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If you had to restart your collection today…

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3:23 pm
November 21, 2011


TopherDawg

San Diego

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posts 406

Hi,

I'm new and I've been talking to a few of you great people recently.  I just started collecting about 10 days ago and I was wondering…

 

If you had to restart your collection today, what items would you go for first?

 

I've bought a lot of the Cars 2 stuff in stores and have thought that maybe I should of went after the Cars 1 stuff first.  I'm assuming the release of the Cars 2 dvd and the upcoming holiday have pushed the collecting a bit.

4:09 pm
November 21, 2011


John in Missouri

Mid-Missouri

Member

posts 529

I would have purchased the 1,100 Finn McMissile's at WalMart before they were taken away by Mattel.

4:22 pm
November 21, 2011


BMW

Team 95 Roadie

posts 193

Iit would be so hard to start over.

But,

go for the rarest high demand stuff first.  As those are only going to go higher later on.  Easy to fill in with commons later.

Any Cars 1 item with a lower distribution of   10 to 15 K  will be the most expensive items to purchase, less of them out there.

 

Todd, Mini, the last 4 final lap cars. Kmart 2 Racers.

Megasize/oversize line would be the Frank, Bessie, Brian Park Motors, Chuck Cables, and Chuy (if you want to collect the toons), and more.

 

Once you have those then it gets easier.

6:55 pm
November 21, 2011


sodabear

Portlandia

Member

posts 362

If I had to restart my collection today I probably couldn't do it, at least to the extent that I have. Everything (Cars 1 and Toons, at least) is just so expensive these days.

6:57 pm
November 21, 2011


Bmckim

Denver, Co.

Toons "You Were There" Character

posts 268

Me, i would of taken the money and put into money market account with a 3% yeild and left it there for 48 months, reinvest the earnings into a quarterly mutual fund and taken the residual money and placed it on a offshore account. Then just maybe after that I could afford to collect these things. Honestly, buy what you can and never buy the first offer from an aftermarket seller, you will always find it cheaper somewhere else. Theres alot of great sellers here at T5, make a needs list and post it.

7:16 pm
November 21, 2011


Dunroamin

Massachusetts

Member

posts 754

well put!

Patience is key to collecting past and current cars…

7:38 pm
November 21, 2011


John in Missouri

Mid-Missouri

Member

posts 529

Bmckim said:

Me, i would of taken the money and put into money market account with a 3% yeild and left it there for 48 months, reinvest the earnings into a quarterly mutual fund and taken the residual money and placed it on a offshore account.

 

A 3% yield???  What decade are you from?!?  Surprised

8:53 pm
November 21, 2011


slicepie

Original Member of Two A Day Wordpress

Member

posts 1029

 

A 3% yield???  What decade are you from?!?  Surprised

 

Hehe, Probably still thinks Reagan is in office!

Thousands of Cars available for trade or sale.  Always looking for older and harder to find Cars.  Email me at slicepie@roadrunner.com

9:09 pm
November 21, 2011


Dunroamin

Massachusetts

Member

posts 754

hehe funny thread…

I don't think I would collect if I had to start again…I'm proud of my collection, but most of it was obtain at retail/sale $$

10:13 pm
November 21, 2011


Bmckim

Denver, Co.

Toons "You Were There" Character

posts 268

3% yield is just a reference to the crummy return most banks with give you on investing with them, but even then you can make money from money. Count the penny's and the dollars will take care of themselves.
And remember if Reagan were in office these cars would probably be made here in the USA and only cost $1.27.
And yes James your right I probably wouldn't do it again, but there's no turning back now.

2:52 am
November 22, 2011


buckland-blowouts

Rookie

posts 20

Welcome to the club!!!

 

It is never too late to start collecting these great little guys!!!

IKnowing what I know now and the impact it has had on my life, storage space and cash flow, I do not think i would attack it in the same way!!!

 

They are all so tasty so it becomes really hard not to collect them all…

 

OPEN and on a HUGE shelf display is the way I would go for sure!!! 

7:29 am
November 22, 2011


bobbyjack

Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia

Member

posts 799

If I had to restart today, I would be because my kids hadn't seen Cars until today.  I started 2 years ago at Christmas so we collected the main characters first.  It was pretty easy to get most of them because the lenticulars had just been released.  It got harder when we couldn't find Lizzie and Boost, so those were the first ones we bought on eBay.  Then Boost was released on night skyline so I told myself, no more eBay.  Then I found the T5AD website, and the madness really began.  It really has been a fun hobby and I still look forward to finding new cars.  My son just opened Submarine Finn and now he has a new favorite.  He even took him to bed last night.  I had to get him off his pillow this morning before I went to work so he wouldn't poke himself in the eye.  So if I had to start today, I would start with the main characters because that is who my kids recognize and just get the obscure ones a few at a time.  Enjoy your new hobby.Laugh

11:35 am
November 22, 2011


PCC

Radiator Springs Tourist

posts 32

If you're not interested in collecting mint-on-card, look for large lots. I've bought loose cars on eBay, Craigslist, thrift shops, and flea markets. Going this route you can build a collection fairly quickly, and for much less than buying one or two pieces at a time of carded cars you would only end up opening anyway.

11:36 am
November 22, 2011


Bumper Save

Pennsylvania

Member

posts 491

If I had to start over my collection, I would do it all again. Totally.

 

I would be broke in a month but I would do it all again.

12:39 pm
November 22, 2011


TopherDawg

San Diego

Member

posts 406

Thanks for all the advice!

I probably should of started this thread last week before I dove in, haha.  I've already jumped in and spent way too much on some stuff and then turn around and find it for half the price.  But at least I got it!  😉

My wife was giving me some grief about all the cars until I found a Frank at CVS a few nights ago.  Yesterday on her lunch break she was scouring her CVS, Big Lots & TRUs by her work and she went after work too! 

Last night, I got her the Sarge boot camp set for her birthday, so she was happy.

This morning she found a Bling Mcqueen and the gold Mia & Tia for me.

I do plan on opening & displaying everything, except my Frank, until I find another 🙂

1:20 pm
November 22, 2011


PCC

Radiator Springs Tourist

posts 32

TopherDawg said:

My wife was giving me some grief about all the cars until I found a Frank at CVS a few nights ago. 

Frank at CVS? Just a few nights ago?!

3:55 pm
November 22, 2011


TopherDawg

San Diego

Member

posts 406

Yep, this Saturday night I went into the CVS after someone had posted on here that CVS was getting some Cars stuff in and I found a Mega Frank.

 

After that, someone else posted that their friend had picked up a Frank at 2 different CVS's as well.  🙂 

6:38 pm
November 22, 2011


Steve AKA: Poppa

Rookie

posts 25

I guess my answer to the question is "I stopped with Cars One, The Original.  I bought only what I liked.  I started with the Desert Backs.  Then the Supercharged!  The I got realistic and only added the new castings.  I ran out of space.  I did not think Cars II had the appeal of Cars, The Original as to story line.  Cars II toys are awash in Wal-Mart, Target and Toys r Us around here.  If they don't heavily discount them for Christmas, they'll be eating them. When Fred Meyer had them for $1.80 each I did buy a complete run of the single packs of  Cars II (1-23 at the time) to make into a cool gift for the Toys For Tots drive.  I don't anticipate unloading the Cars, the Original stuff stuff.  Since I bought everything at retail, I'm just curious to see how the market will develop.  I expect sooner of later there will be a "retro" line of the original castings. 

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