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Do Old and Antique Newspapers Have Any Collectible Value?

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 [1] 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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758 Comments To "Do Old and Antique Newspapers Have Any Collectible Value?"

#1 Comment By GuyHeilenman On 08/09/2019 @ 11:40 am

This is great. Although we do not have a use for them, if you are looking to sell them (perhaps on eBay), hopefully you will do well with them.

#2 Comment By GuyHeilenman On 08/09/2019 @ 11:40 am

We are not familiar enough with copyright law to be able to give advice on this. Sorry.

#3 Comment By Ervis C Hiatt On 09/14/2019 @ 10:10 am

My wife’s uncle was a Pearl Harbor survivor. He bought the copy of the Honolulu Star Bulletin (1st extra) after his ship pulled beck into port after the bombing was over. He deceased and all his effects were turned over to my mother-in-law who deceased and all her personal effects wound up in my attic. My wife decease and I remarried and now we are in the process of ‘cleaning house’ I ran across this newspaper while going through a pile of things. I am wondering if it has any value to perhaps a collector?

#4 Comment By sarah nixon On 09/23/2019 @ 11:02 am

I have a large hardback book containing illustrated newspaper from 1863 in great condition for its age. I would like to know if it is worth anything and where i could take it to valued?

#5 Comment By GuyHeilenman On 09/26/2019 @ 8:39 am

Hello Sarah – Please send this on to Tim Hughes at [2].

#6 Comment By GuyHeilenman On 09/26/2019 @ 8:41 am

Go to the link below. Does yours look like the top image, or the bottom image?


#7 Comment By Kathleen maida On 10/12/2019 @ 1:04 pm

I have newspaper man lands on moon newsday is it worth anything

#8 Comment By GuyHeilenman On 11/07/2019 @ 8:06 am

Sorry, but we do not monitor such questions from here. Please send us information regarding what you have to us at [4]. Thanks for your understanding.