Today’s Lunch Box Market Trends
you are a seasoned veteran or novice lunch box collector, the
good news is that, in today’s market with a soft economy, it
is more that ever a buyer’s market.
Experts tell us, in a market like
today’s, what a buyer normally sees is a premium for
high-profile character boxes, while prices on lesser
characters, and what is called more common and non-character
boxes go down.
A really important factor in what
people are buying, along with major character items.
Something from a TV series like the Brady Bunch or The Waltons,
the boxes still have a good market value.
The “common” boxes, like plaids,
floral patterns or non-character boxes, which normally might
sell for anywhere between $75 and $150, are where collectors
can used the current drop-off in prices to bolter their
collections for when the economy, and the lunch box market,
comes back around.
In lunch boxes, super stuff like
Underdog, Rocky and Bullwinkle or Dudley Do-Right, if
condition is there, the price is very substantial. Strong
character items will usually hold their value.
The number of collectors that can
usually go after the top-of-the line character boxes, however,
is limited. The majority of collectors who pursue their hobby
part-time can’t go after the 1954 Superman lunch box in near
mint to mint condition. Most of them can acquire the minor
character boxes or the more common boxes, especially in
Take, for instance, a box that might
have brought $150 two years ago: A collector looking at that
same box today on eBay, or consigned through a dealer, may
well be able to pick it up for around$50. In a short time,
combined with a little bit of patience, a substantial
collection can be put together and significant value realized
as long as he or she can wait out the soft market.
“In terms of the minor boxes, there’s
usually a very slight fluctuation in those values; they may
waffle a little bit, but they won’t nosedive.”
There’s also a distinct possibility of
finding a are box for very little, which isn’t so much a trend
as it is dumb luck.
The current market supports the
low-end boxes and prices, and buyers would be smart to focus
on the lower end of the market, where boxes that are toward
the bottom of their price fluctuation can be had for a virtual
song. It’s in this way that solid collections are put
together, and capital stocked to make the big deals when they