I picked up a mixed case of 72 cars on ebay a week or so ago, and it was waiting for my return from vacation. These are mainly for my next upcoming races at the hospital (see my post in racing forum)
I opened it last night to find quite the eclectic mix of vehicles, most in the 2001-2006 range but quite a few going back to 1998, 1995 and even 1991! So it seems there is a discernable change in design and packaging about 2001 or so.
Do any of you longer term collectors have any info on this? It seems the late 90's cars were kind of boring and run of the mill with ugly (5 hole) wheels, at least in my opinion. Seems in the 2000/2001 things picked up and got cooler and more inventive perhaps? I don't have much to go on here, but the fact that I got two Dodge Caravans in the box is saying something! Really? who wants a 1998 Dodge Caravan hot wheel? I'm planning on heavily modifying one!
Here is a quick pick. I've already picked though the bunch at this point and taken out some cool cars I liked and a Hot Rod Magazine series run of 4 cars that is complete!