In the die-cast hobby, you can generally split collectors into two groups: those who open most of their cars and those who leave them packaged. The former group, often collectively identifying themselves as the Die-Cast Liberation Movement- DLM for short-, generate a lot more trash than the other group, which isn’t really cool enough to have its own name (sorry! how about Wardens? Because they keep their cars in prisons, get it? Ok, I’ll show myself out...).

Anyway, I’m definitely in the former group. I will keep certain cars packaged for various reasons, but 95%+ of my collection has been opened at some point. But us DLMers can run into a bit of a problem. A lot of die-cast comes with various bits and bobs that are least mildly interesting. Coincidentally, a lot of this stuff is made out of the Wardens’ favorite material to collect- cardboard.

Now there are a lot of DLMers that will toss any and everything that is not the car into the trash. Alas, it does not have to be so! One thing a lot of cars will come with is a little trading card, not unlike a baseball card. They are usually the same size or a bit smaller.

Lucky for us DLMers who do not have original packaging to store these in, baseball and sports card collecting is a well established hobby with plenty of support. I recently picked up a binder and set of sports card pages to get my collection of die-cast cards organized. So without further ado, here are my cards, in no particular order.

First up, Johnny Lightnings. The Goldeneye poster came with a Z3 from one of the James Bond or Hollywood sets.

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Next up, Kyosho. These have both the front and back printed.

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Next, I’ve managed to snag some Hot Wheels cards over the years. Also the backs of some Kyosho Bentley cards.

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Now, a few Greenlight cards. These are from older releases.

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Finally, Muscle Machines Import Tuners, Jada DUB City, and some very early M2 cards.

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And that’s it for the cards! I do have a part two in mind, but it may be a while before I get to that...

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