Ask a LEGO Fan

Collecting LEGO Boxes

Posted in Marketplace by lfanquestions on August 25, 2009

Mr. K. writes:

G’day Lego Fan

As a collector of LEGO, how do you open your LEGO boxes and how do you store them?

Do you open a box using the push in tabs and tearing the seals, or is there a better way that doesn’t damage the box as much?  What tips do you have to keep the boxes in mint condition?  Are there any compromises you can make to save on storage space without damaging the future value of a set?

Many thanks for the opportunity.

Dear Mr. K.,

I have new and old boxes that belong to the sets I collect.  The old boxes are small.  Those are often placed one inside of another.  Place the valuable boxes in a sturdy cardboard box or plastic container that cannot be crushed easily.  Adding bubble wrap or bagged air around these boxes may also be helpful.

Unfortunately many new sets have oversized boxes.  I will carefully open a box at the glued edges with a pocketknife and flatten the box for storage.  The new “cereal box” type with tabs is great.  These fold nearly flat without having to cut any edge of the box.

Some dedicated collectors will keep all boxes in pristine condition.  I find that this is not practical for most Lego fans.  In addition, I recycle duplicate boxes and boxes of sets that have little value to me.  Boxes usually only add 30% to the value of a vintage set.  Is it worth keeping that box for twenty years or more for an extra 30%?  The decision is up to you.




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  1. mv said, on August 25, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    Thank you so much for mentioning that you recycle the boxes. Every Lego collector who doesn’t keep boxes (like me) should do this!!

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