Jim Policastro posted:
Here's an example of a box that is worth as much if not more than its contents. It just walked into the local train shop as part of its train set (#2223W). The owner had no idea of its value or rarity. He was amply rewarded in the four figure price we paid for the set. You never know what's out there.
As far as box restoration is concerned, it can be approached with the same techniques as used for museum preservation of valuable paper documents. It's just a matter of matching the degree of effort to the eventual value of the item.
I agree Jim, that western pacific car is pretty nice and I think somewhat scarce, but what most of us have are stuff like this: lionel lehigh valley black hopper car, lionel sunoco 3 dome tank car, lionel 6457 caboose with rough box, or lionel 3461x lumber car with rough box, how about putting a price on these just for example and then how much extra would a box left rough be worth over a box with tape? Just for example thanks, now be careful or you might own these! Thanks