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Free Inside is "The Fanzine of Contemporary Cereal Box Collecting"

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Mikal Vollmer began collecting cereal boxes in 1987. "There were a number of box collectors, mostly of radio premiums, who were looking for cereal boxes from the 1940s and '50s, with promotions that corresponded to rings and pins of their favorite radio serial heroes. No one, that I knew of, was collecting the cereal boxes that were at the supermarket right then. I immediately began the fanzine FREE INSIDE!" --- Mikal

"Free Inside!" is packed with images of cereal boxes & premiums, information, tips, and commentary! This library provides a great flashback look at the state of the cereal industry from 1988 to 2003! --- Topher

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Issue #1Not Dated
"There never was an issue #1. I'd started laying it out but by the time it was done there was so much more new stuff that it was totally out of date so I just moved on to #2 and that became the first issue. You've got 'em all. Maybe someday as a coffee table book compilation I can make-up a #1. Have a great day! Happy Collecting!" -Mikal

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Issue #2February 1988
  • "Why Collect Cereal Boxes?"
  • Cap'n Crunch
  • The Banana Splits
  • Chex, Freakies, Toucan Sam
  • Mad Scientist
  • Honey Smacks
12 pages

Issue #3March 1988
  • Freakies Holograms
  • Sugar Crisp Scary Masks
  • "Why Collect Cereal Boxes?"
  • As Seen On TV
  • Displaying Cereal Boxes
  • Who's Collecting Cereal Boxes
  • Collecting Old Ones
  • Jose & The Pussycats
12 pages

Issue #4May 1988
  • Pebbles
  • Quaker Puffed Wheat Pedometer
  • "Why Collect Cereal Boxes?"
  • Wheaties Picture Yourself Box
  • Displaying The Prizes
  • As Seen On TV
  • Collector Hot Flashes
  • Archies Record
  • Captain Power Mask
14 pages

Issue #5Summer 1988
  • Post Toasties Mickey Mouse Cut-Outs
  • Ralston
  • Index of Cereal Premium Comics
  • Cap'n Crunch and the Fountain of Youth
  • "Why Cereal Boxes?"
  • Laser Technology at the Checkout Counter
  • Hot Flashes
  • Sing-Along with H.R. Pufnstuf
10 pages

Issue #6Fall 1988
  • "Why Collect Cereal Boxes?"
  • Cap'n Crunch Dinosaur Spoons
  • Christmas Crunch
  • Cereal Boxes (Paying 25 cents Each)
  • Instruction Sheet for the Cap'n Crunch Sea Cycle
  • Comic Index (continued from last issue)
  • Are We Getting Ripped Off?
  • Hot Flashes
16 pages

Issue #71989
  • Should The Rabbit Eat Trix? Campaign
  • "Why Collect Cereal Boxes?"
  • Corn Pops Recall
  • Cereal Prizes
  • Corn Flakes Crusade (book review)
  • Grins & Smiles & Giggles & Laughs
  • You Collect Cereal Prizes!?
  • Freddie the Flute
  • Hot Flashes
15 pages

Issue #8Winter 1990
  • "Why Collect Cereal Boxes?"
  • Mr. T Cereal
  • Breakfast with Barbie
  • Vacation In Canada (Canadian Boxes)
  • Hot Flashes
  • Ralston Nowhere-Near-Complete TMNT Cereal Box Checklist
  • Are They Worth $12,000?
  • Andy Rooney/60 Minutes on Cereal
16 pages

Issue #9December 1990
  • "Why Collect Cereal Boxes?"
  • Ralston
  • Canada Part 2
  • Boxness
  • Interview: Jon Anderson
  • Hot Flashes
  • Why I Won't Buy Cereal Boxes in Florida
18 pages

Issue #101992
  • "Why Collect Cereal Boxes?"
  • Cap'n Crunch Boxes
  • Ralston, Kellogg's, General Mills Info and Boxes
  • How Do You Store Them?
  • Hot Flashes
  • Interview: Graham Trievel
  • International Scene
28 pages

Issue #11Winter 1993
  • The Surreal and Goofy World of Cereal Box Collecting
  • Is Cereal Box Collecting Really the Stupidest Hobby on Earth?
  • Batman Returns
  • Jock Cereals
  • Where's Waldo?
  • Urkel-O
  • Cap'n Crunch
  • Disney's Aladdin
  • Christmas Crunch and Ugly Lucky
  • Beverly Hills 90210
  • Hot Flashes
19 pages

Issue #121993
  • Hot Flashes
  • Kellogg's Disney
  • Cap'n X-Mas
  • Winter Lucky
  • Sugar Bear
  • Disney Kix
  • Garfield 3-D
  • NBC TV
  • Nick At Night
  • Monsters
  • Best Box
  • Coupon
  • Storage
  • Cool Trix Boxes
  • Disney's Aladdin
  • Stimpy
18 pages

Issue #131994
  • The Surreal and Goofy World of Cereal Box Collecting
  • Hot Flashes
  • Nintendo Cereals
  • Japan Disney Cereals
  • Star Wars Cereal Boxes
20 pages

Issue #141995
  • The Surreal and Goofy World of Cereal Box Collecting
  • Disney Afternoon
  • Hot Flashes
  • Christmas Cereal Boxes
  • International Scene
15 pages

Issue #15October 1996
  • The Surreal and Goofy World of Cereal Box Collecting
  • Hot Flashes
  • Star Wars
  • Disney
  • Zombie Jock Cereal Boxes
  • Freakie Magnet Magazine
  • Gazoo Pebbles
  • International Boxes
  • New Stuff
  • Boxes of Flats
  • Cereal Boxes as Beauty
20 pages

Issue #16December 2003
  • "Why Collect Cereal Boxes?"
  • Reprising the Concept of Cereal Box Collecting Reality
  • My Life In Cereal Boxes
  • Product Packaging
  • Hot Flashes
  • Filled with Gorgeous Full-Color Cereal Box Scans
34 pages


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This entire collection is courtesy of Mikal Vollmer. Mikal has always encouraged his subscribers to feel free to make copies of his magazine issues to share with friends. Issue content is copyright reserved.
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