I thought I would occasionally pop on to share some of the current ebay listings that have caught my attention. Not always a low-number RLC, or something that has skyrocketed in value, but more the obscure, the cool, the interesting. Something to definitely take or leave.
If you come across anything interesting – and don’t want to keep it a secret (I get it) – send me a link at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have followed me for awhile, you have learned about my long-time pursuit of the YOT (TOY backwards) BRE Datsun 510. It is the first BRE ever done (decades before the Hot Wheels version), and at this point super rare. I was finally able to find one, and it is one of my most prized collection pieces.
But there are other YOT Datsuns from the 70’s. The casting is rudimentary to say the least, but any 510 collector should have one, if they can find one. Here are two, one packaged as part of a launcher set (the model is plastic) and one loose and a bit damaged (the model is diecast). The police car lost its police sticker from the door, but appears to be in decent shape. The launcher set is really cool, but this seller from Australia is asking a lot. Might be worth it in the long run.
A true unsung gem that got lost in the Hot Wheels Muscle Car Era. You can get these for relatively cheap now, but I don’t think that will be the case in the future. I am hearing more and more buzz about this casting, especially the 2006 First Edition and FTE releases, and I think that will grow as it is paired with the 190E and future Hot Wheels Mercedes models. Now is the time to jump on one or all.
When I first became familiar with Aoshima Grachan in 1/64, the line was totally obscured by Aoshima’s large scale model kits, and really only known in Japan. In fact, you rarely saw them listed on ebay. That has drastically changed, as you can see how many are listed now.
The next series is coming soon, and that will once again ramp up interest, so maybe now is the time to look at those models you want.
Something tells me this is a good time to get this one. Rally cars like these are getting more and more popular, and Hot Wheels has their Quattro coming dressed very similar. This is the toy original.
I need to write up or feature Fresh Cherries one of these days. One the strangest and most intriguing 1/64 lines released in the last 20 years. All small to medium range, UNappreciated cars like the Pinto Pacer. The Civic was part late in the Fresh Cherries run, but was made in really small numbers. It is SUPER rare in 1/64. There is a 1/72 that is easy to find, but it is the 1/64 like the one above that is the desired model. This is on International packaging, not the cute round backing the Walmart exclusives had, but still a must for Honda collectors.