Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Hot Wheels: Greatest collector in USA | die-cast cars | The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

|Hot Wheels fanatic lives in Valley | The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA:

"Mike Strauss, who is considered the greatest collector of the die-cast cars in the country.

He made friends with the folks at Mattel, who started making the cars in 1968, and put together books featuring hundreds of photographs of Hot Wheels cars."

A boy named Matt Delbaugh, who was not even 10 years old, bought a Hot Wheels car and, using the proof of purchase from the back, sent away for the 1989 edition of Strauss’ collector’s guide.

As part of the Snyder County Historical Society’s museum program, Delbaugh spoke Sunday about his collection of redline Hot Wheels, which were in production from 1968 to 1977. Some of the hundreds of cars and other Hot Wheels collector items he has remain on display at the museum.

The cars are referred to as “redline” because of a distinctive red stripe painted, like a white wall, on the wheels of the cars. In California, where Mattel was based, the feature was popular on many cars, Delbaugh said.

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