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2.0 out of 5 stars Standard guide to 1:18 Scale die-cast cars, February 24, 2004
This review is from: Standard Guide to 1: 18 Scale Die-Cast Cars (Paperback)
After waiting for more than 9 months to get this book I was very disappointed after using Cast-car publication by Dan Boyd. The descriptions were very short and in most cases uninformative. I looked up 20 cars immediately from Ertl, Exact detail for Lane, Carousel, and Burago and Supercars (NO AutoArt) only to find 6 out of 20 and these are older than 2001 and could not be found. Very disappointing. All models did not have photos as Cast-Car Publications and the descriptions and details are sketchy or non existent, which is one of the values of the Cast-Car Publication. It does have more 1:18 scale models than any other Manual at this time and the $ VALUES that were assigned I found to be from a little low to extremely low even for an eBay auction. Some of the values assigned to very limited edition cars that even by todays standards are rare or hard to find are lower than what they sold new for and are bringing more than the values given to them in this publication. For example 1969 Grumpy's Toy Camaro SSC, 1969 Yenko Nova #1 Issue, Yenko Camaros #'s 1 & #2 are all listed at a ridiculous $60.00, the GMP Grumpys Toy Nova is also listed at $60.00, and Lanes 1967 Grumpy's Toy is listed as a $60.00 value. I WOULD BUY ANY OF THESE AT THE VALUE STATED IN THIS GUIDE AS MANY AS I COULD GET MY HANDS ON AND MAKE GREAT MARK-UP. WHERE DID THEY GET THESE VALUES??? These are only a few of the many glaring errors I found in an initial 30 minute review. Except for photos in the guide I found it exteremely lacking in why I made the purchase. I'm patiently waiting for the next issue of Cast-car which will include many more manufacturers than just Ertl.
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Initial post: Feb 24, 2011 11:35:14 AM PST
Ed says:
I'd like to find a good price book on 1/18th scale cars. After reading your review of this one, I don't think I'd touch it, but I'm curious. You've run this book into the ground, yet say you're "patiently waiting for the next issue". What is it that makes you think the next issue will be any better?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2014 4:19:10 AM PST
AzCollector says:
He is hoping for the next Cast-Car publication. It is an older issue by a different publisher of just Ertl 1/18 cars but much more accurate as to listings. The values in either guide are not accurate.

The Standard Guide to 1:18 Scale Die-cast Cars has so many errors it will frustrate you if you go looking for some of the cars listed, they do not exist. It is NOT worth buying.
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