One of my favorite parts of doing the Lamley Blog is showcasing other’s collections. We all collect the way we want to collect, and so call it a curiosity to see what ring’s someone else’s bell.
For Eric Petor of Pennsylvania, it is the Hot Wheels Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution. Eric has been after every variation of the Evo he can find. From wheel variations to card variations to everything in-between. He is the ultra-completist collector.
Eric was kind enough to share photos of his collection. And as I was uploading the pics to the blog, there were so many I completely lost track of the order of release. Let’s just say Eric has a lot of Hot Wheels Evos. He has pursued them in all kinds of ways, from proper finds to trades to purchases. And he has done quite a good job.
I asked for his thoughts:
Couple highlights:Took 4 years of non-stop lookingHardest few to find were the following:X-ray color shifter, Silver 10 spoke variation, black mainline PR5 variation, two variations of the WRC model. Impossible to find was the white dewart 10 pack and the 3 pack red dewart.Of course there are lots of people out there with these loose, but to find them on card was my challenge I made in 2012.The 9 pack copper orange is a 7/10 hard to findThe 3 pack red dewart with silver wheels was 7/10 hard to findthe short card super was a 9/10 hard to findthe 10 pack white dewart with the silver wheel variation was a 10/10 hard to find. Only saw 2 for sale ever. Those three are my grail pieces and will never be sold.
How cool is it to have your grails? Diligence is the key, as is the willingness to spend when you have to spend. But in the end it can be a blast to do. Plus, how cool is it to say you have the best collection of a particular casting?
Eric may have the best Evo collection out there. Some of you might match it. Others might know of models Eric doesn’t have. Isn’t that the fun of collecting?
Here is Eric’s collection, in no particular order.