 900 postcard images, though reduced and in black and white, are useful; my favorites included the Krampus cards, Alligator border card, and the Halloween cards are a real treat. Mashburn provides short biographies of some of the artists and publishers (and even an introduction to Krampus). Although Mashburn does present some useful guidelines on topical, views, and roadside America I thought those chapters were too short in light of the vast number of cards available. Mashburn also includes references for more specific topics also.
The book is excellent. Unfortunately, none of the 1500 postcards I inherited that are from the early 1900's fit into the categories in the book. They apparently aren't worth much at all. But now I know which types are worth a lot and maybe I can sell all mine and get a couple of really good ones! I want to start trading.
THIS BOOK HELPED ME TO EVALUATE MY POSTCARDS COLLECTION. IT INCLUDES ALMOST EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW, FOR ALL KINDS OF POSTCARDS.
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