If you have followed Lamley for any substantial amount of time, you know we tout the Matchbox Collectors International Gathering of Friends Convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico as one of the best toy shows around. Well, the 13th Gathering is all set, and will happen on July 17-19, 2015, once again at the Albuquerque Marriott.
Hard to believe, but that is only 6 months away, and as always, we will be there, along with Mattel and a whole slew of Matchbox and other diecast collectors. And if you have debated whether to go, we promise you won’t be disappointed. And if there is even more doubt, just come for the models. Those that returned home with the event exclusive Toyota Tacoma and Dodge Charger Police were not disappointed:
For those of you planning on attending, registration begins at Midnight, Mountain Standard Time, on December 31st. This is significant, as the first 75 registrants become eligible to receive the rare 1 of 75 variant on the Dinner Model, which last year was the white-hood Toyota.
All the details have been released below, along with a link to the registration form:
It’s Almost Time!
Registration time for the 13th Annual Matchbox Collectors (MC) International Gathering of Friends Convention and Toy Show is almost here. Come join the top collectors from around the world at this world class event. Come meet the Mattel Designers and Marketing Team. This event is coordinated with the Mattel Matchbox Team from El Segundo, California. It will include 3 + days of trading, learning, buying, selling and most of all fun meeting the top collectors in the hobby. There will be informational presentations, charity auction, dinner, toy show/sale, first responder display and the ever expanding in-room trading. If it was ever made, it probably will be available here.
There will also be beautiful, specially made Code 1 Dinner and dealer models made in very limited numbers. The 1st 75 (Paid) registrations received for dinner will receive a 75 piece run dinner model and may purchase the 2nd variation as well. Every dealer can purchase 1 dealer model per table purchased. Please register early to avoid disappointment. Dinners and dealer spaces are limited.
Contact Jim Gallegos @ 505-892-8848 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. See you there!!
Route 66 Matchbox Collectors International Gathering of Friends Convention Calendar of Events
Friday 17, July 2015
2pm – 5pm Registration in Lobby “Get together and begin in Room Trading. (Door Hangers and room trading participant info available upon registration.) (Contact Bill Burgess for badges if you miss these times)
5:30pm -7pm –Meet and Greet – (Beverages and cake) Sponsored by the Matchbox® Team. Come meet the Matchbox® Team from El Segundo
7pm – ??? In room trading–Be sure to sign up at the registration table in the lobby. (Room numbers available by elevator.)
Saturday 18, July 2015
9am-10am Registration in the Lobby. (Contact Bill Burgess for badges if you miss these times)
10am – 4pm and 9-12am In room trading– (Room numbers available by elevator.)
Workshops (To be announced)
5pm – 7pm Dinner Sandia Ball Room (Pre-Paid Reservations only)
9pm – on In Room Trading. (see participant list by main elevators)
Sunday 19, July 2015
(9am Early Bird floor rights $10 per person) – Grand Ball Room
10am-11am Autograph session Matchbox Designers and Marketing Representatives will be signing your favorite Matchbox items.
Save the Date for 2016. Dates to be announced
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