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Setting values for collectible newspapers…

We are often asked “What’s my newspaper worth?” in phone calls and email messages. As one might suspect, there are many factors which determine value and much like a jeweler cannot give a value of a diamond by an email or telephone inquiry, our ethics do not permit us to place values [1] on newspapers without seeing the issues in hand.

Many factors determine value. The more important include condition, desirability among collectors, extent of coverage, completeness of the issue, proximity of the city of publication to where the event happened, time lag between the event date and the reporting date, dramatic appeal (more so with 20th century issues), and location of the report within the issue (front page? page 3?). Other factors come into play with more significant events but those noted are the prime determinants of value. [2]

From a personal perspective setting values has been an interesting process, as no guide book of values existed 30+ years ago when I started the business. I priced an item in my catalog for $10 and if I had twenty orders for it I knew the price was too low.  If no one ordered it the price was too high. Through the years, and by data basing sold prices (on index cards prior to the computer!), I’ve honed my own “price guide” based on actual sales, and it is this now-sophisticated database which we use to set values for new inventory as it arrives.

Do values continue to rise? In general, yes, but we are careful to never recommend the purchase of early newspapers for investment purposes. As is true of most collectibles, rarity and desirability determine where prices will be for the future.

But providing an historical perspective from our own files, back in October of 1981 we sold in our catalog #26 the NEW YORK HERALD of March 5, 1865 reporting the inauguration of Abraham Lincoln [3], very nice condition, for $70. Just four months ago we sold another issue of the NEW YORK HERALD of March 5, 1865, also in very nice condition, for $535.

This is the first in a series of posts where we will compare the past and present values of newspapers based on actual sales. Stay tuned for more.

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486 Comments To "Setting values for collectible newspapers…"

#1 Comment By Linda Barrett On 09/10/2017 @ 4:04 pm

I have complete Salt Lake Tribune newspapers dated Sunday February 13, 2000 and Sunday February 20, 2000 and Monday February 14, 2000. All are in excellent condition. It’s as if they have never been opened.

#2 Comment By Cheryl Dietert On 09/13/2017 @ 11:15 am

I need help in acquiring value of several newspapers. Number one. Fort Worth Star telegram dated August 31, 1997 headline princes Diana dead
2. Stars and stripes Henline throngs mourn. RFK date June 11, 1968
3. Stars & Stripes November 4, 1972 headline is four more years in 49 state sweep
4. Stars & Stripes dated November 9, 1972 Nixon is a real acted by landslide margin
5. Stars & Stripes November 8, 1972, headline wide it rains failed to Curb turn out of voters in US
6. Fort Worth Star telegram headlines Jacki Onassis dad at 64
7. SAN ANTONIO light August 9, 1974, headlined Gerald ford becomes 38th president today
8. Stars and stripes dated September 7, 1972 Denmont loss
9. Stars and stripes dated January 24, 1973 headlines Vietnam peace pact reportedly initiaLed
10. SAN ANTONIO and Express dated August 9, 1974 headline Nixon goes asks nation heal wounds

#3 Comment By Angela L Nugent On 09/20/2017 @ 4:55 pm

I have a few Toledo blade Sat Nov 23 1963 and Sunday Nov 24 & 25 1963 Kennedy news papers and I also have a the Detroit free press Saturday Nov 23 1963..am I able to sell these. I also have a princess diana toledo blade sept 1-7 sept 1997. Also I really would like a idea on how much my Boston daily globe April 16,1912, Titanic sinks 1500 die and also the evening addition

#4 Comment By GuyHeilenman On 09/22/2017 @ 8:38 am

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#5 Comment By GuyHeilenman On 09/22/2017 @ 8:40 am

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#6 Comment By GuyHeilenman On 09/22/2017 @ 8:44 am

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#7 Comment By GuyHeilenman On 09/22/2017 @ 8:44 am

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#8 Comment By GuyHeilenman On 09/22/2017 @ 8:45 am

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#9 Comment By GuyHeilenman On 09/22/2017 @ 8:53 am

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#10 Comment By Earl On 10/17/2017 @ 4:59 pm

What is this paper worth? The tampa tribune 11/25/1963 worth.Grievingu.s buries kennedy today.

