Ron’s Rewind: Why is Collectible Packaging Worth so much?

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by Ron Ruelle

Before taking on the role of Creative Director and Wheelman for the Model Car Hall of Fame, Ron Ruelle worked at hobbyDB contributing many articles about diecast. He has also written for other diecast and automotive sites and publications. His articles have ranged from listicles to thought pieces to product reviews to just plain silliness. From time to time, we will highlight some of those pieces that still hold up today.

To Collect and Preserve: Why is Toy Packaging Worth so much?

In this article for hobbyDB, we looked at the value of packaging, which is often essential to the value of an item. In the case of some toys, however, the obsession over super-mint items made them less loved and ultimately less valuable because of a lack of fond memories (lookin’ at you, Beanie Babies!).


Also, sometimes you will find a mint item in less-than-perfect packaging (good job, packaging!) or stellar packaging that somehow failed to protect the goods inside (you had ONE JOB, packaging!)

You can read the original article here at hobbyDB.

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Ron Ruelle is a cartoonist, writer, and illustrator who also writes about model cars. You can see his work at

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