Hard to find Fourth of July cards can be found through online shopping as well.Prices vary widely, and there are times that a Halloween card will sell for one week, and the same card will bring 0 the next.

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The cards tucked safely inside, however, are beautifully preserved.

In fact, for being more than 100 years old, most of these cards have held up remarkably well.

With so much volatility, it's wise to watch the market before getting carried away with buying.

Closely watch the condition variations as well to make sure you don't overpay.

However, finding Santa or Halloween cards in this way doesn't happen very often, and hardly ever for a dollar or two.

In antique shops and at shows, collectors can expect to pay -100 or more for a Santa postcard when they happen upon them and they rarely find Halloween cards offered for sale beyond online shopping.

It's not a bad thing to enjoy these cards, especially if you can't quite justify spending 0 or more on an original version.

Just be sure you're getting the real deal if you do decide to splurge on a rare card.

Many people enjoy searching for picture postcards of hometowns, landmark buildings and vacation spots.