We often hear and read of the expression “mint in box”, with the “mint” referring to the model. But do we think of the box itself, that piece of thick or even thin cardboard whose very existence has assured the survival of the model in the condition it now is in. This Topic is dedicated to those folded pieces of cardboard which these days adds considerably to both the splendour and value of the model in which it was packaged, but more importantly to the box whose condition ranges from poor to remarkable, even to the extent of it being mint itself. It is to the latter that this Topic has been created.
Having seen and obtained a number of Dinky Toys whose boxes have survived virtually intact and unmarked after the passage of more than 50 years, I thought it would be appropriate to share images of these with the wider Dinky Toy collecting community. With the exception of one example I find it extra-ordinary how these have survived almost in the same condition, apart from very minor soiling virtually from the day they left the now non-existent Meccano factory. These gems are a testament to those at Meccano who produced these delightful toys and those whose foresight (or lack of foresight??!!) ensued their survival in remarkable condition, I salute you all!
The first example is a 666 Missile Erecting Vehicle with Corporal Missile and Launching Platform. This model arrived on 6 July 2016 from Collectoys in France. I could not believe the quality of the box - none of the corners have been bumped. So it is the first example to appear in this Topic. I will admit that the box has a small soiling spot below the rocket's nose cone on the upper box side, but I think the lack of loss of the upper paper on all corners still makes it an ideal candidate for this Topic. (Others may disagree!)
I have three more to be added - a 689 Medium Artillery Tractor of which I wrote of its history in another Topic, and three yellow end-flap boxes containing a 734 Supermarine Swift Fighter, a 735 Gloster Javelin Fighter and a 736 Hawker Hunter Fighter. These are still awaiting a suitable day to be photographed.
I hope you all will enjoy seeing these Dinky Toys/Supertoys in their amazing condition and hopefully others can share their unbelievable boxed models, most of whom I feel have been hibernating all these years.