Sunday, November 18, 2007

Convention

Every summer, there is a Matchbox USA Toy Show in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Each year, they give out a brand new promotional model.

Here are some of the great limited edition cars I've received by attending these conventions over the years:

Camaro Z-28
Dodge Viper GTS
'56 Ford Pick-Up
'65 Mustang GT
Kenworth T2000
Ford Explorer Sport Trac
Limousine
Volkswagen Concept 1
Ford Focus

Friday, November 2, 2007

eBay auctions

A I've mentioned before, eBay is a terrific place to either start, or add to a Matchbox collection. Here are some great auctions I was able found with minimal searching:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=280166528252

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=160174105495

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250181368662

The great thing about eBay is that whatever it is you're looking for, there's always someone out there who has one they don't want. Whether you're looking for a specific car, or you just want to double the size of your existing collection, eBay is as good a place as any to do it.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Car List

Here is an excellent list with pictures of all seventy-five vehicles in the Regular Wheels series:

http://www.matchbox1-75.com/1969.asp

There are of course hundreds, perhaps thousands of individual cars to collect, including color variations and the like, but a perfect way to start a great collection would be to go down this list and get each car.

Also, feel free to check out the rest of that site (home page: http://www.matchbox1-75.co.uk/index.asp), as they have lots of other good information as well.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Links

Here are some links to great websites about the Regular Wheels series:

As usual, Wikipedia has great articles on both Lesney and Matchbox:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lesney_Products
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matchbox_(toy_company)

The Toy Peddler is an excellent site site for buying diecast vehicles:
http://www.thetoypeddler.com/cgi-bin/ttp/display.cgi?cat1=3&cat2=22

This site, Regular Wheels.com, is a really good site for accessories. They sell parts and wheels, displays, cases, blister packs, books, t-shirts, and more.
http://www.regularwheels.com/

Matchbox 1-75 is a great site and it has a very nice list of all of the cars in the series:
http://www.matchbox1-75.co.uk/index.asp

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Where to get cars

The best place to get Matchbox cars is flea markets. This is because often at flea markets people have things they don't know the value of, so you'll get a much better deal than at a show or a convention, which is the next best place. At a show there are a lot of experts, and you can ask questions and the like.

Cars can range in price from $5 to $500. It's easy to get carried away, so try not to spend too much money at once.

Monday, September 17, 2007

My Collection

This is my Matchbox car collection:



















It usually helps to keep them on a bookcase or something similar, so that they stay in good condition, and of course so that they can be on display. And just because you have the cars on display, doesn't mean you should get rid of the box that they came in. In fact, when you do find cars in their original boxes, you should always keep them together, because like anything else, they are more valuable if they are still accompanied by everything they came with.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Getting Started

There are three steps to starting a Matchbox car collection.

Step 1:

Realizing which cars to collect. Most Matchbox collectors actually still collect the very first "Matchbox Series" cars. They go by several names, including "Regular Wheels" or the "1-75 Series". The cars are all 1:64 scale. They were made in England in the 1950s and 1960s by the company Lesney Products.

Step 2:

The second step is to get a good book. I prefer this one:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/0764311980/


The book is written by Charlie Mack, considered to be the foremost authority on the subject.

Step 3:

Start collecting! Once you have looked through the book, and you know what to look for, start going to flea markets and starting your collection.