Boris Becker Should Have Documented His Trophies On hobbyDB

Ron Ruelle hobbyDB

There comes a time in every collector’s life when you lose track of exactly what you have and where you keep it. “Do I own an Antifreeze Hot Wheels Twin Mill? Or is it Metallic Green? And if so, is it in my library, office, garage, or summer cottage?”

Keeping track of your collectibles inventory is important for a variety of reasons. Maybe you want to trade one of your vinyl caped Jawa action figures. Or you’re thinking about buying a Princess Di Beanie Baby but can’t remember if you have one already. Or perhaps you need to sell one of your hard-earned Australian Open tennis trophies because you’ve fallen on hard times.

Wait, what?

Boris Becker Australian Open

The kangaroo is an unexpected bonus.

In a case we can all relate to, former professional tennis player Boris Becker has run into financial difficulties and plans to sell some of the awards he has won in his impressive career. But he’s apparently having trouble locating some of them. Not just one, but TWO Aussie Open trophies. A trio of Wimbledon awards. An Olympic gold medal. And a few others.

Wimbledon trophies

Fun fact: The Wimbledon Gentlemen’s trophy and Ladies’ award (the Venus Rosewater Dish) remain at the All England Lawn Tennis Club after the award ceremony. The winners take home a smaller replica to keep. Or to sell, if circumstances warrant.

It might make sense that he misplaced his first Wimbledon trophy, since he was only 17 when he won it. Can you remember where your high school sophomore spelling bee runner up plaque is?

All kidding aside, hobbyDB offers a great way to track your collection for a variety of reasons.

Locator guide: Not just for items in storage, but it’s easy to misplace something in a large collection on display. On hobbyDB, you can add a note regarding where that item can be found.

Variant and condition notes: You know you have a pink Hot Wheels Beach Bomb, but is it mint on the card, or lightly played with? Or is that the red one you’re thinking of?

Insurance purposes: It’s useful to have proof not only of what you have and where it is, but also what it’s worth.

Estate planning: We hate to say this, but someone else might inherit your collection some day, and hobbyDB is an orderly way to give them a clue to what’s there. Whether they want to keep it, sell it, or donate it, they will be glad to have this information at their fingertips.

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When you add an item to the database, you can also add it to your collection.

The process is simple, really. When you add an item to the hobbyDB database, take a moment to also click the “Add to Collection” button. There, you will be able to quickly create notes on the condition (for the item and the packaging), the price you paid, how you acquired it, and where it’s located. You can also add photos of your own item. Finally, you can choose whether to keep all of this information private or make it public. Of course, you can do this with items that are already in the database as well.

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You can add notes on how you got it, including “Won in Competition.”

We sincerely hope Mr. Becker locates his trophies and gets back on his feet soon. Congratulations to Roger Federer, who just added another Australian Open trophy to his collection, and to Caroline Wozniacki, who just picked up her first. No matter how many you have, it’s not too late to track your awards collection on hobbyDB.

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Feedback is here! Share your marketplace experiences with other buyers and sellers

Now you have the ability to share your buying and selling experiences with the hobbyDB community! Your feedback will help other customers and sellers make better decisions when purchasing on hobbyDB or any other hobbyDB powered marketplace. Leaving feedback is a breeze – check out the step-by-step instructions below.

Quick Note: We’re currently in data collection mode, so your feedback will only be visible in your buyer/seller dashboard until it goes live on the marketplace next week!

To get started, visit the hobbyDB marketplace

Leave feedback for a Seller – 

  1. Make sure you are logged in to your hobbyDB account. If you do not have an account, you will not be able to leave feedback.
    Note: If you place an order using “Guest Checkout”, you will not be able to leave a review, track your package, or automatically add items to your digital collection.
  2. Once you receive your item, log in to your buyer dashboard.
  3. From your buyer dashboard, click the “View Cart” link in the order that you’d like to leave feedback for.
  4. Once you’re redirected to your specific order, click the “Leave Feedback” button on the top right-hand side of the page. 
  5. Add your star rating and a message. Star ratings are 1-5 with 1 being “I hated it” and 5 being “I loved it”. Please ensure your message is respectful and constructive. We reserve the right to delete any comments that do not follow these guidelines.
  6. Click “Leave Feedback” and you’re all set!

