Thursday, December 27, 2012

Get Ready! Registration for the 2013 Matchbox Collectors Gathering starts January 1st at Midnight!

Just a quick heads up that registration for the 11th Annual Matchbox Gathering of Friends start right at New Year's Day at midnight.  So get a bit tipsy, give your sweetie a kiss, and then hit send on your registration form and payment to ensure you are registered and one of the lucky 75 to get one of the limited Code 1 Matchbox models reserved for the first 75 registrants (just like that sick Firebird pictured above).

From event coordinator Jim Gallegos:

It is official and the contract is signed. 

The 2013 Matchbox Collectors (MC) 11th Annual International Gathering of Friends Convention will be 19-21 July 2013 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Registration will begin at midnight (right at New Years) Mountain Standard Time on 1, January 2013. 

Come meet the Mattel Team for this unparalleled event.  Last year was our biggent and best event ever.  It sold out quickly.

The top collectors from around the world will once again be in attendance.   We had many new faces last year and they look forward to joining us once again.   Come meet new friends and visit with those friends who you have meet at a previous Gathering.

The 1st 75 PAID dinner reservations will receive a special 75 piece Code 1 Dinner Model.  We have increased the number of models due to the increased attendance we had last year and in order to make sure all registered guests get a model. 

Watch for registration forms coming soon.

All proceeds will once again be donated to Rachel's Courtyard Children's Hospital.  Mattel will add a special item this year which will be raffled with the drawing to be held at the Gathering.  Need not be present to win this one.  Watch for details on how to participate.

Convention updates available on all the major/important web sites.  Links below: Email me to get added to this list of Die Cast sites.  (Facebook Site coming soon)

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  1. Please feel free to share this information with a friend. Everyone is invited to join us. Email me with any questions at

    This is the real Gathering and has been for going on 11 years.

    11th Annual Matchbox Collectors International Gathering of Friends Convention

    “Come meet the Mattel Design and marketing teams as well as the top collectors from all around the world.”

    Thank you for your interest in the 2013 11th Annual Matchbox Collectors International Gathering of Friends Toy Vehicle Convention, brought to you by Route 66 Promotions and sponsored by the Mattel Matchbox Team. The Convention will be held July 19th-July 21st 2013 at the Albuquerque Marriott, 2101 Louisiana Blvd. in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Please read and complete the following to secure your reservations at this exciting event!

    1. Select which of the following you would like to purchase:

    ◊ Dinner and Auction: Saturday, July 20th, 2012.

    (100% of proceeds will go to Rachel’s Courtyard Children’s Hospital. To donate an auction item, see
    The dinner is limited to 125 guests, admission includes dinner, participation in auction, admission to Toy Show on Sunday, July 21st, and an exclusive Code 1 dinner model (1st 75 paid registrations get an exclusive model only 75 produced). Must be present to receive models, they cannot be mailed.
    • Please indicate names (for Badges) and # of guests @ $75 per guest:



    ◊ Table(s) for Toy Show, Sunday, July 21st. Table selection is available to previous sellers first and
    then on a first come, first served basis. By purchasing tables, you agree to the following:
    • Set-up time is 8-9:30AM, Sunday, July 21st. Set-up must be completed by 9:30AM
    • No take down prior to 3PM
    • There is a limit of two people admitted per paid table reservation
    • Vendors and guests must wear provided badges while in the show
    • You will be directed to your space upon arrival
    • Only paid vendors and guests (maximum of 2 per table) may be admitted to show prior to 10AM
    • There are no refunds after July 1st, 2013, NO EXCEPTIONS
    • The promoters and/or sponsors CANNOT accept any liability for items lost, stolen, damaged, or otherwise
    • Please indicate # of tables @ $45 per table: ____

    2. Complete all fields below: (We need this information so we can have your badges made up correctly)
    First Name:______________________ Last Name:____________________ Phone:____________________
    Street Address:______________________________ City:____________________ State:_____
    Country:____________________ Email Address:______________________________

    3. Payment is due with reservation, NO EXCEPTIONS. Please choose from the following options:
    • Money Order: Payable to Jim Gallegos
    • Pay Pal: All Pay Pal payments MUST ADD 5% to cover Pay Pal fees

    4. Return this completed form via mail or email to:
    Jim Gallegos:
    Address: P.O. Box 15414, Rio Rancho, New Mexico, 87174

    Questions or if you want to donate to the charity auction?
    Contact Jim Gallegos at or call (505) 892-8848

    For Hotel Reservations: call (505) 861-6800
    and mention Route 66 die cast convention . The 2013 Convention rate is $99/night per room.

    MATCHBOX® and associated trademarks and trade dress are owned by and used under license from Mattel® Inc. © 2013 Mattel® Inc. All Rights Reserved. This convention is not affiliated with Mattel® Inc.