Postcards

Postcards were first legally permitted in Austria on October 1, 1869. The United States passed postal regulations allowing the card in 1872. Most of the picture postcards collected today date after 1910. Hand-colored postcards were popular in the 1920-1930 period. The amount of postage can help to date a card. The rates are: 1872 (1 cent), 1917 (2 cents), 1919 (1 cent), 1925 (2 cents), 1928 (1 cent), 1952 (2 cents), 1958 (3 cents), 1963 (4 cents), 1968 (5 cents), 1971 (6 cents), 1973 (8 cents), 1975 (7 cents), 1976 (9 cents), 1978 (10 cents), March 1981 (12 cents), November 1981 (13 cents), 1985 (14 cents), 1988 (15 cents), 1991 (19 cents), 1995 (20 cents), 2001 (21 cents), 2002 (23 cents), 2006 (24 cents), 2007 (26 cents), 2008 (27 cents, 2009 (28 cents), 2011 (29 cents). While most postcards sell for low prices, a small number bring high prices. Some of these are listed here.

SimpleXMLElement Object
(
    [ack] => Success
    [version] => 1.12.0
    [timestamp] => 2014-04-21T13:32:23.550Z
    [searchResult] => SimpleXMLElement Object
        (
            [@attributes] => Array
                (
                    [count] => 4
                )

            [item] => Array
                (
                    [0] => SimpleXMLElement Object
                        (
                            [itemId] => 380884918976
                            [title] => 1908 BOOTHBAY SOUTHPORT ME linekin PEMAQUID newagen LINIKEN BAY sheepscot bay
                            [globalId] => EBAY-US
                            [primaryCategory] => SimpleXMLElement Object
                                (
                                    [categoryId] => 20213
                                    [categoryName] => Maine
                                )

                            [secondaryCategory] => SimpleXMLElement Object
                                (
                                    [categoryId] => 63607
                                    [categoryName] => CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT
                                )

                            [galleryURL] => http://thumbs1.ebaystatic.com/m/m9u8Xwunil-YNqY3mKwAejQ/140.jpg
                            [viewItemURL] => http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?ff3=2&toolid=10044&campid=5336649018&customid=postcards&lgeo=1&vectorid=229466&item=380884918976
                            [paymentMethod] => PayPal
                            [autoPay] => false
                            [location] => USA
                            [country] => US
                            [shippingInfo] => SimpleXMLElement Object
                                (
                                    [shippingServiceCost] => 2.75
                                    [shippingType] => Flat
                                    [shipToLocations] => Worldwide
                                    [expeditedShipping] => false
                                    [oneDayShippingAvailable] => false
                                    [handlingTime] => 1
                                )

                            [sellingStatus] => SimpleXMLElement Object
                                (
                                    [currentPrice] => 6.99
                                    [convertedCurrentPrice] => 6.99
                                    [bidCount] => 0
                                    [sellingState] => Active
                                    [timeLeft] => P0DT0H21M33S
                                )

                            [listingInfo] => SimpleXMLElement Object
                                (
                                    [bestOfferEnabled] => false
                                    [buyItNowAvailable] => true
                                    [buyItNowPrice] => 11.5
                                    [convertedBuyItNowPrice] => 11.5
                                    [startTime] => 2014-04-14T13:53:56.000Z
                                    [endTime] => 2014-04-21T13:53:56.000Z
                                    [listingType] => AuctionWithBIN
                                    [gift] => false
                                )

                            [returnsAccepted] => true
                            [galleryPlusPictureURL] => http://galleryplus.ebayimg.com/ws/web/380884918976_1_0_1.jpg
                            [isMultiVariationListing] => false
                            [topRatedListing] => true
                        )

                    [1] => SimpleXMLElement Object
                        (
                            [itemId] => 221416301251
                            [title] => chinese old post card
                            [globalId] => EBAY-US
                            [primaryCategory] => SimpleXMLElement Object
                                (
                                    [categoryId] => 38124
                                    [categoryName] => Paintings & Scrolls
                                )

