1954 Tonka Star Kist Foods Private Label Box Van

1954 Star Kist Box Van
Original, unretouched MIB 1954 Star Kist box van with the original protective wax paper still in place. Patrick informed me that "This new-old-stock 1954 Star Kist was found in an old New Jersey warehouse in 1999." From the Patrick O'Neil collection

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In 1954, Tonka issued the Star Kist Foods box van. Per Tonka literature, "Colorful Star Kist Food decals make this unit an exact replica of one of the most popular cargo type trucks used today." Tonka assigned model #725-4 to this one year only truck. This truck was available through typical toy outlets. Approximately 20,000 units were manufactured.


Value: A Star Kist box van in original unretouched good condition, paint loss and lots of rust on the box, no rear doors, sold for $220 USD on eBay, late August 2007.

Value: A Star Kist box van in original unretouched excellent plus condition, very little paint loss most on rear doors, excellent plus to near mint decals on the cab and carton, sold for $800 USD on eBay in late September 2007.

Value: A Star Kist box van in original unretouched excellent plus condition, some paint loss on rear doors, excellent plus decals on the cab and box, with its excellent plus carton, sold for $723 USD on eBay in mid October 2007.

Value: A Star Kist box van in original unretouched excellent plus condition, very little paint loss with typical played with scratching, excellent plus decals on the cab and box, no carton, sold for $409 USD on eBay in late October 2007.

Value: A Star Kist box van in original unretouched excellent condition, paint dulled but minimal paint loss with typical played with scratching, very good plus decals on the cab and box, no carton, sold for $405 USD on eBay in early November 2007.

Value: A Star Kist box van in original (except for 1 reproduction rear door handle), otherwise unretouched excellent plus condition, paint mostly shiny with minimal paint loss, no box, sold for $421 USD on eBay in late December 2007.

Value: A Star Kist box van in original unretouched excellent condition, missing 1 rear door handle, paint mostly dull with typical played with scratching, no carton, sold for $369 USD on eBay in late December 2007.

Value: A Star Kist box van in original unretouched very good condition, minimal paint loss, missing grille/bumper assembly, decals excellent, no carton, sold for $250 USD on eBay in mid February 2008.

Value: A Star Kist box van in original unretouched good condition, dull worn paint with typical played with scratches, rusty axles, wheel covers and grille/bumper oxidized, decals complete but look very aged, sold on eBay for $347 USD in late March 2008. (The buyer of the previous truck got a better truck for less money).

Value: A Star Kist box van in original unretouched good condition, numerous paint scrapes on the cab and box allowing surface oxidation, decals are good, overall another tired looking truck, no carton, sold on eBay for $255 USD in mid April 2008.

Value: A Star Kist box van in original (except for 2 reproduction door handles), otherwise unretouched excellent condition, paint shiny with some chips and scratches, 1 small ding on the box top, decals are excellent, no carton, sold on eBay for $460 USD in early February 2009.

Value: A Star Kist box van in original unretouched excellent plus condition, shiny paint with minimal paint loss, near mint decals on the cab and box, no carton, sold for $610 USD on eBay in late August 2013. (Beautiful truck)

Value: A Star Kist box van in original unretouched near mint condition, shiny paint with minimal paint loss, excellent plus decals on the cab and box, comes with its excellent carton, sold for $1545 USD on eBay in mid December 2013. (Beautiful truck)

Value: An original, complete, unretouched 1954 Star-Kist box van in excellent plus condition, few paint scratches, excellent decals, no box, sold on eBay for $560 USD in late January 2014.

Value: An original, complete, unretouched 1954 Star-Kist box van in excellent condition, several paint scratches, front bumper/grille and headlight buttons show heavy oxidation, excellent decals, no box, sold on eBay for $358 USD in late June 2014. NOTE: The box was separated from the chassis/frame. 4 screws and all is well.

Value: An original, complete, unretouched 1954 Star-Kist box van in excellent minus condition, several paint scratches on box, very few on the cab, excellent decals, no box, sold on eBay for $275 USD in early December 2014.

Value: A Star Kist box van in original unretouched good condition, dull lifeless paint, box decals show age, cab decals very good, missing 1 wheel cover and 1 door handle, no box, sold for $195 USD on eBay in late November 2016.



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