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


Author: Nick RankinCreated: 24/11/2012 15:55Modified: 29/11/2021 13:05

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 - 7 years ago

Quoting ANNE AINE
HAVE A REPUBLIC OF IRELAND 1994 WORLD CUP USED 10 UNIT CARD IS IT WORTH ANYTHING :-?

Hi Anne,

Unfortunately both the World Cup '94 and the Goldeneye Callcards are worth nothing used in todays climate used.
Both were gen. released cards with hundreds of thousands produced.
The same goes for the Zig & Zag, Deirdre, Trinity and Tina Turner cards.

Thanks for the comment!

Nick


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ANNE AINE
Posted - 7 years ago

HAVE A REPUBLIC OF IRELAND 1994 WORLD CUP USED 10 UNIT CARD IS IT WORTH ANYTHING :-?


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ANNE AINE
Posted - 7 years ago

IS A USED GOLDENEYE 10 UNITS CALLCARD WORTH ANYTHING OR PODGE AND RODGE 10 UNIT ONE USED ALSO TINA TURNER 20 UNITS USED A 50 UNIT TRINITY 400 ALSO A 50 UNIT USED DEIRDRE OF SORROWS


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Nick Rankin (Administrator)
Posted - 7 years ago

Quoting Ulla Harris
Hi there ..

I have Irish Phone Cards Fair " Entrance Ph. Cards " .... also quite a few " Jeremy Farrell " cards . some with signed art work aka .. Fitzpatrick , Robert Ballagh .... was wondering if there would be interest in them ...

Thanks

Ulla

Hi Ulla,

If you would like a valuation feel free to send on some photos of the callcards to my email address: nick@irishcallcards.net and I'd be happy to help value them

Regards

Nick


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Ulla Harris
Posted - 7 years ago

Hi there ..

I have Irish Phone Cards Fair " Entrance Ph. Cards " .... also quite a few " Jeremy Farrell " cards . some with signed art work aka .. Fitzpatrick , Robert Ballagh .... was wondering if there would be interest in them ...

Thanks

Ulla


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Nick Rankin (Administrator)
Posted - 7 years ago

Quoting Callcards
Hi.
I've maybe 400 callcards some used some not even ope as I collected them as a kid. Now I'm looking to get rid of them for some cash. Where would I go to do this?? Some are from the very beginning still in plastic never open or uses and some have been used but in excellent condition.

The best places to sell Callcards include Adverts.ie, Ebay.ie and of course the Irish Callcards.net marketplace here :) . Feel free to drop me a mail nick@irishcallcards.net if you would like a valuation

Regards

Nick


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Callcards
Posted - 7 years ago

Hi.
I've maybe 400 callcards some used some not even ope as I collected them as a kid. Now I'm looking to get rid of them for some cash. Where would I go to do this?? Some are from the very beginning still in plastic never open or uses and some have been used but in excellent condition.


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Nick Rankin (Administrator)
Posted - 7 years ago

Quoting Stephen Devine
Can u give me the bad news on the fca lol special edition card. Perfect form and not being used. In plastic. Mint

Hi Stephen,

Is this the 50 Unit An F.C.A card? If it is and you have it mint wrapped current day value would be in the region of €5.50-9~

Nick


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Stephen Devine
Posted - 7 years ago

Can u give me the bad news on the fca lol special edition card. Perfect form and not being used. In plastic. Mint


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Nick Rankin (Administrator)
Posted - 7 years ago

Quoting luke clarke
hi Nick i have over 200 callcards still in their wrappers would love to know what they are worth just an example of what i have la le padraic with a shamrock in front 4 tarzan ones irish dancers dancing to 3 guys on fiddles etc loads of santa onesgarth brooks tina turner michael george boyzone bon jovi michael davitt liam neeson as michael collinsloads of disney onesloads of plain telecom eireann chocolate ones drinks special limited editions in call card packs irish brain research foundation la le padraic herding sheep i could go on and on

hope to hear from you luke clarke

Hi Luke,

Do feel free to drop me an email to nick@irishcallcards.net and I would be happy to assist you in valuing your Callcard collection

Nick


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luke clarke
Posted - 7 years ago

hi Nick i have over 200 callcards still in their wrappers would love to know what they are worth just an example of what i have la le padraic with a shamrock in front 4 tarzan ones irish dancers dancing to 3 guys on fiddles etc loads of santa onesgarth brooks tina turner michael george boyzone bon jovi michael davitt liam neeson as michael collinsloads of disney onesloads of plain telecom eireann chocolate ones drinks special limited editions in call card packs irish brain research foundation la le padraic herding sheep i could go on and on

hope to hear from you luke clarke


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Nick Rankin (Administrator)
Posted - 7 years ago

Quoting Joe West
Hi Nick
I have a number of Irish call card mint and used and I was wondering if they were worth anything I have 2 telecom eireannn they look mint no scratches like if you put them in a phone one is 50 units and the other is 10 units.I also have telecom eireann charge card and telecom eireann £5 Ireland Direct prepaid calling card and 7, 5unit mint Irish and a large number of 10,20,50,and 100,unit mint Irish call cards in rappers I also have a large number of 10,20,50,and100,unit used call cards. And I have a few old BT Telecom cards one is for use in HM prisons only. I hope you might me.
Regards
Joe West

Hi Joe,

Feel free to drop me an email nick@irishcallcards.net I'd be happy to help you value your collection :) . I'll also let you know what is rare and what isnt,

Regards,

nick


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Joe West
Posted - 7 years ago

Hi Nick
I have a number of Irish call card mint and used and I was wondering if they were worth anything I have 2 telecom eireannn they look mint no scratches like if you put them in a phone one is 50 units and the other is 10 units.I also have telecom eireann charge card and telecom eireann £5 Ireland Direct prepaid calling card and 7, 5unit mint Irish and a large number of 10,20,50,and 100,unit mint Irish call cards in rappers I also have a large number of 10,20,50,and100,unit used call cards. And I have a few old BT Telecom cards one is for use in HM prisons only. I hope you might me.
Regards
Joe West


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Nick Rankin (Administrator)
Posted - 7 years ago

Quoting Joanne Devereux
Hi,
I have a small callcard collection from when I was a kid. Most are irish ones I have used and still in the wrapper ones and some foregin ones too. Do you know where I could sell them and how much I could get for them?

Thanks
Joanne Devereux

Hi Joanne,

Ebay, Adverts.ie and Delcampe.net would be the most common places Irish Callcards are sold these days.
Do feel free to email me nick@irishcallcards.net if you would like me to provide a valuation for your Callcards :-) ,

Regards,

Nick


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Joanne Devereux
Posted - 7 years ago

Hi,
I have a small callcard collection from when I was a kid. Most are irish ones I have used and still in the wrapper ones and some foregin ones too. Do you know where I could sell them and how much I could get for them?

Thanks
Joanne Devereux


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