Leave feedback for a Buyer – 

  1. In order to leave feedback, you will have to be signed in to your hobbyDB seller account.
    Note: If you placed an order using “Guest Checkout”, you will not be able to leave a review for that order.
  2. Once your item is delivered, navigate to your seller dashboard.
  3. From your seller dashboard, click the “View Cart” link in the order that you’d like to leave feedback for.
  4. Once you’re redirected to your specific order, click the “Leave Feedback” button on the top right-hand side of the page.
  5. Add your star rating and a message.
    Star ratings are 1-5 with 1 being “I hated it” and 5 being “I loved it”. Please ensure your message is respectful and constructive. We reserve the right to delete any comments that do not follow these guidelines.
  6. Click “Leave Feedback”.
  7. All done!

If you have any other questions regarding this feature, always feel free to reach out to our support team!

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Antique, Vintage, Classic? Depends On What You’re Collecting

Christian Braun obsesses over collectibles and antiques and toys more than the average person, but in a productive way.


 

“Antique, Vintage, Classic Batman Clock, Correct Twice a Day. $50.”

Aside from parsing that description to determine that this clock doesn’t run, but will be accurate at 8:58 AM and PM, what does that mean?

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Holy Gimcrack!

What about “antique,” “vintage,” and “classic?” As collectors, we see and use these terms often, sometimes interchangeably. What to they mean, exactly? As it turns out, there is no “perfect” definition for these words. But they do hold meaning relative to each other.

Historically (and there’s another word we’ll need to parse), “Antique” has meant objects that are 100 year old or more. “Vintage” has generally meant older than 15 years. So “Classic” must mean… well, it’s complicated.

“Antique” and “Vintage” carry a set time frame, regardless of historic or aesthetic value. “Classic,” on the other hand, just means “it has stood or will stand the test of time,” regardless of age.

And “Historic…” What about that? “Historic” is often used as a positive term, but really means that something was a game changer, a revolution, a show stopper for some reason. And not necessarily for good reasons. The Ford Edsel has to be considered a “historic” car because of its massive failure. And over time, it has also achieved “classic” status. Whether the car is remembered for being good/bad/ugly/beautiful remains debatable. “Classic,” sure. “Historic,” absolutely.

Consider another conundrum. Boulder, Colorado (the scenic home of hobbyDB Headquarters), passed a law several years ago requiring houses over 50 years old to undergo an approval process by a city board if the owners wanted to do extensive renovations. At the time, it made sense, as houses of that age were built in the 1940s or before, many of them having some historic charm and significance. But with the passing of each year, a “50 year old house” was less and less significant architecturally.

The hobbyDB office built in 1968…

…and another 1968 house just down the next road.

Entire suburbs of more or less identical houses of that age just don’t seem to need that same kind of designation and protection. Sliding time frames like this don’t make a lot of sense after a while. The city realized this and altered the designation.

Also, consider what is a “classic” car. Again, in Colorado, it used to be that a driver could get official “Classic” plates for any car over 25 years old. The plates were less expensive and didn’t require modern emissions requirements, a great deal for muscle cars and anything earlier. In 1994, that meant cars from 1969 and older, most of which arguably stood the test of time to be called “classic.” But in 2018, that means a car from 1993.

Nothing against that Mercury Sable wagon, but calling it a “classic” is kind of head scratching.

 So there’s now a set date as the “Classic” designation, to be updated as needed.

A Facebook group called “Vintage Toys” only allows posts regarding 1994 and older collectibles. Why that designation? That doesn’t exactly fit the 15 year rule these days. It likely has to do with the age of the founders and moderators, and toys of that age hit a sweetspot with them emotionally, and later ones do not. If you don’t like it? You can start your own Facebook page.

Some categories or brands have their own distinctions that fill in those gaps between antique and vintage. Comic books, for instance, are generally divided into several ages:

  • Golden Age, 1938-1950  (from the debuts of Superman and Batman to the middle of the century)
  • Silver Age, Mid 1950s to 1970  (new advances in art, writing, and production values.)
  • Bronze Age, 1970-1985  (more serious, mature content and styling)

A few notable things… Why 1938 as the start? That was the time Action Comics (Superman) and Detective Comics (Batman) ushered in the more or less current definition of a “comic book.”

The Granddaddy of all comics.

Also, what about comics released in the last 30 years or so…are they worthless? No, they just need their own designation at some point, often just referred to as the “Modern Age.”

