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i'm seriously considering going to a chase only way of collecting, especially with m2, i love thier regular sets and releases, but the chases are just so damn nice, and more desirable to me, and think of the money saved!...but i'm wondering if anyone else has gone this collecting route, including whites, greens, treasure hunts, etc?
 

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Not chase specifically but I am focusing on M2s pretty much, maybe some Johnny Lightning. I do buy as many M2 chases as I can. Right now I have nine on my shelves and one on its way.

Hot Wheels I have pretty well decided not to bother collecting anymore to any extent, although there are a couple of THs I'd still like to have, and I like a lot of the older model big fendered and 'swoopy' Mercedes and Dusies and the like. But otherwise, I'd rather save my space and money for more M2s and maybe some Johnny Lightnings, especially some of the older ones that still had some good quality.
 

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Chase only collecting, that's extremely niche. I would think the temptation to stray would really get to a collector who previously held no such restrictions. You'd have to be okay with your hobby being all about the chase and not so much the car.

Like Duncan said, I can see limiting to a brand or two. But I Love cars too much to let whatever they decide to put out as a chase stand in my way of collecting whatever I like.
 

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I like chase cars, but I doubt if I would only collect chase cars.

Case cars weren't available when I started to collect diecast cars, and non-chase cars look more realistic.

I collect what I like, and I like what I collect.

I'm amazed when some collectors insist on MINT cardboard (NOTHING IS MINT SKIPPY!). I collect both loose diecast and diecast cars still in the blister or clamshell.

I've gotten several surprises when I crack one open and find out the car has a flaw on the side you can see in the blister, or a flaw that is hard to see in the blister.
 

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Chase only collecting, that's extremely niche. I would think the temptation to stray would really get to a collector who previously held no such restrictions. You'd have to be okay with your hobby being all about the chase and not so much the car.

Like Duncan said, I can see limiting to a brand or two. But I Love cars too much to let whatever they decide to put out as a chase stand in my way of collecting whatever I like.
why wouldnt it be about the car, just going after in my opinion the better version..
 

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why wouldnt it be about the car, just going after in my opinion the better version..
Preferring the look of a chase over a regular release is one thing. But what if you had a favorite car that's a regular release, but is never released as a chase? As a dedicated chase collector, you would never have that favorite car. And would be restricted to whatever is put out as a chase, even ones that aren't favorites. That's why I think strictly chase collecting would be about the chase status over the actual subject matter.
 

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I am probably as close as one could get to being a pure chase collector. I do NOT buy ANY mainline Hot Wheels except $uper hunts. I trade my spares for Greens/whites/and occasionally an M2 Chase.
Like Flaps said, it is too much of a temptation not to buy a nice Mopar from time to time, chase or not. But I do normally draw the line at rubber tires/metal base unless of course it's a chase.
This is somewhat of a recent development over the last couple of years for me. I am primarily a Mopar guy. I own hundreds of regular issue GL/JL/M2s. I don't typically buy repaints, even from a different series/release so my GL buying has waned significantly since their focus has changed towards police, vans, and tuners. JL? what can one say, between shoddy distribution and sporadic releases, it's hard to find a regular release car I really want. I think the last regular issue car I bought was the black Aspen from 2.0.
I think my guiltiest pleasure outside of chases in the last couple of years has been collector level HW. If I see a Garage/Blvd/Demon/Vintage Racing/etc that is a nice Mopar or it conjurs up memories of my childhood I will buy it. I also like some of the RLC stuff but I am selective about that too.
Maybe I am not a chase purist but pretty close to it.
 

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When it comes to new stuff, I guess I'm pretty much a chase-only collector due to space limitations and general malaise to the offerings. A regular pretty much has to be on clearance or at least on sale for me to buy it.

My focus has shifted to vintage over the past year-and-a-half or so. I've collected all the HW blackwalls that interest me and a few redlines. Currently, obscure vintage is my passion. Muscle cars from Playart, Zee, etc. are basically all that I'm adding right now.
 

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Well, rattlehed, I have mixed feelings about you. I agree pretty much with everything you said, but since we are both mopar guys now I have to wonder if maybe you're just more competition. :jest:

What you said about collecting Mopar models is pretty much why I started collecting Hot Wheels. But while I may have really wanted the model year of Mopar HW had in diecast, I am usually left disappointed by the lack of detail. No colored taillights, flat monotone grilles - usually way too flat and shiny, etc. Reminds me of the term in the Show Car world - they are good 20 footers.

