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Anybody Here Attend Postcard/Paper Shows? Good Places To Find Postcards?

 
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Posted 06/25/2020   1:45 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Joe2007 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hello,

I was wondering if anyone here has ever made it to any postcard shows? I hear that the largest postcard show in the U.S. is in York, PA and is incredible with millions of postcards to browse. Hope to make it there one day.

I mostly hunt for new additions for my postcard collection/hoard at antique shops and malls although I have purchased a few bulk lots at estate auctions and yard sales. I also go to a small monthly stamp show that has a few vendors with boxes of postcards for sale. Any other good sources of postcards that aren't on the web?

Thx,
Joe
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Posted 06/25/2020   1:58 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add erilaz to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I often attend the Vintage Paper Fair that is held in San Francisco four times a year, when not cancelled due to COVID-19. It's primarily a postcard show, and I've found lots of good stuff there, even in the bargain boxes. At the last one (in January), I bought 106 postcards for only $44.

https://www.vintagepaperfair.com
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Posted 06/25/2020   3:03 pm  Show Profile Check paperhistory's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add paperhistory to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Not in recent years but I've been to several postcard shows. I'm the guy who flips the boxes around and looks at the back (good postal history hunting at postcard shows). Stamp shows increasingly have a postcard dealer or two at them.
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Posted 06/26/2020   11:41 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add chasa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Just a personal observation. I have been looking at the backs of postcards for 50 years. As you might suspect, as the interesting ones are pulled out, what remains gets weaker and weaker. The pickings are not so good anymore. I used to compare postcard boxes to slot machines - except you didn't have to put your quarter in until you saw what prize you got.
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Posted 06/26/2020   12:37 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add John Becker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I am more contrarian about postcards. Considering that the "front" of an envelope (or government postal card) typically contains the stamp, cancel and address, it seems perfectly reasonable the same applies to postcards, and thus the picture is on the BACK of the postcard. This stance rankles postcard dealers, but I believe it is correct and consistent. I shop for both sides of the card.
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Posted 06/27/2020   6:19 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
In terms of shows in general, is anyone seeing the smaller shows restarting? I know of one coin show in Georgia that was held this month, with masks and widely spaced tables.
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Posted 06/27/2020   9:12 pm  Show Profile Check paperhistory's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add paperhistory to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
There's a bourse in NE Ohio scheduled for mid July that is going forward.
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Posted 06/28/2020   4:48 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Joe2007 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Here in Ohio the shows seem to be restarting. I recently attended a small local show that had both coins and stamps/postcards. Attendance was at about 50% of normal levels for vendors and probably about 60% for customers. Everyone was wearing masks and trying to maintain a bit more distance then usual as the building is usually fairly crammed. I was there from opening for about an hour and some of the vendors were starting to pack up and a few stated that they were not selling, just buying and doing dealer to dealer trades. The show promoter wore a face shield and from what I could see everything appeared to be going well. Some of the dealers were talking about their experiences catching COVID-19.
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