R.I.P. Jim Garbaczewski

Musings By Joschik
Christian obsesses over collectibles, antiques and toys more than the average person, but (he believes) in a productive way. Documenting collectibles has been a passion since working on a book about his favorite childhood toys from Timpo 42 years ago.



I just heard that we lost Jim – one of the most friendliest and helpful folks I ever met. Rob Graves introduced us in 2015 and since then Jim has always been there when needed.  He was also one of the unluckiest folks that I know, with way too many accidents and health problems and despite that, he was always cheerful and happy. He stayed for a few days at my place in 2015 and helped with advice and lots of hard work when we started documenting Hot Wheels.  We even did an HW shopping tour at local Targets and Walmart (the best shopping trip ever for me).



Later we worked on his 3rd book when he had big problems with his chosen printer and I offered introductions to other printers. He was loyal to the fault, even when he was let down himself (by for example that said printer). Whatever he did was perfect, for example, that book, the Hot Wheels Casting and Price Guide is possibly the highest quality guide for collectibles – check how every single photo in it is just perfect!  Or check out the Hot Wheels Newsletter which got better and better every two months.  Or the Newsletter cars that were given out to Subscribers.  He offered his photos to use in the hobbyDB database and was always there when we had a question on an arcane wheel variation or something else.  Jim was also a hobbyDB Shareholder and big supporter.  I am glad that he could make it to the last convention – Peter Kistler told me just last week that he was the same Jim as always, gregarious and fun to be with.  Simply perfect.

He will be missed.  A lot.

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Dan Hammond II
Dan Hammond II
9 months ago

Jim was a great help with HW variations. He was one of my “go to” guys when I had a question. There will be a big void in the Hw world now.

9 months ago

My sincere condolences to his family

Robert Graves
Robert Graves
9 months ago

Damn, this hurts so bad. Jimmy was the best. We could talk Hot Wheels/ variations all day/night long. He was the best person to take over the HW newsletter and books from Mike Strauss when Mike retired. I will miss Jimmy greatly. RIP

Isaac Nelson
9 months ago

I didn’t know Jim personally, but I’ve sure relied on the extensive knowledge he so generously shared with the community. From everything I’ve heard he was an amazing guy and I’m sad I never got to meet him. I can’t even imagine how much his family and friends are hurting right now 😢

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