By Robert Dissinger

My second favorite topic in my collection is fairies and, of course, elves remain numero Uno.

Fantasy is my favorite topic in postcard collecting. Fantasy cards provide so much enjoyment in the hunting, finding, organizing and just looking at all of them. I look at my cards before I go to shows to get a good idea of what I have in my collection. Try not to buy duplicated unless you wish to trade postcards.

If you do not want to buy duplicate cards you can also put your cards on a laptop or tablet so you can view them when at a show or in a buying mode.

The fantasy thing came about when I was in college in 1969 and had read “The Hobbit” and the “Lord of the Rings Trilogy.” Fantasy things just got stuck in my brain. They are 50 years old now.

Condition is probably the most important factor when buying or selling cards. Card content is second in importance. Determining what people like will then determine what they will buy and if you know what people like and want, all the better. One can find these cards priced from 25 cents (if you are fortunate) to as much as $50 and up. There are some sensational fantasy cards in the marketplace. All fairies have wings. I do not put “Cupids” in the fairy category, because if I did, my collection would number in the thousands, so I discriminate. I do include pixies, sprites and winged creatures exhibiting human features. My selection of cards for this article are as follows:

Card #1 is a French card by the artist Oslau.

Card #2 is probably a German-printed card.

Card #3 is an unusual New Year card by Bruder Kohn Vienna.

Card #4 is a general greeting mailed from an APO overseas.

Card #5 is a French photo card by Dohn Laurent and published by Reutlinger.

Card #6 is another general greeting by Millicent Sowerby and published by Humphrey Milford, London.

I love these cards and hope you do too. Happy searching and finding.