But what about 1951-1955? Turns out there is a gray area between the Golden and Silver ages, so something in that range could be considered to fall in either group depending on your tastes. Also, new self censorship guidelines debuted at this time, transforming the content considerably.

Hot Wheels is celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. Original cars sure seem old and rare. But by that definition, they are only halfway to “antique” status. On the other hand, calling them “vintage” seems unfair, which lumps 1968 releases in with 2003 releases.

Luckily, a brand such as Hot Wheels carries its own distinct eras… Redlines (1968-77) and Blackwalls (1977-94) cover the first two historic waves, and the rest can be broken down by various other distinctions such as Mainline or Treasure Hunts.

So back to that Batman clock… it’s from 1974. It’s undeniably cool. It’s not an antique. It’s certainly vintage. It can be reasonably called a classic. Your desire to own it and how much you are willing to pay will depend on a lot of criteria. But golly jeepers, you really should hear it!

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Karl S

Then there is the Classic Car Club of America.  they define a Classic as a car from 1915-1948, but not just any car!  It has to be on their approved list of fine and distinctive cars (i.e., expensive)!  Check out their museum if you are ever in MI!  http://www.classiccarclub.org/our_club/museum.html

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Many Milestone Video Game Anniversaries Came In 2017

This article originally appeared on collectorsjournal.com. We are reposting it with gracious permission of the author.


By Trenton Schipper

2017 saw the anniversaries of some classic (and some newer) video games. Some of these games are a little better known than others. Some of them might not be known at all to newer generations of gamers. My apologies if I leave some of your favorites out, as that was certainly not my intent. However my space is somewhat limited so I’ll touch on some of the bigger names.

North American Ms. Pac-Man arcade cabinet from 1982.

Starting out the year we had the original Ms. Pac-Man arcade game released in 1982 that turned 35. While this game is a little before my time, (I wasn’t born until 8 years later) I have still spent a lot of time playing it. In 2009 Game Informer Magazine did a “Top 200 Games of All Time” with Ms. Pac-Man taking the number 10 spot.

Ms. Pac-Man was actually an early attempt to get more women to play arcade games. It was thought that the non-violence of the game is what attracted women to the original Pac-Man. Even though Pac-Man is one of the highest-grossing American arcade games of all time, Ms. Pac-Man still held her own. The game had 125,000 arcade cabinets and only 5 short years after its release it had brought in over $1.2 billion in quarters. Estimates suggest this is the fourth highest selling arcade game of that time. While not everyone caught on to the Pac-Man craze, many did. It even inspired a Pac-Man themed wedding of a Des Moines, Iowa couple in 1982. Pac-Man even went on to have the first cartoon based on a video game. It was a short lived show with Pac-Man and his wife (with a little bit of a restyle) as well as Pac-Baby, the ghosts and several new characters. It ran on ABC but only ran for two seasons. The original arcade style game can be found on eBay for between $2,000 and $3,000.

mario kart 64It’s been 20 years since the release of Mario Kart 64. While it came out in Japan in December of 1996, its American release date is still considered to be January 1997. This game was the second in the Mario Kart series. Mario Kart 64 also included 4-player support, where Super Mario Kart only allowed for 2. It has since been released on the Nintendo Wii console (January 2007), and on the Nintendo Wii U console (December 2016). Along with Mario Kart 64, the original Super Mario Kart celebrated its 25th anniversary. This game also got a re-release on the Wii console (2009), and the Wii U (2013).

The third installment in the Tekken series, simply named Tekken 3, celebrated its 20th anniversary. Tekken 3 was originally released in arcades in March of 1997, but also got a release on the original PlayStation in 1998, and another release in 2005 as part of Tekken 5’s Arcarde History Mode. Tekken 3 is the second best-selling fighting game of all time with more than 8.5 million copies sold worldwide. Super Smash Bros. Brawl takes the top spot.  It also has the title of fourth best-selling PlayStation game. Tekken 3 was the first game in the series to use the third axis, or simply put, allowed the player to side step.

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Wolfenstein 3D Pac-Man level.

Wolfenstein 3D, turned 25 in May. The game was originally built to be fast and violent, unlike most other games of the time. It is widely considered the first game in the first person genre, however this is untrue. However, it is one of the first games to help the first person shooter genre gain popularity. Known to some, Wolfenstein 3D actually contains a level based off of Pac-Man, featuring giant Pac-Man ghosts. Wolfenstein 3D is now able to be played through your internet browser for free, in case anyone reading this is a fan and wants to reminisce. Original copies of this game can be found online for between $45 and $85.

