Ireland’s biggest single collection of cards to go under the hammer

The largest single collection of postcards believed to have been accumulated in Ireland is up for auction in Dublin later this month.

It covers all periods, countries and themes with great strength in Irish topographical cards and was compiled over several decades by Seamus Kearns, a Dubliner who died in 2014.

The auction is being held by Whyte’s of Molesworth Street, Dublin, on Saturday January 26th, at 1pm. Visit to view the catalogue.

The full story, with images of some of the cards to go on sale, is in the January issue of PPM, which is available for sale, priced £3.85.

Ian Whyte, whose firm is hosting the auction, knew Mr Kearns well.

He said: “Seamus was the only collector of postcards I knew in the early days, so when I bought an album of cards for a pound or two, I used to sell it to him straightaway for a pound profit, after I had removed a few of the cards of postmark interest. There are dozens of those albums still in this accumulation.”

Ian said the collection will consist mainly of “quite large lots” valued from around £50 upwards – many of which will be for the trade “or the very adventurous collector.”