Collector’s Choice

  • Newspaper covers, such as the Post from 1963, from when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, have little value.

Published: 8/14/2019 9:34:18 PM

The coming week is unusual in that neither the U.S. Mint, nor the U.S. Postal Service will be offering any new issue products. Therefore some other types of collectibles will be discussed.

People who have hoarded many paper items over the years may actually be sitting on some collectibles. Old newspapers and magazines can have some value, particularly if they have covers depicting famous people or events. Most of the ones with value date from before the early 1950s, and must be in nice condition (no tears, water stains, handwriting, or pieces missing).

Surprisingly, most people think that newspapers from when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963 are worth money. However, other than Dallas, TX newspapers (where the event happened), most of them have little value. The issue of Life magazine with JFK on the cover after he died is worth very little, as opposed to the original issue sent to subscribers with a football player on the cover.

The biggest news stories are the most collectible, such as the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, or the Lindbergh flight in 1927. Small town events, such as fires or tornadoes, are only collected by people who live in the area where the event occurred.

Old magazines are not as collectible as they were even a decade ago, as scanning technology has made many of them available for viewing online at websites. Some are sought if they depict a famous person who is of interest to the collector, such as Presidents, movie actors, or sports stars. Early fashion magazines from the late 1800s to early 1900’s are often sought if the illustrations are in color.

Famous illustrators, such as Norman Rockwell, have fans who collect magazine covers with their art in color. Other magazines of interest are old auto, truck, and train ones, and issues with first appearances of famous writers. Common low interest magazines, such as Coronet, Reader’s Digest, National Geographics (after 1920) or teen romance ones, have no real value.

There will be a stamp show held on Aug. 20 in Northampton at the World War II Veterans Club at 50 Conz St. (off Route 5), from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Admission and off-street parking are free.

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