In the collector community, which is small to begin with, he had perhaps the second largest Crayola collection in the world. That's quite sad to hear that all of those boxes and crayons are lost forever.
I wanted to feature a few of the boxes that Spencer had that even I don't have; ones that we may not see again.
The first of these he had just recently acquired. Probably from the late 1950s or early 1960s, nobody had ever seen this particular box before as most of the 72 color boxes were the standard designs with the house on it at that time. There is no back story or history behind this but it would be nice to know more about it. A shame that now none exist that we know of.
This next one is another variation of the 72 box that had never been seen before and Spencer had two of these. I was going to trade or buy the extra from him but had never gotten around to finishing the deal and so again, the collecting world now has no examples of this design unless another surfaces somewhere in the future.
The next box is a brand that Crayola used as an artist brand around 1934 to 1937. Spencer had the only example I'd ever seen surface. While it isn't exactly a sexy box, it is very rare among Crayola items.
Other boxes that Spencer had that nobody else had were odd ones that had come out of Europe or were on the market so briefly that none seemed to have made it into the collecting community. Here are a couple of examples:
Spencer, your collection was incredible, be proud of what you had while you had it. I'm glad we have the photos to remember some of these only-one-known examples of Crayola items.
As for the rest of you collectors, may your crayon items stay safe and protected.