Monday, April 8, 2024

Micro Loco Time!

 One reason I do this blog is to catalog items that I have collected over the years. You see, I know I'm not going to be around forever, and I want my daughter to have some record of what things are and why they are important. This, hopefully, will prevent her from just giving away items that may not look significant, but actually have quite a bit of actual or sentimental value. 

Case in point: we went to an estate sale a while back and I picked up the following item...

I knew this tiny train was Z scale. The last picture is it next to a typical HO scale engine. I also was pretty sure that the price they had on it (10 bucks) was way too low. I went ahead and bought it (I liked it even if it turned out that it wasn't worth much) and then did an Ebay search of sold items. What did I find? This...

Now I'm posting this not to brag (ok, maybe a little) but to point out that even estate sale companies can miss the value of certain items. Therefore, if you have any valuable things that you have collected, make sure that you document them in some way! My way? This blog. Plus, it's fun!

So, until next time, keep searching for (and documenting) treasures!

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Another Redline Haul!

 One of the great things about being retired is that I can go to estate sales on Thursday mornings, when they typically start. Therefore, when I spot a picture like this on an estate sale site...

I can say, "Hey, there are a couple of Redline Hot Wheels in there! I should go check that out!" And, indeed, I did!

At the last sale, I was required to buy a whole big bag of cars to get the couple I really wanted. This time, they were selling them at about four bucks each. Actually, I got a discount, so they averaged 2.66 a car! Here's what I got...

Let's take a closer look, shall we?

These two Redline Hot Wheels were missing parts. More on that later...

First we have a great example of a 1969 Hot Wheels "Classic 57 T-Bird." This one in in aqua and is in pretty good shape!

Next we have a Hot Wheels Heavyweights "Tow Truck" from 1970. This is one that was missing parts, but reproduction parts are easy to come by, so here you go!

Now we have our other car that was missing a part (and the one I first saw in the estate sale picture) a 1974 Hot Wheels "Ice T." Again, reproduction parts finish it out.

Now this next car was originally a "Custom AMX II," but in 1975 it was renamed the "Warpath." I got two, but neither are in great shape.

Another 1975 Hot Wheels is this "American Victory." The bi-centennial was a big deal.

Now, let's switch to Matchbox, shall we? I only really like the standard wheel older cars. This is a 1967 release of the "Ford Galaxie." 

And we have a very nice example of a 1965 to 1969 "Dodge Wreck Truck." The paint is good and the plastic hook is still intact.

Finally, we switch to a 1969 Corgi Juniors Monkeemobile! I have a 1970 example with Whizzwheels, but this one, with standard wheels, is in much better condition. I also like the look of the standard wheels better.

With my other example...

That's about it for this week! I guess it's about time to start checking out the sales again. 

Until next time, keep searching for treasure!

Monday, March 25, 2024

Dad's Caddy

 Greetings Attic-ittes!

This week we have an item that my father found at an estate sale. You see, I came by my collecting bug honestly. My dad, Dr. Harold Powley, was a guru of navigating flea markets, garage sales, and estate sales. He had a knack for finding vintage golf equipment, and anything else that interested him and bringing it home.

Unfortunately, he passed away from Parkinson's in 2008. One of the items he had in his room at the assisted care facility was this Danbury Mint 1953 Cadillac. You see, he always loved Cadillacs (and actually owned one at the time he passed away). After he passed away, the 1953 model went to me. Let's take a look...

The 1953 Cadillac by Danbury Mint. This is a big, heavy model, being 1/16 scale.

A better look at the interior. Unfortunately I don't have the convertable roof. Dad probably never had it either.

The detailed engine...

The trunk with the missing spare tire. The carpet is fuzzy.

The dash is pretty detailed and the steering wheel turns the front wheels.

The detailed chassis.

Although I like this car, it's not something I would have picked up. The cars I buy are usually much smaller, lol! Still, I would never part with this one, of course. It reminds me of so many fun things about my dad, it really is a treasure!

Until next time, keep searching for treasure!

Monday, March 18, 2024

The Best of the Rest of the Haul

Well, last week I shared a bank that I picked up at an estate sale a couple of weeks ago. As interesting as that may have been, it wasn't the real reason I went to that sale. What was? Well, let's take a look, shall we?

This was the picture I saw online. Now 99% of the time such pictures have nothing really interesting in them, but I spotted a certain green, flowered object that got me excited! You see, I recognized a 1969 Hot Wheels Custom Continental Mk III ! So, I decided to get there at opening (which was on a Thursday) and try to snag it!

