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Old 01-07-2015, 03:16 PM
56tbird 56tbird is offline
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Southern Maine
Posts: 80

It was my childhood interest in collecting Matchbox cars long ago that triggered my present day interest in collecting 1:64 scale diecast cars, over 50 years later. On a quiet day of introspection and reflection about two years ago, I found myself reminiscing about a modest collection of approximately 15 Matchbox cars that I assembled in 1958, as a kid in New Hampshire. These cars were carefully and individually chosen whenever my allowance reached the magic sum of 49, the cost of individual Matchbox cars at the time. After spending much time studying the rotating Matchbox display at the local 5 and 10 store I would carefully select the next addition to my collection. I have no idea where these cars are today, but I decided to see if it would be possible to replicate that collection today, from memory. There may have been more than fifteen cars back then, but these specific fifteen were vivid memories, indelibly imprinted on my mind. I was surprised how easy it was to replicate the collection through purchases on eBay; it took no more than a few months to assemble them all. There was an important learning curve, to identify those cars which were manufactured pre-1958 (gray wheels, etc.), and a couple of mistakes were made and later corrected, but this core collection of 15 Matchbox cars is now prominently displayed in an acrylic display case alongside my other 1:64 diecast cars.

I also have a few larger Tonka trucks from my childhood, including a 1953 (?) red pickup, and a similar year Green Giant tractor trailer, along with a Nylint 'Michigan' crane and an older Structo tractor trailer, all in beautiful condition and displayed alongside my 1:64 diecast cars. One day these will all go to my grandchildren, but for now I am enjoying the hobby of collecting them, all spawned from that little Matchbox collection.
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