I would say value doesn’t hold a whole lot of weight in what I collect. I would have to think that is the case with most of you as well. Treating Hot Wheels purely as an investment is ludicrous. There are better, for more productive ways to get your kids through college.
But value is a big part OF collecting. Are you willing to pay a particular amount to have something, from $15 for an RLC to $400 for the Candy Striper Gasser you want for your collection?
That question comes to life with the Hot Wheels Toy Fair Porsche. The model was never available to the public, so it is instantly more valuable than most. But its value continues to grow, and it just passed $1000 this last week:
I like the Toy Fair models, so I typically jump on them when they hit ebay every fall. I have to pay a hefty amount, but there are cases when I am happy I did, like with this model. There is no way I would fork over that amount.
Not to say I have been tempted by certain models in the past. I, like many of you, keep an eye on the Military and Fire Rods Silverados, but I can’t get myself to pay the prices it hits. But as much as I wish it was cheaper, they have settled into the $400-$500 price range and I have to deal with it. And “dealing with it” means I most likely won’t ever have one. And that is fine with me.
So what is your limit? Two people paid over $1000 each for the Toy Fair Porsche, and I have to think they are very happy to have one.