NOTICE: Due to rising hosting fees, and the sales of the "Hot Wheels Treasure Hunt Price Guide" that I've recently published, this section will no longer contain values for Treasure Hunts. While this was a tough decision on my part, please understand that I have to respect those who have purchased and supported the guides. It didn't make sense to offer a publication for sale AND carry the same values on the website. Royalties from the books are helping offset hosting fees as well. REST ASSURED that all other Hot Wheels values on NCHWA.com (with the exception of the VW Buses), will continue to be listed as a free service. This section will still be maintained to show all of the Treasure Hunt releases to at least provide a pictorial record and reference.


The "Hot Wheels Treasure Hunt Price Guide" is updated and issued annually, and can be purchased in a full-color or economy Blackout version at Amazon or Barnes & Noble's websites, or by going to my Amazon Author Page. Overall, there are 50 pages, and values for Treasure Hunts during the period of 1995-2015. All values are researched/verified just one month before publication.

And, the big change for 2016: ALL MODELS ARE NOW PICTURED! You'll get a complete gallery, along with the updated values. Thanks for all the amazing support!

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
Treasure Hunt Series
Wheels
578
'56 Flashsider
#1 of 12
a) Metalflake green body with Malaysia base and 5-Spoke tires
5spk
579
Silhouette II
#2 of 12
a) Enamel white body with Malaysia base and white hub 3-Spoke tires
3spk
580
Mercedes 500SL
#3 of 12
a) Black body with Malaysia base and 5-Spoke tires
5spk
581
Street Cleaver
#4 of 12
a) Black body with Malaysia base, gold metal plow and 5-Spoke tires
5spk
582
GM Lean Machine
#5 of 12
a) Metalflake burgundy body with Malaysia base and 5-Spoke tires
5spk
583
Hot Rod Wagon
#6 of 12
a) Yellow body with Malaysia base and yellow hub 5-Spoke tires
5spk
584
Olds Aurora
#7 of 12
a) Metalflake purple body with Malaysia base and 5-Spoke tires
5spk
585
Dogfighter
#8 of 12
a) Metalflake green body with yellow Malaysia base and 5-Spoke tires
5spk
586
Buick Wildcat
#9 of 12
a) Metalflake silver body with grey Malaysia base and 3-Spoke tires
3spk
587
Blimp
#10 of 12
a) Blue body with Malaysia base and white gondola
N/A
588
Avus Quattro
#11 of 12
a) Metalflake gold body with black Malaysia base and Sawblade wheels
SB
589
Rail Rodder
#12 of 12
a) White body with metal Malaysia base and Micro wheels on front
MW
N/A
12-Car Box Set
1997, J.C. Penney
a) 12 individual blister cards in box set
N/A
Collector Tip:
1997's Treasure Hunt issues were not well-received by collectors for 3 major reasons: a) The very popular Real Riders were replaced with common spoke tires. b) The choice of issues weren't very exciting. c) It was the first year that Mattel did not release LE status, or run numbers. It has been presumed that there were over 150K of each Treasure Hunt issued during this year, but this has never been (nor will it be) substantiated. Due to the aforementioned downfalls, the 1997 TH's remain the least valuable of the series, to date.

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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