Collecting Autographed Government Postcards | Signed Baseball Postcards
One niche that sports collectors involve themselves with is collecting government postcards signed by baseball players. This didn’t even become possible until 1898 though as the United States Post Office was the only entity allowed to print postcards up until that time. In addition to that, it wasn’t until 1901 that private companies could print postcards and actually call them postcards. The practice of collecting signed postcards from baseball players though didn’t really begin until the 1930’s though, mostly because images of players weren’t typically found on postcards before then.
However, collecting signed postcards didn’t truly take off until the 1950’s when the popularity of the game of baseball absolutely exploded. Not only were the players far more accessible, and friendly, to the fans seeking autographs but this was also during a time when the players were far more receptive to the idea of responding to fan mail, often in the form of postcards.
Here is a fantastic government postcard signed by one of the greatest pitchers of all time, Hall of Fame member Cy Young. This is one of the best Young signed government postcards in existence.
If you happen upon a signed postcard by Young himself and it’s in even good condition it could be worth anywhere between $1,000 and $1,500 dollars. The pictured example sold last year for over $1,700.
The value of government postcards remain in good standing through all economic cycles. As one of the most collected mediums, these 3″x5″ signed postcards are a solid investment.
The one thing to remember when collecting signed postcards is that it’s the vintage ones that hold the value. The newer the postcard then the lower the value, just as the older the signed postcard then the higher the value – if it’s in decent enough condition that is.