The Cursed Jewels
The Eerie Castle
The Mad Scientist
The Sea Monsters
The Secret Cave
The Visitors from Tomorrow
I have never tried very hard to find the paint books, just because it has never been a priority. Nevertheless, I do have a couple of them.
The Cookie Crisp cereal boxes with the paint book promotion are extremely scarce and very expensive. I don't know what the current value is, but I suspect that the cereal boxes are still worth several hundred dollars each in the current market. They are about impossible to find and would have been a good candidate for my blog post on the "Ten Rarest Nancy Drew Books and Collectibles."
|Image from the Nancy Drew Sleuth blog|
The above image is of one of the Cookie Crisp boxes and is from Jennifer Fisher's blog. Please note that I am Jennifer White.
Recently, I spotted a partial cereal box with the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys promotion on eBay. I almost didn't click on the listing because the seller placed a large white box with "EBAY" inside the image, which made it look not interesting. Who is interested in something called "EBAY"?
Someone had cut out the part of the box that contained the promotion, and the seller had that part of the box up for sale. I immediately decided that I wanted to purchase this item. I kept expecting other people to bid, but in the end, I was the only bidder on the auction and was able to purchase the partial box at a total cost of $5.74 including shipping.
Partial cereal box on eBay
Even though I only have part of the box, I believe that I got a bargain.
Since the paint books have never been a priority, I would never be someone who would pay hundreds of dollars for an intact cereal box. It's just not that important to me. However, getting a partial cereal box for less than $10 is perfect!
You will notice two bids on the auction, but both bids were me. I bid at the beginning to keep the listing from being closed early. I bid my true maximum at the very end of the auction. I kept wondering why nobody else bid on the auction. I have several ideas.
The seller's big white box placed over the image may have kept people from noticing the cereal box. I almost scrolled past the image, and then quickly realized that I needed to take a closer look. I'm glad I did.
Some people may have noticed the auction but chose not to bid because the cereal box was not complete. I always take the view that I would rather have an imperfect rare collectible than go without having that rare collectible for years in hopes of getting one that is perfect. Items like this are always worth buying, especially when they are cheap.
The auction closed on Sunday, December 1, which was over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. More than likely, a number of people did not notice the auction due to being distracted by the holiday.
Notice that my partial cereal box has a blue background and that Jennifer Fisher's box has a black background, so variations in the boxes exist.