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While visiting a few friends in Austin this past weekend, I was asked about the value of old Hot Wheels – like the old Red Lines made back in the 1960’s and 70’s
The conversation started out as a question and answer type session – they asked the questions, I provided the answers – which naturally led to values and how much would those old Hot Wheels be worth today. It quickly became obvious that most of the guys were expressing remorse as to what had happened to their favorite Hot Wheels. One said he had used his cars like a baseball and batted them just to see how far they could ‘fly’. Another said he remembers his brother stomping his Hot Wheels into the ground. Everyone seemed to have a story to tell as to why they didn’t have their cars in a collection today
I asked if any had bought the VW Beach Bomb – you know, the Hot Wheel that had the 2 surf boards that stuck out the rear windows. Two or three said, ‘Yeah, I remember having that car.” I then told them that if they still had that car today (in Mint condition) it could sell for as much as $6,000-8,000, and possibly topping out at as much as $10,000 if it were still carded.
This was the first time I’d ever seen grown men ‘cry’ over childhood toys. As the group broke up I heard all of them saying they were going to check with ‘mom’ to see if she had kept any of their old toys – followed by a small prayer that she had kept at least a few. If there is a moral to this story, guess it would be “to keep your children’s toys because you never know what’s going to become valuable”.
If you have questions or are looking for values on Hot Wheels or other toys, please visit my sites – Texas Antique Mall and David’s Hot Wheels