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

  1. Bryan on June 23rd, 2016 7:15 pm

    I found a newspaper that’s from 1903! Is it valuable

  2. Colin on June 24th, 2016 3:25 am

    Hi I have cape town pepper date back to 2 January 1890

  3. Bill Brown on June 24th, 2016 6:54 pm

    I have a newspaper from Honolulu Hawaii dated Dec 7th 1941 with head lines….War OAHU BOMBED BY JAPANESE PLANES, and many more stories about that day. Is this worth anything to a collector?

  4. Edan on June 30th, 2016 5:23 pm

    How much are old news papers worth

  5. Jjim on June 30th, 2016 7:01 pm

    How much are midwinter la times worth 1925s

  6. Jon draper on July 2nd, 2016 7:06 am

    I have a 1917 newspaper but its a whole year newspaper in one if that makes sense. It was the last edition so they made a year one. Is this of any value ??

  7. Christina Hinton on July 3rd, 2016 12:27 pm

    Hello my name is Christina I have a old newspaper from The Washington post dated January 1968 three pages about Martin Luther King can you tell me if it’s worth anything pls get with me

  8. GuyHeilenman on July 5th, 2016 12:55 pm

    Hello Christina – Please go to http://blog.rarenewspapers.com/?p=8868

  9. GuyHeilenman on July 5th, 2016 12:55 pm

    Hello Jon – Please go to http://blog.rarenewspapers.com/?p=8868

  10. GuyHeilenman on July 5th, 2016 12:56 pm

    Hello Jjim – Please go to http://blog.rarenewspapers.com/?p=8868

  11. GuyHeilenman on July 5th, 2016 12:57 pm

    Hello Edan – From nothing to thousands, depending upon content and condition. If you have specific issues in mind, go to http://blog.rarenewspapers.com/?p=8868

  12. GuyHeilenman on July 5th, 2016 12:57 pm

    Hello Bill – Please go to http://blog.rarenewspapers.com/?p=8868

  13. GuyHeilenman on July 5th, 2016 12:59 pm

    Hello Colin – Please go to http://blog.rarenewspapers.com/?p=8868

  14. GuyHeilenman on July 5th, 2016 12:59 pm

    Hello Bryan – Please go to http://blog.rarenewspapers.com/?p=8868

  15. GuyHeilenman on July 5th, 2016 1:02 pm

    Hello Tim – Please go to http://blog.rarenewspapers.com/?p=8868

  16. GuyHeilenman on July 5th, 2016 1:05 pm

    Hello Frank – Please go to http://blog.rarenewspapers.com/?p=8868

  17. GuyHeilenman on July 5th, 2016 1:06 pm

    Hello Cynthya – If they are clippings, they do not have collector value. Sorry.

  18. Carole Poll on July 6th, 2016 10:50 am

    Can you value The Planet on Sunday , only one issue of this paper was published and sold on June 16th 1996 in very very good condition . Thank you Mrs Carole Poll

  19. GuyHeilenman on July 6th, 2016 11:29 am

    Hello Carole – Please go to http://blog.rarenewspapers.com/?p=8868

  20. Elizabeth Williams on July 7th, 2016 6:59 pm

    I have newspapers in tact with ads from the day Princess Diana died, JFK Jr. Died, all my kids birthday newspapers oldest being 31. The day Mother theresa died, from 1991 when we thought we found bin lauden..
    Are these worth anything?
    Thanks!

  21. GuyHeilenman on July 13th, 2016 11:30 am

    Hello Elizabeth. They do have some (small) value, but the key is to find a buyer. We would not be interested as we already have many. You can always put the dates into our website’s search engine to see the prices we offer for these. If, upon searching by date (mm/dd/yyyy) nothing is found, it likely has no value. Use http://www.rarenewspapers.com

  22. Sue Mackey on July 25th, 2016 9:10 pm

    I have a “The Wichita Eagle” complete paper on Bin Laden Death May 2, 2011 is it woth money?

  23. GuyHeilenman on July 26th, 2016 6:29 am

    Hello Sue – We have not come across anyone who is asking for this. Sorry.

  24. Bernie Eather on July 27th, 2016 5:18 am

    I have a news paper in very good condition I think 1973 for the opening of the opera house with all the structural engineer plans. Could this have any monetarie value…?

  25. Donald Wells on July 27th, 2016 11:25 am

    I have a 1986 gas brochure in mint condition is it worth anything

  26. GuyHeilenman on July 27th, 2016 11:30 am

    Hello Bernie, We are not sure, but we can say that no collector has ever asked for one in our 40+ year experience.

  27. GuyHeilenman on July 27th, 2016 11:31 am

    Hello Donald – We only know about collectible newspapers. Sorry.