So now, rather than grabbing anything and everything HW, I am way more selective and only buy when I think they did a particularly good casting, have upgraded to rubber wheels or other touches they may have done to a particular model that makes it more appealing than the usual.
 

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I guess everybody has there own thing, I agree with some of the points, but also disagree with other points.

I've been back and forth with many lines and brand, but I almost always stay with a the theme style. For example the Mail in Hot Wheels, like the fact that they do them all in the same style of paint scheme. M2 Ground Pounders, love the chase color, especialy that they stick to the same color(s). As for Treasure Hunts, regardless of super or regular, I just don't see the interest in collecting them. Don't get me wrong, I do pick them up, I'd be stupid not to, but for trade bait mostly. As for now, big fan of the Hot Wheels Neo Classics and the M2 Ground Pounders, and besides the chase, you got to have some of the regular releases in your collection, how can't you not..... some of those colors and paint jobs are sweet. I do understand that it's hard to pick up every color..... not enough room to display them.

If you just pick up chase cars and don't open them up and get a much closer look at them and display them..... I think your missing out on a lot.

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I am almost the opposite. I make no effort to get chase cars. I trade or sell off white lightnings and treasure hunts for more vintage diecast.

I remember with the first Playing Mantis JL's came out. My toys r us would only sell the commemeratives in full sets. My set came with a white lightning VW. I was angry because set 'D' was supposed to have a green VW. :freak:
 

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I guess everybody has there own thing, I agree with some of the points, but also disagree with other points.



If you just pick up chase cars and don't open them up and get a much closer look at them and display them..... I think your missing out on a lot.

Thanks,

Mike
I could not agree more on the opening thing. I open almost everything, chase cars included. The reason I got into RLC stuff is one day I opened one and quickly realized how awesome the paint job was. All of my rubber tired hunts are open and in a Carney case as are well over 100 whites and maybe 25 greens. Most of my M2 chase are open as well. ALL of my regular issue JL and GL are open and on display. I still have over 200 green machines and over 150 whites still packaged but I believe that it is silly to open a car that's worth more than $50 or so. I wholeheartedly agree that if you don't open things you are missing out. BTW I also do the HW mail ins most of the time.
 

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I could not agree more on the opening thing. I open almost everything, chase cars included. The reason I got into RLC stuff is one day I opened one and quickly realized how awesome the paint job was. All of my rubber tired hunts are open and in a Carney case as are well over 100 whites and maybe 25 greens. Most of my M2 chase are open as well. ALL of my regular issue JL and GL are open and on display. I still have over 200 green machines and over 150 whites still packaged but I believe that it is silly to open a car that's worth more than $50 or so. I wholeheartedly agree that if you don't open things you are missing out. BTW I also do the HW mail ins most of the time.
Same here, I think it was my third year in the RLC, opened an extra Neo Classic...... and it was all down hill after that...., So now.... every Neo that gets to the house, gets ripped open..... just a like when I was 12.... the feeling is great....LOL.... and it's not pretty, I rip the card, pull at the blister.... free the car and I'm in awwww..... then chunk the card and blister in the trash......LOL.... awesome....

I do agree, at some point, you got to kind of consider the range of where the casting is at...... but I do admit, got some high dollar ones open too.....LOL....

Mike
 

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In my opinion, a lot of these real hardcore chase-only guys just take away from the fun of the majority of other people who would like to find something more rare once in a blue moon. Personally, I'm not into reselling or anything, so I'd just buy what I like and open them.
 

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how would i be taking away from anyone's fun by finding 1 car per set? just as they have the right to find the set, i would have the right to the chase in the same sense, and i don't resell, this is for me.
 

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Good luck if you decide to go that route. Sometimes I wish I just focused on one car or one brand. As is I have a lot of everything but not everything of one thing. Not sure if that is good or bad but like you my collecting habits are always in flux.
 

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In my opinion, a lot of these real hardcore chase-only guys just take away from the fun of the majority of other people who would like to find something more rare once in a blue moon.
Oh come on now

Anyone can find anything. It's just a matter of how hungry you are
 

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The only chase where I live comes from Hot Wheels and they are few and far between, so if I collected those only, I'd soon resort to Internet auctions. Having a collecting focus is a good idea though. It doesn't necessarily keep the collection small, just small-er. :)
 

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Oh come on now

Anyone can find anything. It's just a matter of how hungry you are
I agree Pierre, and Jason, i understand what you are saying, but i've collected chases all along, and no one complains, but go chase only and suddenly you are the cause of everyone's not being able to get chases, bah..
 
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