Remember those great die-cast cars that you had as a kid? Matchbox, Hot Wheels… all that fun stuff. If you’re like me, you probably thought that you “outgrew” them at some point and gave them away, sold them, lost them, etc. Well now that I have a son of my own, I have grown nostalgic. I am wishing that I still had my collection to pass on to him. I think of all the hours of entertainment that those little vehicles brought me, and I want him to have the same experience. So that is why I have started the Die-Cast Reclamation Project! My mission, and I hope that my son will join me when he is old enough, is to reclaim my former collection of die-cast toys.
Through the wonders of the Internet (and my own memory) I have been able to identify the majority of the vehicles that I once owned, and I have created a website to catalog them. I am pretty impressed at how many I was actually able to remember, but I know I must have missed a few. They will come to me eventually. The next step is to reacquire said vehicles. The tricky part is that these things have become highly collectible, and many are worth considerably more than I (Mom & Dad) originally paid for them. Sure I can find most of them on sites like eBay, but between the collector prices and shipping costs it will get REALLY expensive really fast. This means that I’m going to have to do some “picking”… treasure hunting, if you will. It’s time that I start hitting the flea markets, yard sales, toy shows and any place else I can find my lost babies. Oh, and I’m not necessarily looking to find the mint condition, still-in-the-package ones either. I’ve always believed that these things are meant to be played with - and I will. Sorry, I meant that my SON will. Yeah. This is going to be fun! Check my site now and then, as I plan to keep it updated with my progress.
Visit the Die-Cast Reclamation Project at: http://mappestry.com/diecast
I saw a dark hooded figure driving a VW Golf in my rear view mirror today. I swear there was a sickle strapped to the car’s ski rack. Boy was I relieved when he took the exit before mine.