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Auto World 2017 Vintage Muscle 1970 Chevrolet Impala

The summer before my senior year in high school, I did some work for my older brother, Joe, to earn a car to drive. The Impala he loaned me to use was similar in some ways to this Auto World … Continue reading

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Splurging at the Antique Store

Antique stores and art galleries are two things I really enjoy. In downtown Wichita, Vertigo 232 is on the second floor of a building that also houses Shopkeepers Antique Mall. Even better, you have to enter the antique store to … Continue reading

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2009 HWC Neo-Classics Olds 442 Security Car

The Hot Wheels Olds 442 Police Cruiser from my childhood was a favorite. Despite lots of playtime, it survived in reasonably good shape. It’s always fun to find variations of the cars I had when I was a kid (you … Continue reading

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2016 Racing Champions Mint 1966 Chevy Novas

I recently found two more of the Racing Champions Mint 1966 Novas from Release 2. The white model is Version C and the blue one is Version D. I previously found the green Version B, so the only one I am … Continue reading

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1989-1991 Racing Champions NASCAR Models

The Case of the Sad Dad includes several Racing Champions NASCAR models from 1989-1991. I used Bill Kingsley’s impressive diecastcrazy.com survey of 1/64th NASCAR body styles to help identify each of these. 1989 | Ford Thunderbird | Bill Elliott/9/Melling | … Continue reading

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Yatming Datsun 280 Z-T

I acquired this Yatming Datsun 280 Z-T in the Case of the Sad Dad. Though it has quite a few play-induced pant chips, it comes from a time when a Yatming model had a metal base and sometimes opening doors. … Continue reading

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1995 Hot Wheels Top Speed Series

I admit I was stumped when I found these two unusual Hot Wheels in the case of the Sad Dad. I did a fair amount of online research and came up empty. I couldn’t find them listed in any of the … Continue reading

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Johnny Lightning Zingers

I added several Johnny Lightning Zingers to my collection during the RC2-era. But I never thought much about where Zingers originated until I came across this ad in a 1970s comic book. According to a 2005 article in Hot Rod, Zingers … Continue reading

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Jada 2017 Fast & Furious Dom’s Chevy Impala

My wife and son and I enjoy watching the Fast & Furious movies. If you like hot cars, beautiful people, exotic locations and lots of unbelievable action, The Fate of the Furious, the eighth installment in the franchise, will not disappoint you. … Continue reading

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The Case of the Sad Dad

Last summer, my wife and son and I stopped at a garage sale at the home of a 30-something couple. I saw this well-used 48-car case on a table of assorted goods. Expecting it to be empty, I picked it up … Continue reading

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