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Sixty years of Matchbox cars
Telegraph ^ | July 18, 2013

Posted on 07/18/2013 2:24:10 PM PDT by nuconvert

This year marks the 60th anniversary of Matchbox die-cast models, which have gone from child's toys to collector's items.

I don’t like to boast, but by the time I was 10 years old I owned a fleet of Ferraris, a Lamborghini Countach and a Peugeot Paris-Dakar racer. Being a child, I would smash these motors into each other and then, at the end of a hard day’s driving, forgo the comfort of a dehumidified garage in preference to lobbing them all in an old ice-cream tub.

These old Matchbox cars survive to this day, tucked away in my parents’ loft awaiting the next generation to take them for a spin. However, this year there is another reason to blow the dust from them, for it marks the 60th anniversary of Matchbox.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Hobbies
KEYWORDS: cars; collectibles; matchbox; toys

1 posted on 07/18/2013 2:24:10 PM PDT by nuconvert
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To: nuconvert

I loved Matchbox Car. Me and my brothers collected them instead of Hotwheels.


2 posted on 07/18/2013 2:27:24 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Wish I kept my “Sizzlers.”


3 posted on 07/18/2013 2:29:04 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: nuconvert

I had a pretty big collection of match box cars once. My mom said those are going to be worth something some day, but one by one I ended up losing or destroying them. Why oh why didn’t I listen?


4 posted on 07/18/2013 2:29:13 PM PDT by Telepathic Intruder (The only thing the Left has learned from the failures of socialism is not to call it that)
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To: nuconvert

All of my Matchbox, Hot wheels, and GI Joe stuff was burned, blown-up, shot, smashed, or dropped from very high places. My brother had a Evel Knievel action figure that took some particularly serious abuse.

My old toys would be worth a tidy sum if I had kept them.


5 posted on 07/18/2013 2:29:19 PM PDT by Spruce
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To: Spruce
My brother had a Evel Knievel action figure that took some particularly serious abuse.

You actually got the bike to work?

6 posted on 07/18/2013 2:31:04 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: nuconvert

I still collect Hess trucks....


7 posted on 07/18/2013 2:31:36 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: nuconvert

8 posted on 07/18/2013 2:33:17 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: nuconvert

Like the big ones too.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/picturegalleries/10188608/17-million-supercar-sale.html


9 posted on 07/18/2013 2:36:22 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Pretty sure I have scars from stepping on Matchbox cars left in the middle of the floor!


10 posted on 07/18/2013 2:40:03 PM PDT by grame (May you know more of the love of God Almighty this day!)
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To: headstamp 2

Uhhhh, me want...


11 posted on 07/18/2013 2:40:37 PM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: nuconvert

The cool kids had HotWheels!


12 posted on 07/18/2013 2:43:25 PM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: Doogle

How much are they worth? I still have mine and the original box.


13 posted on 07/18/2013 2:47:52 PM PDT by doodad
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To: Fresh Wind

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ha2ZqP-Hnvc

Full screen and crank up the speakers for 11 minutes of heaven.!


14 posted on 07/18/2013 2:52:10 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: headstamp 2

Otherwise titled How to Handle the Corkscrew at Laguna Seca


15 posted on 07/18/2013 2:56:28 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: nuconvert

I love Matchbox cars (my favorite) as well as Hot Wheels, Corgi, Majorette, Jonny Lightning and so on. I still collect them.


16 posted on 07/18/2013 2:59:50 PM PDT by Nowhere Man ("We have met the enemy, he is us!" - Pogo Possum - 1971)
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To: dfwgator

I had Sizzlers too, they might be a tad beat up though.


17 posted on 07/18/2013 3:00:15 PM PDT by Nowhere Man ("We have met the enemy, he is us!" - Pogo Possum - 1971)
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To: Telepathic Intruder
I had a pretty big collection of match box cars once. My mom said those are going to be worth something some day, but one by one I ended up losing or destroying them. Why oh why didn’t I listen?

We could each bend over and we can take turns kicking ourselves in the butt. I do have an old large Corgi model of the Jaguar from the later episodes of "The Saint." I've seen it go as high as 100 Pounds in the UK. BTW, I had the original GI Joe too so I deserve an extra kick.
18 posted on 07/18/2013 3:02:24 PM PDT by Nowhere Man ("We have met the enemy, he is us!" - Pogo Possum - 1971)
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To: Spruce

I might still have my Evil Knievel, I have to check on it.


19 posted on 07/18/2013 3:02:56 PM PDT by Nowhere Man ("We have met the enemy, he is us!" - Pogo Possum - 1971)
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To: dfwgator; Spruce

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQKXgHwYAJM


20 posted on 07/18/2013 3:09:41 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: nuconvert

Always think it’s cool when my elementary school aged Son and Daughter play with some of my old matchbox cars. My Son however has a giant collection - we got in the habit of always buying 2-3 him cars whenever we went to the store. And no surprise, he’s a car nut like I am.


