ICONIC COLLECTIBLES! Vintage TV-Themed Lunch Boxes

Written By: Greg Howell - Mar• 24•18

Launched in the early 1950’s, TV-themed lunch boxes trickled slowly into school lunchrooms for a few years. Early boxes featured Tom Corbett – Space Cadet, Howdy Doody, Disney, Roy Rogers, and Hopalong Cassidy. By the 1960’s, however, going to school carrying your lunch AND your favorite TV show in the same hand was exceptionally cool. Lunch boxes during these decades sum up the most popular kids shows on TV.

These days, a well cared for lunch box can fetch top dollars. The average collectible lunch box will run $25 -$50. Many are priced in the $100-$500 range, and some, run in the thousands of dollars. At first glance, there seems to be little rhyme or reason regarding the highest-priced collectible boxes. Ultimately, collecting comes down to supply and demand. Boxes, such as the Bullwinkle series, The Waltons, Star Trek, and the earliest themed boxes from the 1950’s bring the most money at auctions and in antique stores.

A comprehensive collection like represented in this video would cost a buyer $20,000 or more!