My 1967 & 1968 Matchbox Cars

The readers of this blog will indulge me this day with a little about Matchbox by Lesney cars — from my childhood — that I bought in 1967, 1968 and 1969 at a Hallmark store on Larkfield Road in Northport Long Island, New York. I’ve been selling them on ebay — because not that I don’t love them, or I wish to expunge my memory or something — but merely that they have been a box for nearly 3 decades for I travel so much — and they really should be in the hands of a collector(s) rather than possibly get thrown out should I pass from this world by someone who doesn’t understand what they are. For it was only a few years that they made them — they are special.

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So far I’ve sold one of the gold Opal Diplomats (the one in best condition) the silver Rolls, the white convertible Mercedes, the taxi-yellow impala — the Construction site shed truck — the white Ford GT with the blue racing stripe — the blue four dour Mercedes sedan — and the VW camper bus. 

another 15 or so are up on ebay now — 
The rest I was going to put up over time — 

I also have three of the original catalogs — Image

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that was 1966

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that’s 1967 — when I bought the most — when I was 9 years old — oh, I kept careful track of which ones I had — 

some of the duplicates were because various family members bought one or two — or my two brothers didn’t care about theirs at all.

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you can see how much I wrote on this one — ooh, i was avid collector.
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I had the build-a-road set – but I sold that in the first week of my ebaying just a month or so ago …

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and then there’s these vehicles not yet listed on ebay: 

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i have four of these — my family were firemen. 

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a dump truck — and all the trucks are a bit more worn than the cars — well, that’s what happens when boys play

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this is my only Cars of Yesteryear series — it was a gift from Aunt Ann. 

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the tires of this one seem to fall off the rims — but yet I managed to save them.

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I know this is a Matchbox boat — but I don’t have the car — what happened to that i don’t know — but I saved the boar — so tiny, maybe an inch long — it’s probably the thing that usually got lost — and well, providence is what it is.

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there’s three of these — one is bad off — one is dirty with some film — and the this one pretty nice.

Well, that’s just some close ups of the fleet — and just a little about a time in my life, in 1967 and 1968 – I probably stopped playing with them in oh, 1969 — when I turned 11 and we moved to a new house – then they went into a box in closet — and they’ve been in a box in a closet in various houses, in different cities and states ever since. 

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this is my only Not a Matchbox car — but, well, I consider it one of them … or it would all alone. 
No, it is not a Hot-Wheels – but a “Topper” — whatever that is.

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