Shout out to the 40 and above club! Remember that little diecast toy you used to play around with? You should probably start looking for the old Hotwheels and double check if it is in this list. There are a number of factors affecting the collectability and potential value for Hot Wheels. People on the market for expensive Hot Wheels should be wary of bad people who deceive buyers of rare toys. Like everything else, the condition is everything.
The collectors who spend thousands on rare Hot Wheels
We're sure you're by now well aware that musty, dusty cases of s and s Hot Wheels moldering away in the attic may—or may not—have some treasure contained within. No, we don't mean treasure of the nostalgic sort; if you manage to find one of the very collectible, very rare Hot Wheels variants from the Redline era , you could be sitting on thousands of dollars. What you might not know is, it's not just the s stuff that gets collectors all up in a tizzy. The Hot Wheels-collecting hobby is currently enjoying a new renaissance as of late , and some of the hottest late-model rare variants command hefty sums usually reserved for reasonably priced used cars.
In that first year, Mattel zoomed onto the die-cast toy scene, releasing 16 colorful, tricked-out models inspired by custom-built rods and high-performance muscle cars—on the whole, much flashier and fresher feeling than models put out by Brit-based die-cast competitors Matchbox, Corgi and Dinky. Of course, condition has a lot to do with how much any vintage die-cast car will fetch. Serious Hot Wheels collectors seek mint-condition toys, with little to no sign of use, preferably in their original paperboard-and-plastic blister pack. Even rarer: finding an original model in its blister pack. The same holds true for the other early years of the brand.
Pascal is one of a handful of super collectors, dealers, and middlemen who pay top dollar for the rarest cars. How did one-time cent toy cars become 5-figure collectibles? And what drives grown men and women to spend princely sums chasing them? Fresh off the monstrous success of the Barbie doll in , Mattel founders Ruth and Elliot Handler saw an opportunity in the market for mini toy cars. So, they poached car designers from GM, Chrysler, and Ford and charged them with creating custom-made, brilliantly colored hot rods.