Starting a collection is not hard at all. I started when I was 12 years old. I would go to flea markets and antique stores looking for 60 year old toys. But if you are a child, you might have a hard time explaining to your parents why they should take you to those places. So I recommend eBay, an on line auction website. It is free to bid on items in eBay. When I went there for the first time, I was shocked to find how many things they had on Cracker Jack. Not only were there a lot of items, but they were most likely cheaper than if you were at an antique store or flea market!!!!!! WOW!!! For me myself I buy most of the rare toys on eBay.
Now for the parents. I have never been cheated on eBay like most people would expect. Check it out for yourself......You don't have to have a membership to look at the items.
Click here for a link to www.eBay.com.
When you have gone there, type in "Cracker Jack," then click "search."
When you know that you are going to start a collection, buy the new ones all the time, and at the same time work on the old ones.