Metal Gear celebrated a milestone, turning an amazing 30 years old. While there are several sequel, and prequel games, this is the anniversary of the original. The main character, Snake, is actually a combination of three people according to the games creator Hideo Kojima. Snake is a mashup of Snake Plissken, played by Kurt Russell, the body of Jean Claude Van-Damme and the face of Christopher Walken. A very impressive lineup indeed. Metal gear was made when 3D games were still a fairly new concept and the levels were originally built out of Legos.

The Legend of Zelda also celebrated its 30-year anniversary this year. Although it has had many games made since then on many difference consoles, the original Zelda was a bestseller for Nintendo, selling over 6.5 million copies. Zelda is now largely considered one of Nintendo’s most popular series. Chronologically speaking, the first Zelda game is one of the last. Zelda is actually left handed in all of the games except one, the Nintendo Wii version of Twilight Princess. This was done because most people are right handed, and the game is based off of the players’ motions. Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of The Legend of Zelda as well as the Donkey Kong and Super Mario Brothers franchises, made to game for players to focus on exploration and completion and not just on getting the highest score. This was a relatively new idea in video games at the time. A little known fact is that the late actor Robin Williams named his daughter after Princess Zelda and expressed interest in being the voice of Ganondorf if a film was ever made.

Another 30-year anniversary game is Street Fighter. Like its predecessors, it is also a highly lucrative game franchise for its company, Capcom.  Street Fighter is one of the highest-grossing video game franchises having sold over 40 million software units and is Capcom’s second biggest franchise behind Resident Evil, and is their third best-selling software franchise behind Resident Evil and Monster Hunter.  The original release of Street Fighter machines actually feature pressure sensitive punch pads underneath the buttons, to determine the amount of pressure for light, medium or heavy punches or kicks.  The pads had a tendency to wear our quickly though and most people preferred the strategy of “if I smash the buttons as hard as possible it will be more effective in the game.” Believe it or not, the Street Fighter franchise is actually in the Guinness Book of World Records 8 times. Some of these include “Most Prolific Fighting Game Series,” “Longest Running Fighting Video Game Series” and “Best-Selling Coin-Operated Fighting Game.”

Halo soldierCelebrating its 10-year anniversary is Halo 3 (a personal favorite of mine).  Halo 3 is the third game in the series developed by Bungie.  To date, it has sold in excess of 14.5 million copies, making it the fifth best-selling Xbox 360 game of all time, the best-selling Xbox 360 exclusive title and the best-selling first person shooter aside from the Call of Duty game series.  It was also the best-selling video game of 2007 in the U.S. 

The sound designers of Halo 3 wanted to include as much content as possible, not just in terms of music but also in terms of dialogue.  This led them to record more than 35,000 lines of dialogue for Halo 3. Right along with Halo 3, Halo 4 is celebrating its fifth anniversary. Although titled Halo 4, it is actually the seventh installment in the Halo game series. You can buy either game disc on Xbox 360 for about $10-$20 or you can download it for $19.99.  

Another game to celebrate 25 years is Mortal Kombat. Very similar to the Tekken franchise, Mortal Kombat (yes Kombat with a K) is a fantasy-horror fighting game.  The owners of the rights to the game have changed several times but the franchise remains strong.  Not only is it a video game series but it has also been made into films (both live-action and animated), a TV series, a comic book series, a card game and a live-action tour.  It is considered one of the most successful fighting franchises and has generated over $5 billion in revenue, becoming one of the highest-grossing media franchises of all time.  Unlike most games, Mortal Kombat was created by just four people in the span of just 10 months.  For the first 6 months, the game had no title as the four designers couldn’t agree on a title that they all liked.  

pongCelebrating an amazing 45 years is one of the earliest arcade video games, Pong. It didn’t take long for Pong to become a success and was the first commercially successful video game, helping to establish the industry. The original prototype cabinet for Pong was very primitive. It used a black and white TV inside a wooden cabinet. Wires were then soldered to complete the needed circuits.  The coin mechanism was actually taken from a laundromat and used a milk carton inside for the coins to drop into. A few days after the installation of the original Pong prototype a problem arose. What was the problem? The coin mechanism was overflowing with quarters, a problem I’m sure they were glad to have.  

