Sunday, January 25, 2009

Sell your Vintage Valentine collection to the Museum

We buy vintage valentine collections. If you have a collection you would like to sell, please leave a comment below (all comments on The Vintage Valentine Museum are moderated so it will not be publicly viewable. We will see it but not publish it). In the comment please leave your contact email and some info about the collection (ie how many cards, general idea of what the cards are like). Usually we will need to see some photos or scans to know if the particular collection is of interest to us or not.

10 comments:

  1. I have a pack of 30cards from 1988 whimsicals valentines. it is unopened so I am unsure of what all it contains. There is an answer key at the bottom so I assume they ask a question. They have a page of heart sticker seals on the top. could I make any money from this?"

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    1. Cards from the 1980s do have some minimal value though perhaps more to crafters at this point than valentine card collectors. Ones that feature a collectable character like Smurfs or Rainbow Brite can get slightly better prices from collectors of those characters. Sets that are sealed can get better prices than opened ones. The best time to try to sell such cards on a site like Ebay would be sometime in January, so people looking to utilize them in crafts for Valentine's Day or to send them out to friends for fun would receive them in time to re-send or create items for the holiday.

      Best Regards
      Valentine Museum Curator

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  2. I have found a box of valentines from the '30's. What do I do with them??

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  3. Well, displaying them in a shadow box or a shelf, or organizing them in an acid free album can be fun. If you are not interested in keeping them, cards from the 1930s do have value to collectors. That value will vary depending on the design of the cards and the condition they are in. You can sell cards individually on Ebay, but this is like taking on a part-time job. If you don't want to take on that level of work, selling them as a group is less of a time investment.

    The "hot" time of year for valentines on Ebay starts in January and stretches just a little past Valentine's Day. That would be the best time of year for selling - your best chance at getting top dollar - but there are valentine buyers year round. Sometimes selling a really good group in the slower time of year can end up with a higher ending price as there are less competing auctions and hungry valentine collectors haven't seen enough appealing auctions lately to spend their money on.

    If you do not want to deal with Ebay, I would look around for a local dealer. A dealer purchasing to resell, however, is going to need some room to make a little profit too, so you may get less than selling more directly on Ebay. Or you may not - auctions do always have some level of chance to them and sometimes even a good group will sell for a relatively low price. Working with a dealer can often get you a decent price for very little effort as compared to auctioning them yourself.

    Best of luck to you whatever you decide to do with your cards.

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  4. I have over 200 vintage valentine's from the 1950's-60's and approximately 100 from the late 1920's-30's. Most of them are wrote on the back but some aren't. How and where do I sell these? I don't want to go to my local antique dealer as he seems to be pretty difficult to work with.

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    1. This is the perfect time of year for selling valentines online. A large group like this could do very well for you indeed. I would recommend taking a few photos and putting them up for auction on Ebay. Selling them as a group is the most efficient way to do this. Selling them individually (on Ebay or Etsy) is possible too of course, but is like taking on another job - with lots of time involved - which may or may not be worth it to you.

      Let me know if you put them up as a group - I could be one of those bidding on it. Best of luck to you in selling your cards.

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    2. I posted 3 separate lots on ebay, for a total of 50 of them. I will give it a try and see how it goes. Thank you for your help!

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  5. I have an Eat Your Heart Rotating Wheel valentine exactly like the one on your website. It's the mechanical series "To My Valentine" and shows a monkey eating a heart. Could you please tell me the approximate value of the card? I have a box of old vintage cards just discovered in Dad's attic. I can send scans of some of the cards. There are probably 200.

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  6. I would estimate the value of the monkey card of that series to the right collector to be between $12 - $25, depending on its condition. The price you might expect if auctioning it on Ebay, however, can vary even more depending on when and how you decided to list it (the day of the week, time of the day as well as what time of year you list it can affect the result of an auction quite a great deal).

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  7. I found one of these Carrington Co cards in my grandmothers cedar chest. it has the tree and has the Letter C in the middle. The date written on the back is 1926 the card has a lil blonde girl in the center , then roses around her with hearts , then on top a lace doily on top with another heart. Is this of any value ? misty@rsiinspection.com. Thank you for all your help.

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