Big things with little cars
Big things with little cars

Once again the local toy show descends on the southern Ohio area to rid every toy car collector within a 100 mile radius of a chunk of their life savings.

The Dayton Toy and Diecast shows rotate every three months and packs the local run-down arena with tables and tables of every brand and vintage diecast car out there. Hot Wheels and Matchbox are by far the most abundant, but you can find a piece from about any brand imaginable. That’s one of the best parts of the shows — you find new brands and castings that you probably wouldn’t have other wise seen.

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I have been to nearly every show for the past 10 years and always come home with some great finds. This round, I stayed for about two and half hours and found a decent amount of stuff.....at good prices too. The in-person shows allow for some shrewd bartering (which is my favorite part of dealing), so prices can vary by buyer depending on how aggressive they are. I am including the prices I paid so you can see how much stuff “really” goes for as opposed to somewhat exaggerated eBay prices. Feel free to comment on what you thought of the prices as well.

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Now let’s get to the good shiz.

I get to the shows as soon as they open so I get the early choice of items and can snatch the great deals quickly. These were the first few finds of the day:

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I spotted the BTTF III Retro cars and the seller was only asking $5 a piece so I bought four. Hard to pass up on hobby-only cars for Wal-Mart prices. I have a BOATLOAD of the 1981 Ertl Dukes cars but can’t pass those up either. I scored the pair of the General and Caddy for $10 ($5 a car). The S&H Torinos were $8 a piece, but still the cheapest I found at this show.

These were some of my unexpected finds — including a near mint Wal-Mart Playset and two great 80's carded Hot Wheels. The carded Turbo Heater is a personal bucket-list find as it was my very first Hot Wheel (I still have it too), so it’s a favorite of mine.

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I paid $10 each for the three carded Hot Wheels and $30 for the Wal-Mart Playset. I thought the prices on each of these were fair and below most eBay listings.

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I have searched for a nice, affordable Wal-Mart set for sometime, so I am pretty pumped about finally finding this one.

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I also scored some random Matchbox and Hot Wheels track pieces on a whim as well.

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The Matchbox track pieces were $5 for the set and the 30 or so pieces of Hot Wheels track were a whopping $1 for all of them. Crazy, right?

The next bundle of fun was three packs of the Greenlight Shoptool Packs. These are perfect if you’re into dioramas (which I am a huge fan of), so I bought a few more packs of them for $5 a pack.

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These next two are also personal childhood favorites. These VHS tapes of Hot Wheels cartoons are awesome. I loved them as a kid and will hop on Youtube and watch them from time to time, so finding them “carded” was a sweet deal. I paid a negotiated $5 for the pair.

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Hold on to your skippys’ for this next sweet piece — it’s a 1969 Hot Wheels Gear Box. It’s about 3x1 foot and originally held a track set, but I got this one mostly empty except for the 9-car storage tray that came with it in 1969. I got this one for a negotiated price of $20. BTW, vintage Hot Wheels graphics kick-ass. True story.

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These next million photos are of the loose cars I scored.

The first is a Tomica Toyota Crown police car. Price: $8

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Johnny Lightning Dukes of Hazzard series Daisy’s Roadrunner. Price: $1.00 (this is a great deal because these things have skyrocketed in price in the past few years)

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This one has been on my list for a while as well. It’s a fairly hard-to-come-by Majorette Plymouth Fury police car. These go for decent money on eBay so I was glad I got to negotiate the price in person. Asking price: $40. Price paid: $20

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This was carded but I couldn’t resist popping it out during the Daytona 500 today. I’m a huge Petty collector and was excited to add this to the collection. Price: $5.00

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Marked this off my movie car list too - it’s an original Ertl Hardcastle & Mccormick Coyote. Price: $5.00

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Duuuudes, this one is awesome. I had never seen it before so I got really excited about it. It’s a Corgi Volvo 245 Castrol Rally car. This car is awesome and has a killer livery and roof rack, as well as a opening hatch door. This may get a full review — so stay tuned. Asking price: $20. Paid: $10

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Maserati Monday contender right here! It’s a Tomica Maserati Merak with a sweet red, white, and blue Maserati themed paint job. I had to pick this one up. Price: $10.00

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Blackwalls are becoming a bigger part of my collection, so I eagerly grabbed this near-mint Funny Money Brinks truck for $5.00

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Turbo Porsche. ‘Nuff Said. Price: $1.00

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This next one is a casting I had never seen before. A Zee toys Chevy Malibu coupe police car. I don’t know much about this one so any input is welcomed. Price: $3.00

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I grabbed this uber-clean Corgi Jr. Superman Metropolice Buick Police Car. I believe this is from a multi-pack...but can’t confirm. So....any Corgi pros here that can answer this question? Price: $3.00

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This is one of my favorite finds of the day. It’s a Welly Chevelle 396. I’d never seen this one before today either. Price: $3.00

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Boom - that’s it! Now the countdown until the next show starts...and the penny saving begins!

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