How to Find a Hot Wheels Treasure Hunt and Super Treasure Hunt

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You are walking through your local retail or grocery store and spot a grown adult practically inside a bin checking out all of these silly little cars. Are some made of gold? What could they possibly be looking for? In the Hot Wheels community there are a number of attributes that each individual collector may be looking for, but the most commonly sought after Hot Wheels would be the Treasure Hunt and Super Treasure Hunt die-cast models. How do you spot them, you ask? Well, that is where things can get tricky.

If you were to go Hot Wheels hunting today, you would mainly find 2013-2014 models on display. In 2013 Hot Wheels changed their Treasure Hunt and Super Treasure Hunt features once again. They have done this many times since Treasure Hunts first debuted in 1995. Some collectors believe that they are harder to find now since they no longer have a green stripe that was featured on the card in some previous years to let you know, this version of this model is a Treasure Hunt. Now, however, you have to look closely at certain features of the car and card to spot the difference between a regular and Treasure Hunt variation.

Hot Wheels Treasure Hunts are different from Super Treasure Hunts. 2013-2014 Treasure Hunts have a flame tampo (tampo – graphics on the car) located somewhere on the car . In the picture below (left) you will see one of the 2014 Treasure Hunts, Night Burner. On the side of the car behind the front tire is where you will see the flame tampo which happens to be white and red on this particular car. The other way to spot a Hot Wheels Treasure Hunt is by looking underneath the car on the card as shown in the other picture below (right). Hot Wheels lets you know that this particular car is highly collectible.

Hot Wheels 2014 Treasure Hunt, Night Burner

Hot Wheels 2014 Treasure Hunt, Night Burner

Hot Wheels 2014 Treasure Hunt, Night Burner

Hot Wheels 2014 Treasure Hunt, Night Burner

Super Treasure Hunts are a little harder to find which is why they are actually called Super Secret Treasure Hunts. When they are released into the wild, Hot Wheels also releases another variation of the same model that isn’t as rare of a find. Take a look at the pictures of the Hot Wheels 2013 Sandblaster below. Can you spot all of the differences between the two? The Super Treasure Hunt has a TH symbol on the back side panel. The tires of the regular Sandblaster is plastic whereas the Super has rubber tires. Most of the time, Supers have better wheels in some way. They might have redline tires (solid red, not metallic red), Goodyear tires, or even a special rim. The Super Treasure Hunt Sandblaster also has a yellow roll cage in the back as well as tampo on the top of it’s hood. The regular one does not have those features. Even the paint is different, as the Super has Spectraflame paint and the regular does not. Next, take a look at the differences in the cards. The regular Sandblaster shows the whole truck with no tampo on the top of the hood. The tires on the regular are smaller and the red springs above them are even slightly different. The Super has the back part cut off of the card and it does show tampo. Unlike the Treasure Hunt’s, there is no message from Hot Wheels letting you know that this die-cast vehicle is highly collectible.

Hot Wheels 2014 Sandblaster

Hot Wheels 2014 Sandblaster

Hot Wheels 2014 Super Treasure Hunt, Sandblaster

Hot Wheels 2014 Super Treasure Hunt, Sandblaster

Hot Wheels 2014 Sandblaster

Hot Wheels 2014 Sandblaster

Hot Wheels 2014 Super Treasure Hunt, Sandblaster

Hot Wheels 2014 Super Treasure Hunt, Sandblaster

You are probably still wondering why exactly that person cares enough to go dump bin diving at your local store. Collectors value these little die-cast cars because Hot Wheels only releases a limited amount of them. Treasure hunts are becoming less valuable as there is a very high number that are released. Super Treasure Hunts are very limited in comparison. Some collectors have found 5 Treasure Hunts in freshly opened cases and not a Super in sight! A lot of collectors will travel from store to store hunting for Treasure Hunts and Super Treasure Hunts. Are you up for that kind of challenge? After reading this you may find yourself sitting on the floor of your local store in a sea of those silly little cars, checking every last one as someone else over looks pondering what that grown adult could possibly be doing!

** If you have any questions, please feel free to ask! **

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Hot Wheels Error Unspun, unriveted Dragon Blaster!

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This is the last unspun (unriveted… meaning that the pegs weren’t hit down by the machine so it was basically falling apart in the package) Hot Wheels car we found!  Our fifth to be exact!  Yea, yea… we shouldn’t have opened it!  In our defense, we kept it closed for awhile, but curiosity got the best of us!  Dragon Blaster was really neat to take apart and put back together.    We ended up selling this in our Ebay store, Two Broke Girls VB, but we still love watching the video!  Unriveted Hot Wheels cars are our favorite errors if you didn’t know already!

Sorry for the horrible music in advance!  We aren’t that great with making videos yet as you can see!  Amateurs!  🙂

**If you are interested in seeing other unspuns we have found, just ask!**

Our first K-mart K-Day!! Hot Wheels Collector’s Event

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Getting up early is something that this household doesn’t do as often as it should.  However, this past Saturday we were up at 6 A.M. getting ready for our first Kmart K-Day event!  This event is for Hot Wheels enthusiasts trying to get their hands on the latest K-mart exclusive diecast cars on the market.  Each collector has certain things they are looking for such as specific car models, paint jobs and things only a true collector could begin to understand.  After experiencing our first Hot Wheels collectors event, there is one thing we truly understand:  We are nerds, and proud of it!

