Vintage Postcards

Sedalia man makes living selling valuable postcards

Sedalia Democrat
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 — until he started auctioning off postcards.

“Then I saw another guy doing well with postcards, so I figured I’d give that a try. I bought a box for $10 at an auction, and they sell great. They’re easy to ship, easy to scan, easy to list, and I can store 10,000 of them in a very small space, so that’s what I’ve been doing.”

The gems can be street scenes, black and white real-photos and railroad depots.
“Pretty much anything that has detail and history on it,” Hawk said of postcards that are valuable. “If 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.”

The black and white real-photo postcards are some of the most collected because they show the most detail.”

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