Collectibles: Searching for those Hard-to-Find Diecast
For collectors of any kind, there are always those items that
are much sought after, but nearly impossible to find. If they're
lucky enough to finally locate them, the price is often
exorbitant or there are some other restrictions which inhibit
their ability to secure them. With a good deal of patience and
persistence, however, even the rarest of these collectibles can
be found and purchased without as much difficulty as one might
imagine. One simply needs to know where to look.
In the past, people have been pretty much limited to finding
rare collectibles at auctions, estate sales and flea markets.
Today, much of the searching is done via the internet. Diecast
models of all sorts - including those which are considered rare -
can be located with the simple click of the mouse on a major
Suppose, for a moment, that you're interested in locating a
specific Formula One racecar diecast model. By going to an online
merchant that specializes in this type of model, you'll be able
to choose from among a wide variety of rare or hard-to-find
models. An example of a site that would carry such items is
www.f1models.biz. If, on the other hand, you're more interested
in finding rare diecast models of airplanes from Corgi Aviation,
you can visit www.planecrazy.biz.
Should you happen to be looking for a diecast model that's
considered to be extremely rare, you may have to find specific
companies or individuals that handle objects which specialize in
items that were produced in a very limited number. If, for
instance, you're hoping to add a 1913 Collector's Edition Ford
Model T at a 1/16 scale to your collection, you can find this
extremely rare model at www.franklindanbury.com. This is a very
hard to find diecast model, and they specialize in Franklin and
Danbury Mint cars. The price isn't always listed, and you may
have to e-mail them for the pricing information, but some
collectors are willing to pay higher prices in order to find that
one special piece that would make their collection complete.
Maritime enthusiasts who are looking for a diecast model of
the RMS Carmania - a very rare Tri-ang ship in 1/1200 scale -
would find what they're looking for at www.rubylane.com. With a
wide variety of models available, you just may find something
else that's on your "love to have" list. Based in the UK, it may
require you to pay extra in shipping, and the shipping time may
be longer, but will be well worth your while if you can't find
the diecast model that you've been looking for anywhere else.
Regardless of what type of model you're trying to find,
there's always a way to find it through an internet search. While
auctions, flea markets and the other avenues are still used by
some, locating those hard-to-find models online is faster and
easier - and you may just get a great deal that you wouldn't have
found in a brick and mortar environment.
(c) 2005 Dale Stewart - All Rights Reserved
Dale Stewart is a freelance author and diecast enthusiast.
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