Visit Your Local PBS Station PBS Home PBS Home Programs A-Z TV Schedules Watch Video Donate Shop PBS Search PBS


Support ANTIQUES ROADSHOW by supporting public television! Give Today
  • SHOP
  • Appraisals

    1967 - 1969 Hot Wheels Car Collection

    Appraised Value:

    $3,000 - $4,000

    Appraised on: August 16, 2003

    Appraised in: San Francisco, California

    Appraised by: Gary Sohmers

    Category: Toys & Games

    Episode Info: Tomorrow's Antiques (#917)
    San Francisco, Hour 1 (#804)

    Originally Aired: January 26, 2004

    slideshow IMAGE: 1 of 3 Next 

    More Like This:

    Form: Car
    Material: Metal, Plastic
    Period / Style: 20th Century, 1960s
    Value Range: $3,000 - $4,000

    Related Links:

    Understanding Our Appraisals
    Useful tips to keep in mind when watching ANTIQUES ROADSHOW


    Appraisal Video: (1:46)


    Appraised By:

    Gary Sohmers
    Collectibles, Toys & Games

    Appraisal Transcript:
    APPRAISER: Where the heck did you get all these?

    GUEST: Well, I was helping my mom and dad move out of their condo to a retirement home, and these were in a box in the bottom of a barrel.

    APPRAISER: Oh, my goodness. Did you know what you had when you were looking through them?

    GUEST: Um, I thought I had a box full of toys.

    APPRAISER: Where did your folks get these?

    GUEST: My dad got gas at a Shell station, and he got a free car with every tank.

    APPRAISER: In the late '60s, die-cast cars came into fashion, first from Matchbox coming over from England, but American companies decided to produce hot-rod cars in 1967. Mattel created the Hot Wheels line. And these are the original, first Hot Wheels, first came out in '67, '68 and '69. And what really thrilled me about them was to see them in the original packages nobody played with yet, and I got to see the rare colors. People are so passionate about that, that the difference between a green and a different green makes a big difference in value. The rarest cars of all are, of course, the pink ones because they were more geared towards a girl, and girls didn't really collect these. So you have a couple of pinks. And then you have this really strange color here. This is kind of a "Vaseline" color, they call it, and it's a strange crossbreed between green and yellow and it's extremely rare. You have some of the rarest examples here. Most of these cars sell for at least $100 each, but you have several that will sell for 200 and maybe even 300 each. Altogether, this collection would probably bring $3,000 to $4,000.

    GUEST: You're kidding.

    APPRAISER: Why would I kid you?

    GUEST: That's amazing.

    APPRAISER: Very few people have them still in the package and the people that collect them really want them for-- main reason-- investment.

    WGBH This website is produced for PBS Online by WGBH Boston. ©1997-2015 WGBH Educational Foundation.
    ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is a trademark of the BBC and is produced for PBS by WGBH under license from BBC Worldwide.
    WGBH and PBS are not responsible for the content of websites linked to or from ANTIQUES ROADSHOW Online.
    PBS is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

    ROADSHOW on Facebook ROADSHOW Tweets ROADSHOW on YouTube