Hot Wheels cars changed the toy world forever when they were introduced in 1968 and remain a staple of childhood for generations of those who just like to play and for those who want to collect.
Lake Jackson, Texas (PRWEB) December 10, 2013
This week on The Collectors Show, the biggest and most famous Hot Wheels Collection in the world with the number one recognized authority on the subject, Michael Zarnock. To hear the complete interview, go to http://www.webtalkradio.net or to iTunes.
"World Famous" because of the two "Guinness World Records" it's held along with it being featured in two different "Ripley's Believe It or Not" books! Guest Michael Zarnock has two Guinness World Records for having the Worlds Largest Hot Wheels Collection, which he numbers at over 8,200 taking up 2,500 square feet of tightly packed storage space.
Michael's knowledge and his massive Hot Wheels collection have earned him notoriety around the world. Whether it be because of the 12 books and countless articles that he has written about Hot Wheels toys or the sheer size and diversity of his collection, this extensive knowledge has earned him the label, "One of the worlds leading Hot Wheels authorities." In February, 2009 Michael was inducted into the "Diecast Hall Of Fame". Later that year, Mattel Hot Wheels ® honored Michael by reproducing his old Altered Roadster Race Car as part of their Nostalgic "Drag Strip Demons ®" Series!
Other items in the collection compliment the cars. There are play sets, track sets, clothing, Yo-Yo's, crayons, activity books, slippers, sneakers and all kinds of Hot Wheels paraphernalia from 1968 to the present. To see his collection, visit Michaels Zarnock’s web site is http://www.mikezarnock.com/museum.html.
Background On Hot Wheels
The first sixteen Hot Wheels cars were introduced into the market in 1968. They featured redline tires; spectra flame paint, a metal collector button, and some had roofs painted black to look like vinyl. The public saw the Hot Wheels Custom Corvette first before GM introduced the actual car. In 1969, twenty-four new cars were released, one of which was the Volkswagen Beach Bomb with rear mounted surf boards. Today this car is worth over $3,500. The highest price ever paid for a single Hot Wheels car was $72,000 for a pink 1969 Volkswagen Beach Bomb. Hot Wheels cars changed the toy world forever when they were introduced in 1968 and remain a staple of childhood for generations. Perfect for those who just like to play and for those who want to collect.
Michael Zarnock Bibliography:
2011-Present - "Die Cast X Magazine" (Hot Wheels Highway Section)
2009-2010 - "The Car Room Magazine" (Monthly Hot Wheels Column)
2008-2009 - "Die Cast X Magazine" (Monthly Hot Wheels Column)
2002 to 2008 - "Toy Cars & Models Magazine ." (Monthly Column and Hot Wheels Variation Price Guide)
2002 - "The Ultimate Guide to Hot Wheels Variations"
2002 - "The Standard Catalog of . Die-Cast Vehicles II" (Hot Wheels Collector Number
The latest title from Michael Zarnock is: “Hot Wheels Field Guide (Warman’s Field Guides Hot Wheels: Values & Identificatio.” Published in September, 2012 it is available from Amazon.
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