- A Callcard Collector is known as a "Fusilatelist"
- The first phonecards appeared in Italy in 1976, in the UK in 1981, Ireland
between 1988-89 and in the USA as late
- There were 2 IMI, (Irish Management Institute) Callcards sold in 1991, a 20 unit and a
50 unit. There was 250 of the 20 unit produced and 750 of the 50 unit produced. All the 50
unit cards were given out at an IMI conference held in Dublin in 1991, and that is why this
card is rarer but due to a lot of media interest concerning the card many have resurfaced
from filing cabinets etc, but are mainly in poor condition. A set of these cards in
perfect condition can fetch up to £1,300+. Not all of the 20 unit were given out at the
conference and the remainder were sold to the public for £3.50 each. This 20 unit IMI can
now be sold for £400+.
- The other very rare Irish Callcard is the 100 Unit F.I.T.C.E.
(Federation of International Telecommunication Engineers) cards. These were given out to
the delegates attending a conference in Cork and were also sold in Dublin. This card is
- Telecom first issued Callcards in '88, these were magnetic strip cards and not the chip
card we have today. The first chip Callcard was issued in April '90.
- A Global Chipcard Alliance phonecard pack went on sale on the 1st of April 1999 at 9am
and was sold out by 11am.
There was 7,000 of these packs produced worldwide with every one of the ten telecom
companies involved receiving 700 copies each.
- Disney Callcards including Mulan, Hunchback of Notre dame, Pocahontas, Hercules and
Aladdin are deemed collectable Callcards as all are now completely sold out
from the Callcard Collector's Club.
- Phonecards are now available in more than 200 countries worldwide
- Unused phonecards tend to be the most valuable. However, one phonecard, found discarded
in a Scottish payphone, was sold for £850. However our very own Galway
trial cards are claimed to be worth more used as the trial ended so quick
most cards werent ever used.
- In Japan over 50% of phonecards produced are never used.
- Research conducted in France estimates that 20% of the population collect something.
Collections range between stamps, coins, medals, phonecards (Telecartes as known in France)
and pins to name but a few. The report also does on to say that 4 out of
5 collectors are
- Unused mint cards command a greater price, and obviously those cards with a lower
production run or with an accidental error are more valuable than general issue cards.
- The most valuable card ever produced by British Telecom (BT), is now worth over £2,500
and marks a golf tournament held in Scotland.
- Eircom formerly Telecom Eireann started to reprint old cards with new
images in 2002, a move I'm strongly against as they are not printed properly
in my opinion and only further dampen any attempts to obtain good
conditioned collectible cards.
Updated Nov 2002 By Steven Hanley From Articles produced by
"The Callcard Collectors Club" and the "BT
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