Vintage Lunchbox Collection to Be Auctioned Off

A veteran auctioneer has on display hundreds of vintage lunchboxes featuring the heroes of their childhood's comic books, TV shows, cartoon strips, movies and more. J. Louis Karp's family business in Cincinnati dates to 1870, and he says he's never seen such a collection.

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A Cincinnati-area auctioneer is getting ready to auction off a large vintage lunchbox collection.
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J. Louis Karp has sold vintage lunchboxes before, but never so many. Karp has 250 for auction ending Sept. 30. There are another 200 he's planning to auction before the Christmas holidays.
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"I've never had anything like this,'' said Karp, whose family-run business has been part of Cincinnati since the first years after the Civil War. "This is quite different.''
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The lunchboxes feature the heroes of their childhood’s comic books, TV shows, cartoon strips, movies and more. Bids start at $20.
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Bids start at $20 each.
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Karp, 71, reluctantly allowed his sons to bring his auctions into the internet age, and the business takes bids online from anywhere, and by email and phone.
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