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Hot Wheels Spectraflame: The Essential Guide (Hot Wheels (Krause Publications)) Paperback – October 2, 2008


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Product Details

  • Series: Hot Wheels (Krause Publications)
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Krause Publ (October 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 089689665X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0896896659
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #916,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Edward Wershbale, 36, has been collecting Hot Wheels his entire life. A member of the online community Redline Online, he has focused on collecting and selling Spectraflame Era cars since 2000. He has more than 400 mint and near mint Hot Wheels in his collection.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John E. Henderson on October 24, 2008
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The book had very high quality photographs and overall it appears to be a worthwhile reference book for HOT WHEELS collectors.
So far, I have found no fault in it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Gholston on January 6, 2009
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I purchased this for my brother for Christmas, and he was really pleased. He is a Hot Wheel collector, and has a massive collection. He says that he pulls it out every few days to go through it again. Going strictly by his reaction to it, I would recommend it to anyone who has a strong interest in Hot Wheels.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Janette A. Rawls on October 7, 2008
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I have grown tired of the hotwheel books that focus on the entire product offering through the years. The Tomarts guides did a good job of covering early redlines, but it's job was, once again, to cover all hotwheels. The Spectraflame book takes it back to the start, covers the beginning and ends it right there (~'72).

For the redline enthusiasts, this book will be a welcomed addition; good photos, notes, and definite focus. Is it 100% authoritative as a source? Others may be more qualified than me to scrutinize; all I know is my first car was the custom camaro along with a barebones strip track, I remember when the superchargers came out, adding a whole diminsion to track layout. I remember stalking the local stores when the spoilers came out(especially the nitty gritty kitty) I was in the Hotwheel club and received my chrome heavy chevy, while my friend got the boss hoss that I had hoped would come in my box. I had the tune-up tower, the sky show, and a few of the heavyweights, etc etc.

So, I may not be an expert, but I was there and have been collecting off and on through the years. I enjoyed the book.

What it lacks is more information of the track design and concepts. But, by its title "spectraflame", it owes none of that info to the reader.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Edward J. Morris on October 20, 2011
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I have reserached Hoywheel editions and find that this editionis an excellent source for those HotWheels collectors out there. Nice purchase.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Thomas E. Young on January 14, 2009
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Although the price from Amazon is very fair; save your money. This book isn't as good as you might be led to believe. For the very best and most definative information regarding Hot Wheels of the Redline era, you should look for The Ultimate Redline Guide by Clark and Wicker, 2nd edition. Although printed 4 years ago it is still the best.
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Amazing big colorful and detailed pictures and lots of information (prices, variations, etc.) related to the 60's HW redline collection (not 70's o earlier).
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This book is the only one I have found that addresses my hobby of collecting red-line buttons.I hope to see it periodically updated to reflect changes in the hobby.
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