Centurion Collectors Toy Fair

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Centurion Toy Fair - 8 September 2019 At Laerskool Bakenkop (8:30 - 13:00)

The VW Freebie

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Everyone wants a special model which can become a show/conversation piece.Funny how many of these models were given away for FREE! Being at the right place and the right time is another talking point - more of that in a later blog. The model featured in this blog is coincidentally part of our stock - a model of the "new" VW Beetle in 2000 made by Matchbox.This model, the VW Concept, is finished in

Would you like it mint and boxed, Sir?

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What and why we collect is always a personal thing. Condition of models and packaging is something else though.Older toys (and some modern repro's) were sold in individual cardboard boxes, therefore the term "mint and boxed". Grading these models can however be a headache, both car and box should be "mint" (no visual wear whatsoever).Should the box have "shelf wear", torn off side flaps, creases, price tags or ink markings, only the car c

Why do we collect toy cars?

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Why do we collect? it's always a personal thing. Firstly a couple of old school reasons albeit still great starters for today. (1-6)1. "I had those as a kid" - mostly brand orientated eg. Matchbox, Dinky, Corgi etc. Also all models not just a specific make or model. I remember buying any Superfast I could lay my hands on! 2. "I could never afford these when I was small" - Also old brands and/or cars in specifics 3. "My brother/ friend had t

Memories about Christmas

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I have fond memories of Christmas times way back in the 60's. Being a car guy and having grown used to the very large sum of pocket money (I used to get 5c weekly), my budget got stuck on getting a Matchbox car now and then, taking in consideration that the cost of such a toy was 25c.With Christmas looming, the thought of Santa, meant new additions to my collection. Therefore - out came my treasured Matchbox pocket catalogue (which at the sta