The Dayton, Ohio toy show was last weekend, and while smaller than it once was, there were still a ton of good buys to be had...especially for loose cars.
The Dayton toy and diecast shows are every three months, with the next show being strictly diecast. I really like going to these types of shows as there seems to be cars for sale at every budget level — there were some carded Redlines there for $1,500+, while most booths had cars for a few dollars, if not cheaper. I also like to barter and deal with sellers, and it always feels good to get a few bucks knocked off the price of the car after a lively back-and-forth with a seller ha.
I went to the show looking for mainly vintage stuff, Redline era track sets, playsets of any vintage, and whatever else I could find. While I didn’t find any track sets, I was able to score a bunch of loose cars and cheap mainlines, along with a a few vintage gems. Here’s a breakdown of finds and actual cost I paid for them at the show.
Find 1: Cheap, cheap vintage NASCARs
I found nine used vintage Racing Champions NASCARs at a table and was able to get them all for $3....the NASCAR market is ROUGH to say the least. A single one of these brand new back in the day was more than I paid for all nine. Solid buy though as I don’t think they’ll get any cheaper.
Find 2: Vintage Petty
I bought these two carded Richard Petty cars for $2 each, and I would have bought more but that’s all the Petty cars the particular seller had. The quality of these varies by model, and the decal placement on some is a bit laughable — like the 1991 car with the “43" in the back seat. Note the old $12.00 price tags LOL.
Find #3: Hot Wheels Hall of Fame Panoz
I’ve been trying to buy some of the early to mid 2000's cars that I never found in stores, and came across this bad boy for $4. Not bad as it was below most eBay listings and no shipping.
Find #4: Hot Wheels Silhouette RWB Porsche
While this isn’t a vintage find, it was hard to pass up at $5 — that’s even cheaper than retail!
Find #5: 2019 Hot Wheels mainlines I won’t find on pegs
I scored these four cars for $2 a piece, which I gladly paid as I know I won’t find either on the pegs. 2019 TH Corvette and ‘66 Batmobile
Find #6: Vintage loose blackwalls
I hit a table that I buy nicer Redlines from, and this time he had a few loose boxes to dig through. Found all six of these vintage blackwalls for $10.
It’s hard to pass up Miranda Stockers at any price point, but a few bucks a piece was a good deal, in my opinion at least.
Find #7: Vintage TOMICAAAAAAAAAS
I also found these in a random loose bin, I believe they were $2 a piece. One is a Maserati Merak and the other is a Lotus Esprit — with working pop-up headlights! Crazy good deal for what is basically the same price as an auto parts store Hot Wheels mainline.
Find #8: Random carded off-brand Toyota Crown, Summer brand?
I found this one for $1, and have never seen one like this carded. I have ran into these older, cheaper cars loose, but never carded. What’s even more odd is that they are actually branded cars on the back of the card. I’d love to find that Volvo!
Find #9: The Jackpot — loose vintage cars for $1 table
All of the following cars were all bought for ONE DOLLAR or LESS. Yes, a single $1. I thought these were the buys of the day.
A pair of Road Champs Riveras
Matchbox and Hot Wheels police cars, because you can never have too many police cars.
Vintage Matchbox Mercedes with glorious AMG paint schemes
Two more vintage Matchbox Mercs in pretty good shape
More vintage Matchbox - a Audi Quattro racer car and a BWM 3.0
A Matchbox Fiero and a badass blue IROC
Some vintage Matchbox JDM in the form of a 300zx and first gen RX7
And some oddball Matchboxs: a Scoda and a Mitsubishi Lancer
Some Matchbox Frenchies with bonus opening hatches!
Two more Matchboxs, this one a pink Escort and a Rola-Matics Mustang
And they just keep coming — here’s a Matchbox VW pizza van
A vintage Matchbox Lincoln and a Zylmex Cobra Mustang
and the last of the Matchboxes, a Lotus Europa.
But the $1 car table had yet another surprise —a killer Siku BMW 3.0. I am realitively new to the Siku brand, but man are they underrated.
And speaking of Siku, I scored this Siku Mercedes Taxi for a cool $10
This is one of my favorite finds from the show, a Road-Master Imperial Police Car. This car is finely detailed, has an opening hood, trunk, doors and IT HAS WORKING STEERING! How cool is that?!
The most expensive purchase of the show was a Flying Colors era Hot Wheels Vega Bomb. I had been watching a few of these on eBay, but was able to barter with the seller and got it for $25. Love the graphics on this thing.
And the finds aren’t over yet - I scored this case for $5, it even has the tray GASP?! It’s used, but I’ll take it all day for a fiver.
And the final round, classic and newer mainlines for just $1 a piece (the two 250 LMs were $2 a pop).
Thanks for sitting through all that ha — any special requests for a feature posts on any of the cars? I’m open to a feature request!