As a big fan of collectible toys (primarily Jeeps), I got excited to see an email from a longtime reader of ArcticInsider offering his entire collection of Arctic Cat collectibles to me for sale. Although incredible and extremely tempting to purchase, Im choosing to focus my collecting on Jeep toys.
That said, Im sure there are followers/collectors here interested in owning ALL 38 of Arctic Cat’s collectible offerings. Here’s the breakdown of what is for sale, and you can contact Dave for pricing on the ENTIRE set. Enjoy! – Kale
PICK-UP TRUCK AND TRAILER
1994 ARCTIC CAT THERMOMETER
1993 I500 T-SHIRT AND SWEATSHIRT – NEVER WORN
SELLING AS A SET ONLY AND ALL IN PERFECT CONDITION
CONTACT DAVE FOR PRICING AND MORE INFO: firstname.lastname@example.org
Why did cat stop offering these? I would think they would be an easy sell nowadays with internet shopping. I remember as a kid seeing a few of them at the dealer. Always drooled over em but my little kid freeloader self couldn’t get anyone to buy me one. I’d buy me one now.
The sales fizzled on collectible toys at that time (2012~), and the investment to bring them back was too high once you factor in the design, scale and manufacturing. The money on return just wasn’t there. Most buyers are willing to pay $10-15 for a Walmart toy, and the sale price would have been $100+.
Ah, back when Cat was alive. I have most of these, and many are in the ARCTIC CAT tape sealed, plain cardboard box that the colored cardboard box came in, so they have never seen the light of day since they were put in there.
Supreme attention to detail strikes again! Look at that list of models. What the HELL is a 2007 ZR 440 Sno Pro Brian Sturgeon, 2003 ZR 900 APV Twin FireCat, and 2008 F6 FireCat, and where is the 2005 Team Arctic?
Also, a WhaleMart TOY CAN’T compare to these MODELS, so comparing prices is like comparing apples to bowling shoes.
Collectable, Funny you should bring this up. Selling the house and dismantled a 30-year collection of O scale Lionel trains. And the monster layout. Oh yeah, its worth huge money, the question is to who. After trying all my connections and sources, screw it. Forget about the whole, its collectable and worth something. Pennies on the dollars. The moral to the story is. Don’t think of collectability, if you like it, use it and enjoy it. And when the time comes at least you enjoyed it. I have a 20 yard roll off in driveway almost filled with what was once a marvel of collectability and worth. My friends and family all have life long memories of the train room, that is truly priceless. Nobody will every will Rember the stuff that never left the BOX
Collectors and their Collections all have different stories which I find TRULY fascinating. If collections are being enjoyed (no matter how they are displayed, restored or not restored) then that’s what counts in my book. I like the fact your friends and family got to enjoy the enthusiasm behind your train collection Retro Randy. Those are definitely great memories. As my Jeep toy collection has grown, I joke with my family that its an “investment” or “their inheritance” or “my retirement fund” knowing damn well Im not going to get rich on the sale of it some day. What it has provided, are memories.
Both myself and my family enjoy “the find” of a Jeep toy whether at a flea market, swap meet or yard sale. This collection has taught my kids at an early age how to interact, and transact, when buying/selling, and we enjoy owning pristine toys, but also take wonderment in the patina’d toys – Particularly when some kid painted “Timmy” on the bottom to signify ownership as one of his favorites. I also enjoy toys still in the box…the packaging (which can include typos) tells another historic story of vintage advertising/marketing.
If anyone has an Arctic Cat collection they’d like to see shared here, please email me a couple paragraph description and photos to: Arcticinsider@gmail.com
I can empathize Randy here. I blame the economy. 12+ years ago anything old and cool was money in the bank. Then around 2010 it was like someone threw a switch and things went backwards. Around 2016 I found a train transformer that had some issues but a good electrician could restore it. Not wanting to chuck an antique toy, we put it on Evil Bay and let it ride. I don’t think we got enough to pay shipping. LOL. I gave away enough vintage sled engine parts and suspensions while cleaning out my garage that, if it was 2000 and not 2017 when I did that, would have easily netted me a couple grand. I’m talking some nice stuff, not junk. (Three running 5000 FA six port motors! Sniff Sniff.) The vintage market shifted to 1990’s sleds. Those who like the older models got stuck with inventory in their swap meet savings stash. Those who have room are sitting and waiting for the pendulum to come back. That’s going to be a long time.
JEEP you say. Amazing what you find when you clean out the train room. Might want to reach out to me. RR
I know where you are at Randy. I started collecting 1/18th diecast NASCAR and stopped when that scale kind of fizzled out. Now I have 250+ on display from Tim Richmond to the #29 of Kevin Harvick. I also have half of a spare bedroom full of the boxes. What is it woth now? Nobody seems to be interested. I figure that I have close to $10,000 invested. Probably be lucky to give them all away.
You’re not wrong. My train number was a bit higher. So, if you give away 100, you still have a ton. About 3 days ago I hit the so done with it thankfully the wife kept me from filling the dumpster,,I have had it.