Friday, June 29, 2018

More "toy cars"

This little obsession started anew in late 2013 when I spied the Mystery Machine while my wife and I were shopping at the local Farm Fresh of all places!

I then set out to try and get what they are now calling the Screen Time series, especially good Ole Snoopy on his hot-rodded dog house! It took me quite a while to locate him, but since then I've found newer card variations as well as different wheel variations!

They've kept that series alive, adding and subtracting different models/castings, and even added a casting of everyone's favorite Marvel Spaceship, Milano from the Guardians of the Galaxy Franchise!!
 The yellow Submarine was tough one to find for a while!
 Fred's ride was an eBay win!
 Meet George Jetson! (admit it, you just sang that!)
 This one is a transplant, a retro-entertainment version on a mainline card.
 as is this one as well.
 one of my favorite finds was the Time Machine-Hover mode!
 Does anyone else watch Fast and Loud, this is the Midas Monkey from that episode.
 The Knight Industries Two Thousand!
 There are a few Fast and Furious mainlines out.
 Halo got two color variations.
 More Fast and Furious
and the Milano. (which comes with either a clear or blue-tinted base!)

Then in 2017, they released a Super Treasure hunt version of the Mystery Machine. Though I had no luck in finding one on the pegs, I was able to find a duplicate of the Camaro Super and found someone to trade me for the Mystery Machine!

Mattel also released a Car Culture version of the Mystery Machine which I decided to use for my first custom car and card combo.

didn't turn out to shabby if I do say so myself. My wife has always been a huge horror fan and I thought the Murder Machine picture was perfect for this little project.

thanks for reading!
Have a GReat day!
Happy Fourth everyone! I'm headed to Atlanta for the week to visit dear friends!!

Now for some Q&A:

Angels in Order:
I could be interested in some of the older stuff, especially if it's still on decent cards. and yes, Super treasure Hunts are still around, I've found about 20-25 in the last three years, not too bad for a part-time collector. (you could always send me an email... dawgbones (at) cox (dot) net...)

I've still got a lot of the cars I played with when I was a younger kid, and have traded some of them for more modern versions, including swapping an original 1980's '68 Camaro for the Kool Kombi super Treasure Hunt (both loose...) Even loose, that Kombi still commands $50 or more in mint condition!! (I had someone make me a card for that one to help protect it, I can't bring myself to drop the $75-100 for a mint on card version yet!)

Friday, June 22, 2018

Hello, is this thing still working?

Hello my friends. How is everyone doing these days? I've been really slacking on the posting front, but have kept up with a lot of your posts, commenting here and there, but reading a lot.

What has yours truly been up to these past days, months, oh my god, too freaking long without posting!!! Well, besides keeping up with my beloved Phillies who are off to a great start this year. I've slacked off on the baseball card front, not really finding much there that I want or like lately, but have returned to one of my childhood favorites.

I mentioned to Fuji in one of his posts that I've begun collecting Hot Wheels again. Both the diecast maker and yours truly turned 50 this year, having began our respective journeys in 1968!

It all starts with one or two innocent purchases, seeing one casting that really catches your eye, whether by flashy paint or other details, these little "toys" will put you in the poorhouse 94 cents at a time!

And there are different levels to this hobby as well. Hot Wheels, beginning with the 1995 release, they introduced the Treasure Hunt sub-series, and subsequently introduced the Super Treasure Hunt series in 2007. The Supers are distinguished from the rest of the set by the use of higher quality Spectraflame paint colors over a polished base and will have real rider rubber tires along with a stylized "TH" somewhere on the car.

I started lining my cubical walls with them a couple years ago and have now reached the point where I am rotating some of them and replacing others with  newer ones that I like better. I have also traded with people around the U.S. and have received one regular Treasure Hunt of my 2nd favorite casting from the U.K. (on a short card).

The Volkswagen buses (the "Kool Kombi") in the center are my absolute favorite casting, followed closely by the Pedal Driver car to the Kombis' right.

This year, they also introduced what they are calling an Ultimate Chase Car, which also happens to be one of my favorite models, the Bone Shaker. AND I also got lucky as hell to score one of these from my local Yorktown Wally World Yesterday!! (this particular version which I paid 94 cents for, is currently selling/trading secondarily in the $45-60 range)

The #15 is the Ultimate Chase version vs. the #3 car which is the main-line release. You can see the difference in paint color and wheels right away. This is also the 2nd "hunt" version of the Bone Shaker in my collection, the pink one I managed to trade for sometime last year.

I may share some of my collection here if you guys are so inclined to peek in on them. Hell I'll even throw a baseball themed car in to tease y'all too!!

Thanks for reading,
Have a GReat weekend!