There is a wide Range of collectible Lunchboxes available!
Collectible lunchboxes are an unconventional choice for collectors, but believe it or not, one of the most prized collectible lunchbox, the Superman box from 1954, can fetch it?s owner as much as $13,500. Even if you are not interested in the financial advantages, consider your first day in school, and surely you remember your bright comforting collectible lunchbox, the one you took hours to pick. The nostalgic value coupled with the high prices they command today, have ensured that collectible lunchboxes become a popular collectors item.
Available in a wide range of categories, metal lunchboxes are the most valuable of all, though vinyl is an equally popular category. Ever since the first lunchbox, the Hopalong Cassidy, was created in 1950, school kids have found numerous other uses for the items, than just carrying their lunch. But metal lunchboxes were made illegal for this same reason, and this has resulted in metal lunchboxes being the most coveted category under collectible lunchboxes.
Decide on the category you want to collect, which does not necessarily have to depend on the material of the box, and can include the shape, the graphics on the box or even color. Once you have decided on the category, it is important that you list out all the possible places where you can obtain them. For this purpose, read up as many books on the subject as possible, join collector groups and talk to experts. Apart from this, browse the internet for the latest in your category, as well as for advertisements for trades, usually put in by other collectors.
You can come across collectible lunchboxes at the most unusual locations including your attic or basement while neighbourhood garage sales and thrift stores are also a great place to find that collectible lunchbox. The Internet is a great place to locate some rare and unusual looking lunchboxes at great discounts.
Maintaining your Collectible lunchboxes requires more effort than just shoving them into a corner of the basement or into a closet. While collectible lunch boxes made of metal are prone to corrosion if exposed to moisture and air, plastic boxes are extremely prone to fading out. Latches on metal boxes are also prone to damage.
Sunlight and moisture are quite damaging to the collectible lunchboxes while dirt comes a close second. Soap and water are all that is required to clean collectible lunchboxes while it is important to dry them properly before putting them away for storage. While sunlight can fade the colour on plastic and metal, vinyl and plastic can also crack under extreme heat or light.
Displaying collectible lunchboxes is probably the best part of the hobby and while many opt for simple shelves with lunchboxes lined up on it. Some may even choose to place other objects such as books or school bags.
However you choose to display your collection, such a hobby always sends you back in time with every item you add to your collection. While their resale value might not light up your nights, they are certainly a wonderful hobby if you are looking for unadulterated entertainment, the collectible lunchboxes are the way to go.