Note: This feature is in the Nov. TF 2018 issue
With a personal collection of more than 8,000 1/64 scale farm toys and accessories (not including customized pieces), Jason Dalton, owner of Dalton's Farm Toys, may have one of the largest farm toy collections.
"When I was 11, I won an award from Ertl for having the largest 1/64 scale collection in the world. A magazine Ertl used to publish sponsored this competition. My collection at that time was larger than any known adult's collection. To this day, I believe my collection is still the largest collection in the world," he shared.
Today, Jason's collection consists of almost all of the 1/64 scale farm toys ever made by all manufacturers, he said.
"I also have several thousand other farm toys in various scales, such as 1/16 IH toys as well as 1/32 four-wheel-drive toy tractors," he said.
He has more than 50 brand-specific display cases, including a showcase full of early John Deere tractor sets manufactured by Ertl. These represent some of the first 1/64 toys ever produced.
Jason's farm toy hobby has also expended into an expansive business. According to Jason, Dalton's Farm Toys "has the largest selection of 1/64 farm toys and models on the internet."
"We have over 3,500 farm toys in our online catalog with pictures of every one. We specialize in older and out-of-production items, but also carry a full line of new releases as well." he said.
Jason began collecting 30 years ago. Now, Jason proudly said, "I have all brands, from the common pieces to super rare. I also have everything new in the box/package if it came in one. I have a lot of one-of-a-kind pieces as well as prototypes that were never actually produced. I even have a lot of misprints and incorrectly packaged items. I have every gold Toy Farmer 1/64 scale tractor ever made. Only a few people have that set. I also have every 1/64 Big Bud tractor made, including a prototype, samples and one-of-a-kind model."