Where to Sell Old Magazines and Newspapers + What They’re Worth

You can sell old magazines and newspapers to vintage and antique dealers, as well as private collectors. While some purchasers prefer to buy in bulk, you may also be able to sell individual magazines, especially if they are rare. Below, we’ve compiled a list of places that buy newspapers and magazines, along with some details on how to determine how much your collection is worth.

The Value of Old Magazines and Newspapers

The amount of cash you can expect to receive for an old magazine or newspaper varies greatly. Some old magazines and newspapers can indeed have high monetary value, but popular magazine collections like National Geographic and Sports Illustrated can be challenging to find a purchaser for because they’re relatively easy to come by.

Magazines and newspapers are more likely to sell if they are rare. For example, magazine special editions with a limited number of copies have added value. Value is also added if the magazine or newspaper features a major news story, historical event, or well-known celebrity.[1]

Condition is also an important factor; if your magazines and newspapers have missing pages, rips or tears, or markings on the pages, the likelihood that you can get cash for them decreases.

For more on selling used items, see our research on where to donate, sell, or recycle old textbooks and where to sell used clothing in bulk.

The List

Below, we’ve compiled the list of places that buy old magazines and newspapers, beginning with the best options. In comparing these places, we considered the convenience of selling and the range of items each company buys.

Keep in mind that there is no guarantee that these places will buy your items. It’s also a good idea to ask your local used bookstores if they accept old magazines and newspapers.

Neatstuff Collectibles

  • Types of periodicals bought: Magazines, pulps, comics[2]
  • Payment method: Cash[2]
  • Selling process: Fill out the form on the Neatstuff Collectibles website or call (800) 326-7064 to discuss your collection. Typically, a buyer will travel to you to appraise and purchase your stuff (appraisals are free).[2]
  • Find out more

Back to the Past Pop Culture Collectibles

  • Types of periodicals bought: Vintage magazines (including men’s magazines), newspapers, comic books, and posters[3]
  • Payment method: Cash or store credit[3]
  • Selling process: Fill out the form on the Back to the Past website; the company will contact you for a consultation. For larger collections, a buyer will come to you. Smaller items may be shipped or brought into the store (located in Wixom, MI) or shipped.[4]
  • Find out more

Mr-Magazine/Leone’s Collectibles

  • Types of periodicals bought: A variety of vintage magazines[5]
  • Payment method: Cash[5]
  • Selling process: The process varies depending on the items and cost of shipping; for larger collections, a buyer will come to you.[5]
  • Find out more

Sell Me Your Collectibles

  • Types of periodicals bought: Magazines in very good condition, including Playboy, Jet, Time, and Life; preferably collections of 40 or more[6]
  • Payment method: Cash[7]
  • Selling process: Contact the company with a description of your items. You’ll ship the items yourself and generally split shipping costs.
  • Find out more

VintageMagazines.com

  • Types of periodicals bought: A variety but preferably older, uncommon non-fiction magazines from before 1970. Magazines must be complete, meaning no missing pages or clippings.[8]
  • Payment method: PayPal or check after the company receives your magazines[8]
  • Selling process: Email the company at info@VintageMagazines.com with photos and information about the magazines you want to sell. You’ll negotiate a price if the company is interested in your magazines and can then ship them.[8]
  • Find out more

You might also want to consider selling the newspapers or magazines to collectors directly on eBay. If you sell the items yourself, you can choose the payment method(s) you’re willing to accept; most eBay transactions go through PayPal. You’ll be responsible for shipping the item(s), but eBay offers flexible and discounted shipping rates.[9][10]

10 comments

  • Christopher says:

    I have a Sunset News paper from Bluefield, WV dated May 6, 1945. Is it worth anything?

  • Crystal Clayton says:

    I just wanna know the value of my magazine. It is a April 2002 issue of LIFE magazine titaled: Rock & Roll at 50
    ISBN: 1-929049-49-8

  • Roger Klein says:

    I have a bunch of old newspapers as well as some magazines, ranging from the Dubuque Telegraph-Herald that covered the 1965 flood, the 100th anniversary edition of the the Denver Post, and others that cover various World Series championships from the Minnesota Twins, the start of baseball in Colorado, etc. Do you know what they might be worth?

    • Lindsey Desmet says:
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      Hello, Roger! Unfortunately, we do not provide individual valuations. However, you may want to sign up on JustAnswer. An antiques expert at JustAnswer may be able to provide estimates for your collection. Best of luck!

  • Denise Stevens says:

    I have several older sports magazines/cards of all sorts/interesting postcards/games cards of baseball/some football iconic day of the year.
    I hope you will be able to give me some help.
    Thank you
    Denise

    • Lindsey Desmet says:
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      Hello, Denise! We published this article to offer ideas for where to sell your collectibles, but we do not purchase magazines or other collectibles ourselves. From our list, Mr. Magazine buys both magazines and sports cards and may be a good fit for your collection. Best of luck!

  • Alex Kopolovich says:

    Need to sell old magazines for the fashion and apparel industry. Your article was very helpful. Thank you and best regards.

    • Lindsey Desmet says:
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      We are very glad to hear that you found our article helpful, Alex! Best of luck with your sales!