One of the best parts of the holidays is sending and receiving Christmas cards. Sure, we stay pretty connected to everyone all year long, thanks to the internet and social media. But the holidays are the one time of year we revert back to old snail mail and send out holiday greetings the old-fashioned way. There's nothing better than checking the mail and getting a stack of brightly colored envelopes with hand-lettered addresses. Inside the envelopes are beautiful cards with snowy landscapes, religious greetings, and of course, pictures of Santa! We love getting Christmas cards, and we always save our favorites.
And as it turns out, some old Christmas cards can pay off in more than just warm memories! If you've got any vintage cards from your childhood stored away, you may want to bust them out and take them to a professional for a once-over. Vintage Christmas collectibles, including greeting cards, can fetch a pretty penny among collectors!
Apparently, there's a pretty big market for vintage greeting cards. You can get anywhere between $10-50 for basic vintage cards, but if the old Christmas card is unique or part of a special collection, they can fetch thousands of dollars. The most valuable cards are ones that date back to the pre-1900s. Victorian-era cards, like ones that feature hand-painted florals, birds, and animals, can pay for your entire Christmas as long as they're in pristine condition.
Some particular designers are also hot commodities in the old Christmas card market. English companies like Raphael Tuck & Sons, De La Rue and Marcus Ward & Co. are incredibly popular. Back in 2010, an original Victorian Christmas card sold for nearly $16,000! Some character cards are also considered valuable, like Christmas cards featuring Felix the Cat, Mickey Mouse, Snoopy, and Santa wearing a green coat. Additionally, if you have a card signed by a celebrity, you might be sitting on a windfall. Some old Christmas cards signed by Prince Charles and Princess Diana have sold for thousands at auctions.
So pull those boxes out of storage, and start rifling through those old Christmas cards! You never know what you might find. Surely, some of those cards your grandma sent 30+ years ago could be worth SOMETHING.