Lionel to Offer Nascar Diecast Models
Lionel is a historic all-American company no less than Chevy and D.C. Comics. Products of all these companies are valuable collectibles that give fantastic investment returns. These companies and their products are especially suited for collecting.
The key is not only the quality and durability of the products, but the durability of memories that they create. Collectors do not collect only for investment. For many, that is a happy side benefit. The primary attraction of collectibles are the great memories they bring to mind, of Sunday drives in the parent’s Chevy, reading Superman along the way, and stopping at the toy shop to check out the Lionel trains, tracks, and décor.
Lionel trains inspire memories of riding real trains, feeling the repetitive rock and roll of the tracks passing underneath, and watching beautiful scenery roll by at eye level, a unique perspective of riding a train rather than a plane or bus. This dichotomy of toys and reality creates a bond that Lionel train enthusiasts claim is stronger, and deeper than that for other collectibles. Indeed, Lionel trains are popular collectibles that enjoy great love from collectors for their historic toy replicas.
Today, Lionel has added a new line of toys that are sure to follow the tradition of Lionel trains with the same dichotomy of toys and reality combined in the loving memories of kids, and the future adult collectors they will become. Lionel has introduced a line of Nascar toy replicas, commemorating the most popular sport inAmerica.
Now kids can get Nascar toys representing their favorite cars and drivers, which will combine with their exciting memories of watching races, live or on TV, with friends and family. In the future, these memories will make the Lionel Nascar collectibles more valuable than mere money to the lucky adults who own them, and who through these fantastic toy replicas re-experience the best moments of their childhoods.
Yet the value in terms of money can neither be denied. In 2006, Action Comics #1 was valued at $350,000, and in 2010 it sold for $1.5 million. Classic Chevy cars that originally sold for just a few thousand dollars are now valued in hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Lionel trains are the most popular trains, both as quality toys and collectibles, in the world. They are most highly valued for the quality and craftsmanship of their replications. The details are incredibly fine in the Lionel design and manufacturing. The quality of Lionel collectibles stands equal to the collector’s memories, so it is no wonder that their values continue to rise.
There is no doubt that future collectors will pore over comics, cars, and Lionel Trains and Nascar replicas. The Lionel replicas will continue to strike awe in collectors for the quality of manufacture and amazing details in the replication design. As now, future collectors will continue to view Lionel products as examples of craftsmanship and replica art, far more than simple toys. Their replica trains and Nascar automobiles will also continue to both contribute to and benefit from this well-earned reputation.
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