It’s common knowledge that many, if not all, collectables are worth more if they are kept in their original packaging. But if you’re not planning to sell your items, is there any reason to keep the box? Obviously this is something of an individual preference, but I’ve done both in my time and there are certainly pros and cons for each.
If an item comes in a box that would be functional once the item is taken out I tend to keep it. Most Magic: The Gathering products are good examples of this as the boxes they come in can be used to store cards. Similarly, if something like an action figure or statue has a box that can be opened without the need to destroy it (unlike blister packs) then I’ll generally keep it for later use. There are exceptions to this, of course, as I rarely keep boxes for Pop Vinyl figures.
I’ve always been of the opinion that action figures and toys look so much better outside their boxes, even when those boxes have display windows. The items feel more tangible somehow; you can pick them up and feel them, you can pose them how you like and you can see them from all angles. Gathered together on a shelf or display figures and statues look so much nicer than a heap of boxes. However, the boxes can be of great use even if you’ve taken the items out. If you need to move your items to a new house or into storage those original boxes can act as a safe place to store them in transit so they won’t be damaged. If your figure comes with an assortment of accessories you can put any you’re not currently using in your display back in the box for safe keeping. And if you’ve limited space, you can put other items inside those boxes if you wish to switch up your display. If the item was expensive it might also be worth keeping the box, just in case.
Of course, keeping the box means having to store more stuff. This is where choosing what boxes to keep and what to throw away can be important. As I mentioned I don’t tend to keep boxes for Pop Vinyl figures as the Pop boxes aren’t particularly strong so they aren’t much good for storing or transporting figures. Also, the Pops themselves are pretty sturdy things so the chances of them being damaged are minimal. Thus, I feel there isn’t really need to keep the boxes for Pops and if I do need to store them a larger box will do.
Some boxes are just as beautiful as the items that were within them. This is particularly true for special releases or collectors editions. The box for the Mighty Max: Skull Krusher toy (seen at the top of this post,) is Is a perfect example of this. Just look at that beautiful artwork!
Keeping the boxes of your items or not greatly depends on what you feel is best for your collection and your own needs. If the collection is something that you might one day part with you may want to keep the boxes to ensure you get the most for each item (remember, though, the box needs to be in good condition too). If you think you might be moving your items anytime soon you may want to keep the boxes as well or, if you’d rather have optimum space, you might prefer to throw them all out.
As I mentioned above, I like to keep my options open and base the decision on keeping an item’s box on the item itself and if I feel the box may be of use in the future. Either way, there is much more to a collection’s boxes than just making sure your items hold their value.
Do you keep your collections’ boxes or throw them out? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.