Ron Ruelle hobbyDB
I recently came across this display at my local store: several identical copies of one of my favorite Hot Wheels cars, the 1971 Buick Riviera. The fact that I happen to own a real version of this car, in red even, factors into how much I love this model. So what’s a collector to do?
In some instances, I would have scooped them all up to give them a good home, but in this case, I already have several of this particular variant: a couple in packages, one on a short card, a couple loose ones to play with (home and office), maybe one or two to sell, and one that has been disassembled for custom work.
So what’s a fanboy and devoted collector to do? As much as I love these, it’s not like it’s a Super Treasure Hunt, it’s just a cool mainline car. I own plenty of them for now.
I decided to place them all front and center and top of the display, hoping others would cotton to this model. In fact, as one mother impatiently waited for her son to pick out one car to pacify him as they shopped, I suggested one of these. She looked at me kinda funny and scurried away. But the kid did indeed snag one of them.
So my question to you, fellow collectors… have you ever done anything like this? What do you do when you encounter your all time favorite model, but really don’t need to bring more of them home? Let me know below!
I just buy every ’64 Riviera I find!
I’m a Riv fan as well, any Riv from 63-72, I try to buy them when I see regardless if I need it or not. Thankfully, I have 9yo twin boys, which gives me justification to the wife as to why I bought of the same model, casting, etc.
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