Certainly ads and even artwork from mags sell. I think it might be a case of the sum of the parts being greater than the whole. Some purists will say that it’s sacrilege to destroy a mag thus - but someone’s going to. On a personal note I decided that it might as well be me cos space is ultimately a problem for most collectors. On a personal note I do keep one of each mag title and those with special events (and, - rather subjectively, articles that interest me!). I think you will find that special events and certain special covers have a premium value (Royal events and even Christmas numbers).
One possible view could be that the envelope is part of the history of the card. There is no reason to throw it away - the collector could simply place the envelope behind the card in the plastic display wallet. I doubt it adds value to the card unless there is something signifcant about it.
Thank you for thinking of me. Any potential buyer will need to know what they are getting and you will need to have some idea of what $ you expect so everyone comes out happy. If you take the collection to a local auction (in the UK ephemera is usually put with books in specialist auctions) you will get a quick sale with little work on your part but is unlikely you will get as much. If you place on eBay as one large lot the same applies. Sorting into categories or themes even if broad may help sell. $ will depend on condition and age. Have a look around eBay and at other sites of dealers on TEN. If items are family related don’t forget that once sold they are gone forever. If I can help further please let me know - happy to let you have my e-mail.
I think, Judy, that these banks were or are literally for mechants. The 2 I can think of off the top of my head is Barings (which you may have heard of) and Rothschilds (whom you will certainly have heard of). So I get the feel that they tend to be exclusive. Perhaps they are a European thing!? 'fraid I've not heard of Monkey Ward.
Hi Judy, I have picked up the odd cheque in the past. I have gone for the elaborate security printing and I have found it particularly interesting if the bank is no more. At one time in my past career (early 80s) I ran the unpaid cheques section of HM Customs - some of the cheques I saw from lesser known banks (esp Merchant banks) were particularly peachy. How I wish I could have got my hands on them!!
Hi Judy, there are lots of places to sell online. You can set up your own store, use online venues like eBay, TIAS, Collectors' Quest, Bonzale, etc. -- there are a number of dealers here who can recommend & give opinions on sites they use. And I believe some sellers here trade/swap with one another too.
PS If you don't have a blog or website, upload some items here so we can all see what you do collect!