Today’s lunch boxes are sleek contraptions, often slim in design with the latest heat-preserving technology. The ones many of us used to carry as children often pale in comparison. But did you know that some of those dorky metal lunch boxes we used to flaunt are now worth big bucks? Yep, those grainy-looking boxes featuring our favourite characters are now fetching hundreds, if not thousands of dollars.
Here are the top 5 collectible lunch boxes worth quite the wad of cash. If you’ve got one of these kicking around your kitchen, don’t send it off to Goodwill just yet!
#5: The Jetsons (1963) – $1,650
Who could forget TV’s most beloved space-crazed family from the 1960s? From George and Jane to Astro the Dog, The Jetsons were a huge hit and they’ve got the lunch box to prove it! This popular collector’s item is valued at $1,650. And the matching thermos can easily fetch more than $350.
#4: Dudley Do-Right (1962) – $2.200
These spin-off characters from The Bullwinkle Show delighted audiences everywhere. Dudley Do-Right is a goofy Canadian Mountie who is always at ends with Snidely Whiplash. Dudley may be a dim-witted cop with half a brain. But if you held on to this lunch box, you’re an absolute genius. This 1960s collectible is worth more than $2,200 in excellent condition.
#3: Underdog (1972) – $2,500
He was supposed to sell lots and lots of cereal for General Mills, but instead ended up fighting crime and rescuing dogs in distress. The Underdog is one of TV’s most beloved super-pups who always speaks in rhyme. This puppy of a lunch box has sold for $2,500 at auction. Looks like Underdog has a more lucrative career as a crime-fighting canine than a cereal salesman!
#2: Roy Rogers (1953) – $2,500
This item is so valuable because Roy Rogers became the first-ever lithographic image to be painted on a lunch box. The original price of this lunch box was once $2.30. But this rare collector’s item will now easily fetch about $2,500 at auction. Now that’s some pretty pricey digs for that pack of ding-dongs you’ve got over there.
#1: 240-Robert (1978) – $5,222
Would you pay 5,000 bucks for a place to store your PB&J? No? Okay. Well, there’s other people who would – as proven in the sale of this 240-Robert lunch box on eBay for $5,222. Who’s 240-Robert you say? Sure, he’s not as popular as Dudley Do-Right. But he gets his kicks from this rare collectible. You see, only five of these lunch boxes were ever produced – which would explain its exorbitant value!