                            [galleryURL] => http://thumbs4.ebaystatic.com/m/mHdAgg2fb6ymVgOWo4YitSg/140.jpg
                            [viewItemURL] => http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?ff3=2&toolid=10044&campid=5336649018&customid=postcards&lgeo=1&vectorid=229466&item=221416301251
                            [paymentMethod] => PayPal
                            [autoPay] => false
                            [postalCode] => 22304
                            [location] => Alexandria,VA,USA
                            [country] => US
                            [shippingInfo] => SimpleXMLElement Object
                                (
                                    [shippingServiceCost] => 0.0
                                    [shippingType] => Free
                                    [shipToLocations] => Array
                                        (
                                            [0] => US
                                            [1] => CA
                                            [2] => GB
                                            [3] => AU
                                            [4] => AT
                                            [5] => BE
                                            [6] => FR
                                            [7] => DE
                                            [8] => IT
                                            [9] => JP
                                            [10] => ES
                                            [11] => CH
                                            [12] => NL
                                            [13] => HK
                                            [14] => MX
                                            [15] => DK
                                            [16] => RO
                                            [17] => SK
                                            [18] => BG
                                            [19] => CZ
                                            [20] => FI
                                            [21] => HU
                                            [22] => LV
                                            [23] => LT
                                            [24] => MT
                                            [25] => EE
                                            [26] => GR
                                            [27] => PT
                                            [28] => CY
                                            [29] => SI
                                            [30] => SE
                                            [31] => KR
                                            [32] => ID
                                            [33] => ZA
                                            [34] => IE
                                            [35] => PL
                                            [36] => IL
                                            [37] => NZ
                                            [38] => SG
                                            [39] => NO
                                        )

                                    [expeditedShipping] => true
                                    [oneDayShippingAvailable] => false
                                    [handlingTime] => 2
                                )

                            [sellingStatus] => SimpleXMLElement Object
                                (
                                    [currentPrice] => 29.0
                                    [convertedCurrentPrice] => 29.0
                                    [bidCount] => 0
                                    [sellingState] => Active
                                    [timeLeft] => P0DT0H51M37S
                                )

                            [listingInfo] => SimpleXMLElement Object
                                (
                                    [bestOfferEnabled] => false
                                    [buyItNowAvailable] => false
                                    [startTime] => 2014-04-14T14:24:00.000Z
                                    [endTime] => 2014-04-21T14:24:00.000Z
                                    [listingType] => Auction
                                    [gift] => false
                                )

                            [returnsAccepted] => false
                            [galleryPlusPictureURL] => http://galleryplus.ebayimg.com/ws/web/221416301251_1_0_1.jpg
                            [isMultiVariationListing] => false
                            [topRatedListing] => false
                        )

                    [2] => SimpleXMLElement Object
                        (
                            [itemId] => 360907782103
                            [title] => R M S Doric White Star Line Real Photo Postcard
                            [globalId] => EBAY-US
                            [primaryCategory] => SimpleXMLElement Object
                                (
                                    [categoryId] => 66638
                                    [categoryName] => Other
                                )

                            [galleryURL] => http://thumbs4.ebaystatic.com/m/msYqIWanKHzdcw3Qm7Z7gQA/140.jpg
                            [viewItemURL] => http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?ff3=2&toolid=10044&campid=5336649018&customid=postcards&lgeo=1&vectorid=229466&item=360907782103
                            [paymentMethod] => PayPal
                            [autoPay] => false
                            [postalCode] => B3T1J8
                            [location] => Canada
                            [country] => CA
                            [shippingInfo] => SimpleXMLElement Object
                                (
                                    [shippingServiceCost] => 0.0
                                    [shippingType] => Free
                                    [shipToLocations] => Worldwide
                                    [expeditedShipping] => false
                                    [oneDayShippingAvailable] => false
                                    [handlingTime] => 1
                                )

