After receiving a few old postwar lionel boxes with corresponding accessories or engines or cars. A thought hit me. I think others would share my sentiments. You can't run the boxes...

That's true. But there are people out there who are more interested in collecting Lionel trains than running them. Nobody really knows which group is larger. Many do both. Some of those people like to have their Lionel trains in their original boxes and are willing to pay a premium for them. This is not unique to toy train collecting.  Any book on collecting will say the same thing. Or one could watch any of the treasure hunting shows on TV, like Storage Wars, Antique Road Show, or American Pickers.

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John F posted:

I seem to have stumbled onto a hot topic with all these replies.  Thanks for the many ideas. I still have to decide to make some kind of permanent repairs to boxes where the flaps on either end have come off.

 

JohnF

Do you have the flaps?  Was the seam torn neat or ripped? What condition is the rest of the box?

It would also help if you posted a picture. Then, maybe we could give you some very specific advice. In the meantime, I will look for that box repair video I saw a while back.

George

George S posted:
John F posted:

I seem to have stumbled onto a hot topic with all these replies.  Thanks for the many ideas. I still have to decide to make some kind of permanent repairs to boxes where the flaps on either end have come off.

 

JohnF

Do you have the flaps?  Was the seam torn neat or ripped? What condition is the rest of the box?

It would also help if you posted a picture. Then, maybe we could give you some very specific advice. In the meantime, I will look for that box repair video I saw a while back.

George

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Pingman posted:

John, go ahead and make the box repairs--your locomotives, etc. will have more value with a repaired original box than if it is sold without a box.  As noted above, a repaired box on its own may not hold much value.

I agree make repairs but if you can do it from the inside of the box not the outside

Bill

Rod Stewart posted:
aussteve posted:

I like to keep the boxes.  I bought this car just to get the box.IMG_20150813_200731308_HDRIMG_20150813_200741127_HDR

So did you throw the car out?

Rod

Rod,

You have no idea ho scarce the separate sale lumber car box is. IF you ever found this, you shouldn’t care about the condition of the car or if it’s even included.

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