There are different types of die cast diehards; a collector, a trader, a modder and a restorer. You can’t just get in to the hobby for the sake of making money, you got to love it, you got to die for it and once you’re resurrected you’ll be able to obtain enlightenment on where the best deals are, where to find the rarest models and this is what swap meets are made for.
It’s difficult to have heart-soothing conversation to a man without a hobby. Other than any medication, a good conversation with a friend about a hobby is one of the best therapy for those with cardiac ailments, try it, it works.
Die cast car collection in the Philippines has been around for many decades. Popular brands were Matchbox, Corgi, Hotwheels etc. some went to the care of good collecting hands, others went to live a more active life in the hands of a ten year old kid dragging his toy to the miniature dirt roads paved with the side of his palms carefully making sure everything is aligned and making sure the surface is smooth. This was the construction era of die cast fun when kids build their own roads and highways in a vacant lot and start playing drivers all afternoon.
For sure the fun never stops with age, it never stops to your uncle’s and grandpa’s frustrations, the fun will rest for a while or take a back seat to make way for the wedding, for the baby etc. but it will come back not like Sheriff Woody or Lightning McQueen that you can give away to charity and forget it for the rest of your life. These micro machines has its own insidious style of making its way back. The best of swap meets will facilitate that reunion.
Take the plunge by searching die cast car clubs near you, you can do that by searching on Facebook the keywords “die cast” “philippines” join the local group and get to know when is the next swap meet, there are lots of models you won’t find in the malls or branded toy shops any day. Don’t just pick anything, start with specific line that interests you, do you like European cars? Are you a muscle car fan? Or are you a rice boy forever? Then start from there, keep your collections consistent, know each one of them by heart. Along the way you’ll learn how to separate the wheat from the chaff. Ask assertive but nice questions and you’ll get unbelievable discounts. Look for packaging irregularities like mis-labeling etc. these models has the potential to skyrocket in value in years time. Don’t be satisfied with just looking around once, go over the displays until you find the models that matters to you.
Swap meet is seriously fun. Be there when the opportunity invites you ‘coz you’ll never know what you’ll gonna get.