Musings By Joschik
Christian Braun obsesses over collectibles, antiques and toys more than the average person, but (he believes) in a productive way. Diecast was a special area of interest ever since he helped his brother write a book about Siku Model Cars in 1987.
When a former team member called and asked for some help to sell her late father’s collection we were only too happy to help (I wrote an earlier article on how to best sell a collection). When she then arrived with 20 boxes of amazing models I was glad we offered help, her father Jim just had an amazing collection, see for yourself here. But what really excited me was all the paperwork that she had. And the best were catalogs and other items from Sinclair’s Auto Miniatures! Since moving to the US and when meeting older diecast collectors I heard so much about Dave Sinclair and his store in Erie, Pennsylvania. Way before the internet, his catalog was sent to 30,000 collectors around the world and he had the most amazing selection!
Check out for example his 1971 catalog –
How much I wish to go back in time to join Jim for a visit to Dave’s store in Erie. And I wouldn’t even cost that much money! Check out this letter from Sinclair’s with the then new Corgi Toys James Bond’s Aston Martin for $3.50!