SNIDER'S ORANGE EXPLOSION
- Sun Dec 01, 2013
- by Fred Hendricks
"In 1988 when I was 13 years old, I was invited to attend the national Farm Toy Show with a friend and his parents. All the vendors with their displays were exiting to see. I did not know there were so many different Allis-Chalmers toys and custom models. In many cases the high quality work was priced beyond my means. While attending that show, I was able to buy a 1:16 scale die-cast AC Model G that hold a special place among my collection. Finding that Model G replica at the National Show was really neat," Matt explained.
As a result of the National Farm Toy Show visit, Matt began attending area farm toy show with his parents. He commented, "Once you're hooked by the collecting buy, there's no turning back. My world of farm toy collecting really expended as we attended the various shows. We also met wonderful people who were helpful for a guy like me just getting started. I quickly came up against two roadblocks. First I had limited resources go growing my collection was slow. Second, there was a narrow offering of Allis-Chalmers farm toy model. With the limitation of models, we started adding custom pieces. The quality of custom and scratch-built replicas is outstanding and naturally, the prices continue to climb. We also gathered up a vast mixture of AC memorabilia. And now, through our family's involvement, we've grown our collection over the years. I'm not sure it's an explosion, but we've made it a family affair. And we've had a lot of fun with the hobby." [Subscribe to Toy Farmer and read the rest of this article.]