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She used to play with her brother’s Matchbox toys.”Back in the 1990s, long before Gallegos launched his Matchbox convention, he and Vicki did antique toy shows around Albuquerque.
That’s when they really got into the immense universe of collecting.
We have an 82-year-old man and his wife who come from Japan each year.”Gary Dietz of Fresno, California, right, looks over the die cast vehicles of dealers Bill Rhoades, of Santa Fe, left, and Dick Davisson of Albuquerque, from left, during the 14th Annual Matchbox Collectors International Gathering of Friends in 2016.“That’s why I started it,” he said.
Two hundred collectors are registered for this year’s convention, and there will be 100 tables at the toy show, which is open to the public.“It has grown slowly and this year’s convention will be our largest one ever,” Gallegos said. They come from the United States, Japan, Brazil, Germany, England, Belgium, Mexico and Canada.
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When you consider how much space it would take to display a collection of miniature toys as large as the one owned by Gallegos, not to mention the amount of time required to dust it, it’s fortunate that his wife, Vicki, and his son, Shaun, now 32, share his enthusiasm for toys.“Vicki has several different collections,” Gallegos said.