By Steve Butler
MANY DECADES AGO toy manufacturers introduced “boxed sets” which were often also called “gift sets.” It was a great means to assemble more inexpensive items into a group making them seem a bit more grand. It was also a great ploy to encourage buyers to purchase multiple toys simultaneously. In many instances some of the sets offered were simply a group of standard issue toys that were generally offered single-sale items. In other instances the sets might contain one or more production variances from single-sale issues involving such factors such as different colors and or added features. Better yet, some sets included toys that were set-only issues, that is, toys not offered in any form as single-sale items.