by Mark Macreading
An avid Winross collector, Tom Mosher, lives in Michigan, just outside of Detroit. I first met Tom and his wife, Karen, back in the 1980s, more than likely at a toy show somewhere. Tom was a contributor to the original American Toy Trucker magazine back in the 1980s, writing some feature stories on Winross models. But his interest in trucks dates back to his childhood.
Tom has traveled in the inner “Winross circle” of friends, referring to a group of Winross collectors who meet at shows and share information on models. One of the great meeting grounds was always the Macungie, Penn., Das Awkscht Fescht, in August, where collectors gather to eat, drink and talk about toys.
Tom has a knack for finding interesting models and can sniff out a good deal or rare model at a show like a hound dog on the hunt. This explains some of the unusual and rare models in his collection.
Tom has always been active in the Winross hobby, setting up displays at the annual Winross reunions featuring various themes. Last year, he built a display of Winross White Truck replicas. He is also the long-standing president of the East Michigan chapter of the Winross Collectors Club of America. His wife, Karen, attends all the shows with Tom and is well-known for her banana cream pies.
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