Postcards

Postcard auctions continue to be seen by collectors as the best way to buy and sell rare postcards.

As with most collectables, the value of rare postcards depends on their condition, age and rarity. Because picture postcards are such a specialist area, the subject matter, publisher, photographer or artist, country of origin, the postmark (if the card is postally used), as well as the demand, are also very influential factors when determining a postcard’s worth.

In general real photographic topographical picture postcards and those depicting social history tend to command the highest prices, especially those from late Victorian times to the start of the Second World War. Foreign cards are also sought after, especially those emanating from less developed countries. A good market also exists for subject cards such as those by Art Nouveau and Art Deco artists.

At Warwick & Warwick, our team of postcard experts are pleased to offer free advice, in complete confidence, on any matters relating to buying or selling in a postcard auction or sales by private treaty.

Established in 1958, we are the leading auctioneers and valuers of postcards in the UK.

Each of our postcard auctions has a large section of rare postcard collections, many of which are offered intact and in their original Golden Age albums.

British topographical postcards are offered on a county and town basis, with better social history cards offered individually. Foreign topographical postcards are also offered, followed by a selection of subject cards and artist-signed cards.

Our postcard auctions allow you to buy or sell whole postcard collections. Whereas postcard dealers will sometimes cherry pick the best and most saleable rare postcards, leaving an uninviting remnant collection.

If you’re thinking of selling your entire postcard collection or part of it, we are always interested in picture postcards of all types – whether they are used or unused.

With more than five decades of experience to our name, you can be sure our postcard auctions will always achieve the maximum possible returns.

If you have rare postcards for sale or you would like your vintage postcards to be accurately valued, please get in touch – call 01926 499031 today.

   

How to get free postcard valuations

If you’re planning to sell your picture postcards, our experts will happily provide a free valuation.

Get in touch today, email a picture to info@warwickandwarwick.com or call

01926 499031 for an informal discussion.

Whatever you do, don’t put your rare postcards back in your cupboard or drawer. Discover what your postcards are worth now – it may only be a little, but collectors are often surprised by the value of their holding.

For more details, visit our Postcard Valuations page.

   

When do our postcard auctions take place?

Postcard auctions are held regularly throughout the year by Warwick & Warwick.

The dates of our upcoming postcard auctions are:

  • May 17th 2017
  • July 19th 2017
  • September 20th 2017
  • November 15th 2017

Our public postcard auctions start at 12 noon.

If you want to buy rare postcards at auction, the online catalogue will be available approximately 3 weeks before the sale.

Click on our postcard auction catalogue and place bids on items in the sale now! Bids are also accepted by email, post and on the phone.

Viewing times for our postcard auctions

Members of the public and dealers of old postcards who like to make a first-hand inspection before they buy postcards can view them at Chalon House in Warwick.

The viewing times are:

  • 9am – 4.30pm on the Friday, Monday and Tuesday prior to the sale.
  • 8.30am onwards on the day of the auction.

Please note that there will be no viewing facility outside these periods and viewing is not available at the Court House Ballroom.

If you want to buy picture postcards, there is no need to attend our postcard auctions in person because commission bids can be placed in advance of the sale.

You can place bids via our online facility, by telephone, post, fax or email. For further details, please visit our Online Catalogue.

If you would like to receive a free printed catalogue, or alternatively to apply for a catalogue subscription, click here.

It is worth noting that the printed catalogue contains far fewer illustrations of lots than the online catalogue. So, unless you plan to attend the postcards auction sale, you will be better served viewing the online catalogue.

Requests for further images can be sent to scans@warwickandwarwick.com

   

    Where do our postcard auctions take place?

    All Warwick & Warwick postcard auctions take place in the Ballroom of the Court House, Jury Street, Warwick, CV34 4EW.

    The Court House is located on the south side of Jury Street, at the intersection of Castle Street. It is located on most maps with an ‘I’ because it is also the Tourist Information Centre.

    The nearest public car parks are:

    • New Street CV34 4RX
    • Linen Street CV34 4DT
    • St Nicholas Park CV34 4QY
    • West Rock CV34 4XQ

    There is also ample on-street Pay and Display parking outside the Court House.

    For further car parks and charging details, click here.

    The nearest railway station is Warwick Town and the nearest major international airport is Birmingham.

    For directions please visit our How to Find Us page.

    When do I get my rare postcards?

    The good thing about buying picture postcards at auction is that account settlement and lot allocation takes place progressively in our premises whilst the sale continues.

    So as soon as the section of the postcards auction which is of interest to you has been knocked down, you can pay and collect your lots without waiting for the end of the sale.

       

    Buy and sell rare postcards at auction

    When it comes to buying and selling rare postcards, our director Colin Such is one of the most knowledgeable experts in the world.

    A former geologist in South Africa and Australia, Colin has devoted more than 40 years of his career to studying rare postcards – so he is well connected and respected within the collecting fraternity.

    Working closely with Ben Griffin, our resident postcard valuer, the duo have handled some of the largest and best known collections to come on the market in the last decade and have connections throughout the postcard trade.

    That’s why you can always buy and sell picture postcards in complete confidence with Warwick & Warwick – the UK’s leading auctioneers.

    Get in touch, please send an email to Colin or Ben today - or call 01926 499031 now.

    To view auction reports of previous sales please click here.