                            [sellingStatus] => SimpleXMLElement Object
                                (
                                    [currentPrice] => 6.0
                                    [convertedCurrentPrice] => 6.0
                                    [bidCount] => 0
                                    [sellingState] => Active
                                    [timeLeft] => P0DT1H26M52S
                                )

                            [listingInfo] => SimpleXMLElement Object
                                (
                                    [bestOfferEnabled] => false
                                    [buyItNowAvailable] => false
                                    [startTime] => 2014-04-14T14:59:15.000Z
                                    [endTime] => 2014-04-21T14:59:15.000Z
                                    [listingType] => Auction
                                    [gift] => false
                                )

                            [returnsAccepted] => true
                            [galleryPlusPictureURL] => http://galleryplus.ebayimg.com/ws/web/360907782103_1_0_1.jpg
                            [isMultiVariationListing] => false
                            [topRatedListing] => false
                        )

                    [3] => SimpleXMLElement Object
                        (
                            [itemId] => 281310942765
                            [title] => 60 x VINTAGE POSTCARD SIZE PRINTS & ALBUM - FRENCH FURNITURE LOUIS XVI & EMPIRE
                            [globalId] => EBAY-GB
                            [primaryCategory] => SimpleXMLElement Object
                                (
                                    [categoryId] => 126
                                    [categoryName] => 1901-1950
                                )

                            [secondaryCategory] => SimpleXMLElement Object
                                (
                                    [categoryId] => 63566
                                    [categoryName] => Pre-Victorian (Pre-1837)
                                )

                            [galleryURL] => http://thumbs2.ebaystatic.com/m/mvNyXalvAXrMLVMdL-5fSYA/140.jpg
                            [viewItemURL] => http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?ff3=2&toolid=10044&campid=5336649018&customid=postcards&lgeo=1&vectorid=229466&item=281310942765
                            [paymentMethod] => PayPal
                            [autoPay] => false
                            [location] => France
                            [country] => FR
                            [shippingInfo] => SimpleXMLElement Object
                                (
                                    [shippingServiceCost] => 17.65
                                    [shippingType] => Flat
                                    [shipToLocations] => Worldwide
                                    [expeditedShipping] => false
                                    [oneDayShippingAvailable] => false
                                    [handlingTime] => 3
                                )

                            [sellingStatus] => SimpleXMLElement Object
                                (
                                    [currentPrice] => 9.95
                                    [convertedCurrentPrice] => 16.72
                                    [bidCount] => 1
                                    [sellingState] => Active
                                    [timeLeft] => P0DT4H32M19S
                                )

                            [listingInfo] => SimpleXMLElement Object
                                (
                                    [bestOfferEnabled] => false
                                    [buyItNowAvailable] => false
                                    [startTime] => 2014-04-14T18:04:42.000Z
                                    [endTime] => 2014-04-21T18:04:42.000Z
                                    [listingType] => Auction
                                    [gift] => false
                                )

                            [returnsAccepted] => true
                            [condition] => SimpleXMLElement Object
                                (
                                    [conditionId] => 3000
                                    [conditionDisplayName] => Used
                                )

                            [isMultiVariationListing] => false
                            [topRatedListing] => false
                        )

                )

        )

    [paginationOutput] => SimpleXMLElement Object
        (
            [pageNumber] => 1
            [entriesPerPage] => 4
            [totalPages] => 32
            [totalEntries] => 125
        )

    [itemSearchURL] => http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?ff3=4&toolid=10044&campid=5336649018&customid=postcards&lgeo=1&mpre=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fsch%2Fi.html%3FLH_Auction%3D1%26_nkw%3DPostcards%26_ddo%3D1%26_ipg%3D4%26_mcats%3D870%257C20081%26_pgn%3D1%26_sop%3D1
)
strkey:postcards
metakey:Postcards
870,20081
eBay Auctions
Sorted By               
(Postcards | Advertising & Store Collectibles Price Guide) eBay Auctions

   

Details
Price
Login / Create Account for Price
Pattern or Item
Category
Description
Year Priced