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KMJ Diecast Moves Store (& 40,000 Hot Wheels) to hobbyDB

“I started this website in 1997 to show off my collection,” says Kirk Smith of KMJ Diecast. It was just a hobby at the time, along with customizing various Hot Wheels models.

Some of Kirk's Chevy Nomads

Kirk’s Chevy Nomads

Then he started selling his extras on the site. Then it became a full time job. And somewhere along the way, KMJ became one of the most successful independent dealers in Hot Wheels.  After 15 years with ChannelAdvisor Kirk had wanted to find a better, more modern platform.

KMJ Diecast on ChannelAdvisor

KMJ Diecast on ChannelAdvisor

Kirk started looking for a new platform for selling. After weighing the pros and cons of various other platforms and initially going with a GoDaddy solution and then with Shopify, he decided the best choice was to open a store on hobbyDB.com. As the fastest growing collector site on the web, hobbyDB’s catalog, database and marketplace for anything and everything collectible were a no-brainer for someone like Kirk. Especially since Kirk was invited to  work very closely with the hobbyDB dev team to make sure that the all important back-end features are soon as good as what is in the front-end.

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The new KMJ Diecast on hobbyDB

As a bonus, hobbyDB also offered a clearer, more easily managed site that is a huge upgrade over the design KMJ had been using. Inventory can be categorized infinite ways, and the store is easily searchable by customers.

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Some of KMJ’s Stock waiting for a new owner

The hobbyDB team has been working long hours to help bring the KMJ inventory over to the new storefront before the current deal runs out. “I cannot say in words how grateful I am for their help,” said Kirk. “Everybody has put in 12 hour days to help move 40,000 plus Hot Wheels onto hobbyDB.  The site is getting better literally every day.  It’s very ambitious to want 100 billion collectibles on one site, but if anyone can do it I believe it’s these guys.”  Thanks, Kirk!

Why should I Manage my Collectibles? (Besides the Obvious…)

by Ron Ruelle

by Ron Ruelle

Among the great mysteries of life: “Who really built the pyramids?” “What happens when we die?” and “Do I have that 1:18 scale 1970 Chevelle SS model in orange, and if so, does it have black stripes or white, and, where did I store it and what did I pay for it?”

My father-in-law collected die cast models. A LOT of them. He amassed thousands of Dinky, Corgi, Solido, and other cars, mostly 1:43 scale. And almost all of them were still in their packaging. Since there wasn’t room to display them all, most were in storage and got shuffled around over the years.

Don't let your loved ones mistake your collectibles for a pile of trash!

Don’t let your loved ones mistake your collectibles for a pile of trash!

When he died, no one was sure what to make of the collection. I got the job of processing the lot but had no idea what was in all those boxes or what they might be worth. Then I found a binder of his records: reference numbers, where and when he bought them, what he paid, and notes on what might make a particular model special or rare. And a guide to which boxes contained what models.

I kept some of my favorites, but most of them were sold at an antique store or online. Without those notes, I would have badly underpriced a lot of it.

Wouldn’t it be neat if you could keep track of your collection online, with detailed, searchable information? At hobbyDB, we are on a mission to help make collection management easier. Thousands of model vehicles are already in our database, so with a few clicks, you can add them to your own list. You can also put other models and variations in the catalog if they aren’t listed. And if your collection is as big as his was, there are places to list condition, storage and prices too.

Of course, collection management isn’t just for afterlife purposes. All this information will help you enjoy your collection in the here and now and assist you in buying and selling as well.

So we’ve answered two of life’s great questions. Not sure about those pyramids, though…

The Catalog of Catalogs

Remember opening that box of Lego blocks and finding the instructions and maybe another booklet… a catalog of other Lego sets that were available? It was hard to decide: Play with those bricks right now or tear through that book and see what set you wanted to get next!

catalogsToy catalogs are a hot accessory to go along with your favorite collectibles. Several vintage and international Lego catalogs have been added to hobbyDB lately, but they’re not the only ones. Hot Wheels, Hubley, Schuco, and Matchbox are just a few catalogs on the site.

And auction catalogs, such as Christie’s, are a fun to see some really high-end collectibles.

You can easily spend hours digging through our catalog of catalogs as well.

Matchbooks are the Hot New Collectible at hobbyDB

matchbookhobbyDB has added Matchbooks as our latest area of collectibles (not to be confused with Matchbox vehciles, of course). It seems like every restaurant, casino, hotel and bar used to have their own custom matchbooks, so there are thousands… maybe millions of different versions to be seen.

Dorri Partain will be our Subject Manager for this section, and we look forward to her adding her massive collection to the site. You can see her blog here. Of course, if you have a burning desire to add your own, we want to see those as well.

Getting Started at hobbyDB

New to hobbyDB? Here’s our quick start guide!

Finding collectible items is easy on our site. Just go to the search window at the top of any page and punch in a few words! You can now browse our huge database of collectibles.

Our search function is easy to use. And you can do a lot more at our site when you create an account.

Our search function is easy to use. And you can do a lot more at our site when you create an account.

You can do a lot more than just look… Start by logging into your account (or create one if you haven’t yet… it’s fast and free!).

Now you can add items to our catalog by clicking the Add To Catalog button. Or you can add variations (such as a different color or different wheels) to an already listed model with the Create Variant button.
Every item you add helps us fill up our fast growing database!

There are several ways to add an item to our catalog if it's not already there.

There are several ways to add an item to our catalog if it’s not already there.

You use hobbyDB to keep track of your collection… Mark items that you have in your collection by hitting the I Have This button when you see it on our site. And if you want to let the world know you are looking for one, you can hit I Want This.

We also have a marketplace for collectibles at hobbyDB. Look here for a quick guide to buying or selling collectibles.You’ll be up and running in no time!