When we got there that morning there were two people ahead of us! Still, when the doors opened, my lovely wife spotted the cars in a bag and called me over! We won! 

Well, sort of. You see, they placed all the cars in one bag and had a pretty hefty price on them. Still, that price was less than top retail for the Mk III, so I went for it. (And I picked up the mailbox bank too). Let's take a look at my favorites out of the 20-odd cars, shall we?

Here is the best piece! The 1969 Mk III. This car is interesting because of the kid-applied flower power decals. Mattel sold these in accessory packs to dress up your cars, and this kid decided his Lincoln was a little boring, I guess. It makes this car unique and fun in my book! 

Kind of reminds me of John Lennon's Rolls...

This kid numbered his cars in marker. (A lot of kids did this sort of thing) This is car 9!

Next we have a pretty much mint 1970 Hot Wheels Paddy Wagon! Well, it's mint except that it was missing it's top. Since I have a couple of other Paddy Wagons, I decided to order a repop top that would have only come in the Great Getaway action set. It's not original, but I think it looks good!

Dramatic pose...

Car number 8!

Next we have a 1968 Hot Wheels Deora. The paint is pretty scraped up and its missing the surf boards on the back, but its not a bad little car. I like it because its gold like the original show car. Fun fact: this was originally a plastic model before it was a Hot Wheel and there was a contest to name it. The winning kid came up with "Deora" because he thought it meant "gold" in Spanish!

Nice lines, but scraped paint...

He forgot to number it!

Finally, we have the sad last of the Hot Wheels. This is a 1968 Custom Fleetside. This was based on a car actually driven by one of the original Hot Wheels designers. This one has seen better days, though. It's missing it's bed cover and window "glass." Those wheels don't have much chrome left either, and the paint may well have been touched up with a marker. Still, that just means that it was a favorite! It will go in my "to be restored one day" pile.

No windshield!

Car 17, you've had a rough life!

Now we move to some of the other cars! We actually have a couple of different makers, the most being Matchbox.

First, we have this Matchbox Mercury Wagon from 1969. You can tell it's from that year because it doesn't have "Superfast" wheels and has the curious "steering system" that allows the front wheels to move back and forth.

Matchbox, being British, made relatively few American cars, but the ones they did make were popular in the U.S. This one was very popular!

Mainly because of these guys! Two doggos sticking their heads out the back of the car!

Matchox are also easy to identify because they are marked with a "Series Number." Curiously this car is "No. 55 or 73."
It's also car number 14...

Next we have a car that I wish was in better shape, a Mercury Cougar from 1968! Alas, the paint is really rough on this one. Repaint? Maybe. I'll have to think about it...

This car features opening doors, which a lot of people associate with Hot Wheels. In reality, Hot Wheels had very few opening door models (hoods were their thing).

Series 62! (And kid car number 12)

I've included this one just because it's so frightfully British. The Unimog! It's not in terrible shape. A common issue with these cars is that the tires fall off. Why? Because the hubs shrink over the decades. You can get slightly smaller repop tires to fix them. Or you can put a spot of super glue on them. 

Dramatic angle...

Car number 19!

Now we're shifting makers to Corgi! This Studebaker was released in two versions and under two divisions of Corgi. It was first released as a TV car, with a camera man sticking up in the back and a retractable roof. It was later released as an ambulance, which curiously, kept the retractable roof. It was released first as a Husky and then as a Corgi Junior. Here is another view...

The roof and tailgate closed...

And open!

Now the strangest thing about my car is simply that it apparently doesn't exist. You see, the Corgi Junior model is supposed to have "Whizzwheels." Mine are standard. It also is supposed to have a non working tailgate and roof. Mine clearly work. Mine is also clearly marked "Corgi Juniors."

The answer to the riddle? It's a transition piece. The line was switching from Husky to Corgi Junior and they made a few with the old features on the new base. Does this mean it's worth any more? Probably not, but I should check into it any way.
By the way, a transition piece like this would probably be from 1969.

Finally we have a really nice little Ford Thunderbird by Husky from about 1966.

This car just looks cool!

I can't make out the kid number...

I like that it's small! They kept it to scale rather than scaling it up slightly like Hot Wheels or Matchbox would have. Good show, guys!

Lastly, we have this nice Husky VW Police car from about 1966! I wish the paint were a little better, but it's still fun!

Coming after you with 70hp!

Car 3?

This is it next to the Matchbox VW of the same time frame. It's easy how people get these two cars confused.

There were other cars in the bag too, but these were my favs! All in all, I think I did ok! As I always say, it's all about the hunt!

Until next time, keep searching for treasure!