I love vintage ephemera of any kind, especially Christmas greeting cards. I recently got a few native cards I'd like to share. The graphics are colorful, bright and cheerful, and with sentimental messages. Who wouldn't smile upon receiving these cards during the 1960’s with scenic view of a barrio, fishing in the sea, or a sweet Filipina harvesting in the rice field? Cards are, and have always been, a way to express feelings. You cherish and hold on to them forever, which is why you find almost everywhere.
Greeting cards have been around for over 200 years. You can find them at auctions, flea markets, antique and thrift stores, maybe even your own bodega or storage rooms.
Collecting is fun and usually inexpensive. Decide on a theme of the Christmas cards that you would collect. I personally like cards from the 1930's -1950's with Filipiniana motifs. It doesn't matter to me what era it was made. I'm drawn to the graphics of that time period.
Condition is important for resale value, but not necessarily for a personal collection. Things to look for are creases, tears, stains and writing. You can expect normal browning of the paper due to age. Most greeting cards have been signed. If you love it, buy it!