The first Splinter Cell game turned 25 this year. Splinter Cell is a series of award-winning stealth video games, as well as tie-in novels written by Tom Clancy. While some people believe the game is based off of the novels, in fact it is the other way around with the novels being based off of the game, some even making the New York Times bestseller list.  Sam Fisher, the main charter throughout the series, is ranked at number 24 in the Guinness Top 50 Video Game Characters of All Time. This series, as well as the Assassin’s Creed series, are considered to be one of Ubisoft’s main franchises, selling more than 31 million copies. The first Splinter Cell game also won IGN’s Best of 2002: Xbox Game of The Year.  

mega manNext up, celebrating a strong 30 years, is Mega Man.  This game features the robot character and was created by Capcom.  This game was the first in a series that would go on to spawn over 50 games on many various gaming systems.  Mega Man gained such popularity that a soccer themed game was released in the US. Despite the best efforts, it was not a very successful game for the series. The franchise also ran its own animated show.  While it was a somewhat successful show, it only managed 2 seasons, each with 13 episodes before being cancelled.  The soundtrack to Mega Man is still very popular and is one of the most covered soundtracks ever having over 30 cover bands dedicated to them.  

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Final Fantasy has come a long way in 30 years.

Rounding out the list is the Final Fantasy series, celebrating 30 years going strong. Like several other games mentioned, Final Fantasy has branched out and launched CGI films, an anime show, a manga show and novels. Having sold over 130 million units, it is one of the best-selling video game franchises of all time. The original Final Fantasy game is considered one of the first created first-person shooter video game. The designer of Wolfenstein 3D (see above) credits the programmer of Final Fantasy as being a major inspiration and influence.  Although all of the games in the series are called Final Fantasy with their respective number following, the original very nearly was THE Final Fantasy as the company was failing financially. Although few people in the company believed it would save them, they turned out to be wrong as the original sold over 400,000 copies in Japan alone. The original game was made with a team of just 7 people.  Respectively, 10 years later it took 120 people to make Final Fantasy VII and following that almost 300 people to create Final Fantasy XII.  While most designers of the time based their games off of tabletop games or video game RPGs, the designer of Final Fantasy designed it based off of American football as he had never played either form of the game before. While most games of the time used a first-person shooter or over-the-shoulder view, Final Fantasy uses side-view battles. While not as widely known as the Mega Man soundtrack, in 2004 the United State synchronized swimming team used 2 songs from the Final Fantasy VIII soundtrack. They ended up winning the Bronze medal.  

So there you have it, some of the big video game anniversaries of 2017. Again, if I missed your favorite I apologize as I do have a limited amount of space. If you enjoyed reading this article or would like to see more or similar articles, such as more video game related antique games/anniversaries or even movies and TV shows, please email me at comp@vintonnewspapers.com.


My name is Trenton Schipper, and i’m 28 years old. I grew up in a very small town of about 800. I started my collection about 2 years ago at an auction where I won a set of 4 Dragon Ball Z action figures still in the box, and it has expanded since then. I also collect military postcards, mostly Operation Enduring Freedom, as my dad is an Afghanistan veteran. This is my first article, and am looking forward to writing more.

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How Many Errors Can You Find In This Article?

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Ron Ruelle hobbyDB

We recently introduced you to Nathan Lill, the Master of Mistakes (at least when it comes to Hot Wheels). Lill has a collection of over 12,000 Hot Wheels error cars, all collected since he first spotted one on the pegs in 2000.

But what exactly constitutes an error for something like a diecast car on a blister card? Well, there are all kinds of things that can go wrong, some subtle, some hilariously obvious.  Packaging misadventures, assembly problems, or color and graphics misfires are among the most common. Most errors need to be inside a sealed package to be verifiable, but that’s not always the case. And in a lot of examples, the packaging itself is the actual source of the error.

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A lot of Hot Wheels come with intentionally mismatched wheels. This Custom VW is not one of them.

Assembly issues such as mis-spun rivets are hard to fake, so packaging might not be as important in those cases. On the other hand, for really early Hot Wheels, there are some very subtle variations in coloring that were probably unintentional, but could also be attributable to fading or other factors, so who can tell? But for the most part, buyers need to be aware of what to look for.

Here’s a check list of common error types that make it past the QC inspectors. Aside from the issues with wheels, most of these errors can apply to other collectibles such as action figures and vinyl art toys. Some error types are common enough that we have special Subjects on hobby DB just for those!

