1967-1969 Hot Wheels Car Collection

Value (2003) | $3,000 Auction$4,000 Auction

Where the heck did you get all these?

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.

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

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

Where did your folks get these?

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

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.

You're kidding.

Why would I kid you?

That's amazing.

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

Appraisal Details

Hudson, MA
Appraised value (2003)
$3,000 Auction$4,000 Auction
San Francisco, CA (August 16, 2003)

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