Whether you are looking for a new pastime, hobby, or something fun that can also be monetized, building a diecast cars collection is always worth considering.
Not only will you have something to fill your time, but you also get to join the numerous collection communities and create new networks. That aside, the adventure of searching for, chasing and finally acquiring cars for your collection can give you a thrill like no other.
However, as a beginner, it helps to have some pointers on how to go about it as you learn the ropes and become a noteworthy collector in your own right.
Here are a few pointers to keep in mind.
What They Are
Dies cast are exact replicas of the actual car models created to scale. The most popular and largest scale is the 1:18, particularly for movie cars.
Other popular scales are:
Collectors look to get the most detail, but cars that won’t take up too much room often go for the 1: 43 over the 1:18.
Keep in mind that costs are a huge factor as well. Smaller-scale cars cost less than larger ones.
A new venture can be exciting. If you have seen other people’s collections, you might also feel a bit left behind as a collector and eager to catch up. Resist the urge to go all out and make huge purchases at once. This is not really what being a collector is about.
Instead, take the time to learn about cars and the different models available and gradually begin making purchases.
As you gain confidence, then you can start making multiple purchases at once.
Join Online collector Communities
Social media has made it extremely easy for people with similar interests to form online communities. Die-cast car collectors have not been left behind.
Joining these groups will be extremely important for you as a beginner because of the wealth of information you can gather here. You will find people that have been collecting for years and have made mistakes along the way that you can avoid.
Look for a few collector’s groups and feel free to learn, ask questions and engage.
If you wish to monetize your collection in future, maintenance is key. Cars that are still in their original packaging and whose original packaging is in good condition tend to have the highest value.
Similarly, limited edition models will have a higher value than models produced in large numbers. The same is true for models in popular movies.
Collecting diecast cars can be fun and fulfilling, especially when done right. Use these tips to learn about it and to begin growing a valuable collection gradually.