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Old 11-21-2010, 10:31 PM
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Default MIB, MOC or Loose - which do you prefer?

This has always been a perplexing question for me - how do other model diecast collectors feel about this issue?

I can understand retaining boxes and packaging for old diecast toys, say, early Matchbox, where this practice maintains a decent value for these toys. So what about modern releases - is keeping what are seen more as collectors models in their plastic packaging a preferred way of keeping the models value - does it really amatter any more?

I discard all of the cardboard and plastic that house the models I collect 'cos I like to display them behind glass all lined up in rows so I can get a good look at them.

What do other collectors do?

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Old 11-22-2010, 03:26 AM
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Hi Bruce

Interesting question. In the early 1970's I bought a lot of older Matchbox regular wheel models from toy shops and newsagents. At this time I was collecting them and therefore saved the boxes. The box art on these releases is very nice so they are worth collecting just for this.

Today mint/box regular wheel Matchbox models are high in price. So it makes sense to buy mint or near mint models without the box because they are much cheaper!

Regarding new Hot Wheels/Matchbox toys I cannot see values going high because so many would have been kept mint in blister. However, keeping them in their packs is a popular way of displaying them today.

Thankfully, some of the true scale 1:64th scale models are packaged in such a way that one does not have to destroy the package to release the model!
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Old 11-22-2010, 03:39 AM
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Thanks, Chris and good morning.
I was wondering about M2, JL and others where it's almost nessesary to hire industrial grade cutting equipment to release a model from its plastic.
I can understand early Matchbox, Dinky, Corgi etc where mint and boxed is the desired ultimate for collectors, but now - with 64th, does removing the packaging render them less attractive for re-sale than if these same models remained in their original packaging.
or on their original cards? In this respect all my 64th's are sans packaging which is turfed out soon after I liberate the model.

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Old 11-22-2010, 04:33 PM
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Hi Bruce

I know what you mean with having specialised equipment to open these bubble packs!

However, if you are thinking of re-saling models from this type of packaging then they definitely need to be un-opened.

Thankfully, AutoArt, Kyosho, Minichamps use packaging on their 1:64th scale model cars where one can remove models without damaging either the package or one's self!

Tomica for their 1:64th scale collector range use the traditional card box just like Matchbox did.
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Old 11-22-2010, 05:42 PM
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Hi Chris.

The desicion I made when I bought the first 1/64 scale model and ditched the box it came in I knew that I was heading down a path of no return-lol.

At this time in my collecting life I believe that what I spend on models pretty much stays spent. If I aquire any duplicates then I usually just keep them to rob for conversions or give them away to mates who model S scale model railways.
Nearly all of the 64ths I have were bought on eBay and the addition of packaging cost a lot of money in postage especially when it's ultimate destinantion is the town dump.
So I prefer to buy them loose if I can.

I was just wondering how other 1/64 scale collectors treat this subject of, "keep the box or ditch the box?"

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Old 11-23-2010, 03:32 PM
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When buying I have a slight preference for MIB or MOC, because I think this will result in me getting undamaged models. Then again, I bought a few loose cars & trucks and they were all fine.

Blister packages I quickly dispose of, although I might keep the card if it's particular nice and if I could remove the plastic bit cleanly. When models came in little (display) boxes, then of course I kept those boxes. These can offer a bit of variety for displaying ones models.
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Old 11-26-2010, 11:50 AM
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On the newer stuff I buy I usually cut the blister so I can get at the car but cut it so I can save the packaging. If I find any special edition or 'chase' cars I leave them sealed in the package, just in case they ever skyrocket in price or something. Most of the new stuff will not be worth hundreds or thousands of bucks in the near future anyway. So, Like to be able to handle the cars if I want to. Most of the M2's I get I open the package and shut the doors and hoods and repack them. I think they display better 'closed up' on the wall. Have several loose 1/64 Ertl's.
If I run across a model I like, it really doesn't matter if it is loose or not to me.
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Old 11-26-2010, 09:57 PM
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The old ones go for very high MIB prices because very few were kept MIB. Today's diecast, IMHO, will never be worth much. I open up the packaging, take 'em out, and throw away the packaging, although I keep the card.

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Old 11-27-2010, 05:13 PM
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The old ones go for very high MIB prices because very few were kept MIB. Today's diecast, IMHO, will never be worth much. I open up the packaging, take 'em out, and throw away the packaging, although I keep the card.

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You have hit the nail on the head here nch.

On older toy cars the box or blister pack was ditched before you got home! This is why there is a BIG premium on MB models.

Today I bet the same is true regarding Matchbox and HW bought for a kid.

But there are enough collectors out there that won't remove the toy from the blister thinking that they are going to make a killing in a years time. LOL!
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