  28. Grace Velasquez on July 28th, 2016 1:11 am

    Hello, how would one submit or sell valuable / historic newspaper?

  29. Frankie on July 29th, 2016 8:39 pm

    I have papers from 1880

  30. Jamie on July 30th, 2016 8:29 am

    I have a the daily telegraph late London edition from the 2nd of September 1939 headlines are Britain’s last warning and Poles resist invasion on three frontiers.

    I have looked all over the web and can’t find this one anywhere and I was wondering how much it would be if i were to sell it thanks.

  31. Nadine on August 2nd, 2016 12:40 pm

    I have a collection of newspaper articles from 1942-1943 from Herma Clarke wrote “When We Were Young”, for the Chicago Tribune. I would like to know if these newspaper articles are worth anything or trash?

  32. Lee on August 2nd, 2016 5:36 pm

    I have the article of Sharon Tate
    And the Apollo 11 landing

  33. Andrea on August 4th, 2016 7:54 pm

    I have 5 front pages of new york times varying from titanic to lindberg and Kennedy I am wanting to sell them if you can give me prices or let me know via email ill send photos Im genuine.

  34. GuyHeilenman on August 9th, 2016 11:46 am

    Hello Andrea – Please send details to Tim Hughes at: timothy@rarenewspapers.com

  35. GuyHeilenman on August 9th, 2016 11:47 am

    Hello Lee – Unfortunately we have many of these, so we would not be interested. If you would like to see their potential value, you are welcome to use our search engine at: http://www.rarenewspapers.com

  36. GuyHeilenman on August 9th, 2016 11:48 am

    Hello Nadine – I cannot really comment on this as we only deal in full newspapers – not clippings. My guess is they do not have value.

  37. GuyHeilenman on August 9th, 2016 11:50 am

    Hello Jamie – The only comparable info I can give you is that U.S. titles for this date typically sell for about $50.

  38. GuyHeilenman on August 9th, 2016 11:50 am

    Hello Frankie – These are too recent for our blood. Sorry.

  39. GuyHeilenman on August 9th, 2016 11:51 am

    Hello Grace – Send the date, title, and if possible, a pic to Tim Hughes at: timothy@rarenewspapers.com

  40. Shamar Tyus on August 15th, 2016 2:21 pm

    1996 olympic newspaper (collectors edition) , would just like to know the worth of it .

  41. Shamar Tyus on August 15th, 2016 2:24 pm

    1996 Olympics newspaper (collectors edition), would like to know value/worth

  42. Stephen Green on August 16th, 2016 10:17 am

    Hi Guy, I have found a paper in my loft, its not the best of condition but its complete and very readable, its “The Sun” dated Thursday, September, 6, 1984 and has the headline “MOHICAN AGED FIVE” it was 16 pence then and I’m just wondering if its anything of importance or do I throw it away? Kind regards

  43. GuyHeilenman on August 16th, 2016 12:25 pm

    Hello Shamar – I 40+ years we have yet to come across anyone seeking such “collector’s edition” newspapers. If it has value, it is outside of our experience.

  44. GuyHeilenman on August 16th, 2016 12:28 pm

    (repeat of previous response) Hello Shamar – I 40+ years we have yet to come across anyone seeking such “collector’s edition” newspapers. If it has value, it is outside of our experience.

  45. GuyHeilenman on August 16th, 2016 12:29 pm

    Hello Stephen – Unfortunately we do not have a history regarding this newspaper. Sorry.

  46. Daniel on August 17th, 2016 10:23 am

    1865 original new York time new paper. Is it worth anything?

  47. Casey Palacios on August 22nd, 2016 1:25 pm

    I have a copy of The Schenectady Weekly Union form July 2, 1868. There is a section that shows the Union Republican Nominations for President, Gen. Ulysus S. Grant. For Vice-President, Hon. Schuyler Colfax. And I also have one from Providence Daily Journal dated October 7, 1864 and it has a sections showing the National Union Nominations. For President it says Abraham Lincoln of Illinois and for Vice-President it says Andrew Johnson of Tennessee. Any idea where I can go to find out if it is worth anything?

  48. Greg mccullum on August 22nd, 2016 2:08 pm

    I have a august 4th 1930 dallas morning newspaper .Sixteen pages laminated is it worth anything?

  49. GuyHeilenman on August 26th, 2016 7:48 am

    Hello Greg: Without having it in hand there is no way to know for certain, but in nearly 40 years of collecting and selling, we’ve never had anyone ask for one – and our database of key events does not indicate it might have value.

  50. GuyHeilenman on August 26th, 2016 7:49 am

    Hello Casey: Please send details to Tim Hughes at timothy@rarenewspapers.com

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