I have enjoyed this post, so thought I would add my story. Started working summers, pumping gas and washing windows at a Flying A station down the street from my home in the mid 60's. Started collecting small toys and roadmaps in the late 50's, once I learned how to beg and cry until I got them. Lost interest in the 70's and early 80's. Picked up the hobby again when I started racing fulltime in the late 80's. Been collecting off and on ever sense.