I was just curious to see if anybody else collects Matchbox or Hot Wheels cars and trucks? Here are pictures, of some of the collection that my kids started. I never got around to taking pictures of my collection, but they are begging me to, so maybe I can get them taken and uploaded this weekend. All and all, I believe we have just a little over 2000 cars combined. Most of my collection consists of cars from around the early '70's and '80's, most new in the box, and all from my childhood. I used to mow grass in the neighborhood as a kid, and whenever I got some money saved up, I'd head straight to the five and dime store, to buy cars, or farm tractor toys. I never played with them, and I remember putting the cars in cases, and unfolding the boxes, to store in shoe boxes. The kids collections, on the other hand, consists mostly of newer Hot Wheels cars, on blister packs. Caleb (11) and Shayna (9), like to keep their cars in the packs, while my youngest son, Ryan (6), wants all of his new cars opened, so he can play with them. I just can't get him to understand that they have more value if they are still in the pack. He plays with them all the time, but I have to give him credit, he doesn't smash them together like most kids do.
We buy most of the newer cars, over the Christmas Holiday's, as you can usually buy the cars on sale, and since Walmart and Kmart, have them marked down sometimes to $.50 a piece, you can imagine how excited they get, when we come home with a shopping cart full.
It a good hobby, even though my wife would disagree, but it's something the kids and I enjoy doing together. It teaches them value, and they really get excited about their individual collections. They are constantly comparing and trading each others cars, and I truely believe it brought them closer together, as brothers and a sister. They respect each others collection, and they always ask for permission to see a car, instead of just picking it up, so I guess manors have to have some acknowledgement also.
Anyway, I was hoping some of you guys collected them too, so we could all get a chance to hopefully see some rare cars, and maybe even trade, sell, or buy some cars that we might be looking for. I'm really interested in hearing about each of your own collecting stories, about how long you've been collecting, or about why you started collecting.
Edited by johndeereelfman, January 12, 2013 - 09:19 PM.