Collectible Corn Items: The Corn Item Collectors Association

Corn Items Collectors display varied category at regional meet.

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Bob Frey, Durant, Iowa, with some of his Pioneer seed corn memorabilia. A Pioneer employee for 42 years, Bob has a broad array of signs, pencils, paring knives, yardsticks, rain gauges, ashtrays, lighters, toys and bags. One bag he recalls very well. “It was a clear plastic bag made of heavy plastic and heat-sealed,” he says. “It was really impressive, the way the corn showed through.” But that beauty was only skin-deep. “You couldn’t stack those bags,” he says. “They were kind of like footballs. And the plastic didn’t breathe, resulting in spoilage. It was a real disaster.”