The Flap over flaps
By Bob Mintz
While I was recently inventorying my collection, a discussion
occurred on the Toy Train Mailing List (TTML) over the current
value of boxes’ end flaps.
With this in mind, I started paying more attention to this infrequently
Many of my Postwar End flaps, flapped off, for no better choice
But I did discover several more recent anomalies and will give
you examples of each and you now will have the definitive guide
1) Modified description and SKU numbers on one end and
a totally different description number with no SKU number on the
The Chicagoland Lionel Railroad
Club (CLRC) put out one of its’ club cars # 6-52148
with another suffix of the car number as 52148-558. This
is all very well and good, except the flap on the opposite
side of the box mentions “6-52223-565”.
2) Different description numbers at either end with same
3) The color process misprinting:
||Sometime during the multi-color processing, a shifting of
the paper occurs and one color may overlap another, as it
does here with 6-52160
4) Different SKU and product numbers on the same end:
|Not even in the ballpark.
The SKU number (6-26220) and the item number (6-26214) are
not even close, as it is a variation of a variation of a variation.
5) Product label put on wrong end of box:
|Usually, an orange generic Lionel box is used and labels
are placed on the left side of the box if you are looking
at the box plasticine window up.
||Here are two examples of the same boxcar, in this case Christmas
Vapor Boxcar (6-26228), one label is on the left, the other
is the right. These were purchased from the Lionel website
6) Different spelling on two different boxes of major
train related person:
|Yeah, even poor Tom McComas got hosed on this
one. Tom had Lionel make a special “7474” issue
car for his company’s “I Love” series. Not
only did another box misspell his name, but the correctly
spelled version is missing the embellished description details
of this extremely rare variation.
7) Close but no cupie doll; same owner, different business:
Well, Richard Kughn does own both Carail and Madison Hardware.
I was trying to match the box to go with this item, and just couldn’t
|I didn’t recall a flatcar with piggyback vans and
the Carail logo. I checked both TM and Greenberg guides, and
both said that #52187 came with Madison Hardware vans.
||When I opened the box, lo and behold, look what fell out.
Four of the correct labels. What’s up with that???
So next time, pay more careful attention to the poor misunderstood