The Matchbox Collectors Community Hall Bookstore

A Worldwide Meeting Place for Matchbox Collectors of All Ages

Your Host: Mark Curtis

See also: The Matchbox Collectors Community

Welcome to the Matchbox Collector's Community Bookstore. This bookstore your source for autographed copies of diecast books by some of the authors who moderate forums at the community. (All books are available with personalized autographs upon request, allowing approximately one extra week for completion.)

All proceeds from the sales of the books here are used to sustain, promote, and operate the Matchbox Collector's Community.

Book Shipping Charges are $4.50 Book Rate. Priority Mail at $4.85

International mailing is available, please enquire regarding pricing.

Georgia Residents add applicable sales tax for your county.

Paypal is available also.


"The Encyclopedia of Matchbox Toys®  - Third Edition", By Charlie Mack.

Sold Out Currently

Third Edition Edition, Price: $29.95.

This is the reference source for collectors of Matchbox toys and diecast cars! Charlie's research and knowledge of Matchbox is thorough and very complete. This encyclopedia showcasing the Matchbox® toys in his collection shows the complete toy line. He has accumulated one of the largest collections of Matchbox Toys in the world and showcases them in the Matchbox® and Lesney Toy Museum in Durham Connecticut.

The book has numerous color pictures of each diecast casting and a very valuable and complete price guide listing. A brief history of the company and various owners is included.

 

"Collecting Matchbox®, Regular Wheels 1953 - 1969", By Charlie Mack.

Sold Out Currently

Price: $29.95. Available now!

This spectacular book highlights the early Lesney vehicles up to 1969. Variations of each model are shown in larger pictures with more detail. Boxes for each model are shown, along with variations of the boxes, where appropriate.

A complete price guide is included for these models covered by this book.

 

 


Just Who Is Charlie Mack?

Charlie is one of the foremost authorities on Matchbox Toys. Charlie grew up playing with Matchbox cars and his love of them continues to this day. His extensive collection of vintage and new Matchbox toys is housed at his museum in Durham Connecticut. Charlie is the founder of "Matchbox USA", a club that has a monthly newsletter on new releases and articles on vintage toys. Mr. Mack can be contacted by email at MTCHBOXUSA@aol.com.

 


"Matchbox® Cars", By Mac Ragan.

Out of Print

Price: $19.95. Available now!

Mac Ragan once again turns his camera lens toward another of the word’s most famous toys, Matchbox Cars.  In this carefully researched book, Ragan pairs his signature close-up photographs with an engaging history of the world’s favorite toy car.

 Beginning in 1953, Matchbox Toys captured the eyes and hearts of children around the world.  In 2002, the brand officially celebrates its 50th anniversary.  MATCHBOX CARS joins a traveling Matchbox museum currently touring the country in a specially equipped 18-wheel truck, special anniversary models, and a large collector’s convention this summer in New York City .  The book is vetted by Mattel, owner of the Matchbox brand.

 MATCHBOX CARS includes never-before-seen photographs of rare Matchbox models and ephemera, including original design-drawings and promotional items.  The book focuses on the brand’s famous 1–75 model line, and  also includes photographs of other Matchbox products such as Yesteryears cars, King Size vehicles, accessory buildings, carrying cases, track sets, and car transporter trucks.

 MATCHBOX CARS pays special attention to the years when the brand was owned by the English firm of Lesney.  It also includes many examples of models made by later owners such as Tyco Toys and Mattel.  In addition, rare pre-Matchbox Lesney Products models from the late 1940s are featured.  Throughout the book, Ragan photographed only the finest examples of these toys.  Many come from the Matchbox Road Museum in Newfield , New Jersey , the world’s only museum dedicated to the preservation and display of Matchbox toys.

 Two internationally known collectors contributed entertaining forewords to MATCHBOX CARS: Charlie Mack and Everett Marshall. Mack is the author of seven reference books on Matchbox toys and Marshall owns the Matchbox Road Museum .  MATCHBOX CARS also includes a list of Matchbox clubs, websites, and a value guide to featured models.

...and it is available right here autographed by the author!!

 

"Hot Wheels® Cars", By Mac Ragan.

Price: $19.95. Available now!

The Ultimate photo book of these beloved little diecast cars. Mac's book depicts cars from the nationally known collection of Lance Joseph. Mac's stirring pictures use close-up photography, and other techniques, to present you with an incredibly detailed view of these toys! ...And that photography highlights the unique and beautiful features of these little racers.

The book and the photography shows the 33-year history of Hot Wheels from a child's point of view. Regular production vehicles, theme groups, limited edition sets, and promotional cars are presented throughout, and the book features an great foreword by "The Tonight Show" host: Jay Leno.

...and it is available right here autographed by the author!!

"Tomart's Guide To Johnny Lightning® Vehicles", By Mac Ragan. 

Out of Print

Price: $26.95. Available Now!

The ultimate guide to Johnny Lightning® die-cast cars from the Topper-released cars to the Mopar releases on the shelves today by Playing Mantis. The book features quality color pictures and a price value guide. A must for all collectors of quality diecast.

...and it is available right here autographed by the author!!

 

"Diecast Cars of the 1960s", By Mac Ragan. 

Out of Print

Price: $13.95. Available now!

The ultimate photo book of the little diecast cars we all played with as a child! Mac's book depicts cars from the his own collection of vintage and currently available diecast cars from around the world. Mac uses extreme close-up photography techniques, as well as micro-size lighting to dramatically present you with a detailed view of these toys! 

The book features a foreword by Ken Gross, Director, Petersen Automotive Museum.

...and it is available right here autographed by the author!!


Just Who Is Mac Ragan?

Mac is the moderator of "Mac Ragan's Focus on 1/64th Scale DieCast" here at the Matchbox Community Hall, discussing all Diecast including Hot Wheels®, Johnny Lightning®, Budgie, SIKU®, Fun Ho!, Majorette®, Revell, and a host of others! Mac Ragan is the author of three books on toy cars: Tomart's Guide to Johnny Lightning® Vehicles, Diecast Cars of the 1960s and Hot Wheels® Cars. His extensive collection of vintage and new toy cars continues to grow. He is a noted close-up photographer and member of the National Arts Club and the International Motor Press Association. A native Alabamian and graduate of Auburn University, Ragan now lives in Indiana and works for Greenlight diecast cars.. 


"The Unauthorized Encyclopedia of Corgi® Toys", By Bill Manzke.

Out of Stock

First Edition, Price: $34.95. Available now!

This book is a comprehensive and complete look at Corgi Toys, from the time these model toys rolled onto the model car scene in 1956. The Encyclopedia has numerous color pictures of these cars and a price guide listing. A brief history of the company is included.

...and it is available right here autographed by the author!!

 

 


Just Who Is Bill Manzke?

Bill Manzke is the moderator of the "Corgi and Husky Collectors Forum" here at the Matchbox Community Hall, discussing all Corgi and Husky diecast vehicles. An avid Corgi collector since age six, and his love of these toys continues to this day. Bill is a machine design engineer and lives with his family in the midwest USA. He is also an avid model railroader. Mr. Manzke can be contacted by email at BMANZKE@columbus.rr.com


 

 

Book Shipping Charges are $4.50 Book Rate.

Priority Mail at $4.80

International mailing are available, please enquire regarding pricing.

Georgia Residents add applicable sales tax for your county.

 

Paypal is available also.

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Photo used with permission, courtesy of 

"Diecast Cars of the 1960s", by Mac Ragan, MBI Publishing

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