I have spent the last week juggling two family reunions. You can come up with your own conclusion on how that is going, but you may have noticed the lack of videos the last few days. I’m a bit tired.
But I have a reprieve coming. I get to nerd out at the Matchbox Gathering of Friends Convention. I do the splendid drive Friday – Salt Lake City to Moab to Cortez to Shiprock to Farmington to Albuquerque – and will be there in time for the Meet & Greet.
If you are not familiar, the Matchbox Gathering of Friends is a Matchbox Convention held every year in Albuquerque, New Mexico in July. Collectors from all over the world descend on ABQ for exclusive models, presentations, in-room trading, a charity auction, a Sunday Toy Show, and a ton more.
Matchbox itself has adopted the Gathering as its own Convention as well, and uses the Saturday Dinner as its place to showcase the upcoming 2020 New Models and Lineups. You can see images and prototypes of what is coming. Not to mention, Matchbox creates two exclusives for the Convention every year, and they do not disappoint.
They have also selected the 15 winners of the Matchbox Custom Contest, and will announce them Saturday Night.
This will be my 11th year in a row attending. I really do love this event, and enjoy seeing all the familiar faces. I was going to the Gathering long before this Lamley thing got going.
But because I have this Lamley thing, I will of course be covering it for all of you. A live stream of the Matchbox Sneak Peek Presentation will happen Saturday Night on the Lamley YouTube Channel, and I will of course be filming full sneak peek videos with Abe Lugo and the Matchbox Team. I plan on a lot more content as well, so be sure you are following on the Lamley Facebook and Instagram accounts, as well as both the Lamley and Lamley Extras YouTube Channels.
I can’t tell you how nice it will be to drive through the Four Corners area of the US, listening to my favorite podcasts, and to arrive at the Albuquerque Marriott and see all my old friends. Hopefully I can share a lot of that with you.