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 - 8 years ago

Quoting Kev
Hey NIck,

I was wondering if you know of any shops in Dublin that trade callcards? I have a small collection that I'd like to see if any of them are worth anything. I doubt they are mint as they were mainly swiped from the phonebox around from my nannies!! I have a bundle of foreign callcards too so not sure if they can be checked online for value.

Appreciate any help.

Thanks.

Kev

Hi Kev,

Sorry for the delay in getting back to you! I'm not aware of any dealers still in Dublin (or anywhere for that matter!) who would take a used collection of Callcards. If you want to send me an email with photos of your Irish cards I will be able to help identify any you may have that hold any value. I couldn't help regarding your foreign cards unfortunately.
My email is nick@irishcallcards.net :)

Nick


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Kev
Posted - 8 years ago

Hey NIck,

I was wondering if you know of any shops in Dublin that trade callcards? I have a small collection that I'd like to see if any of them are worth anything. I doubt they are mint as they were mainly swiped from the phonebox around from my nannies!! I have a bundle of foreign callcards too so not sure if they can be checked online for value.

Appreciate any help.

Thanks.

Kev


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Nick Rankin (Administrator)
Posted - 8 years ago

Quoting Tony
Hi. I have two old (plain?) TE callcards, one for 10 units with the Niamh Tir na nOg front and the other 20 units with a Cadbury's ad on front. I doubt any units are used. Are they worth anything? can these even be used in phones any longer? Thanks for the advice.

Hi Tony,

Are both the cards still in the plastic wrapper? If so then they are mint. They could also have units if they are out of the wrapper, but their value would be lower.
Callcards should work in phoneboxes still, however the units value will be shown as currency. For example a 10 unit card would be the same as a €4 card, while a 20 unit card is a €7 (+ €3 free) one. I am not aware of Callcards expiring however this is a possibility.
Value for these cards would be non-existant used, but mint wrapped the Cadburys could fetch 6-10€ and mint Niamh €2-3.

Hope this helps!

Nick


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Tony
Posted - 8 years ago

Hi. I have two old (plain?) TE callcards, one for 10 units with the Niamh Tir na nOg front and the other 20 units with a Cadbury's ad on front. I doubt any units are used. Are they worth anything? can these even be used in phones any longer? Thanks for the advice.


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Nick Rankin (Administrator)
Posted - 8 years ago

Quoting JP Pilibin
Hi ~ Just wondering if there is any value in Dublin Bus Yearly cards ~ I have three with pictures but for the last couple of years they are generic ~ Art in Dublin Bus went Yellow like their service ~ Thanks

Hi JP,

I couldn't tell you if theres a market for them being honest. I used to collect the 2 Easy etc. bus cards back in the day as well, but don't think theres any interest in them nowadays.
As your Dublin Bus tickets have special designs they may be worth something, but being honest I wouldn't think so.. Theres a few on ebay here, may be no harm keeping a watch on them..

Hope this helps

Nick


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JP Pilibin
Posted - 8 years ago

Hi ~ Just wondering if there is any value in Dublin Bus Yearly cards ~ I have three with pictures but for the last couple of years they are generic ~ Art in Dublin Bus went Yellow like their service ~ Thanks


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Nick Rankin (Administrator)
Posted - 8 years ago

Quoting Knopek
I joined adverts.ie last night after finding my collection after 15 years. I listed some cards and got an offer of 2 euro for the plus E1 free card. I have 1,000 cards and this is the only one of these and its used. How do I know if its the right price. Name on adverts is yvonnebb I have manx tt 90th annbiversary ones in a special folder form 1997 and also 98 ones in folder. I have to start somewhere, Great to find this site, Limeridk/clare area. List of cards on adverts.ie

Hi Yvonne,

Glad you found this site :) . The simply Talk Callcards are interesting as there are not as many out there due to many giving up collecting before they were released. Certainly I wouldn't sell Callcards for €2 only (if thats too include P&P). You need to remember you'll be footing the P&P bill €.60c alone for stamp, maybe €0.10 for envelope then the Payment processor you use (such as Paypal) will likely include a charge, in Paypals case I think its 3% of the transaction. For the Simply Talk if it is in good condition with minor scratching I'd be looking for 7/8€ at least, maybe round it off to €10 and see where you go. It's not a rare card, but the simply Talks do not come up for sale that often either!
Unless you really want rid I wouldn't let it go for €2, unless the buyer also buys maybe 3 or 4 other general release used cards from you and pays €10 or something similar. You can find rough guideline prices for Callcards in the Callcards Gallery on here.
Interesting used cards you have are: feis ceoil, Bloomsday. In good condition these 100u cards could fetch a few euro, €6/7 if unscratched/damaged. Sometimes less, however. Your mint cards you should refer to the guideline prices included in the article above, remember these prices are for the card itself, excl. P&P/Paypal etc. charges. I would say Design a CC 94-€4~ and Pot Mash: €6~ mint.

I honestly cannot help you value the Manx TT cards, but if you email me a few pictures (nick[@]irishcallcards.net - remove [] around @) I may be able to help. If you have other photos of Irish Callcards not displayed on adverts.ie please also feel free to send them on :) . I cannot help you with your foreign Callcards unfortunately!

Hope this helps

Nick


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Knopek
Posted - 8 years ago

I joined adverts.ie last night after finding my collection after 15 years. I listed some cards and got an offer of 2 euro for the plus E1 free card. I have 1,000 cards and this is the only one of these and its used. How do I know if its the right price. Name on adverts is yvonnebb I have manx tt 90th annbiversary ones in a special folder form 1997 and also 98 ones in folder. I have to start somewhere, Great to find this site, Limeridk/clare area. List of cards on adverts.ie


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Knopek
Posted - 8 years ago

I have a thousand call cards from Ireland. Uk, isle of man, jersey, europe, middle east, carrivean japan etc. I put pics on adverts.ie yvonnebb is the name there. I got one offer of 2 euro for a plus one euro free eircom call card with a price of 7 euro on it. its used. In the thousand cards its the only one of these I have, How do I know if it is the correct price, I also have a nice collection of Manx tt racing 97 for the 90th anniversary in a special folder, Perfect but used. also manx tt 98 ones in folder, I only took these out last night after 15 years. So this is my first day, Great to find the site.


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Nick Rankin (Administrator)
Posted - 9 years ago

Quoting Leo Malone
HI I HAVE OVER 100 CALLCARDS STILL IN THE WRAPPERS HOW CAN I SELL THEM

Hi Leo,

You can sell them on here if you like! Check out the Market tab on this website to ad a free advertisement. You can also use the likes of ebay or adverts.ie, I would recommend adverts. If you want an idea of value you can make a new post on our forum and attach photos of your cards to it, or feel free to email me nick@irishcallcards.net is my email :)

Nick


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Leo Malone
Posted - 9 years ago

HI I HAVE OVER 100 CALLCARDS STILL IN THE WRAPPERS HOW CAN I SELL THEM


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Nick Rankin (Administrator)
Posted - 9 years ago

hi i used collect these bout 15 years ago and found my collection few weeks ago id like to sell my collection if icould find sumbody to valu it or be interested in it

Hi John,

Send me an email nick[at]irishcallcards[.]net with a list of callcards or even better photos of your collection, and I will be able to give you a general indication of price

Nick


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john connolly
Posted - 9 years ago

hi i used collect these bout 15 years ago and found my collection few weeks ago id like to sell my collection if icould find sumbody to valu it or be interested in it


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Nick Rankin (Administrator)
Posted - 9 years ago

Quoting Limericks Life
My brother collected these way back in the day, this gave me a wonderful flashback of checking phone boxes with him.
I must ask him if he still has them.

Glad to hear Limericks Life :) . Was great fun going around all the phone boxes and the joy of finding even any old card. Sometimes you hit the jackpot and found a rare one or a good ole 100 unit one. Glad you like the site :)

Nick


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Limericks Life
Posted - 9 years ago

My brother collected these way back in the day, this gave me a wonderful flashback of checking phone boxes with him.
I must ask him if he still has them.


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