Nigel Cooper has just been appointed Matchbox Ambassador for 2013/2014 at the annual Matchbox Collectors Gathering of Friends in Alburquerque, New Mexico (weekend of July 20/21).

Given that the 60th anniversary of the brand, now owned by Mattel, falls within this period, it’s great to see an expert from the UK (and serious Matchbox enthusiasts and long term readers of this magazine will be aware that Nigel is one of the foremost experts in the world in this field), where the whole story began, take the reigns. Naturally this will be a very busy year for Nigel, who has over the years contributed numerous articles to Model Collector and regularly updated the Matchbox sections of the Model Price Guide. But knowing Nigel he will take this all in his stride, and we look forward to bringing you more of his Matchbox wisdom in the months to come.