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Vintage Diecast In Old Christmas Catalogs (pic heavy)

Time to resurrect this old post, now that it is December. Enjoy!

Christmas is coming, time for something both holiday-themed and diecast-themed. Travel back to the era before the interwebz, when people bought things from catalogs.

First, FAO Schwarz, Christmas 1958:

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Pressed steel, I know some like it
Schuco
Tootsietoy, Japanese tin, cringe-worthy bank showing 1958 was still before the modern era
Dinky, Matchbox - these are the prizes for me
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The gift set at right, PS1-6, aka the Bronner Presentation Sets. These are stupendously rare, and mint in mint box might fetch 5K apiece. I believe all 6 examples have not even been found and may not exist today. Not a bad ROI.

Now we jump ahead, Montgomery Ward, 1971:

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The race cars appear to be some kind of clone of HW Sizzlers
Tootsies
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JL was still active then
SSP and oddballs
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Zoomer Boomer, never heard of it until I saw this catalog
And what everyone wants, redline HWs
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Now on to Montgomery Ward, 1972:

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More SSP and Tootsietoy
Early Superfast Matchbox, and the “My Town” appears to be the basis for Pocket Cars playsets
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Assorted vehicles
Sizzlers
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Now deep into the heart of disco, Montgomery Ward 1976, not much diecast content:

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Evel Knievel is amusing
The 70s in diecast form
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Now we jump into the 80s. Sears 1982:

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Them Duke Boys
Roadmates and Penny Racers, blast from the past
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Darda, HW sets
Roadmates, late run Lesney Matchbox
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Roadmates
Roadmates, more Pocket Cars style small sets
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Sears sold the hell out of Roadmates
Roadmates that look like Stompers, and Stompers
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JC Penney 1982:

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Various odd brands and not so odd brands
Matchbox was popular
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You name it, they have it
HWs, some fun castings
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I had one of these

Montgomery Ward 1982:

Smurfs were a thing then
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ERTL had a big range, I like the Smokey and the Bandit set
Stompers! Smokey set there too
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HW sets
Various
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Various, I see Matchbox and ERTL

Ahead another year, JC Penney 1983:

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I had the Knight Rider set and the Air Jammer VW
Stompers
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Various sets
HWs and others
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Matchbox and others
ERTL and others
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And we’ll end our time travel tour with Montgomery Ward 1984:

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Cool RC rigs
More fun electronic stuff
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HWs and others. I have a vague memory of the “K” car shooter device
HW sets
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That is all.

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