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Collector Spotlight November 2012: Don Seifried

A.K.A. "Buzzinhummer" at HWC

HWC Eve 11-15-12




You could call Don Seifried from Roseville, CA a man with a plan. He spends his days as an Executive Manager in the business world, but his free time is spent managing his Hot Wheels collection. All his cars from childhood were sold during a family move, and when he resumed collecting as an adult, he decided he would observe a strict “open one, save one” policy. After building his collection up to over 10,000 cars, he’s more than made up for that early setback, with no plans to stop!



HWC Eve: How did you get into collecting?
Don Seifried: I always bought or was given a Hot Wheels car for birthdays and holidays. I had the curves and track and all the cool stuff, including timers and meters, but we had to move and they were all sold at a garage sale, along with my Matchbox Cars by Lesney. A few years later a friend told me if you buy two Hot Wheels cars and only open one, someday you’d be rich. Well, I took that advice and in the late ‘70s I was buying many of them three each, one for me, one for my little brother and one to store away. As I grew up and made money with my career I would always buy a few after my paycheck was in the bank. It was my gift to me.

HWC Eve: How long have you been collecting?
DS: I started in the early to late ‘70s, so it’s been a long time. I was picky and didn't buy every car, just the ones I liked. What a mistake! I should have bought all of them, at least one each.

HWC Eve: What’s the first Hot Wheels car you had?
DS: The Paddy Wagon in dark blue and the Red Baron.

HWC Eve: Best Hot Wheels car in your collection?
DS: How can you pick one, they’re all great. My all time favorites are the ones with Real Rider tires, like the cool Dream Van XGW and the Hi-Rakers.

HWC Eve: Latest, greatest Hot Wheels release?
DS: Not to be nostalgic, but I am in love with the Dairy Delivery! When I was a kid the milk truck at Royal Dairy in Denver always brought us our morning milk.

HWC Eve: How do you display your cars?
DS: I have them on my bookcases and around the room. Most are not visible, as I don’t have that much space to put them out.

HWC Eve: Do you open them?
DS: On Kmart days I have to open them, but mostly I collect and store. The ones I open I give to the church to hand out to the kids.

HWC Eve: Other hobbies/collections?
DS: Matchbox cars, but I stopped when Lesney died. I have a small collection of G-scale trains in my garden.

HWC Eve: Okay, last question… what’s your fondest Hot Wheels memory?
DS: My pop was the kind of pop who bought things for us kids, and I always managed to get a Hot Wheels car. We were at the stock show in Denver and I saw the Hot Wheels Funny Money car in a booth. I wanted it and Pop bought it for me. I opened it right up and played with it, and I still own it. I just wish the stickers were on it.

COLLECTOR QUICKSTATS:

  • NUMBER OF HOT WHEELS CARS OWNED: “I haven't counted, but by the looks of them at least 8,000 to 12,000.”
  • MODEL/COLOR 1:1 SCALE CAR: "Hummer H2.”
  • BEST HOT WHEELS CASTING OF ALL TIME: “As a kid, it was the Alive ’55. Pop had a car like that we would use for picnics and family outings. I remember the ice chest and drink container was a matching set to the car. Now, I’d have to say trucks—Chevy and H2.”

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