Frequently Asked Questions

How do I contact CardCow?

You can fill out our Contact form, or for any other reason or if you have difficulty accessing content on this website, please email us at or call 781-269-2273 and we will strive to assist you in accessing our website. 

Are all the cards you sell original?

Yes, nearly all of the cards we sell are original vintage postcards.  Most reproductions will be noted in the title or description. 

We do also provide high-resolution scans of many of the older cards (download only).  These are on a secondary "Purchase this Scan" page.

Do you buy Postcards?

Yes, we buy all kinds of postcards, and many other types of ephemera and vintage paper items.

Please Contact Us or see our page about Selling Vintage Postcards to CardCow.

Can I list my cards for sale on CardCow?

CardCow is not a multi-vendor marketplace, all items listed are sold by CardCow directly.  Selling cards online is a time-consuming process and we typically just buy collections outright.

We do occasionally auction collections or cosign them for sale.  Please Contact Us for more details if you wish to consign or auction your collection.

Do you Buy Used Postcards?  Are used postcards worth anything?

Yes! A cancel or stamp in and of itself usually doesn't decrease the value of a postcard if it doesn't affect the image on the front of the card.  Although some collectors prefer unused cards, the are other collectors that prefer to have mailed cards because it difnitively places the card at a time in history.  The stamp or cancel can add to the value for stamp (philiatelic) and postal history collectors.  Also, a message may add interesting facts or geneological information to a card.

Why show "Sold" cards on the site if they are not available for purchase?

We show sold cards for posterity because it is often useful for collectors to see as many cards of a particular topic or series as possible.  Also, we offer scans of many of the older cards for purchase.

When viewing category pages and search results with the default sort/relevancy sold cards will always be shown at the end of the list.  When searching, the default is to show only "Available Products", meaning originals.

High Resolution Images and Scans

We can provide 300 to 1200 dpi images of individual cards in the public domain for a nominal fee.
Scan purchases are downloadable immediately after checkout with a download link sent via email.
We will provide high-res scans for non-profit use in exchange for a photo credit.
Please contact us if you wish to purchase scans.

We currently do not do any printing and do not sell prints - the scans provided are digital files only which most online and local printers & graphic artists can easily work with.

Copyright and Usage

Many of the images of our cards are in the public domain, so you may be able to use their images Royalty-Free.
For more information see these resources or consult a copyright attorney:

Copyright Terms and Public Domain
Postcard Guide to Copyright Terms In the United States 

The CardCow watermark on some images is for identification purposes only and not a claim of copyright.
Any existing copyright is still held by their respective owners.

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