Action Racing Collectibles

Written by Henry Baum
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Collecting model cars has a long history, almost as long as cars themselves. The earliest model cars on record are from the late 1940s. These model cars were realistic depictions of the life-size cars. In the '50s, model cars started looking more like toys, as companies like Matchbox got into the picture.

Model-building kits became popular as well in the 1950s, as did collecting model trains; this was growing in popularity as a respectable adult hobby. At this point, collecting model cars was only for children. The 1960s reinforced the toy-making boom of the '50s. Inexplicably, the model car obsession waned for a brief period in the 1970s.

Model Cars Become Respectable

At the very end of the '70s, model cars started to become the domain of adults as well as children. It makes sense--these were the children of the '50s and '60s who now wanted to take their love of model cars to the next level. Finally, in the 1980s, model car collecting became what it is today--a respectable pastime for adults.

Price has something to do with this. The value of certain model cars went up over time--this was mainly an issue with older, antique cars. It's still possible to start a good collection for relatively little money. The important thing to remember is that the new model cars of today are the antiques of tomorrow--they could potentially be quite valuable.

NASCAR diecast models are the most popular, and are most likely to be valuable in the future. A good place to start a collection is with a famous driver's winning car, such as Elliott Sadler's Gatorade 125 winning car. These generally are produced in limited amounts, making their value increase almost immediately.

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