Yes, those tiny little lumps of metal, plastic and rubber that some of us lovingly stare at due to who the driver of it is/was or what that particular car represents. I don't own many diecasts, indeed I could probably count all of them on both hands (and nearly hold them all in both hands as well since the majority are 1:43 scale *laugh*) but I'd have to say the one I perceive to be my 'best' is Jacques Villeneuve's 1997, championship winning, Williams Renault.
So why the odd title? Jacques' car has been demoted in ranking as of today.
I have been searching for a particular diecast for quite a while but, unlike some racing series, this wouldn't rate highly with diecast manufacturers so I knew there wouldn't be that many around. However, thanks to the wonders of ebay (which I still don't like by the way, New Zealand's trademe is loads better) I managed to snag it at last; a 1:43, 1999 Players Forsthye Reynard Merecedes-Benz, as driven by Greg Moore...all mine for a grand total of around 120 bucks.
Considering how much trouble I've had finding his 1999 car, I very much doubt this will ever make my collection...be mighty nice though if it did!
Hence the title; was it worth it?
Well, it hasn't arrived yet obviously...but I'm going to skip ahead to the day it (hopefully) does, and in tact...and considering most 1:43 diecasts sell for less than fifty, the price alone didn't exactly inspire me much. But this was the final car Moore ever drove (that said, I believe there are some #99 fantasy Penske diecasts floating around...say, you don't happen to have Roger's email anywhere, klv?) and as I've mentioned in a previous post, he was my racing idol, so I'd have to say that yes, it is worth it.
And so we come to the reason I posted this...what diecasts, assuming you had a blank slate and squillions of dollars to work with, would be the first one to be added to your collection?