So after all those years, are my Callcards valuable?...

A question I have been asked quite a bit lately is this. Unfortunately in the majority of cases I get asked, the answer is no. Telecom Eireann (and Eircom) released different kinds of cards throughout the years, with a mix of trial, definitive, private and general release cards. In this short guide I am going to provide very broad but useful information and tables you can use to find out if the cards you have are valuable or not.

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When a Limited Edition is not limited at all!

Many people have the Garth Brooks, Diana Ross,Tina Turner, Aladdin and Blink (Wonder what happened to them?) Callcards in their collection. Printed quite prominently on the front of each of these cards is “Limited Edition”. Unfortunately these particular cards are far from being a “limited edition”, but rather the term limited edition was used to signify Telecom Eireann’s partnership with EMI music to produce “band” cards, and market them as a collector’s item for the fans.

All the cards mentioned above in mint condition should be worth a few euro, but used would not be worth much if anything. Please refer to the Card List to see how many of the particular card was made.

Of course just to confuse us all Telecom Eireann did bring out a card with Limited Edition stated which was in fact limited! The 1050 Cable & Wireless card only had 10, 000 made, and is considerably rarer than the above.

Sure that card looks lovely, marks a special event, has a nice design, it must be valuable?

Ironically enough it would be the plainer, boring Callcards that tend to be the more valuable. All of the Disney Callcards (with the exception of 1261 Tarzan Special) are general releases with massive amounts produced. Phonecards that were made to commemorate Clinton’s historic visit, The Foxford Woolen Mills, the 1994 World Cup or Gay Byrnes last Late Late Show cards are all very common.

The earlier the Callcard the more valuable they are…

defearlyOlder Callcards, particularly the earlier trial Callcards and some  very early cards (the Rock of Cashel, All-Ireland Hurling and Football, the Shamrock, Limerick Treaty) are rare and fetch quite a bit these days, particularly in good condition. Depending on the card of course, some trial cards would fetch into the hundreds (the IMI cards).

An interesting point to make here is that not all Callcards came wrapped. Not one of the trial cards was issued in a plastic wrapper and many of the early cards (the Rock of Cashel, All-Ireland Hurling and Football, the Shamrock, Limerick Treaty) never came wrapped.

So how does one find out if the card is mint? For the Dublin or Limerick trials, that would be impossible, however a card reader may be used to check unwrapped callcards for units. These readers are quite difficult to come by.

How did these cards sell mint and used recently?...

Note: GC refers to good condition. Small light surface blemishes, no deep scratches, bends etc.trialcards

  • Cork FITCE: €60-€90
  • IMI 20u: No Data
  • IMI50u: No Data
  • IMI Nineties: €20-€45
  • Black Back Cottage (Train Trial): €50-€70
  • Royal Hospital Kilmainham: €46-€100
  • Rock of Cashel: Mint €40-€90 / Used (GC): €10-€28
  • All-Ireland Hurling: Mint: €21-€45 / Used (GC): €11-€25
  • All-Ireland Football: Mint: €18-€45 / Used (GC): €11-€28
  • La Le Padraig (Shamrock): Mint: €20-€40 / Used (GC): €11-€25
  • The Limerick Treaty: Mint: €20-€50 / Used (GC): €5-€25

 

General Trial card releases table (5, 10, 20, 50, 100 Unit):

Unit

Price Range

5

€7-€50

10

€3-€12

20

€5-€15

50

€10-€24

100

€20-€50

 

Mint Callcards

Mint Callcards (i.e: ones that are still in their plastic wrapper) will fetch more than a used card in the majority of cases. Remember that not all Callcards came wrapped, and a card reader would be necessary to show if a card is mint with units or not.

 

General Release Cards (100, 000-1, 000,000)

Unit

Used Price Range

Mint Price Range

5

€1-€4

€2-€6

10

-

€1.50-€5

20

-

€2.50-€7

50

€.50-€3

€7.50-€11

100

€.50-€3

€17-€24

 

Special Release Cards (10, 000-99, 000) *

Unit

Used Price Range

Mint Price Range

5

€1-€15

€4-€20

10

€1-€12

€2-€16

20

€1-€12

€2.50-€7

50

€1-€11

€8.50-€16

100

€1.50-€15

€18-€40

*Excl. Above Early Cards

 

Please note that prices listed here are “guides” and are not made to be accurate. You can refer to the Card List to see how many cards were made. If you want to contact me for help please click here or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. I will do my best to value your collection.

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0 #55 Nick Rankin 2018-11-03 16:38
Quoting SUE MURRAY:
HI,I HAVE EURO BASE,THE SOLUTION CALL CARD VALUE 10 UNITS. HAS INTERNATIONAL FREIGHT AND WAREHOUSE MANAGEMENT ON IT.CAN YOU TELL ME IF ITS WORTH ANYTHING PLEASE. ITS STILL IN SEALED WRAPPER,CHEERS SUE

Hi Sue,

It's a nice card, but it's fairly common to find even mint. You could get €5~ for it, but it would be difficult to say in the current climate.

Nick
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0 #54 SUE MURRAY 2018-11-03 15:51
HI,I HAVE EURO BASE,THE SOLUTION CALL CARD VALUE 10 UNITS. HAS INTERNATIONAL FREIGHT AND WAREHOUSE MANAGEMENT ON IT.CAN YOU TELL ME IF ITS WORTH ANYTHING PLEASE. ITS STILL IN SEALED WRAPPER,CHEERS SUE
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0 #53 Nick Rankin 2018-10-20 11:12
Quoting Leonardo:
Hi all! Is there any value 20 years old foreign call cards from Brasil? I have more than 1000, some of them isn't common cards...

Hi Leonardo,

Thanks for getting in touch! :) Unfortunately I couldn't advise concerning Brazilian Phonecards. I only know about Irish Phonecards.

Nick
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+1 #52 Leonardo 2018-10-20 04:47
Hi all! Is there any value 20 years old foreign call cards from Brasil? I have more than 1000, some of them isn't common cards...
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0 #51 Nick Rankin 2018-09-24 22:47
Quoting MarieG:
Hi, I have found my mothers collection of call cards & am wondering if they could be worth anything. she has 3 folders full and quite a few still in the plastic wrappers. Is there anyway of sending you photos of them or that to see if there is any value in any of them?

Sure Marie, you can drop me a email to and I'll be happy to advise.

Nick
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0 #50 MarieG 2018-09-24 14:43
Hi, I have found my mothers collection of call cards & am wondering if they could be worth anything. she has 3 folders full and quite a few still in the plastic wrappers. Is there anyway of sending you photos of them or that to see if there is any value in any of them?
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0 #49 Nick Rankin 2018-09-19 22:08
Quoting Lisa:
Hi, found some old callcards. One is a Pochahontas one still in plastic so never used. Assuming it's not worth much?

Sorry Lisa, it is a very common card and not really worth much even mint.

Nick
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0 #48 Lisa 2018-09-19 16:42
Hi, found some old callcards. One is a Pochahontas one still in plastic so never used. Assuming it's not worth much?
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0 #47 Nick Rankin 2018-08-15 10:52
Hi Fachtna,

Quoting Fachtna o mahony:
Hi how much would erecting the first electricity call card be worth

Is the card mint or used? I'm assuming you refer to the ESB Rural Electrification Callcard?

Nick
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0 #46 Fachtna o mahony 2018-08-14 17:05
Hi how much would erecting the first electricity call card be worth
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