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Vintage QSL collection for sale from the Spark Museum in Bellingham

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by MMAGHAKIAN, Oct 7, 2018.

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  1. W1YW

    W1YW Ham Member QRZ Page

    Anyone who gets on EBay and types 'QSL card' will find an uncountable number of old cards. Basically, they are in the same category as old books-- dumpster fodder. Some of us have an interest in old cards and will pay the modest fees to prevent them from rotting, like W8JYZ and W7UUU. That's excellent:)

    Cards as collections are generally worthless. What should be done is to go through them and find the cards from well known scientists and engineers, and sell those separately. In other words, 'part out the collection'.

    I have QSL cards from W9GFZ and W8JK framed on my wall. It took some hunting to find them. And I was willing to pay the price.

    The curator would have done well to have a ham post this OP. I am less sympathetic to those without a ham license.
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2018
  2. W1YW

    W1YW Ham Member QRZ Page

    Your suggested pricing is incompatible with most EBay offers. Maybe 100 cards for $5....

    But generally the collection has no value as an asset to be sold.

    Chip W1YW
  3. KG7VTO

    KG7VTO Ham Member QRZ Page

    EZ fix....just give them to Dave.
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  4. N7XCZ

    N7XCZ Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    KG7VTO, Thanks for a good laugh this morning I needed that. Yes Dave seems quite interested. But I like the KL7KN
    suggestion on how to sell the cards I would drop 10 or 20 bucks on QSL cards from the 1920's through the 50's and proudly display them in my Living room and Shack. So Bob if you are reading this I am ready to order my Vintage QSL cards. Good luck with the Project and 73's
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  5. W8JYZ

    W8JYZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thank you Jim...
  6. W7UUU

    W7UUU QRZ Lifetime Member #133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    Still interested - happy to drive to Bellingham.

  7. W7UUU

    W7UUU QRZ Lifetime Member #133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    Update: I just heard from the seller, and I'm afraid we are "oceans apart" in price. They are asking quite a lot. Far more than I expected.

    I will leave it to other interested parties to reach out (he replied quickly to a PM).

    But I'm no longer interested, unless something really drastic changes in the asking price.

    Very best regards to the seller - great guy - and I've been to this museum a number of times. And I do appreciate the time he took to reply - thank you.

    But it's not "in the cards" for me (see what I did there? :))

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  8. W1YW

    W1YW Ham Member QRZ Page

    The market here is old people like myself, actually over 75. Like all transactions, they might luck into a unique buyer. But I suspect it will follow the path of so much that has tubed with price as the demographic aged and themselves 'downsized'.

    At least with old books they can serve the purpose of acting as decoration in your local coffee shop shelves. To wit: my favorite thing to do is to say 'I'll take a latte and the third book on the second shelf'. A: 'I can only charge you for the coffee sir. Bring in a book and we can swap.'

    It is telling that they want to sell these cards to spend money on a STEM exhibit. IOW the young people couldn't care less about a bunch of old postcards which don't even have pictures on them.

    My cards now date back more than 52 years. I have them in sleek wooden boxes, over 10,000. They will be chucked (someday) : I have no expectations that they mean anything to anyone but me.
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  9. W7UUU

    W7UUU QRZ Lifetime Member #133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    Sadly, that's exactly the point this museum (which I like and have visited several times!) is missing - they are just old post cards that won't mean much of anything to anyone alive today.

    If they have a ton of patience, they could sell them one or ten at a time on eBay and ultimately make a few hundred bux or so. But 99% of ham radio operators could not care in the least about ancient QSL cards from long-dead hams, that they don't know, from an era that is long forgotten in radio. They're just postcards. Most don't even have pretty pictures.

    I had hoped to get a reasonable price, then take the time to scan them and put them online for the occasional ham searching for an old flame, old friend, old relative, etc. - but the value in that is to the SEARCHER, not the one who does the scanning! That's a LOT of scanning!

    My strong suspicion is they'll all just get stored back in the museum, and one day go in the trash.

    Sad but true.

    Note again: the guy with this listing was very nice in his communication, and he's "just the messenger" - he was quoting a price from the Curator of the museum, who IMO has a really inflated idea what these cards are worth.

    No ill will aimed at anyone involved - simply voicing that the price I was quoted was just "out there" for what the item is.

    A few years ago, a box of some 3000 similar cards didn't sell at a hamfest for $5 (FIVE DOLLARS) and got tossed in the dumpster at the end of the day. I still kick myself for not buying the big box of cards and scanning them.

    But the reality is: there aren't many hams who will pay money for someone else's old QSL cards from almost a century ago.

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    seems like a lot of rude remarks, I am quite disappointed in this.
    the funds from the sale of these cards would be used to make new science exhibits to encourage children to love science.
    people are putting down this collection without having even looking at all 10,000 of them.

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