Samantha and I were the first ones at the door of one of our local K-mart’s in Virginia. We were under the impression that this particular one would start when the doors first opened at 8 A.M. but we learned that it would start at 9 A.M.  What did we do?  Beeline straight for the toy section to see if there was anything good that we may have missed the last time we were there!  No luck!  It was the same stuff we already went through a month prior.  I  was irritated that we were going to have to stand around awkwardly waiting with collectors that we didn’t know.  There were four other people standing in layaway, which is where the seasoned veteran of K-day told the manager the event was normally held.  Apparently the manager was filling in for another manager that had called out and  she wasn’t made aware of the event.  She was very friendly and explained that she had done the events in the past but it had been awhile.  Personally I think she did a wonderful job.  She even knew a thing or two about collecting Hot Wheels which made her that much more awesome!

I realized quickly that there was no reason to have been irritated. The collectors that we met were very nice and interesting too!  They had some great stories to tell and the ones about Hot Wheels made us realize that even though most of them were men older than us, they were just like us when it came to Hot Wheels.  We fit right in!

Samantha and I were so excited to find out that since there were eight 36-car cases and eight collectors, we would each get to open our own box and take what we pleased from it.  I had never got to go through any kind of case before K-Day so I was EXTREMELY excited.  You really couldn’t have done anything to wipe the smile off of our faces!  Not even the guy that showed up a little after we had started opening them, whining about it not being “fair”.

I started going through my box carefully.  I was on the lookout for my favorite, Hot Wheels errors!  None were found by me, sadly enough.  I did however manage to score a Loop Coupe which happens to be the treasure hunt that was just released.  Pretty much every collector scored a Loop Coupe, I believe.  Even the whiner that received it from the K-Day veteran.  Unfortunately, out of all eight cases there was only one of “The Homer” (Homer Simpson’s car) and neither I or Samantha were lucky enough to get it.

Samantha’s case was much better!  Not only did she score another Loop Coupe, she also found the Super Treasure Hunt, the ’55 Bel Air Gasser!  What makes it so secret is quite a few specific details that the regular 2014 ’55 Bel Air Gasser lack.  The first thing that we noticed was the TH located on the back panel.  Then the Real Rider tires with Goodyear written on them because they are AMAZING by themselves!  The Super Gasser also has Spectraflame paint and an extra tampo on the top and trunk to make it stand out from the rest.  It is definitely a favorite of ours!

Our first K-mart K-Day Hot Wheels Collectors event was so much fun!  The event itself only last about an hour at our local K-mart, but we were giddy about it all day long!  Everyone that we spoke to for the next two days had to listen to our adventures of opening cases, meeting collectors, and trading Hot Wheels in the parking lot!  Pretty sure we bored a few people to death along the way!  Nerds?  YES, and proud of it! 🙂

Take a look at the pictures from out first K-mart K-Day Hot Wheels Collectors event!  We found a lot of great cars and even some new releases!  Check out our eBay store to see if we have any up for sale!

http://www.stores.ebay.com/twobrokegirlsvb

Hot Wheels Madfast Rivet Errors

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We do collect and sell Hot Wheels in our store as well, but these two in particular are an excellent set to take a look at. We personally love finding errors and taking them apart or examining them and imagining how the machine could have messed it up.

Here we have a set of two Hot Wheels Madfast cars on 2014 cards. What makes them so special is that the machines messed up in the process of manufacturing and missed the rivets just slightly on both cars. What most people don’t know, is that because this happened, it will cause the car to come apart partially or sometimes completely.

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As you can see, both mistakes have broken both of these cars in some way. Below are more pictures and an explanation of what is wrong with each car. Lets look at the one that is loose first.

#1 – The rear rivet on this one is missed slightly but was still hit by the machine. The whole rear end of the car comes apart, as shown in the second picture, and somehow the wheels have come loose as well. The engine moves, but does not come out completely.

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#2 – The front rivet on this one was off completely and was hit in the wrong spot instead. This caused the wheel bar to be bent and the whole base of the car is off as well, leaving the front wheels off alignment and the base broken. We did leave this one in the package, but it would still be just as neat to open up and pull apart!

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These two specific errors are up for auction, as a lot of 2, in our eBay Store.

Click here to go directly to the auction! Thanks for reading!

Books Galore! My Favorite: 3 Weeks With My Brother By Nicholas & Micah Sparks

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Let me begin by saying that this is one of Nicholas Sparks’ best books! It gives you a look inside the mind of the author and relationship between him and his brother. It relives the journey Nicholas Sparks and Micah shared while traveling around the world. Most may think that Nicholas Sparks is just another celebrity author, but this memoir proves he’s just like you and I. In this book you’ll see the good, the bad and the ugly, but its all a part in what has made Nicholas and Micah Sparks the men they are today.

Buy the book in our Ebay Store.

Thanks for visiting!

– TwoBrokeGirlsVB

Antique Salt & Pepper Shakers

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We have a few sets of antique salt and pepper shakers for sale in our Ebay Store.

Check out the pictures and click on the links below the pictures to check out the individual listings.

Thank You For Reading!

 

Chicken Hens with Red Basket/Perch

Available on Ebay

SP 11A

 

Bermuda Ceramic Set

Available on Ebay

SP 96A

 

You can also purchase these locally from us by sending an email to: twobrokegirlsvb@gmail.com

– Two Broke Girls VB

 

Mikasa Heart Shaped Crystal Glass Candy Dish

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Mikasa Heart Dish

We have a very beautiful Mikasa Heart-Shaped Candy Dish. It is very uniquely crafted and etched with soft colors. Great dish to keep around the house year-round or just for special occasions.

This item is like new and is for sale in our Ebay Store.

You can also buy it local from us by sending us an email at: twobrokegirlsvb@gmail.com

Thank you for reading!

– Two Broke Girls VB