LaLD Question: What's the most underrated $uper Treasure hunt car?
Some are duds... some are worth their weight in gold. Which ones deserve more love?
The $uper Treasure hunt market is just... (for lack of any better words) crazy.
As of right now it looks like the Datsun 510 Wagon $uper is the undisputed current champion of the high end side of the market, hovering at around $500/$600 for mint carded versions.
But, what about the low end side of the market? The bottom feed $upers that few people seem to love. It's likely many folks pick these up out of necessity to fill the holes in their collection and call it complete. If you do a quick completed-listings search on eBay it seems the undisputed champion of $uperduds is "Super Smooth" hovering at a paltry $3 even mint/carded ! Peruse further in the bottom end and will find that Sweet 16, Splittin' Image, Meyers Manx, Pontiac Rageous, Riley and Scott racecar, and even the ever-gorgeous '63 Thunderbird all sell for less than $10 USD. Tantrum and Boom Box also hang out in the $uper bargain bin it seems.
From what I can see $uper treasure hunt cars based on fantasy castings are not popular and "Tooned" cars don't fare terribly well. A sizable amount of older $upers don't appear to generate as much buzz as the more recent offerings. Perhaps because older versions actually said treasure hunt on the packaging which made them easier to find back then? Or do you think current ones have a high demand because it's even harder to find them these days? The word is out really, lots of folks know they should hunt the HW pegs and sadly... a lot of employees that work at the stores do too.
Out of the recent $upers that have released there are still some that are not appreciating at the same pace as others. The 2018 $uper Fiat 500 looks pretty cool in my opinion, but it often sells a tick over $10 (+shipping).
Since Super Smooth is so unloved I picked one up with a winning bid of $2.25 +shipping uncarded and snapped some pics. While, it's not amazing, I'm still surprised that it sells for so cheap. I think the color combo turns most collectors off since it's not very flashy but the side graphics are a bit overdone. So it's really unbalanced. While the design lines are similar to a lot of older vehicles, I believe this truck falls into the fantasy cast category which is also another strike against it. The headlight lines are poorly placed and do not do the overall design any favors. In my opinion this isn't the most underrated $uper. But I do think it deserves a little more love. I'm more astounded that the '63 Thunderbird often sells for cheap. That car looks amazing and the green paint is fantastic. Once again, the tampo graphics are overkill so perhaps that's what sinks it's value.
So, I ask you members of LaLD and Diecast collectors as a whole. What is the most underrated $uper treasure hunt car ever made? Which car do you feel that deserves more love from collectors?