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PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2009 12:55 pm 
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Cleaning out mother-in-law's basement and came across 38 Matchbox cars in their original boxes. (Belonged to Mrs. Mudge's brother.)
They seem to be up to 45 years old but I have no way of knowing. If you know anything about these things, PM me and I'll send you a list of what I have. Maybe you can tell me if they're worth anything.

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Mudge,

I'm not into Matchbox but I do collect their American counterpart, Hot Wheels. Ebay has an entire Matchbox section and I would advise going there to research values. There are also several books on the market. The three 'C's with these count. Casting -(What car?) Color. (Some castings in a ceratain color are rarer than other colors.) Condition. A rare casting in lousy condition may still be of more value than a mint common casting in a common color. Just try your best to compare apples to apples when researching ebay. Best of luck!

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http://www.loti.com/fifties_toys/Old_Matchbox_Cars.htm


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http://www.fcarnahan.com/pg/values.html


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I have a few from my youth still boxed too. For an insight check up this website and convert to dollars.

http://www.uniquecollections.co.uk/showpage.ihtml?dept=90

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That's a question I never expected to see on a US site. I'd never considered the thought of them being exported to the States, although as there were a lot of American cars in the range it makes sense.

There's a shoe box around somewhere full of mine from 45 - 50+ years ago. The boxes are long gone, apparently I played with them instead of the cars as a rugrat so I never even got them.

A quick Google produced this http://www.fcarnahan.com/pg/clubs.html an overview of Matchbox clubs worldwide.

It's not been updated for a couple of years but there could be some leads there.


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I don't think that Matchbox are exclusively British.

I mean, yes, they're made by Lesney in the UK, but I have loads and loads of them (In addition to Hot Wheels) from when I was a kid (70's-1983 or so).

Not an uncommon item in the US. Not uncommon at all....

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There were a lot of Matchbox cars imported to the US over the years. I have a number of them, although not as old as Mudge's.

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I loved my Matchbox cars!
I still have a handful of the early 60's ones, but my sister gave the rest to my nephew when I was away in college. Boy, was I upset when I found out!
I even had a couple of rare ones that go for big bucks now.
I really hated it when Matchbox went to the "Fast Wheels" styling in an attempt to compete with Hotwheels. I never bought any of those.
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I really hated it when Matchbox went to the "Fast Wheels" styling in an attempt to compete with Hotwheels. I never bought any of those.


I wasn't too crazy about those wheels, either - they looked odd on my Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow; besides, my brother's Hot Wheels Silver Shadow would still beat it when we raced them... :?

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