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Bay Area Collectors' Association History
1971 BAMCA was founded April 15, 1971. It was originally a chapter of the Matchbox Collectors Club, but persisted long after that entity disappeared.
1994 The website was started in 1994. Originally it was just a list of links to other websites, but one year Matchbox announced their new lineup in advance, and we thought it would be cool to show it on the site. Things snowballed from there.
1996 1996 was the 25th anniversary of the club. We did a special club model that year, where we took the Matchbox Originals Bedford Van and put different decals on it.

1996 was also when we got the official approval to use the Matchbox logo on the website.

In December, an article was published in the Palo Alto Weekly about one of our club members.

1998 We bought the domain name in 1998. Real work began on creating a comprehensive information site about Matchbox Toys. Most of the scripting was written in PERL.

In December, an article was published in the New York Times that mentioned one of our club members.

2000 In 2000, the entire site was converted to Python.
2004 Starting 2004, the entire site was rewritten again to create a web framework and use a more cohesive design.
2010 In 2009 an effort was begun to convert the site to run off a MySQL database. This work completed in 2010. There are still some old pages that run off of text files, but almost everything that has to do with 3-inch models is in the DB.

We also added a FaseBook page. Feel free to "like" it!

2014 At this point all the scripts that run the site were put into GitHub. Anyone who is intereted in seeing this can contact us for more information.
2015 In 2015 the site was rewritten (again!) to use the Jinja2 rendering engine. This nakes much of the site simpler and easier to maintain.
2016 All new pictures added to the site are now also posted to our tumblr account.
The Future Going forward, there are many plans for things to add, but they require time, which is in short supply. We'll do them when we can. The most pressing projects are to fill in more variation and product pictures, and to add more models and products to the database.

Current and planned projects:

  • Add support for publications, playsets, packaging, large scale models, etc.
  • Allow multiple pictures per variation
  • Link related variations
  • Add more comparison entries
  • Add support for packs limited to region
  • Add more entries to the annual lineup pages
  • Add support for multiple castings at a number in a year (the 1969SE problem)
  • Add a blog link for posting textual updates (notes, minutes, etc)
...BIG things:
  • Convert more rendering code to Jinja2
  • Add an API
  • Create a mobile-frendly site
  • Redesign the database schema
Projects independent of software version:
  • Incorporate the missing variations from Charlie
  • Build out data for related castings
  • Add larger-scale castings
  • Document the BAMCA library
  • Add more pictures!

This page is maintained by members of BAMCA. See here for information on contacting us.