A perusal of Instagram this morning yielded this gem of a find my former Matchbox Ambassador Chuck Wiersma:
Yep, that is a Hot Wheels wheel on a Matchbox. How it happens I have no idea, but it happens. And it is one of those errors that are found once in a blue moon, but frequently enough to merit a mention.
Long-term collectors all have a story about one of these errors. Hunt long enough and you will come across one. I would not be surprised if this isn’t the first mixed-brand error Chuck has found.
I have come across two.
The first was an Open Speedster in a Matchbox 5-pack, with a rear Hot Wheels 10-spoke wheel, found at Kohl’s over the holidays several years ago:
While that was a pretty cool find, this one was the mind-blower:
Yep, a Hot Wheels large whitewall wheel on a Matchbox Olds Vista Cruiser. Found at a local Walmart around the same time. One of those “am I really looking at what I am looking at?” moments. The blister was cracked badly so I opened it.
Matchbox and Hot Wheels do share some factory space, so this can happen, but not a lot. It does make for nice little find when you do come across one. Some others:
Who else has found a mixed-brand wheel error?