I Collect Hot Wheels

toys-457595_640Yes, I am an adult. Yes, I collect Hotwheels, Matchbox and other die cast cars. So there! Take that!

Oh, sure, some of my fellow collectors will call them adult collectables, but they aren’t. They are vehemently against them being called toys. Well, guys and gals, I hate to break it to you, but they are toys. And they are cool, awesome, gnarly toys at that. I call them toys, which infers that they are for kids, because I am a kid when it comes to my car collection. Oh, the joy I take from holding the little metal and plastic cars in my hand or pretending to drive them on the floor. When I was a kid, an ACTUAL kid, I had three ice cream pails filled with cars. I would play for hours and hours and hours and hours and hours with them in a little place in the back of our yard that I called my “car spot” (not overly original, but apt). I had an entire little landscape built up, with a dirt race track, a lake, roads, a little town, etc. It was an important place for me to go and play, relax, be alone in peace, where my imagination could go to work.

Stupidly, at one point I decided I should grow up and got rid of a few buckets of cars. I kept a handful of ones that were in good shape. I cannot tell you how much I regret that decision. It truly was one of the worst decisions of my life. Okay, that’s a bit melodramatic. But when I look around at cool cars that I see at flea markets, vintage shops, on eBay and other places, I see over and over cars that I once had in my possession, and I miss every one of them.

As a collector, I collect. I don’t sell. I collect. And I collect cars that appeal to me. There are hardcore collectors who are looking for certain rare cars, for certain releases, who are aggressive and treat it like it is a business. Not me. It’s all about having the coolest looking cars for me. But, on top of that, I’m cheap. No, I’m not going to go on eBay and pay a ton of cash for some rare car. It’s not that I wouldn’t love to have it, it’s just that I am cheap. And there is no shortage of cool cars out there that I can get for a buck and a half that I don’t feel the need to spend anything more than that on cars….for the most part. Sure, every once in a while, I will splurge. Maybe spend 5 bucks on a special car I see that is pretty cool. I’ve bought a couple for 10 bucks, I admit. But generally speaking, I stick to your basic buck or buck and a half models. If one wanted, they could spend a ton of money on diecast cars. It’s like any hobby that way. It can eventually suck you dry, financially speaking.

Often, diehard collectors will keep cars in their packages. Apparently this keeps the resale value high. I’ve been keeping some in packages, but I am questioning why I am doing that. I don’t plan on selling them. I bought them because I like them. And I can’t do much with them while they are in the package. So, I’m thinking of liberating the ones I decided to keep in packages. At the same time, some of them have been in packages for years. It seems a shame to break a seal that is older than my two children. But, to be able to hold that car that is inside in my hand and admire it without the plastic coating would be enjoyable.  

I don’t foresee a day when I won’t have these cars. I’ll probably pass them on to my own kids (who might not care about them and stick them up on eBay), but that is okay, as long as they use the money to put me up in a nice retirement home.

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