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The Complete eBay Buyer's Guide to Collectible Delaware Postcards

Whether you collect old state postcards or you simply love the state of Delaware, eBay offers a bevy of beautiful and historic Delaware postcards to suit your fancy. Learn how to sort through the various Delaware cards for sale on eBay to find the ones you want to own.

How do you identify vintage Delaware postcards?

Vintage Delaware souvenir postcards depict historic images of Delaware landmarks and places of interest, such as buildings, factories, schools, and train stations in Dover, Smyrna, Newark, and Wilmington. Some old Delaware cards include images of people in those scenes, such as scenes of bathers or recreational boaters at Rehoboth Beach or fishermen on Dewey Beach.

Features of Delaware postcards

The following are some of the key features and distinctions to be aware of when choosing DE postcards:

  • Type - You'll find "real photograph" DE cards made of an actual photograph glued to a vintage postcard backing and lithographed photographs printed on a press.
  • Color - You'll find DE cards in color and in black and white.
  • Edges and borders - You'll find DE cards printed with and without borders as well as cut with smooth or decorative edges.
How do you choose inexpensive Delaware postcards on eBay?

One way to choose new and used DE postcards to collect is by location, such as a particular DE city or town like Georgetown, Milford, or Seaford or, more specifically still, a particular DE landmark over a span of several years, such as Kirkwood Park in New Castle or the Everett Theater, site of the film “Dead Poets Society," in Middletown. Similarly, you can collect postcards from throughout Delaware all reflecting a specific era in time.

What to look for in collectible Delaware postcards

When collecting DE cards, there are certain elements to look for to make sure you know what you are getting. Check the back of any card you consider buying before you buy it to see if it has any writing, a stamp, or even a postmark. Check the condition of any DE card you're considering buying as well to make sure you're aware of whether it has any rips or tears, folds, creases, dog-eared corners, scratches, stains, or other marks. Cards that are warped, moldy, or particularly dirty or tattered should be avoided. You'll see the following terms used to describe the condition of Delaware postcards for sale:

  • Poor
  • Fair
  • Good
  • Very good
  • Excellent
  • Near mint
  • Mint
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