What!?! You think that is to much? It's a Lionel! An original at that! Very rare, scarce, in high demand....................... I enjoy perusing eBay for the entertainment value. There are some real cool items out there that are very reasonably priced. Many, very nice to do business with, individuals on the Bay. But you cannot escape those that just make you go, what? $2000 for a box. My original instruction booklet for Flying Yankee, even though it is a little dog eared and yellowed, should fetch $3000. Unlike the box that only stores the train, this tells you how to operate the train and all of its bells and whistles that were included on a train from approximately mid 30’s to the early 40’s. It makes for a very intense read, you know.
We prewar tinplate collectors love our original boxes almost as much as we love the trains and accessories that go inside them.
Back in the mid 70s, my Dad bought a pristine, all-original Lionel 840 power station from Al Levin, TCA president. As he was packing it up to take it home, Al asked him if he wanted the original box. Dad said, "Of course I do. What in the world will you do with an empty original box?" Al replied saying, "I'll take it to a meet and sell it for $100.00. How many of these boxes have you ever seen?"
Original boxes are definitely a bonus when I buy trains, especially prewar. However, there's no way I'd give that much for just a box.