Do Old and Antique Newspapers Have Any Collectible Value?

October 25, 2013 by  
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It is not often I travel to Yahoo for answers to some of the more meaningful questions of life: Where did we come from? What is the purpose of Life? Do old newspapers have value? However, I recently came upon a post on Yahoo Voices which did a decent job of handling this last question.  It begins:

You’ve Happened Upon a Stack of Old Newspapers…Some Have Historic Headlines! Are They Worth Anything?

Let face it, old newspapers don’t get much respect. In today’s world, they’re generally seen as material for the recycler. And years ago, many libraries simply tossed them out after converting them to micro or digital files. But do old or antique newspapers have any collectible value? The answer is a definite…maybe!

Newspapers have been around almost as long as the Gutenberg Press. And in general they’ve been seen as expendable–meant to be read a time or two and then thrown away, or used for fish wrap or some other convenient purpose. But newspapers also have tremendous historic value… (read more)

 (Unfortunately, the Yahoo article has since expired. If anyone has discovered great articles regarding the value of newspapers, please let us know and we’ll consider adding it. In the meantime, feel free to use the www.RareNewspapers.com website for comparables.)

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804 Responses to “Do Old and Antique Newspapers Have Any Collectible Value?”

  1. Tina Hulton on August 13th, 2021 6:56 am

    gosh the internet never gives you a straight answer, I have some newspapers very old i have a whole years worth but im not sure who to show them to get valued. Can you advise me.

  2. GuyHeilenman on August 24th, 2021 9:43 am

    If you send me the title (or titles), and a list of dates (newspaper values are determined by what is reported), I’ll match them up with our database and tell you what I think. If you have a ton (which it sounds like you might), pick out what you believe to be the most historic issues – and we’ll go from there. A few photos will also help me to determine how their condition impacts their value. My email address is: guy@rarenewspapers.com

  3. RONALD L CRAIG on October 16th, 2021 5:18 pm

    I HAVE A FRESNO CALIFORNIA SUNDAY MORNING SEPTEMBER 2ND 1945 NEWSPAPER DECLARING THE WAR IS OVER WITH PICTURES OF DOUGLAS MACARTHUR, THE PAPER IS IN DECENT SHAPE, HAS BEEN IN PLASTIC FOR MANY YEARS. MY QUESTION, IS OF ANY VALUE. ALSO A ANOTHER ONE DATED APRIL 13, 1945 MAIN TOPIC IS ROOSEVELT DEATH TRAIN ETC. I HOPE TO HEAR FROM YOU AS YOUR TIME PERMITS. THANK YOU, RON CRAIG 6013 PINTAIL LN CITRUS HTS CA 95621

  4. GuyHeilenman on October 26th, 2021 11:11 am

    Can you send this information to me at guy@rarenewspapers.com along with a few photos? Thanks – Guy

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