Eden Prairie man owns collection of rare Hot Wheels, toy cars estimated to be worth $ 1.5 million
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minnesota (FOX 9) – When you think of Hot Wheels and Matchbox, you might have some childhood flashbacks. But a man from Eden Prairie started his collection just four years ago when someone paid off debt with die-cast cars instead of cash.
Now he’s sitting on an amazing collection of classic small cars.
“I have no idea, I have no idea,” Robert Solberg replies when asked how many cars he owns. “Thousands and thousands and thousands and thousands.”
There are too many to count, but if they are worth anything, Robert Solberg knows it. Four years ago it wasn’t a passion that sent Robert out on the road collecting Hot Wheels, Matchboxes, Lessneys and other diecast cars, it was an unpaid debt of just $ 200.
“He told me he had a few small cars that he could pay me back, so it turned out to be pretty lucrative, I got the best part of the deal,” Solberg said. “And it turned out to be about 300 Johnny Lightnings in blister packs.”
With these Johnny Lightings, worth thousands, a hobby kicked off Soilberg’s desire to collect quickly. For value, he looked at age, quality and whether they were scarce. But he also started to take a close look at the tires.
“The red lines are your sources of money if they are in good condition, they are worth the money,” he said.
When he stumbled upon a vintage pink car, he knew immediately he had money.
“If you can find these cars in pink,” Solberg said. “You know they’re worth a few dollars. Any of those cars. If they’re pink, they’re going to be a great value. [Why?] Back then, little boys didn’t like pink cars. So when they made them, they made very little. “
He’s so far down the collection route now that Solberg has collectors who find the cars for him. He sells what is not much wholesale to whoever wants it. But her own personal collection is perfectly parked, lining the walls, sitting on shelves, and tucked away in the corners.
Only four years after the start of his collection, they are all now more than money. It has become a lucrative love affair.
“I can come see my Lessney and calm down,” he said. “And actually, sit there and watch what I have.
Now if you are wondering what is for sale, at least everything is for the right price. Solberg estimates his own collection at $ 1.5 million.