It amazes it how often I’m inspired to explore the things that interest the people I appreciate and admire. Sometimes I may develop the same level of passion they have for that item/event/place, and even if I don’t, I’m better for having spent time discovering what it is they find so special about it.
I definitely believe that is the case with Hot Wheels cars and me. Growing up I never played with Hot Wheels, and it wasn’t until I joined the Krause Publications team, working in the marketing department, that I gained an appreciation for these amazing die-cast dynamos.
My appreciation for the collector value of these cars, monetarily, socially, and emotionally, came about after working with Mike Zarnock.
Who better to inspire you to embrace the wonder of Hot Wheels than the man who holds the Guinness World Record for the largest collection of different types of Hot Wheels? Hence my original note about being inspired to explore new interests, because of the interesting people who introduce them to me.
Mike’s passion for cars, big and small, is a combination of many things. Including the technical aspects, historical facets, personal satisfaction, and passion for collecting, just to name a few. His love of cars and Hot Wheels especially is only eclipsed by the love he has for his family. Which is why it’s always a treat to talk with Mike, especially when he’s talking about his latest Hot Wheels acquisitions, Hot Wheels events he attends, or the new and long-time Hot Wheels fans he encounters. His passion for it is infectious and his spirit invigorating.
That’s why when my co-editor Karen Knapstein and I, along with Paul Kennedy, editorial director for Krause Publications Antiques & Collectibles books division, were discussing ideas for a new kit, we thought of Mike and Hot Wheels – because they go together as perfectly as peanut butter and jelly. That’s why we were thrilled when Mike graciously agreed to sell us 25 Hot Wheels cars he hand picked from his own personal collection, and signed, for us to include in the kits. In addition to one of Mike’s Hot Wheels cars, each kit also includes, a copy of “Warman’s Hot Wheels Field Guide, 4th Edition” (which is the best selling book in the “Warman’s Field Guide” series for several years running), a copy of “Hot Wheels Variations The Ultimate Guide,” and “Hot Wheels Warman’s Companion,” all books written by Zarnock.
Outside of the exclusivity of owning a Hot Wheels car owned by a Guinness World Record holder, this kit contains references with values for various models of Hot Wheels, insight into the history of Hot Wheels, and a general glimpse into the world of these pint-sized and powerful cars.
With just 3 Hot Wheels Value Packs left, it may seem a bit odd to write an entire post about it now, but I simply don’t want anyone to miss out on owning a unique piece of pop culture and toy collecting history, or to miss the opportunity to be inspired by a true ambassador for Hot Wheels and collectors everywhere, Mike Zarnock.