Thursday, May 21, 2009

Collecting Indy Car

Memorial Day weekend brings more than picnics, grilling, cold beer, sandlot baseball, and basketball pickup games. One of the greatest annual traditions takes place this Sunday, when the green flag drops and 30-something drivers will be vying for the opportunity to "drink the milk" at the fabled Brickyard in Indianapolis, Indiana.

I have always been an open wheel race and have had the pleasure of not only attending a 500 but also the US Formula One Grand Prix. This year's field features some of the world's best drivers and some of the sports best known names. A true spectator sport in the since that your chances of ever driving one of these cars is slim to none. However it doesn't mean that you can't get close to the action.

Numerous collectibles exist of not only today's drivers but drivers from yesteryear as well. In addition I have found that Indy car drives are some of the best through the mail signers ((TTM) including legends like Mario and Michael Andretti, Al Unser, and Emerson Fittapaldi.

In 2007 Rittenhouse Archives produced the first Indy car set in several years and featured a 60-card base set and 1 autograph per box including top talent Sam Hornish Jr, Helio Castroneves,
Danica Patrick, and Dario Franchetti. 24 pack boxes can still be found for under $40.

McFarlane doesn't make Indy Driver SportsPicks, yet. So instead figure aficionados will need to turn to the Die Cast genre. An entity in and of itself. Available in numerous scales, and for those of you unfamiliar with the nomanclature, the larger the number behind the "1" the smaller the die cast. Thus 1:18 would be a car 3x as large as a diecust scaled 1:64. Prices vary but are readily available on eBay. I have seen some very cool collections with a die cast of a drivers car beside a an autographed photo or card of the driver.

It really is amazing, that no matter what the sport, their is a universe of collectibles available.
As far as predictions for this year's running, look for last years champion, Scott Dixon or Helio Castroneves.


Mike said...

Dear VOTC,

I love your blog, great stuff.

I have been quite vocal (and so have others) over at the SCD web site, posting lots of comments over at TS O'Connell's Infield Dirt blog.

Myself and many others are very upset how SCD lets Coach's Corner advertise their auctions. The Coach's Corner auctions are poor-quality autographed forgeries - most lots sell for 10% of what other auction houses get for similar merchandise. Coach's Corner continues to have extraordinary finds each month such as Ty Cobb autographed Jerseys, Gehrig Bats, Ruth balls, etc. The items are always authenticated by this guy Morales, never PSA or JSA.

It is tragic for our industry that Coach's corner is allowed to sell this trash and SCD, once the voice of the industry sits by and accepts their advertising dollars. When we write comments on the blogs about this, TS O'Connell just deletes the comments.

We have become so outraged at this situation that I have put a blog on my web site to allow our voices to be heard. Tom Tresh who does excellent video blogging on this matter had pledged to let collectors know about my blog. I am hoping you can do the same.

To learn more about the Coach's corner problems and our problems with SCD please visit Tom's blog at:

So, VOTC, if you could please tell your readers about my blog, I would be grateful. It's located at



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