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


Author: Nick RankinCreated: Saturday, November 24th 2012, 3:55 pm Modified: Monday, November 29th 2021, 1:05 pm

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…

Early Callcards

Older 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.

 
 
 

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Some examples of valuable early cards (and how they sold recently)

Callcard Price Range Mint/Used
Cork FITCE  €60-90 MINT/Used
Irish Management Institute (IMI) Ireland's Europe 20 units  €180-250 MINT/Used
Irish Management Institute (IMI) Ireland's Europe 50 units  €350-500 MINT/Used
Irish Management Institute (IMI) New Ways for the Nineties  €20-25 MINT
Black Back Cottage (Train Trial)  €35-55 MINT/Used
Royal Hospital Kilmainham  €40-60 MINT
Rock of Cashel  €15-28 MINT
All Ireland Football/Hurling  €15-30 MINT
Shamrock (La Le Padraig)  €10-20 MINT
The Limerick Treaty  €10-20 MINT
 

Cards I am commonly asked about regarding value

Callcard Price Range Mint/Used
Garth Brooks  €1-3 MINT
Gay Byrne (Late Late Show)  €1-3 MINT
Boyzone  €1-2 MINT
Diana Ross  €1-3 MINT
Cottage (certain variations more valuable than others)  €1-5 MINT
Tina Turner  €1-3 MINT
Niamh from Tir Na Nog  €1-2 MINT
Irish Horse Racing (certain variations more valuable than others)  €1-5 MINT
Blink (EMI Music)  €1-2 MINT
Aladdin  €1-2 MINT

This list will be updated as often as people contact me. Why don't you contact me for a collection appraisal?

For other Callcards, a more general value range can be viewed in the tables below. Feel free to use the Card List to cross check the table with your collection.

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

 

 

Tip!: 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. There are some very rare exceptions to this rule.

 

 

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

 

Please note that prices listed here are guidelines. The callcard market is very changeable, and values of cards to go up and down.

You can also refer to the Card List to see how many of a particular callcard were made. If you want to contact me for help please click here or send an email to nick@irishcallcards.net. I will do my best to value your collection.

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Nick Rankin (Administrator)
Posted - 4 years ago

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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Lisa
Posted - 4 years ago

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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Nick Rankin (Administrator)
Posted - 4 years ago

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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Fachtna o mahony
Posted - 4 years ago

Hi how much would erecting the first electricity call card be worth


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Fachtna o mahony
Posted - 4 years ago

How much would erecting the first pole in1946 call xard be please


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Karen Murray
Posted - 4 years ago

I'm looking to see are these any good ive Q pope john paul 94-95 card is it any go


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Nick Rankin (Administrator)
Posted - 4 years ago

Quoting fergus nolan
do you buy call cards

Hi Fergus,

Please feel free to drop me an email with photos of your Callcards: nick@irishcallcards.net and I will let you know if you have any that I need.

Best regards,
Nick


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fergus nolan
Posted - 4 years ago

do you buy call cards


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Nick Rankin (Administrator)
Posted - 7 years ago

Quoting Mark S
Hello and thanks in advance for reading my post. I inherited a large (100s) of calling cards about 12 years ago and never really looked into them until now. I will say that they are all used and the issuers are varied to include Telecom Eireann, NTT, Telia Telekom Malaysia, BT, Mercury, etc. to name a few. Would it be possible to get an idea of value? Thanks again, Mark

Hi Mark,

I could help you with the Irish cards. Drop me a mail nick@irishcallcards.net and I'll let you know if any are valuable.

Nick


Mark S Avatar
Mark S
Posted - 7 years ago

Hello and thanks in advance for reading my post. I inherited a large (100s) of calling cards about 12 years ago and never really looked into them until now. I will say that they are all used and the issuers are varied to include Telecom Eireann, NTT, Telia Telekom Malaysia, BT, Mercury, etc. to name a few. Would it be possible to get an idea of value? Thanks again, Mark


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Brian Connolly
Posted - 7 years ago

I have a number of mint, still in wrapper Garda 75th anniversary Garda Callcards. Two strip of 4 and some single ones. How can I get a valuation for them


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Nick Rankin (Administrator)
Posted - 7 years ago

Quoting albert ellis
I have two mint condition (in their wrappers) call cards . One Goldeneye. Second one is EURO BASE.
Please advise likely value.
Regards Albert Ellis

Hi Albert,

While the Goldeneye mint is only worth a euro or 2 the Eurobase is a good bit rarer. Prices have been up and down recently but I'd say a value of 8-12€ for a mint Eurobase could be achieved!

Nick


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albert ellis
Posted - 7 years ago

I have two mint condition (in their wrappers) call cards . One Goldeneye. Second one is EURO BASE.
Please advise likely value.
Regards Albert Ellis


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Nick Rankin (Administrator)
Posted - 7 years ago

Quoting PJ
Would a Zig & Zag call card still in its wrapper but also worthless

Hi PJ,

Common enough card with 200k produced. Worth about €2-3 mint & wrapped these days,

Nick


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PJ
Posted - 7 years ago

Would a Zig & Zag call card still in its wrapper but also worthless


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