Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Diecast collecting for newbies

I started collecting diecasts several months back, and let me tell you, it’s addicting! I bought my first 1/24 diecast in October and I have bought 17 others since then. I was looking to buy anything and everything. But, as you can imagine, it finally got to be too expensive – most of them cost sixty to seventy dollars when they are first released. For the time being, I have gone back to the much cheaper1/64 scales, which I already had a collection from my teenage years. And while I still consider myself a diecast collecting rookie, I thought I would share some tips from my buying experience.

-Action is the brand that every collector wants to buy from. For more on the history of Action and other diecast manufactures I suggest going to thesundayhauler.com.

-Do you pull for a certain driver, manufacturer, or sponsor? Say you like Red Bull. Then you would want to get Scott Speed and Brian Vickers cars. If you like Dale Jr., then you would look for his cars. Being the most popular driver, Earnhardt has many diecasts available. Now you know why he runs so many different paint schemes. Supply and demand, baby!

-If you are looking on the internet, here are few sites I have bought from; racingusa.com, diecastdepotshop.com, diecastcarsnow.com. The latter two are nice because they offer some from several years back. Racingusa has great service, and sometimes you can get a good price on a car by checking out their deal of the day. Comparing prices with other websites is also beneficial in getting a better deal.

-Always keep the box your diecast comes in. Value wise, it is just as important as the car itself. It also tells you how many were made.

-The production value sticker on the box is fun and important to look at. For example, Tony Stewart’s 2008 Home Depot car had over 28,000 made. On the other hand Clint Bowyer’s Count Chocula car from last year had roughly 600 made. Tony has a larger fan base, but which do you think is worth more?

-If you are at the track shopping for diecasts, I suggest going the tents not affiliated with any drivers. I was at the most recent Atlanta race and found a Denny Hamlin car for only $10 – it would have been at least 50 at his trailer.

-When it comes to collecting the 1/64 scale, most collectors keep the car in the original package. Personally, I don’t do this. You can buy display cases at your local hobby store that can hold many small scale cars in one place.

Diecast collecting is an excellent hobby for the NASCAR fan. It can keep your mind off a bad day at the track while still being a fan. It’s also fun to hear what fellow enthusiasts have in their collection. So with that said, feel free to comment and share your favorite collectible.

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