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Offline MoldRush

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Candy/Gum display boxes
« on: January 05, 2017, 05:12:38 PM »
This is just putting my feelers out....

Anyone happen to have a 70's Gold Rush Gum empty display box they wouldn't make mind letting go of?  I've long wanted this box but they never seem to turn up.  Finally saw a nice grape/purple one on eBay but it came with a full load of 24 unopened bags of gum, and went for nearly $300.  Still a decent price I guess for the whole enchilada, but I have a few empty bags and certainly don't need 24 of them loaded with 40+ year old gum...

I'd be willing to do a straight purchase or maybe trade for a Wacky OS box.  I have a 7th gumless test box.....

Offline MoldRush

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Re: Candy/Gum display boxes
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2017, 05:15:10 PM »
Also interested in Bazooka Joe, Monster Initials, Creature Feature '73 and probably a few others, but Gold Rush definitely "topps" my list, haha.

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Re: Candy/Gum display boxes
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2017, 06:26:59 PM »
Also Garbage Can-dy, Munchie Mummies and various vintage Bazooka boxes are of interest.  Jason once posted a vintage Topps sales flyer from circa 1975, and several of the boxes I'm mentioning are featured there.

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Re: Candy/Gum display boxes
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2017, 04:17:50 PM »
That seller has a few of the Grape boxes.  The first one he sold last month went for $1,000 (the next one he listed went for less - I want to say $500, maybe the third went for $300?) ... and considering it's the first full display box of any Gold Rush I've ever seen, I thought that was quite reasonable.  Not as much as the seller has more of the same.. but still an extraordinary piece for someone like myself to see.

This is just putting my feelers out....

Anyone happen to have a 70's Gold Rush Gum empty display box they wouldn't make mind letting go of?  I've long wanted this box but they never seem to turn up.  Finally saw a nice grape/purple one on eBay but it came with a full load of 24 unopened bags of gum, and went for nearly $300.  Still a decent price I guess for the whole enchilada, but I have a few empty bags and certainly don't need 24 of them loaded with 40+ year old gum...

I'd be willing to do a straight purchase or maybe trade for a Wacky OS box.  I have a 7th gumless test box.....
« Last Edit: January 07, 2017, 04:47:09 PM by JasonLiebig »
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Re: Candy/Gum display boxes
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2017, 04:45:54 PM »
I think you've got a good shot at picking up things like trading card/sticker boxes as people actually saved/collected those, and probably even a Bazooka box.  Bazooka boxes show up somewhat regularly, though if you're specifically looking for a 1970's one, that might be tougher (60's boxes seem to surface more often). 

The other material, the candy/bubblegum stuff is going to be exceedingly difficult to uncover.  In my decade + of collecting candy/bubblegum material, I cannot recall more than a few Gold Rush display boxes (scored and folded/used) that have ever come up for sale... maybe three or four?   I think I saw a 1980's one pop up early last year.

I have a good number of Gold Rush display box flats and proofs that I've purchased over the years, representing a few different eras (and box/packaging designs) of Gold Rush, and even a 1970's UK Topps/Trebor Gold Rush display box proof - which is amazing.   In fact, I have more Gold Rush display box flats or proofs than I do actual scored-and-folded display boxes.   

The most unusual piece I have for this brand might be a scored-and-folded display box for Gold Rush Raspberry, which was out in the late 1960's - a short-lived, oddball flavor extension for the brand. 

The thing you might be able to find would be some of the slightly beat-up printers flats which was a big find from 20+ years ago.   Those are unscored and sometimes roughly cut display box flats, which included things like Gold Rush, Munchy Mummy and Garbage Can-dy.  Some don't contain all the printed colors, but the ones I have for those brands did - they're awesome.  So those are out there in some number, though I haven't seen them show up for sale like they used to for some time.   That's the most likely place you might find them, historically speaking. 

Still, like this unusual find of full Gold Rush display boxes that started going onto ebay last month, a new find could surface.   Which would be pretty fun!

 
Also interested in Bazooka Joe, Monster Initials, Creature Feature '73 and probably a few others, but Gold Rush definitely "topps" my list, haha.
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Re: Candy/Gum display boxes
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2017, 04:54:47 PM »
By the way, here's a link to the flyer you mentioned, where I also zoom in on some sections.  :-)

Topps' 1974 Lineup!  For Fun and Profit!
http://www.collectingcandy.com/wordpress/?p=6534

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Offline Paul_Maul

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Re: Candy/Gum display boxes
« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2017, 05:39:30 PM »
Monster Initials box should be easy. A lot of unopened material for Monster Initials has been around in the last decade, I think I paid maybe $30 for mine.

Offline MoldRush

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Re: Candy/Gum display boxes
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2017, 04:51:21 AM »
Thanks for the feedback guys.  The seller currently listing the full grape boxes was one of the reasons I raised this question now.  I'm not that interested in the full bag contents, or at least the price tag associated with it, and wondered what else might be out there in terms of buying options.  One of the sucky things about eBay is that once a single bid is placed, the number of watchers is no longer shown, so you have no idea if a bidding frenzy is going to happen in the closing seconds of the auction, or if that bidder is the only other person interested in the item.  I've seen both scenarios many times.

As for the various box flats or proofs, I've seen them on eBay over the years, but they seem to be earlier versions from maybe late 60's.  Those are attractive too, but very pricey.  I guess I find the "kids" version of the 70's more desirable from a Wacky-era perspective, and hoped that they'd be more available.

