BY STEVE BUTLER
ON RARE OCCASIONS a toy collector may encounter an opportunity to acquire one or more vintage toys in never before opened boxes – some factory sealed.
Taking advantage of such opportunities poses quandaries for collectors, resellers and writers alike. Most of these quandaries relate to the future enjoyment of the unseen item or to the uncertainty of its actual condition. Enjoyment is after all the reason most true collectors collect anything. Of course, there are purportedly collectors in it primarily or solely for monetary gain. They will likely open never before opened boxes if financially advantageous. Uncertainty creates doubt that hinders the potential disposition of items in unopened boxes.
After all, hidden inside may be painted surfaces with considerable box rubs or chipping due to handling, deteriorated metal parts (most notably white metal), warpage (plastic), humidity or water damage, non-functional components and/or missing parts.
What to do if a person want to enjoy the unseen item is bothered by the uncertainty or even wants to write about it? One solution is for factory sealed boxes is to photograph it existent status followed by sequential steps in its initial removal from the box. Doing so will provide for the future enjoyment, eliminate all related uncertainties and allow photos for magazine articles. Further, there should be minimal or no loss of value involved as long as the photos are retained with the toy. Thus, pictured herein are 2 examples of 22 unopened, boxed Buddy L pressed steel trucks manufactured in the 1950s that were acquired from the same source.