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Misadventures in Packaging

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Pretty sure that’s not a ’57 Thunderbird!

  • Mismatched car and package (On hobbyDB, these should be listed as a variant of the car, not the blister card. If you get that wrong, hey, mistakes happen.)
  • Wrong Shaped Blister (with specific shapes for each car, it’s surprising this doesn’t happen more.)
  • Off-Register/Off Kilter Package Printing
  • Vehicle Facing Wrong Direction In Blister (Upside down doesn’t sometimes count, as it’s easy for some models to do a barrel roll.)

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    Upside down cars may or may not be considered errors. Depends on how much wiggle room is in the blister.

  • Mis-Cut Packaging (Unpunched holes don’t really count as errors, but are usually considered more valuable on their own merit)
  • Empty Sealed Package (Check carefully in case of the Wonder Woman Invisible Jet.)

Wheel Errors

  • Missing Entire Axle and Wheels
  • Reversed Wheels
  • Unchromed/Unpainted Wheels
  • Mismatched Wheels (Hard to spot these days, as some cars intentionally look like that)
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With so many wheels, you’re bound to have the wrong wheels in the wrong place sometimes.

  • Wrong Size Wheels (Hard to spot sometimes without reference)
  • Wrong Wheel Type

Molding Messes

  • Incomplete Casting (Not enough material to fill the mold.)
  • Excessive Flashing (Too much material in the mold. Not from exposing oneself in the park!)

Assembly Gone Awry

  • Wrong Color Body/Interior/Chassis/Window (Disputable, could be a legit variant. A lot of Redlines came with these kinds of differences and are just about impossible to document.)
  • Mismatched Parts (Such as a Mustang body on a Camaro chassis. That is unnatural and should not be a thing. List this as the variant with which it shares the most parts)
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The baseplate on this K.I.T.T. is backwards. The Hoff must be fuming!

  • Backwards/Upside Down Parts (This mostly happens with the chassis)
  • Missing components (Engines, interiors, windows, etc.)
  • Unspun Rivets
  • Mis-spun Rivets

Graphic In Nature

It’s not that difficult to fake some of color and graphics errors, so most of these probably should be in sealed packages to confirm their validity. Make sure your mistakes are real miscues and not shenanigans!

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The Python is supposed to have a flat black roof. This one doesn’t, and it looks unmodified, but it’s not in the package. Hmmmm…

  • Completely Missing Graphics
  • Graphics Missing On One Side, Top, etc.
  • Misaligned Graphics
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The wheels aren’t the problem here… that’s intentional. But notice how the graphics are “falling off” the car.

  • Off-Register Graphics (One color does not line up with the others)
  • Misspelled Graphics (Technically, this isn’t an error of production, but a failure to proofread. But if it’s caught and fixed, the wrong version might be pretty valuable.)
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Early versions of the Baywatch Rescue Ranger misspelled “First Aid” on the side. It’s a rare “pre-production” error that was eventually fixed. Now The Hoff is really feeling hassled!

Something (But Not Everything) Else

  • Missing Accessories (Buttons, sticker sheets, extra parts, collector cards, etc.)
  • Incorrect Accessories
  • Extra parts

error johnny lightning riviera“Mistakes” That Aren’t Really Errors

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What me worry? Alfred E. Neuman action figures came in all kinds of messed up alignments.

  • Broken parts… Sad when it happens, but it’s not really an error to collectors.
  • Casting errors that lasted the entire production run. Hey, a Johnny Lightning White Lightning ’71 Buick Riviera with the wrong grill… That’s gotta be rare, right? Well, only as rare as any other White Lightning. JL made castings for the ’71 and ’71 Rivieras, the only difference being the detail in the grill. For the Classic Gold version, they called it a ’71, but used the ’72 casting. They never corrected it, so even though it’s a goof, it’s the only version.
  • Items designed to look incorrectly packaged (Upside down, backwards, etc). This Alfred E. Neuman figure is supposed to be upside down, which matches the spirit of the magazine. Same with the Santa version, who looks like he fell inside the blister. Oh, and Spider-Man, in the image at the top of the page? Yep, that’s on purpose as well!

Do you have any error cars (or action figures) in your collection? Add them to our database as variants of existing items! And if you can think of any other types of errors, hit us up in the comments section!

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