Matchbox collectors gather at one-of-a-kind convention

ALBUQUERQUE (KQRE) – On Sunday, Matchbox showed off a car that’s normally exclusive to Albuquerque roads – an APD police car.

The Matchbox Gathering of Friends Convention took place in northeast Albuquerque and those who attended said they had a good time.

“I love cars,” said Russel Forest. “Can’t get a hold of a real one, what’s better than Matchbox?”

The convention is where many collectors go to find exclusive pieces for their Matchbox sets.

The APD police car maker, Eric Griego, says the one-of-a-kind design came from pictures he had taken of the patrol car.

Some visitors said they’ve been collecting since they were kids and have collections as large as 14,000 Matchbox cars. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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