“Mint in Box” has a nice ring to it, and for a generation of collectors the phrase has signified a perfect example of a desirable model, fresh as the day it was brought home. But for an equal amount of collectors, the thought of leaving a new diecast, slot, or resincast model in its box is too much to bear, and begs the question: “what fun is having a model if you can’t enjoy it in hand?”.
It’s a tough call. Keeping a model in its original box can certainly add to the value when it’s time to sell or trade, but if you like opening features, under-the-skin detail, or the plain and simple joy of holding a well-done model in the palm of your hand, leaving your acquisitions under wraps just doesn’t make sense, no matter what the financial rewards might be down the road. It’s a debate as old as the hobby – and we’d like to hear from you which you prefer. Do you keep those new purchases strapped and screwed down in the original packaging, or do you take those beauties out and start having fun as soon as they arrive? Join us on our Facebook page and chime in – we’d like to know.