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|This Web Page Last Updated: November 9, 2018|
This page contains our current inventory of Postwar Lionel original boxes. It includes component boxes, master cartons and set boxes.
* * * Grading Summary: A "grade 10" is Spectacular! A "grade 1" is downright ugly.
* * * Click on "Grade" in the 4th column heading for a full explanation of grading.
|Postwar Lionel Original Boxes|
|Postwar Lionel Original Set ("Outfit") Boxes:|
|704||Set Box||Corr||5+||$ 25||A St. Joe (Kraft) Paper Co. corrugated box for a freight set from 1956: The 5-piece set was headed up by a 621 Jersey Central Diesel and was sold with "027" track.
Photo of the numbered end of the box.
The box measures 14 inches wide by 11 inches deep by 6 1/2 inches high.
Photo of the non-numbered end of the box.
The box has tears, creases and stains plus the top layer is missing in places. In addition, one corner is separated.
Photo of the bottom of the box.
Some flaws but the box is fairly clean, square and sturdy -- plus no one has ever tried to repair this box so there is no tape anywhere!
The original contents included the following: 621 Jersey Central NW2 Yard Switcher diesel, 6362 Rail truck Car, 6425 Gulf 3-dome Tank Car boxcar, 6562-25 NYC Gondola with Canisters, 6257 SP-type caboose and a 60-watt Type 1053 transformer.
Overall this carton is decent and the set that it goes to is a fairly easy one to build as all of the pieces can be found in collector-quality condition without too much difficulty; this box would be the hardest item to find in any condition!
This is the first 704 set box we have ever had for sale.
Note: all outfits (sets) were sold by Lionel under two different serial numbers during 1955, 1956 and 1957. The traditional four-digit set boxes went to wholesalers who resold the sets to independent dealers (hobby shops, for example) while the new three-digit coding was meant for department stores and chains. The corresponding four-digit number to the "704" set was "1551W."
|Postwar Lionel Original Component Boxes:|
An orange corrugated box for the 50 Section Gang Car sold in the '60s.
Flaws: scrapes, dents on two corners, tears, tape, stains inside. It has the integrated liner (insert) and even with the imperfections it is a solid box: fairly clean, complete, square & sturdy.
The orange corrugated box was the last one used for the 50 gang car and it is much harder to find than the brown corrugated version.
|2333T||Santa Fe F3
Dummy A unit
A box from 1948-49 for the 2333 Santa Fe F3 dummy A unit:
Flaws: tears, creases, tape inside, glue residue.
Photo of the box insert.
Has the original insert (liner) and this box is solid: clean, complete, square and sturdy.
Only the second 2333T box we have ever had available for separate sale! It is a very, very difficult box to find!
|2353P||Santa Fe F3
Power A unit
|Corr||6||$ 35||A box for the 2353 Santa Fe Power A unit sold in 1953:
This corrugated box was made by the St. Joe Paper Co. (part #2353-25) and has the year (designated as "3") preprinted on one of the long sides of the box.
Photo of the sealed end.
Flaws: box was used to store a smaller item and was deliberately creased on one end, amateur repairs using tape were made to that end, some dirt, no insert.
Close-up showing the damaged end.
Despite the imperfections, this box is still useful as it is has all of the flaps plus it is fairly clean and sturdy; an insert (even a repro one) will square this box up nicely.
Photo showing the manufacturer's identification, technical data and year documentation.
Only the second 2353 Santa Fe power unit box we have ever had available for separate sale!
Power A unit
|Corr||5||$ 60||A corrugated box for the double-motor 2367 Wabash Power A unit sold only in 1955:
Flaws: large (oil?) stain with a 2-inch by 2-inch crumbling area in the middle, punctures from track pins, tears, creases, writing, original corner tape is deteriorating, box is open on both ends.
The part number of this Express Container Corp box is 2367-15.
Photo showing the manufacturer's identification and technical data.
Despite the flaws, this box is still very presentable as it is square and sturdy and the box can be improved with the use of reinforced gummed tape.
Two views of the damaged areas.
Only the second time we have ever had a 2367P box for sale -- it is not an easy one to find!
|Middle Classic||6||$ 15||A box for the silver Hillside tail car sold from 1950-53:
Flaws: missing one interior coupler flap and the two nearby inner flaps are not original to this box, a small part of the top layer of one end flap is missing, tears, creases, punctures, tape, glue residue.
