By Daniel Barber
October 26, 2007
“Hawk has sold anything from collectors plates to Beanie Babies to baseball cards, but he found challenges with each new item he sold â€” until he started auctioning off postcards.
“Then I saw another guy doing well with postcards, so I figured Iâ€™d give that a try. I bought a box for $10 at an auction, and they sell great. Theyâ€™re easy to ship, easy to scan, easy to list, and I can store 10,000 of them in a very small space, so thatâ€™s what Iâ€™ve been doing.”
The gems can be street scenes, black and white real-photos and railroad depots.
â€œPretty much anything that has detail and history on it,â€ Hawk said of postcards that are valuable. â€œIf you can look in a card and you can see down a street, and see a Dr. Pepper sign, more people will be interested in it.â€
The black and white real-photo postcards are some of the most collected because they show the most detail.”