Advisory Council Posts

Inside the World of Super Collector Andy Goodman

If you’ve ever wanted to see what a collection of 30,000 diecast models looks like, you can visit Andy Goodman. Andy is a super collector of all kinds and scales of diecast vehicles, specializing in Jada and Hot Wheels, cars, limiting himself primarily to cars based on real world prototypes. He’s also a member of the hobbyDB Advisory Board, a group of experts on various subjects who help steer the direction of our site and keep us on top of the latest developments in the collectible world. hobbyDB caught up with him recently at SuperToyCon this past summer in Las Vegas.

He recently opened his Mechanicsburg, PA home to the folks at Jalopnik for a tour of the garage and basement and other nooks and crannies where the diecast can be found. The sheer scale of his collection and his friendly demeanor are amazing.

Andy Goodman, Jada ahd Hot Wheels Collector

Screenshot courtesy of jalopnik.com

Andy was the founder of modelpackrat.com, but his extremely organized collection suggests anything but a hoarding rodent. And even with over 30,000 cars in his collection, he shows restraint. In the interview he describes finding a diecast model he likes at a store, but then leaving it behind because he would rather not branch into another brand or series at the moment. A man’s gotta know his limits, right? Nontheless, over 1,000 square feet of his house, including quite a bit of the garage is devoted to the collection.

Read more and watch the video on Jalopnik.

Jim Garbaczewski, Hot Wheels Collector for Life

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Jim is one of the editors of the Tomart’s Price Guide to Hot Wheels and a member of the hobbyDB Advisory Board.

Jim Garbaczewski started collecting Hot Wheels cars at an early age… early in the product’s lifetime. He got his first cars in 1968, when the original Redlines came out, and was instantly hooked.

“I picked up one of everything from 1968 to about 1974,” he says.”For several years, I only bought the ones I really liked. In ’89 or so, I got back into collecting in a serious way.” Over the years he has managed to fill in that 15 year gap and has stayed on top of new models ever since.

If his name sounds familiar, you might know him as one of the editors of Tomart’s Price Guide to Hot Wheels or as the publisher and editor of the Hot Wheels Newsletter. Jim’s Hot Wheels pedigree is also put to good use as a member of the hobbyDB Advisory Board.

40,000 Hot Wheels might sound excessive, but consider the fact that Jim used to collect action figures as well. “I had to make a decision, and in the late ‘90s, I started selling the figures.” His favorite castings include the original Redline Custom El Dorado (his early favorite), the ’69 Pontiac GTO (he used to drive one), and any Volkswagen Beetles (too many different castings to even list). For those three cars, he will also collect models from other brands and in other scales.

As a kid he got a lot enjoyment racing and playing with the cars, so it’s no surprise his collection contains a large number of vehicles out of their blisters. “A lot of times, I’d rather scoot a loose car around on my desk than stare at a bunch of packages on the wall.” Some things never change.

Jacques de Selliers Joins hobbyDB Advisory Board

clockarium copyJacques de Selliers, an expert in majoliclockophilia, has joined the hobbyDB Advisory Board. (If you aren’t familiar with that term, it means “connoisseur of faience clocks”… Not familiar with “faience?” It refers to objects with a “fine tin-glazed pottery on a delicate pale buff earthenware body.”)

More specifically, he curates the Clockarium, a museum of Art Deco ceramic clocks in Brussels. There are over a thousand different mantel clocks from the first half of the 20th Century in the museum. He is also one of the main contributors to a 2008 Visitor’s Guide to the museum, printed in French and Dutch.

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Just a small portion of the Clockarium Museum’s collection… The top seven shelves are circa 1927 to 1940, the two bottom shelves are circa 1950)

art deco clock Berlot French-Mussier.

The Clockarium is itself housed in a beautiful Art Deco building

We look forward to seeing more of the museum’s collection on hobbyDB!

Robert Graves Jr. joins hobbyDB’s Advisory Board

Rob with just a small portion of his collection.

Rob with just a small portion of his collection.

We are excited to add the diecast expertise of Robert Graves Jr. to the hobbyDB Advisory Board. Rob is one of the co-founders of the South Texas Diecast Collectors Club, and his South Texas Diecast website is the most authoritative lists of Hot Wheels models on the internet.

An early fan of Hot Wheels (he was born the same year as the first Redlines), he collected many of them over the years until family and career pushed the hobby aside. While his young son was in the hospital in the late 90s, the two bonded over Hot wheels, and his interest was rekindled.

In 2002, seeing a void in good Hot Wheels information on the web, he posted his personal database online. He then began working with Hot Wheels own forum as one of their photographers and has also now become a moderator there.  You will normally meet Rob at the Hot Wheels Annual Collectors Convention, the Hot Wheels Nationals, SuperToyCon and other diecast up and down the country.

The net’s hottest new Hot Wheels Catalog…

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As part of our grand plan to catalog everything, the hobbyDB gang have decided that a good thing to start with would be Hot Wheels. (We don’t believe in starting small…). That’s every Hot Wheels ever made in every variation, of course. And we’re not just talking about the Mainline, or just the cars. We also want the rrRumblers, Zowees, Sizzlers, bigger scale stuff like this Pantera, Mexican issues, Tune Up Towers, hats, pins, print ads – everything!The list is endless. Well, actually it’s not really endless, it’s just that the end is several hundred thousand items away. And that’s without all the pages on HW-related subjects; designers like Larry Wood and series like Blackwalls.
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That’s why we’ve started bringing in the big guns. We’ve got Chris Parker working with us and Gary Barnum has just joined Mike Zarnock on our Advisory Board. Bruce Pascal is helping out with data and so is David Williamson, the famous Toy Car Collector of RedlineCollector.com. We’ve already imported the info from Andy Goodman’s ModelPackRat site, which got us off to a great start. Big thanks to Anita from CFR too, who’s helping publicize and got us our first Subject manager – a big welcome to user mspace who’s managing the rrRumblers section. Jim Garbaczewski, co publisher of the Tomart Hot Wheels price guides and the Hot Wheels Newsletter has joined us as well.

There are a few choice vehicles that already have great pages like Ecto-1 and the Silhouette.

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It’s a great start, but we need more help to build on it! Are you a Hot Wheels fanatic who likes to catalog? Or maybe you have a forum you’d like to get the word out on? Or some other HW connection? If so, get in touch!