Could we ever imagined the prices they would bring today, and it's not only the metal lunchboxes that can sell for big bucks. Vinyl ones are also quite collectible.
A bit of trivia - the first character lunchbox was Hopalong Cassidy, sold in 1950. The red or blue metal box had a Hoppy Decal on it.
The Holy Grails in Lunchbox Collecting
- Superman (Universal, 1954) -- $13,500
- 240 Robert (Aladdin, 1978) -- $4,200
- Toppie Elephant (American Thermos, 1957) -- $3,200
- Underdog (Okay Industries, 1974) -- $2,500
- Dudley Do-Right (Universal, 1962) -- $2,200
- Jetson's Dome (Aladdin, 1963) -- $1,650
- Beatles (Aladdin, 1966) -- $1,600
- Bullwinkle & Rocky (Universal, 1962) -- $1,600
- Star Trek Dome (Aladdin, 1968) -- $1,450
- Knight in Armor (Universal, 1959) -- $1,250
Vintage Lunchbox Makes Trip to Outer Space
I love the fact that he didn't just put the lunch box on a shelf, he uses it despite the fact that it has earthbound value of around $350.
Note: Lunchbox auction price is also shown in the Picture and Price Gallery.
eBay's Lunchbox Barometer 2006Interesting and high prices for lunchboxes sold in the first quarter of 2006. These are the highest priced lunchbox that sold in the various categories that a lunch box might be listed in. None of the lunchboxes did as well as the Superman lunchbox sold in December of 2005 for the price of $4,469.
Roy Rogers Cream Colored Vinyl - $317.99
Ardee Dudley DoRight Lunchbox w/Thermos - $2075.05
Beatles Vinyl - $599.99
1965 Aladdin Blue w/Thermos - $960.00
Snoopy Domed Metal Lunchbox w/ Thermos - $102.50
1977 Star Wars w/Thermos - $109.16
1954 Superman Robot Metal (no handle) - $537.11
1968 Star Trek Metal Dome - $365.00
1960s Disney School Bus Lunchbox w/Thermos - $351.00