Quoted values are for CARDED, NM examples. Cards less than NM will obviously command a lesser value than listed, depending on overall condition.

Note that the NCHWA utilizes a pricing method called "Star Value." Instead of specific dollar values, each car will be assigned a Star Value to indicate rarity and potential price range. There are simply too many variables to place a "set" value on any model, so a range will be used instead to indicate where that particular model may fall on the secondary price scale. A +/- indicates where on that scale the value is approximated, while a number by itself would indicate the value falls in the middle of the Star Value. This is also an easy quick-glance method to determine rarity; the higher the number, the rarer the car. The value chart will be placed at the bottom of each page.

Option: Click the button to the left to download a printable copy of the Star Chart for easy reference (Microsoft Word or equivalent program required for viewing or download). It beats scrolling up and down when you're pricing your cars!
#
Name
1997 First Editions
Wheels
Star Value
509
Firebird Funny Car
#1 of 12
a) Metalflake blue body with Malaysia base and 5-Spoke wheels
b) Metalflake light blue body with Malaysia base and 5-Spoke wheels
5spk
5spk
1
2
513
Ford F-150
#2 of 12
a) Red body with painted Malaysia base and 5-Spoke wheels
5spk
1
512
Excavator
#3 of 12
a) White body with grey bucket, Malaysia base and black treads
MW
MW
3-
520
Salt Flat Racer
#4 of 12
a) Red body with Malaysia base and 5-Spoke wheels
b) Same as "a", but with Thailand base
5spk
5spk
1
1
517
'59 Chevy Impala
#5 of 12
a) Light purple body with Malaysia base and gold Lace wheels
b) Same as "a", but with gold 7-Spoke wheels
LACE
7spk
1
2+
518
BMW M Roadster
#6 of 12
a) Metalflake silver body with unpainted Malaysia base and 3-Spoke wheels
b) Same as "a", but with 5-Spoke wheels
c) Same as "a", but with 5-Hole wheels
d) Same as "b", but with black painted Malaysia base
e) Same as "b", but with "Z3" on blistercard
3spk
5spk
5HO
5spk
5spk
1
1
3
4-
1
514
Way 2 Fast
#7 of 12
a) Orange body with Malaysia base and 5-Spoke wheels
b) Same as "a", but with unpainted Thailand base
c) Same as "b", but with painted Thailand base
5spk
5spk
5spk
1
1
2
523
'70 Plymouth Barracuda
(Missing #8 on Card-error)
a) Green body with chrome floorboard, China base and 5-Spoke wheels
b) Same as "a", but with white floorboard
5spk
5spk
1
2+
519
Scorchin' Scooter
#9 of 12
a) Purple body with Malaysia base and 3-Spoke Motorcycle wheels
MC3
2+
516
Mercedes C-Class
#10 of 12
a) Black body with Malaysia base and gold Lace wheels
LACE
1
515
'97 Corvette
#11 of 12
a) Metalflake green body with Malaysia base and Lace wheels
b) Same as "a", but with small front wheels
LACE
LACE
1
2-
510
25th Ann. Countach
#12 of 12
a) Yellow body with Malaysia base and 5-Hole wheels
5HO
1
Collector Tip:
The talk of 1997 was the error-carded 1970 Plymouth Barracuda. It was simply listed as Collector #523, and not as the intended First Edition. It was a difficult find at first, but they became plentiful toward the middle of 1997. Another hot issue was the Excavator, which had several false rumors circulating concerning its short run. One involved a choking hazard, as the bucket was removable. This was never corroborated, but the Excavator remains the most highly-sought and valuable issue of 1997.

1 = $1-5 2 = $6-15 3 = $16-25 4 = $26-35 5 = $36-50 6 = $51-70
7 = $71-90 8 = $91-110 9 = $111-130 10 = $131-160 11 = $161-180 12 = $181-200
13 = $201-220 14 = $221-240 15 = $241-270 16 = $271-300 17 = $301-330 18 = $331-350


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