If you’re hoping to collect a “full set” of Nascar diecast cars, you’re probably expecting it to cost you somewhere in the area of an arm and a leg, and probably take you somewhere around the rest of your life to complete the collection.
Well, that could be what happens, unless you want to be realistic about it.
A “full set” of Nascar diecast cars is really for you to define. What would you consider a complete collection? Every single Nascar diecast ever produced? Ha, forget it! On the other hand, maybe you’re just after every winner of the Daytona 500, or maybe you want the full line of every Dale Earnhardt diecast ever produced. That’s a little more like it.
The trick to getting such a collection is pretty simple: Buy a lot of cars. Well, yeah, of course, but what we mean by this is that you should look for any opportunity to buy full sets of cars at a time.
Say you’re browsing eBay and you find someone selling that rare piece you’ve been looking for, but they’re selling it in a lot with about five or six other cars. Go ahead and bid on it. When your package arrives, take the Nascar diecast cars you’re not interested in keeping, and resell them. Simple as that.
If you’re something of an economic genius, you can even turn your collection into a financially self-sustaining hobby with the inexpensive investment of a single purchase. Say you buy a lot of cars at a discount, resell each one you don’t want individual, and there you go, you’ve made enough cash to buy another lot. Keep doing that every time you see a lot with a piece you’re missing, and sooner or later you’ve got a full set at little to no actual cost to yourself. Heck you might even make a profit.
In fact, that’s how a lot of collectors get started: In retail. Comic books, for instance. Someone who runs a bookstore or a comic shop has their pick of the litter, so they keep a copy of anything that might be valuable someday, and before long, they’ve got an impressive collection as a by-product of running a successful business.
Of course, this is just one method of collecting. The fun of being a collector is in doing it your own way. Maybe you’d rather just buy each car individually, or maybe you’d prefer to just browse hobby shops and flea markets and see what catches your eye. It’s your collection and it’s your dime, so collect however you like.