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$500. Cereal Boxes?

By May 15, 2009

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Collecting doesn't always have to be expensive, but sometimes cashing in can be good. As an example - think cereal boxes. They're just packaging when purchased, you ate the cereal and threw away the box. Unless that is you saved those unusual boxes from your cowboy heroes or cartoon characters. I recently updated the page with cereal box prices and was surprised at some of the prices from recent auctions. Over $500. each for a Cheerios Lone Rangers, a 1970s Quisp and a 1970s Quangaroos (?) box.

Today's boxes will most likely not reach those figures, but those entertainment related boxes that are out for only limited time could be worth a few bucks down the line. Best of all cereal boxes do not have to have contents in them to sell - collectors empty and flatten them, great for the space challenged.

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September 30, 2009 at 1:49 pm
(1) Cam says:

Like your information. Thought I would ask if you have ever seen a Wheaties box with Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Michael Jordan?
I have these and have NO IDEA what they are worth.
They are in very good shape. From my mother who collected them for over 65 years.
thanks,
Cam

October 3, 2009 at 8:01 am
(2) collectibles says:

There have been several Michael Jordan boxes, as to the others – are they commemorative boxes that were made in the last few years?

October 14, 2009 at 4:59 pm
(3) Mary Scott says:

I have 3 wheaties boxes from 1998 featuring Jackie Robinson. They have never been opened. Are they of value?

January 24, 2011 at 12:59 am
(4) Brian says:

I have about 120 unopened wheaties boxes dating back to early 90′s where could I find out the worth of the collection?

January 18, 2014 at 8:36 am
(5) Wheaties King says:

Sorry to say that the Ruth and Mays boxes are from 1992 and have little to know value. The Hank Aaron box is from 2002 and has little to no value.

The Jordan boxes for the most part have little value, BUT some people (me for instance) collect Wheaties boxes by the series number which you’ll find on the bottom of one of the side panels. I would buy boxes with series numbers that I don’t have.

Jordan boxes in the 8oz and 24oz size carry a premium.

The Jackie Robinson boxes carry little to no value either, but were printed in various series numbers as well so a collector could be looking for a certain series number.

Brian, most Wheaties boxes from the early 90′s were so overproduced that they have little to no value, BUT an argument could be made that if the majority of people just throw them out then they could be creating a collectible.

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