Orange Track Veteran: Playworn Tomica #F66 Lancia Stratos Turbo Alitalia Group 5
Sometimes beaters are better.
I found this well loved, but still fundamentally intact, Tomica No. F66 Lancia Stratos Turbo, in a Goodwill bag that yielded a few other gems. Not a lot of diecasters would have picked up something this beaten up, especially in a mixed, all or nothing thrift store bag, even though this casting & release were seldom seen outside of Asia until the rise of e-commerce diecast sales. But I have a passion for Italian cars and especially Bertone designs, and the tampos are iconic, pretty authentic, and still pretty legible even with all the chipping and rubbed-off paint. Some kid had a blast with this when it was still being played with, it doesn't look to have been played with much or at all in sandboxes or mud, and a lot of the damage indicates being raced on a Hot Wheels track set or homemade gravity track.
I have a few other playworn examples of valuable castings (most notably a Hot Wheels Speed Machines Bugatti Veyron with slightly less paint/tampo damage than this Lancia, that I paid 25 cents for at a thrift store that was holding a going out of business sale), they will be preserved for future generations of collectors since I see them as too significant to customize or restore.