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Eden Prairie man owns collection of rare Hot Wheels, toy cars worth an estimated $1.5 million

An Eden Prairie male estimates his outstanding selection of Sizzling Wheels and other collectible toy vehicles is worth around $1 million. (FOX 9)

When you think of Warm Wheels and Matchbox, you may have childhood flashbacks. But an Eden Prairie person started out his collection just 4 yrs ago when someone paid out a debt off with diecast vehicles as a substitute of funds.

Now, he is sitting down on an outstanding assortment of traditional toy vehicles.

“I have no strategy I have no strategy,” suggests Robert Solberg when requested how several cars and trucks he has. “1000’s and countless numbers and 1000’s and 1000’s.”

There are too lots of to count but if they are worth a thing, Robert Solberg knows it. 4 yrs ago it wasn’t a passion that despatched Robert on the street to acquire Warm Wheels, Matchbox, Lessney’s and other diecast automobiles, it was an unpaid credit card debt of just $200.

“He mentioned he had some tiny cars that he could pay me back again so, ok turned out it was very valuable, I bought the improved section of the offer,” Solberg reported. “And they turned out to be about 300 blistered packaged Johnny Lightnings.”

With individuals Johnny Lightings, worthy of countless numbers, a interest took off Soilberg’s wish to collect accelerated quickly. For value, he seemed at age, excellent and if they ended up uncommon. But he also started using a close seem at the tires.

“The crimson lines are your moneymakers if they are in fantastic situation they are value bucks,” he explained.

When he came across a classic pink motor vehicle, he knew ideal away he had funds.

“If you can locate these autos in pink,” claimed Solberg. “You know they are worthy of some bucks. Any of these autos. If they are pink they’ll hold a significant worth. [Why?] Back in the working day, minimal boys didn’t like pink vehicles. So when they built them they only made very several of them.”

He is so far down the road with collecting now Solberg has pickers that uncover the vehicles for him. He sells what is not value substantially in bulk to anybody who needs them. But his very own own selection is parked completely, lining the partitions, sitting down on shelves, and tucked in corners.

Just 4 many years soon after starting his assortment, they are all now extra than just money. It is come to be a rewarding really like affair.

“I can occur and appear at my Lessney’s and go interesting,” he explained. “And really sit there and look at what I have.”

Now, if you’re wanting to know what is for sale, it all is — at the very least for the ideal rate. Solberg estimates his own selection to be well worth $1.5 million.