#11 Comment By GuyHeilenman On 10/26/2017 @ 7:48 am

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#12 Comment By Joseph On 11/04/2017 @ 5:12 pm

I have a LA Daily Times newspaper from December 4 1881. Can anybody tell me a price for that?

#13 Comment By GuyHeilenman On 11/06/2017 @ 11:15 am

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#14 Comment By T.R. On 12/03/2017 @ 5:59 pm

I was asked by my brother to look at two New York Tribune 1918 and 1927 front page articles to see if they were of any value they appear to be just copies nothing printed on the back they look very old just wondering if you could comment.

Thanks

T.R.

#15 Comment By Ashley Nelson On 12/11/2017 @ 6:51 am

I think it’s hilarious that people keep asking the worth of a paper…. I literally lol’ d.

#16 Comment By taneka washington On 01/01/2018 @ 11:40 pm

i have a newspaper from November 13, 1972 and wanted to know how much its worth

#17 Comment By GuyHeilenman On 01/04/2018 @ 2:01 pm

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#18 Comment By GuyHeilenman On 01/04/2018 @ 2:01 pm

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#19 Comment By GuyHeilenman On 01/04/2018 @ 2:12 pm

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#20 Comment By GuyHeilenman On 01/04/2018 @ 2:13 pm

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#21 Comment By Nicole On 01/11/2018 @ 5:23 pm

I have a Philadelphia inquired from September 30 1956 comic section in good condition

#22 Comment By Lenorris Threadcraft Jr On 01/11/2018 @ 6:36 pm

I have a news paper page from the Miami Daily News , August 14,1945. Page speaks of Truman reveals Japs surrender,Gen. MacArthur victory chief.

#23 Comment By Matthew Ingalls On 01/14/2018 @ 2:55 am

I have a clipping from the post in 1960 September 11th African history vintage front page if anyone is interested let me know my email is Matthew 18221 at gmail.com it’s in excellent shape with there are no wrinkles or creased edges it’s a two page peace

#24 Comment By Crystal Scott On 01/18/2018 @ 3:08 pm

Nashville Tennessean and the Nashville Banner 1955 in 1956 newspapers what are they worth in and who collects them

#25 Comment By Lu’s Roman On 01/22/2018 @ 8:53 am

I have a Chicago Herald from 1917

#26 Comment By GuyHeilenman On 01/23/2018 @ 1:02 pm

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#27 Comment By GuyHeilenman On 01/23/2018 @ 1:03 pm

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#28 Comment By GuyHeilenman On 01/23/2018 @ 1:03 pm

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#29 Comment By GuyHeilenman On 01/23/2018 @ 1:04 pm

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#30 Comment By GuyHeilenman On 01/23/2018 @ 1:04 pm

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#31 Comment By Anthony Herrell On 02/23/2018 @ 1:10 am

I have a whole years worth of news papers about Basketball, Football, Base ball, Hockey, plus some more sports from 1975, they are all in a big blue binder. Some of the articles that I have read have hank Arron hitting home run 722, plus a lot more famous players from different sports, how much do you think it is worth? My gmail is [5] or my hotmail, [6]

#32 Comment By jorge galvan On 03/14/2018 @ 12:10 pm

i have a world journal tribune for may 5, 1967 vol 233 i what to kow if any value on this

#33 Comment By Jose Sanchez On 03/15/2018 @ 6:24 am

I have ah newspaper of 1945 how much is it worth ? Or does it have ah value

#34 Comment By GuyHeilenman On 03/28/2018 @ 8:04 am

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#35 Comment By GuyHeilenman On 03/28/2018 @ 8:05 am

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#36 Comment By GuyHeilenman On 03/28/2018 @ 8:10 am

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