Lots of imperfections but the box is clean, square & sturdy. It is also only the second 2423 box we have ever had available for sale separately.
Horse Car & Corral
|Late Classic||6+||$ 40||Large postwar box for the large "O" gauge Horse Car & Corral Set sold from 1956 to 1960:
Flaws: two inner flaps are not original to this box, tears, small scuffs, minor stains, lots of tape inside, glue residue, "aged" look.
Has the insert and even with the imperfections, this box is solid: fairly clean, square and sturdy!
Photo of the elaborate insert.
This is the first 3356 box we have ever had available for sale separately!
|3520||Searchlight Car||Middle Classic||6||$ 25||A box for the Operating Searchlight Car sold in 1953:
Flaws: missing one interior coupler flap and a small amount of the nearby top layer of the box, tears, creases, lots of tape, no insert.
A few imperfections but the box is clean, square and sturdy.
Only the second 3520 box we have ever had for sale!
|6162-110||New York Central Gondola||Picture||7||$ 25||A very RARE box for a very rare car: a picture box for the RED 6162 New York Central long gondola sold from 1961-64:
Flaws: tears, creases, scuffs, scrapes, tape, old store price sticker on one end flap. Despite the imperfections, this box is decent as it is complete, clean, square and sturdy!
An odd box that does not show up very often! This one is only the second preprinted 6162-110 box we have ever had available for separate sale!
|6414|| Automobile Car
|Middle Classic||6||$ 40||A box for the Evans Auto Loader sold in 1955:
Flaws: one inner flap is not original to this box, tears; creases; glue residue, scrapes from tape removal; tape inside. Various imperfections but this box is fairly clean and sturdy.
The 6414 Auto Loader was sold from 1955 to 1966 but this 1955-only box is for the very first 6414; it is only the second 6414 "Middle Classic" box we have ever had available for separate sale! The "Late Classic" box for the 6414 sold from 1956 to 1958 is very common, the "Middle Classic" 6414 box is not.
|6415||Tank Car||Middle Classic||7|| $ 25
|A very presentable box for the Sunoco 3-dome Tank Car sold from 1953-55:
Flaws: missing one interior coupler flap, tears, creases, minor stains.
A solid box: clean, square and sturdy!
|6476-85||Hopper Car||Late Classic||6||$ 35||Here's a box most collectors have never seen -- the "Late Classic" box for the black (type V) Lehigh Valley short hopper sold in 1957 & 1958:
Flaws: missing one interior coupler flap, tears, creases, stains, tape, amateur repairs. Some flaws but the box is fairly clean, square and sturdy.
The hopper is scarce but the box is really tough to find!
|6520||Searchlight Car||Middle Classic||6||$ 20||A box for the stationary Searchlight Car sold in 1950 & 1951:
Flaws: missing both interior coupler flaps and a small piece of the top layer of the box, tears, creases, tape, glue residue, no insert.
Various imperfections but the box has both end flaps plus it is clean, square and sturdy.
Photo showing where the top layer is missing.
This is the first "Middle Classic" 6520 box we have ever had for sale separately.
|6800||Flatcar with Airplane||Late Classic||6||$ 45||A box for the Flatcar with Airplane sold from 1957 to 1960:
Flaws: one end flap is creased and glued, tears, creases, tape, glue residue, punctures, writing, missing a small amount of the top layer of the box, amateur repairs, "aged" look.
Another view of the box.
Some imperfections but the box is clean, complete, fairly square and rather sturdy!
Photo showing the end flap that is creased and where the top layer is missing.
Only the third 6800 box we have ever had available for separate sale!
|Art Deco||Orange & blue; bold blue lettering||~~~||Hagers||Hagerstown|
|Early Classic||Orange & Blue w/ San Francisco||~~~||Hills||Hillside|
|Middle Classic||Numbers on all sides; no San Fran||~~~||O Corr||Orange Corrugated|
|OPS Classic||Preprinted OPS stamp on side||~~~||Perf||Orange & White Perforated Panel|
|Late Classic||Numbers only on end flaps||~~~||Pic||Orange & White Picture|
|Bold Classic||Much bolder print on end flaps||~~~||W Corr||White Corrugated|
|Glossy||Later Coated stock||~~~||Win||Window|
|Corr||Brown Corrugated||~~~||Y Corr||Yellow Corrugated|
|C Perf||Corrugated; Perforated Panel||~~~||FO||Factory Overstamped|
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