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Re: Candy/Gum display boxes
« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2017, 10:26:00 AM »
Glad to help anyway I can.  I certainly understand the appeal of this material.

I will offer that, beyond the less-appealing late 60's examples there were a few of the "Kid" Gold Rush box flats in that rough-cut printers flat find I mentioned.  I have one of them... and coincidentally, there were only grape in that find from the later design.  So another one of those could show up some day from that group since all of them seemed to have been found in multiples - there is some hope....

Here's mine from that find, complete with hand-written printer's note:


Topps Grape Gold Rush box flat - 1973
by Jason Liebig, on Flickr

Thanks for the feedback guys.  The seller currently listing the full grape boxes was one of the reasons I raised this question now.  I'm not that interested in the full bag contents, or at least the price tag associated with it, and wondered what else might be out there in terms of buying options.  One of the sucky things about eBay is that once a single bid is placed, the number of watchers is no longer shown, so you have no idea if a bidding frenzy is going to happen in the closing seconds of the auction, or if that bidder is the only other person interested in the item.  I've seen both scenarios many times.

As for the various box flats or proofs, I've seen them on eBay over the years, but they seem to be earlier versions from maybe late 60's.  Those are attractive too, but very pricey.  I guess I find the "kids" version of the 70's more desirable from a Wacky-era perspective, and hoped that they'd be more available.
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Re: Candy/Gum display boxes
« Reply #9 on: January 08, 2017, 07:53:39 PM »
Nice!  Quite a history to the Gold Rush product.

There's some modern-day equivalent of this type of gum - Bag 'o Rocks or something like that, but it doesn't taste like I remember Gold Rush from back in the day.  Tastes a lot more artificial now, for lack of a better word.

Thanks for the insight.  I'll keep searching for sure.

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Re: Candy/Gum display boxes
« Reply #10 on: January 08, 2017, 09:23:45 PM »
Yeah, there's a few Gold Rush knock-offs that have been produced over the years.  I think some of the contemporary ones have names like "Gold Nuggets" "Gold Mine" "Golden Nuggets" "Gold Mine Nuggets"... etc.   It's a bit funny because most are some play on that.   But back in the early 70's Donruss and Philadelphia Chewing Gum produced a good number as well.  That's where you got "Love Its" and others like this guy:



Into the 80's when Topps started producing the plastic Gold Rush bags, that's when they really expanded how they used that nugget gum format, producing Superman Krypton nuggets, Smurf Rocks, Labyrinth rocks, Santa coal, He-Man Rocks... they really squeezed a lot out of it.

They also produced a few different versions of Gold Rush in those plastic pouches... you can only see one version in the following photo of mine, but there was also a plastic version that used the kid design from the classic fabric pouch (just printed on plastic) as well as a denim jeans inspired version and one with a pot-of-gold type of graphic... all branded Gold Rush.  I should also note that in the late 60's, before the kids were added to the pouches, I believe they were pretty much plain, but I do know that for Christmas at least one year the plain fabric pouches got some kind of Christmas Gold Rush sticker on them - though I've never seen an actual example of one of those... only a very hazy photo.

I don't have any published images of those other plastic pouch styles handy but here's one which you've probably already seen:


Topps - OPC - Gold Rush bubble gum full pouches - 1970's and 1982
by Jason Liebig, on Flickr

And here's a nice shot of some of the 70's fabric pouch gum pouches that my pal Dan Goodsell had in his collection over the years:


Gold Rush & other Bubble Gum Bags
by Dan Goodsell, on Flickr

 
Nice!  Quite a history to the Gold Rush product.

There's some modern-day equivalent of this type of gum - Bag 'o Rocks or something like that, but it doesn't taste like I remember Gold Rush from back in the day.  Tastes a lot more artificial now, for lack of a better word.

Thanks for the insight.  I'll keep searching for sure.
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Re: Candy/Gum display boxes
« Reply #11 on: January 15, 2017, 08:49:03 AM »
Monster Initials box should be easy. A lot of unopened material for Monster Initials has been around in the last decade, I think I paid maybe $30 for mine.
Thanks for mentioning this.  I had no idea that more product had surfaced, and impact on pricing.  I tried hard for a box years ago, and couldn't get sellers to budge from high asking prices.  Now, a week later, I am the proud recipient of a decent box plus a few wrappers for the tidy sum of $21 (via eBay of course).

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Re: Candy/Gum display boxes
« Reply #12 on: January 15, 2017, 10:06:45 AM »
Thanks for mentioning this.  I had no idea that more product had surfaced, and impact on pricing.  I tried hard for a box years ago, and couldn't get sellers to budge from high asking prices.  Now, a week later, I am the proud recipient of a decent box plus a few wrappers for the tidy sum of $21 (via eBay of course).

Great! That's pretty much the only other sticker set I remember purchasing during the wacky era. Those images conjure up a lot of memories!

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Re: Candy/Gum display boxes
« Reply #13 on: January 15, 2017, 08:50:39 PM »
Great! That's pretty much the only other sticker set I remember purchasing during the wacky era. Those images conjure up a lot of memories!
My experience came later for some reason.  I know they were originally issued in 1974, but I have no recollection of ever seeing them at that time.  A new candy store opened in the neighborhood in the summertime.  It was either 1977 or 78.  That was the only place I ever saw them.  I remember it well because I bought quite a few packs with a friend from school, who I only became acquainted with around that time.  We killed ourselves to try and get that last puzzle piece.  I must have had something close to a complete set of stickers, but of course I stuck them, cut the cards in half to separate the letters, and any other form of childhood card collecting blasphemy I could think of.

 

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