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How can you tell between an original carded RL and a 30th Anniversary that's been taken out of the plastic display box, excluding looking at the car itself?
 

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How can you tell between an original carded RL and a 30th Anniversary that's been taken out of the plastic display box, excluding looking at the car itself?
Easy.....Redlines on the tires of the Orignal Redline Car will be red and not marron on the 30th Ann Car without flipping the Car over to see where it was made. Plus the wheels are different on the Original Redlines from the 30th Ann Cars
 

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How can you tell between an original carded RL and a 30th Anniversary that's been taken out of the plastic display box, excluding looking at the car itself?
Also the car will have a Hot Wheel logo some place on body of the car. That wasn't on the castings back then. Look at the base as well, it will say Vintage on it or inthe case of the 25th Anniversay it will have that on the base.
Like Liv N Low stated the wheels are different too. The newer ones had an indentation where the axil is, the first ones did not.
I hope this helps.
 

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All of the above.

Anniversary/Vintage Series
-The wheels have a unique look to them with triangle patterns instead of square patterns.
-The wheels are single piece instead of two piece (not true on RLC, black box, and some other newer cars)
-There will be a HW flame logo somewhere on the car
-The colors are not quite the same (exception would be some of the enamels), some colors on Vintage series are not even close to any original colors.

Bases:
-Originals will be made in Hong Kong or USA.
-Most of the Vintage/Anniversary series have a logo on the base denoting it as such. -Some of the newer versions might have newer copyright dates.
-The metal itself looks different, sometimes even having a blueish tint on the newer ones.
-All original Spectraflame year redlines have the casting name on it, some of the remakes do not.

After comparing the two for a while, you will get to the point where you can almost spot them a mile away...
 

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Here is a couple pics that might help.


Comparison between the later original Redline wheel and the ones used in the Vintage Series and 25th and 30th Anniversary cars.
Note the subtle shape different of the holes in the wheel (Anniversary version on top)
(Edit: Also notice how the paint looks metal flake instead of spectraflame)


Comparison between the early Redline wheel and the Anniversary ones.
These closed wheels were used in most of the early Redlines up until about 1973.


Comparison between the early Redline wheel and the .Com ones.
Note how perfect the casting looks on the .Com one.


Base of a 25th Anniversary car, notice the three arrows showing the 25th Anniversary logo, the lack of casting name, and the CHINA stamp. Original redlines were not made in China.

Hope this helps a little :wave:
 

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Nice Redlines Congrats.:wave::thumbsup:
 
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