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The Graham Hamilton Ultimate Matchbox Picture Box Collection

Part 1 - 26th & 27th May 2021

Part 2 - 29th & 30th September 2021

Does exactly what it says on the tin!

Covering the entire Lesney Matchbox Picture Box era from 1962 - 1982 the collection covers every possible genre of Matchbox collecting. You name it and it’s comprehensively represented including obscure ranges such as Screaming Demons along with Retailers Point of Sale Shop Displays etc.

Well-known and respected in international Matchbox circles Graham has pieced his personal collection together over decades of trading. Many rare and unique models have come directly from Ex-Lesney employees, many of whom worked within the research and development department responsible for designing new additions to the range. 

The philosophy of the collection was simple - to assemble an example of every picture box released by Matchbox Toys over the years including significant printing variations where applicable. The hard part was then to match this box artwork to a corresponding model so that body, window, interior, base and wheel variations were an exact match to the artists illustration on the box. Pretty much an impossible task to complete, but we do have a dazzling array of these throughout the sale.

Part 1 of the collection will be held over 26th/27th May comprising both Regular Wheel and Superfast 1-75 series models, with the remainder of the collection being offered on the 29th/30th September.

To commemorate this landmark event Vectis Auctions are publishing a full colour Limited Edition collector’s reference catalogue priced at just £25. Demand for these catalogues is bound to be high, so to avoid disappointment please register your interest in purchasing a copy as quickly as possible.

Check out our YouTube channel for an in depth preview with Graham and our very own Julian Royse:

Providing the Governments road map continues on the right course, the room will be open to the public for this auction. Customers must wear face masks (unless exempt) and regularly sanitise hands. The two-metre rule will also apply.

A photo Album has been created on our Facebook page for additional images from this collection. This can be viewed at the following link: -


We have also created an Events Page on Facebook. Any interested parties can join the event and it will send a reminder for the sale and give updates: -




Viewing times: Tuesday 25th May

                    10am - 4pm by appointment only


                    Wednesday 26th May

                    8am - 10am, auction commences at 10: 00am


                    Thursday 27th May

                    8am - 10am, auction commences at 10: 00am


Unfortunately, due to the pandemic no tea or coffee facilities are available. Please bring your own refreshments if required.