NASCAR collectibles can be as simple as a t-shirt or hat featuring someone’s favorite driver, as intricate as a die-cast version of that driver’s car, or even a piece of that driver’s car – yes, the real one. While the world of NASCAR collectibles has lost some of the momentum it had in the 1990s and 2000s, there are still many collectors who are willing to pay top dollar for unique pieces supporting their favorite sport.
One piece of racing history that NASCAR fans are paying top dollar for is a piece of the sport’s most famous track, Daytona International Speedway. Late 2010 saw the Florida track go through its first repaving since 1978, and a collectible goldmine was struck as the pieces came up. The website Nascar.com is selling more than a dozen items featuring actual pieces of the speedway, put together by Jostens. While fans can get a sample of the track for $24.99, the biggest pieces are going for $179.99 – choice of a piece of track from the frontstretch, or Turns 1, 2, 3, or 4. For those looking for a piece of the track to commemorate one of the greatest drivers in the history of the speedway, check out the “#3,” which commemorates the late Dale Earnhardt, for just $149.99.
Autographed collectibles are among the most expensive items a NASCAR fan will pay for. Of course, fans will make sure they are buying something with a certificate of authenticity, and one place to find such items is the Hamilton Collection. Two pieces bound to be popular are the 2008 1:24-scale die-cast cars featuring the paint schemes of the Cup Series’ Most Popular Driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Both the AMP Energy and National Guard schemes are available, and the limited edition (2,000 pieces of each signed) collectibles are available to fans for $249.95.
For the die-hard NASCAR fan, only a piece of the car will do, because they probably have everything else relating to their favorite driver. The website Racingmetal.com has a massive collection of race car sheet metal and tires for sale, and some of the items come with certificates of authenticity from the race teams. Jimmie Johnson fans can pick up a piece of the champ’s #48 Chevrolet for prices ranging from $25 to $600, and Dale Earnhardt fans can find an unopened bottle of champagne from his 76th win in 2000 for a mere $450.