21 posted on 07/18/2013 3:15:14 PM PDT by Made In The USA (I'm not yelling, just... just talking enthusiastically..)
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To: nuconvert

I remember when Mattel had a big issue with employees stealing Hotwheels and pissed them off istituting all sorts of anti-theft measures.


22 posted on 07/18/2013 3:17:35 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: Spruce
All of my Matchbox, Hot wheels, and GI Joe stuff was burned, blown-up, shot, smashed, or dropped from very high places.

Yep. I suspect the originator of the "Chevy Impala with JATO" urban legend got the idea from a favorite pursuit of mine - taping bottle rockets to Matchbox and Hot Wheels cars.

23 posted on 07/18/2013 3:20:26 PM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: doodad

http://www.raystoytrucks.com/


24 posted on 07/18/2013 3:28:22 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: nuconvert

I have a bunch in near mint condition.
Still have the original boxes for most.


25 posted on 07/18/2013 3:31:59 PM PDT by Verbosus (/* No Comment */)
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To: Nowhere Man

Lots and lots of Hot Wheels, Matchbox, and G.I. Joe, and Big Jim. But the most valuable I’ve had was the jawa with vinyl cape. Extra large kick in the rear for me, please.


26 posted on 07/18/2013 3:41:14 PM PDT by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: nuconvert

HotWheels!


27 posted on 07/18/2013 3:42:28 PM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: nuconvert

explains where the band, Matchbox 20, got it’s name??


28 posted on 07/18/2013 3:48:03 PM PDT by llevrok (The American Dream is but a catnap today.)
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To: dfwgator

Slots had THEIR time too ... in the 60’s.


29 posted on 07/18/2013 3:48:11 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof, but they're true.)
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To: nuconvert

I still have about 40 of my old Hot Wheels from 1967-69. Also have some track. Some of them can be quite valuable.


30 posted on 07/18/2013 4:08:38 PM PDT by manic4organic (It was nice knowing you, America.)
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To: Telepathic Intruder

Any household with a couple of boys in it during those years is usually good for as many as a dozen of those suckers in the yard when metal detecting. If I kept all of them (more often than not thrashed) I found I’d probably have a couple of 5 gallon buckets of them...


31 posted on 07/18/2013 4:18:26 PM PDT by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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To: grame

Actually surprised we didn’t scatter legos on the Ho Chi Minh trail in Vietnam, guess there must be something in the Geneva Convention about that... lol


32 posted on 07/18/2013 4:20:02 PM PDT by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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To: nuconvert

My sister’s Barbies didn’t fare well against her misogynist brothers with gasoline, firecrackers and .22 shorts.


33 posted on 07/18/2013 5:16:02 PM PDT by SnuffaBolshevik (In a tornado, even turkeys can fly.)
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To: dfwgator
Wish I kept my “Sizzlers.”

Just go buy a Tesla model 'S'. It's the same thing.

34 posted on 07/18/2013 5:26:28 PM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: Disambiguator

If I saved my baseball cards and matchboxes I’d be wealthy now.

But the BB cards sure sounded cool on the spokes.


35 posted on 07/18/2013 5:33:20 PM PDT by bicyclerepair (Inbred, pedophile-worshipping, misogynists (mozlums) offend me.)
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To: al_c
Lots and lots of Hot Wheels, Matchbox, and G.I. Joe, and Big Jim. But the most valuable I’ve had was the jawa with vinyl cape. Extra large kick in the rear for me, please.

I also had the vinyl cape jawa, my dog got him. B-( I think you can give me a kick back after I kick you. B-) B-P
36 posted on 07/18/2013 6:05:10 PM PDT by Nowhere Man ("We have met the enemy, he is us!" - Pogo Possum - 1971)
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To: Axenolith

Surprisingly, my kids weren’t big into Legos but they can inflict a bunch of pain too, regardless of nationality! ;-)


37 posted on 07/18/2013 6:50:25 PM PDT by grame (May you know more of the love of God Almighty this day!)
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To: nuconvert

I gave away a whole box full of Matchbox and other toy vehicles to a friend’s grandson years ago. Kind of wish I’d kept them. I still have a box full of old HO scale slot cars in the attic though - wonder if they are worth anything? I even have some of the old Aurora vibrator slot cars that moved by a plate vibrated by a rod inside a coil which turned the back axle - very slowly and noisily I might add.


38 posted on 07/18/2013 6:57:04 PM PDT by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
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To: Some Fat Guy in L.A.

Pops has managed to keep NINE moving boxes of 40’s and 50’s Lionel train stuff. The locomotive is one of the rare ones.


39 posted on 07/18/2013 10:19:56 PM PDT by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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