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Matchbox Toys 1947-2007: Identification & Value Guide, 5th Edition Paperback – Illustrated, June 2, 2008


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Collector Books; 5th edition (June 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1574325884
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574325881
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 8.9 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,168,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book incorporates all the Matchbox lines in alphabetical order by model description and cross references for models with multiple names. It also provides product listings for many other toys marketed under the Matchbox name.

About the Author

Dana Johnson is an authority on collectible toy cars, including Matchbox, Hot Wheels, and many diecast models. His extensive personal collection includes mostly diecast models from all over the world. He has written several books: Matchbox Toys, 1947 to 2003, Toy Car Collector's Guide, and Collector's Guide to Diecast Toys & Scale Models.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Spaceman on December 17, 2008
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It is a handy book to have due to the alphabetical (sic?) indexing of the cars (vice indexing by 1-75 #). For instance, if you do not have the car's MB# handy you can look it up in this book by the car name, get the MB# and then look in one of Charlie Mack's books for the details and more realistic (but dated) prices. But the book has many flaws; The author uses his own variation method (by color), there is very little Lesney coverage in the way of photos and details (if I had to guess the pictures are from the authors limited collection), unrealisticly (sic?)low Lesney prices (8 dollars for a regular wheel car, give me a break), and a hugely abridged section on many other important series such as King Size, Yesteryears etc. While not for the hardcore science of cataloging your MB collection, the book does have many nice photos of late Tyco and Mattel MB cars, making it a nice book to flip through when kicking back and relaxing. Overall, for the Amazon price, its worth having but not as your sole reference guide.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Texas Collector on November 6, 2010
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I recently purchased this book online. When it arrived I eagerly started looking through it, only to be horribly disappointed. IT lists the cars by name, instead of year, model number, or anything else that makes sense. The author explained that he thought it was best as the model numbers were confusing and "only listed on the boxes and not the cars"??? Funny, most cars I have seen have the model number, and are only lacking the letter following the model. What is worse is the bulk of ones listed with photos are the newer models. In fact, I would say 90% of the listings are Superfast era and above. For the early/antique collector, this book is almost useless, and the price appraisals are hilarious! They resemble the LOL prices seen on some Ebay auction "buy it now" prices. DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY on this book. You can find much more useful info online by searching Matchbox 1-75. The information provided may be useful to some, but not anyone like me collecting the oldies from the 50's & 60's. As far as the Amazon service, it was fine as always.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 8, 2009
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Any library strong in toy collecting guides will find MATCHBOX TOYS a 'must' for their collection. It packs in the latest values with small color photos throughout for clear identification of these toys, offering insights on different patterns and toy markers. It covers a range of years and changes and is a collector's key reference on the topic.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Pintoro on March 3, 2014
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Great if you are trying to learn the differences between the types of cars and vehicles - but don't go by the prices - they are way out of date and out of touch with today's market for this collectible.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Randy Erler on December 31, 2013
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I found this very difficult to find many of the models that we have from the mid/late 60's. We have a whole series in the original boxes and never been played with so we know they are original. Is there another publication that lists them by series/number? Help!!
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