Here you'll find my posts on any given subject on any given day. No rhyme or reason. Some posts may be well thought out and planned, yet some spontaneous. It just depends on how and what I may be feeling like writing on that particular day. Whatever it is, I hope you'll enjoy.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
A Vintage Toy Passion
Collecting vintage toys has been a huge part of my adult life. One of the greatest toys produced, arguably, have to be Mattel's "Redline" Hotwheel cars and play sets. They appeared on the scene in 1967/68. The first set of cars now dubbed "The Sweet Sixteen" are shown below.
They ranged from concept cars like the "Beatnik Bandit" (1) to the "Python" (16). One of the most elusive of all vintage Redline Hotwheels is the rear loading (meaning the surfboards load through the back window) "Beach Bomb" shown below.
A couple of this particular version of cars have been sold on Ebay for well over $10,000.00 with none ever having been found in it's original packaging like the cars shown next.
Following the introduction of the cars came the sets, race sets that is. One of the most desirable sets of all time is the "Snake vs. Mongoose" Drag Set.
Harder and harder to find these days at garage sales, thrift shops, and the likes, every now and again I happen upon a car or two and sometimes an awesome set like this ....
1968 Hot Curves Race Set in almost new condition with all the documentation, a Redline Python, and "36 Ford Coupe". I couldn't believe my eyes and was totally beside myself, lol. Rare are they to find in this condition unless you want to take a 2nd mortgage out on your home and buy one on Ebay.
Although HotWheels will remain my favorite of vintage toys, old slot car race sets like this Marx brand "International Race Set" come in a close second.
I'll collect and/or sell Train sets like this
1950's Marx Mechanical Wind-Up set with Engine, Tender, Gondola, and Caboose.
Some are played with, some just displayed, but all are cherished ....
Little Golden Book Dolls
Kenner's Give A Show
Yonezawa Toy Company Battery Operated Radio Controlled 1960 Cadillac Fleetline Police Patrol
Vintage Masterworks Record Player and Assortment of Vintage Children's 45 rpm Records.
From Cars to Planes to Barbie, and Games. Hunting for, and finding vintage toys will always and forever be not only a hobby, but a passion. I hope you've one too!