Collecting, when you think about it, is an odd thing. Who knows what wires crossed in our heads that made us want to gather things, but I think it is safe to say that most folks visiting this site enjoy collecting little cars as much as I do.
We think of collecting in a myriad of ways, but an uncommon way of looking at collectors is that they certainly prolong the life the item they are collecting. Take a Hot Wheels. It was meant to be purchased by a kid, played with profusely until it was buried in the sand, lost, or thrown in an attic long forgotten.
We do it differently. We buy the model, either keep it packaged or open it, and display it or store it carefully, in most cases. The model might have a lifespan in our collections, but when that ends the model will usually transfer to another collection, continuing its existence as a collector’s treasure.
It’s that transfer that has been on my mind lately. I have mentioned the Lamley Purge. I am thinning out the collection, trying to make a little space in my collection and more importantly, my office. That means going through the collection from top to bottom, honestly assessing what I want to keep. Some decisions are easy, some very difficult.
But whatever is going, I hope it goes to a happy new home. I love the idea of a model that has sit essentially in storage in my collection becoming the new treasure in another collection, essentially taking on a new life. It actually makes me want to see some of these move, becoming a source of joy for someone new.
Of course a transaction is involved, but by putting each item on ebay for a starting bid of $.99, I can at least feel good in the possibility that the person who wanted it most may be the one who got it.
This is the Matchbox SEMA-Exclusive Skyjacker Ford Superduty MBX350 Peacemaker. It is one of the most unique models in my collection. Only 100 made, not only of the deco, but the casting! A basic version of the vehicle was released in the basic range, but in a more simple livery and after the casting had been refined for the basic range.
The casting was developed quickly to be used as a promo piece for Skyjacker and Ford at the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, and 100 castings were created. I went to SEMA to showcase the model with the Matchbox Team, and showcased it on YouTube:
That exact model in the video is one in my collection. It is a very cool piece to have. One I thought I would keep forever.
But I am letting it go.
It has sat in a drawer in my office for pretty much the entire time I’ve had it, and that is no place for it to be. Why keep it when it should be on a shelf somewhere. Why should I have it? Just to say I have it? What good is that? Seriously, do I get any joy from just saying I have it. That’s pretty cheap joy to pursue. So there is someone out there who deserves to have it more than me. And I hope they get it.
It’s on eBay right now, expiring this Sunday. I have had a couple of second thoughts about letting it go, but it is the memory of running around SEMA with Gerry Cody that I am happy to keep.
A look at the model with its basic counterpart: