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SubjectMy Asteroids Story, Whats your best find?? new Reply to this message
Posted byCoinUp!
Posted on06/15/01 02:42 AM



This is all in Milwaukee, Wi. BTW!

I was driving my Nathan Hale bus route, at 9:30 in the morning. I was going
up Lincoln and noticed a huge sign that said Moving Sale, everything for
sale. Then my eyes caught sight of something wonderful.

I saw a Ms. Pac Man and a Asteroids, just sitting out in the open
amongst the chairs and tables. I couldn't stop cause I was on route to pick
up kids. Man, that sucked!! Well maybe no one will get them while I drive.
Halfway through my route I decided not to go. Then at the end while going
down Howard I decided to go. So I went back to the Sale to check them out.
Even if I go, it probobly would cost to much anyways. I pulled up and saw
some guy nosing around the Ms. Pac! Oh NO!

So I ran the rest of the way(I really did!), and tried to find a guy in
charge of the sale. I found a guy and chatted with him about the Ms. Pac. He
said that it turned on and came up with a error(Board Fix!), and that he
wanted to see if he could fix it first. I said ok, what about Asteroids...

"Asteroids doesn't work at all." he says. Then I said, "You mean the
machine is DEAD?". "Yeah, I guess it's DEAD." Stressing the dead part. I
went out and looked at it. It was a dedicated machine with full side art(few
scratches nothing major), bezel, marquee, and fully painted control panel!!.
Even dead it might be worth getting. It was alittle dirty, nothing alittle
elbow grease wouldn't cure. So I go back to the guy and ask.

"So what do you want for it since it's DEAD."

"Make me an offer?"

"How about $50?" I asked very nervously.

"Sure! $50 bucks it is!!" he replied.

So I just scored a mint Asteroids with a near perfect artwork! I'm sure
I can get it to function again. So he put a sold sign on it and I went to
drop my bus off. I got my Dads Pickup and paid the guy. In the hour I was
gone he said he had at least 5 people asking about it. Lucky I got there
when I did it seems. So I got it home and looked inside, theres the power
cord.. hey wait, it's not attached to the power supply!! Could be why it wasn't working. Later that night I plug in the cord and turned it on. Sure enough everthing powered up and played, cept the monitor didn't work. I fiddled with the buttons and all the righ tsounds came out. i did notice when I hit fire that faint shots were on the screen. So I turned up the brightness and contrast. Perfect!! It all works!

Oh, by the way I got the Asteroids for $50, some lucky guy got the Ms. Pac
to work, and got it for $75. Now I wanna know why my asteroids has white
sides and not black?

Dan








SubjectRe: My Asteroids Story, Whats your best find?? Reply to this message
Posted byFly V
Posted on06/15/01 10:17 PM



nice story..

i got something like that.. just featuring a new (with plastic wrap) out-run 3d for master system.. :)
i payed 3us$ for it..
oh well..
you're luckier than me after all.. since a arcade machine is much cooler than vg cart.. :)




Worse than the lost, is the humiliation.
Fly V


SubjectNot "as cool" new Reply to this message
Posted byParatech
Posted on06/17/01 02:16 AM



But I was happy to get 26 Atari 2600 games, the system, a nice box to keep them organized all for $15... Less than $1 per game with system, only 2 gamesfailed to work, and a friend of mine sent me 20 games as a gift when I wanted tobuya space invaders off of him...

I still like tinkering with the system, even if I have every game viaemulation, it's still fun... :)

-"Those who do not partake of emulation politics do not understand the need to preserve arcade games, while those who live politics cannot understand why arcade games are preserved"


SubjectMy best find. (god bless him) new Reply to this message
Posted byDonnie
Posted on06/17/01 01:42 PM



I went to look at an arcade machine as part of a deceased estate. It belonged to an elderly man survived by his wife and daughters.

I called up and said I was saddend to hear about their loss, but awkwardly happy to hear about the machine. I showed up at the place and several people were there looking at the cars for sale, and a few people were looking at the machine. One guy said $500, if it included some games.

Well, this was right place right time, I don't perscribe this to anyone, as I was REALLY lucky. The old lady asked if I was interested, and I said that I was the boy that rang earlier. I had brought her some flowers I'd picked along the way, and told her how horrible I felt about the situation, but that I really had fallen inlove with the game.

She said that was a common story that day, and that many people said they remembered playing, 'Galaga'. She asked me why it was special to me.

I told her that about 15 years ago, when I was 4 years old my father and I would go to the beach of a Sunday, his only day away from the family business. During Summer, we'd play on the beach and go in the surf, but during the winter, we would go to a little fish and chip shop along the beach that isn't there anymore and my dad would give me a hand full of coins to play.

I added that I was too short to see the screen, so the shop owner would bring out a plastic milk carton when he saw me come thru the door of a Sunday, and then slide it back under the counter when I'd finished until next week.

The old lady lost it. Really lost it. I mean you have no idea how bad I felt, she went inside and I felt really bad. She came out with her hands on a big wet tissue a few minutes later and said to me,

'I never knew why he kept that milk carton under the counter. Thanks. It's yours. Take it.'

I gave her a hug and asked if she was sure, and she nodded and went back inside.

I wasn't sure what to do, then one of the daughters came out and I said that I felt terrible. She said no, her mum was so happy to finally meet me. She helped me load it up.

Though this might seem really odd to you guys, especially those that know the size of my collection, this is a very special one for me. It is the first game I played, and I have the actual game.

I've cleaned it up, removed the cobwebs and the grease, replaced the scratched glass and retouched the instruction sheets in paintshop and printed them out and put them on the wood under the glass. How does it play?

I don't know. I'm not 4 years old, and the storekeeper hasn't put my blue milk carton infront of it.

I've never turned the machine on.




SubjectRe: My best find. (god bless him) new Reply to this message
Posted bypcb-a-holic
Posted on06/18/01 07:34 PM



Congrats to all. They all are great finds.

Does the Asteroid machine look like any of these?
http://www.klov.com/A/Asteroids.html

My guess is that it's an asteroids deluxe cabinet.




SubjectThis is THE best videogame collecting story I've ever heard! (nt) new Reply to this message
Posted bySolvalou
Posted on06/18/01 07:42 PM



> I went to look at an arcade machine as part of a deceased estate. It belonged to
> an elderly man survived by his wife and daughters.
>
> I called up and said I was saddend to hear about their loss, but awkwardly happy
> to hear about the machine. I showed up at the place and several people were
> there looking at the cars for sale, and a few people were looking at the
> machine. One guy said $500, if it included some games.
>
> Well, this was right place right time, I don't perscribe this to anyone, as I
> was REALLY lucky. The old lady asked if I was interested, and I said that I was
> the boy that rang earlier. I had brought her some flowers I'd picked along the
> way, and told her how horrible I felt about the situation, but that I really had
> fallen inlove with the game.
>
> She said that was a common story that day, and that many people said they
> remembered playing, 'Galaga'. She asked me why it was special to me.
>
> I told her that about 15 years ago, when I was 4 years old my father and I would
> go to the beach of a Sunday, his only day away from the family business. During
> Summer, we'd play on the beach and go in the surf, but during the winter, we
> would go to a little fish and chip shop along the beach that isn't there anymore
> and my dad would give me a hand full of coins to play.
>
> I added that I was too short to see the screen, so the shop owner would bring
> out a plastic milk carton when he saw me come thru the door of a Sunday, and
> then slide it back under the counter when I'd finished until next week.
>
> The old lady lost it. Really lost it. I mean you have no idea how bad I felt,
> she went inside and I felt really bad. She came out with her hands on a big wet
> tissue a few minutes later and said to me,
>
> 'I never knew why he kept that milk carton under the counter. Thanks. It's
> yours. Take it.'
>
> I gave her a hug and asked if she was sure, and she nodded and went back inside.
>
>
> I wasn't sure what to do, then one of the daughters came out and I said that I
> felt terrible. She said no, her mum was so happy to finally meet me. She helped
> me load it up.
>
> Though this might seem really odd to you guys, especially those that know the
> size of my collection, this is a very special one for me. It is the first game I
> played, and I have the actual game.
>
> I've cleaned it up, removed the cobwebs and the grease, replaced the scratched
> glass and retouched the instruction sheets in paintshop and printed them out and
> put them on the wood under the glass. How does it play?
>
> I don't know. I'm not 4 years old, and the storekeeper hasn't put my blue milk
> carton infront of it.
>
> I've never turned the machine on.
>



"Jesus built my Hotrod."




SubjectRe: My best find. (god bless him) new Reply to this message
Posted byRocLobsta
Posted on06/19/01 06:25 PM



wow what a story! Nearly made me cry! Turn the thing on, play it again, the old man would surely be happy if you did!


SubjectDefinitely best game collecting story ever *nt* new Reply to this message
Posted byPr3tty F1y
Posted on06/20/01 10:34 PM



> I went to look at an arcade machine as part of a deceased estate. It belonged to
> an elderly man survived by his wife and daughters.
>
> I called up and said I was saddend to hear about their loss, but awkwardly happy
> to hear about the machine. I showed up at the place and several people were
> there looking at the cars for sale, and a few people were looking at the
> machine. One guy said $500, if it included some games.
>
> Well, this was right place right time, I don't perscribe this to anyone, as I
> was REALLY lucky. The old lady asked if I was interested, and I said that I was
> the boy that rang earlier. I had brought her some flowers I'd picked along the
> way, and told her how horrible I felt about the situation, but that I really had
> fallen inlove with the game.
>
> She said that was a common story that day, and that many people said they
> remembered playing, 'Galaga'. She asked me why it was special to me.
>
> I told her that about 15 years ago, when I was 4 years old my father and I would
> go to the beach of a Sunday, his only day away from the family business. During
> Summer, we'd play on the beach and go in the surf, but during the winter, we
> would go to a little fish and chip shop along the beach that isn't there anymore
> and my dad would give me a hand full of coins to play.
>
> I added that I was too short to see the screen, so the shop owner would bring
> out a plastic milk carton when he saw me come thru the door of a Sunday, and
> then slide it back under the counter when I'd finished until next week.
>
> The old lady lost it. Really lost it. I mean you have no idea how bad I felt,
> she went inside and I felt really bad. She came out with her hands on a big wet
> tissue a few minutes later and said to me,
>
> 'I never knew why he kept that milk carton under the counter. Thanks. It's
> yours. Take it.'
>
> I gave her a hug and asked if she was sure, and she nodded and went back inside.
>
>
> I wasn't sure what to do, then one of the daughters came out and I said that I
> felt terrible. She said no, her mum was so happy to finally meet me. She helped
> me load it up.
>
> Though this might seem really odd to you guys, especially those that know the
> size of my collection, this is a very special one for me. It is the first game I
> played, and I have the actual game.
>
> I've cleaned it up, removed the cobwebs and the grease, replaced the scratched
> glass and retouched the instruction sheets in paintshop and printed them out and
> put them on the wood under the glass. How does it play?
>
> I don't know. I'm not 4 years old, and the storekeeper hasn't put my blue milk
> carton infront of it.
>
> I've never turned the machine on.
>


_ _ - - = = Pr3tty F1y = = - - _ _


Subjectit's special because it's off, but thanks. new Reply to this message
Posted byDonnie
Posted on06/21/01 01:53 PM



It really does have a really special place for me, even though it's actually under a sheet in the garage. If anyone has a website they can put it on, I can send some pictures thru for the group to see.




SubjectI can top that! new Reply to this message
Posted byCronos
Posted on06/28/01 03:56 AM



I strong arm robbed a 7-11 once for a slurpee machine and a NeoGeo 4 slot... Oh yeah and roll of quarters!

Joking headers for the board subject make for joking on the board afterall! ;)







SubjectRe: My best find. (god bless him) new Reply to this message
Posted byfuuma30
Posted on09/06/01 05:37 PM



Well, this is paltry compared to the arcade machine, but I got two NESs, a light gun, two controllers, and a plastic tub full of games(most of which worked after being cleaned)
for $10. Recently, the Nintendo I had stopped working, and I even dropped it disconnecting it from the TV, so I went and got the second Nintendo and hooked it up. Unfortunately, it takes a few minutes of inserting and re-inserting the cartridges to get them to work, and I can't get the Duck Tales cartridge to work anymore, but I'm still glad I bought it, I will always have a soft spot for the NES.


SubjectRe: My Asteroids Story, Whats your best find?? new Reply to this message
Posted byBustWolf
Posted on10/13/01 08:52 AM



I took 3 hits of LSD with some bros of mine when i came out of the trip i found out i had a neogeo cabinet with MS in my garage
go figure

**What RU looking at**


SubjectHehe, I have an Astroids machine too... new Reply to this message
Posted byMoxManiac
Posted on10/25/01 11:20 AM



Had it in my family ever since I can remember. The coin slots need fixing/replacing, but everything else is almost perfect, art, buttons, etc. That thing has become a family heirloom. :)


SubjectSurf's Up & Pengo... new Reply to this message
Posted byHeavy_Metal
Posted on10/31/01 10:37 AM



As a long-time game collector, I've had my share of good finds, but one of my two best is the discovery of my Atari 2600 Surf's Up prototype. Long story short, about two years ago I purchased a bunch of Atari games at a used game store in Baton Rouge. The carts were 3 for $10, and I got about nine or ten. When I got home, I began checking them using the rarity database at the Atari 2600 Nexus (now www.atariage.com ). One of them, an Amiga-style cart with "Surf's Up" typed on a plain white label, wasn't listed. I checked the prototype list, and sure enough, there it was. Only 3 known to exist. WTF?! I checked the cart against the ROM image, and it was legit. So, for a mere $3.33, I became the owner of Surf's Up #4. About a month later, another one was discovered somewhere (a guy showed it on his webpage); to the best of my knowledge, these five are the only Surf's Up carts extant. I don't plan on selling it, since it's such a great "gloat item". (You collectors know what I'm talking about! ;-) You can see my scan of it at:

http://www.atariage.com/cart_page.html?SystemID=2600&SoftwareLabelID=805&ItemTypeID=CART

As if that wasn't cool enough, issue #102 of Game Informer actually shows my cartridge on page 118. (They got the scans from Atari Age.)

Several weeks ago I found a Pengo arcade machine at a local Salvation Army for $50. It was discounted because the monitor is just about shot. However, everything else is in very good condition. These are some minor scratches on the sides and around the edges, but overall the unit is clean and very nice-looking. In fact, everything works perfectly except for the aforementioned monitor. Only half of the screen apears, and the other half is squeezed into a bright vertical line in the middle. It looks like the CRT is going bad, similar to an old television. Understandable, since the inspection sticker is dated June of 1982. (If anyone knows how to repair this, or where I can get a replacement monitor, please let me know. Thanks!) The coin counter was on 10586, so the machine has defintely seen some usage in its day. This machine is significant for me because it's my first arcade unit; I've wanted to get into arcade collecting for a long time (too long!), but not until recently did I even have the space for them. (Still don't really have the money, barring an exceptional find like this one.) Next on my list are Pac-Man, Joust, and Zaxxon, followed my countless other titles I used to play back in the day... Looks like the classics are back for the next wave!

--=*Heavy Metal*=--




> This is all in Milwaukee, Wi. BTW!
>
> I was driving my Nathan Hale bus route, at 9:30 in the morning. I was going
> up Lincoln and noticed a huge sign that said Moving Sale, everything for
> sale. Then my eyes caught sight of something wonderful.
>
> I saw a Ms. Pac Man and a Asteroids, just sitting out in the open
> amongst the chairs and tables. I couldn't stop cause I was on route to pick
> up kids. Man, that sucked!! Well maybe no one will get them while I drive.
> Halfway through my route I decided not to go. Then at the end while going
> down Howard I decided to go. So I went back to the Sale to check them out.
> Even if I go, it probobly would cost to much anyways. I pulled up and saw
> some guy nosing around the Ms. Pac! Oh NO!
>
> So I ran the rest of the way(I really did!), and tried to find a guy in
> charge of the sale. I found a guy and chatted with him about the Ms. Pac. He
> said that it turned on and came up with a error(Board Fix!), and that he
> wanted to see if he could fix it first. I said ok, what about Asteroids...
>
> "Asteroids doesn't work at all." he says. Then I said, "You mean the
> machine is DEAD?". "Yeah, I guess it's DEAD." Stressing the dead part. I
> went out and looked at it. It was a dedicated machine with full side art(few
> scratches nothing major), bezel, marquee, and fully painted control panel!!.
> Even dead it might be worth getting. It was alittle dirty, nothing alittle
> elbow grease wouldn't cure. So I go back to the guy and ask.
>
> "So what do you want for it since it's DEAD."
>
> "Make me an offer?"
>
> "How about $50?" I asked very nervously.
>
> "Sure! $50 bucks it is!!" he replied.
>
> So I just scored a mint Asteroids with a near perfect artwork! I'm sure
> I can get it to function again. So he put a sold sign on it and I went to
> drop my bus off. I got my Dads Pickup and paid the guy. In the hour I was
> gone he said he had at least 5 people asking about it. Lucky I got there
> when I did it seems. So I got it home and looked inside, theres the power
> cord.. hey wait, it's not attached to the power supply!! Could be why it wasn't
> working. Later that night I plug in the cord and turned it on. Sure enough
> everthing powered up and played, cept the monitor didn't work. I fiddled with
> the buttons and all the righ tsounds came out. i did notice when I hit fire that
> faint shots were on the screen. So I turned up the brightness and contrast.
> Perfect!! It all works!
>
> Oh, by the way I got the Asteroids for $50, some lucky guy got the Ms. Pac
> to work, and got it for $75. Now I wanna know why my asteroids has white
> sides and not black?
>
> Dan
>





SubjectRe: My Asteroids Story, Whats your best find?? new Reply to this message
Posted byTheDarkAbyss
Posted on02/05/02 06:46 PM



Bought a Galaga 88, to find lots of Donkey Kong parts inside. So now im using those to slowly build a Donkey Kong machine out of the Galaga 88 (keeping galaga 88 inside though)


TheDarkAbyss



SubjectLessons in Stupidity.... new Reply to this message
Posted byspazzman90
Posted on02/17/02 06:34 AM



Back when I first started collecting (around 1994), every junk store always had SOMETHING in regards to vintage gameing. And it was always priced cheap. There was one Goodwill store that always had a videogame or 2 or even a pin in stock. They were always priced at $50. Well, there was a catch. You couldn't plug them in and it was as-is. Back then I thought $50 was way too much for something I didn't know worked or not. I let some good games slip through my fingers. Most notably were a Ms. Pacman, Crystal Castles cocktail, Defender cocktail, Tron, Gauntlet, Track and Field, and many more. I finally decided to take the plunge when a Frogger cocktail showed up. I finally figured out that even if it wasn't working, maybe I could get it working again. Too bad it was at the tail end of the cheap games. It turns out the Frogger worked flawlessly, as did the original Mario Bros, and Super Mario Bros. I got from there. They are all in decent cosmetic shape. I really wish I would have picked up more. These games have always made great conversation pieces and are still fun to play. Garage sale season is coming up, and I encourage all game collectors to get at least one good classic game for the family room.

-spazzman




SubjectRe: Lessons in Stupidity.... new Reply to this message
Posted byRoushiMSX
Posted on02/19/02 06:43 PM



While I was stationed in Japan, there was a little bookstore (called Bookworm) down the street from the base that also sold used videogames. Every week or two I'd walk on in and scan the selection but never really buying much.. examples of stuff I totally missed out on because I figured I could get it later:

Neo Geo cart system for $50
Neo Geo CD system for $50
TurboDuo R system for $25 (I did pick up a Duo RX system, but donated it to someone that had a greater need for it than me)

A little further down the street was a great place called "Future Bee" that mainly sold videogames, but also sold collectable card games.. they always had a full stock of used hardware and games just kicking around, always in excellent shape. One day I walked in and they had a PC-FX with 4 games up for grabs for ~ 16,800yen . It seemed a little high, so i passed on it.. the next week it was gone... I never thought I'd see it again. A few months later, however, I saw a PC-FX for sale at Brute (again, right down the street just a bit further) for _3,800 yen_, again, with the same 4 games. Why I didn't buy it is beyond me.. probably for the same reason I didn't buy the Saturn Virtual On sticks.. for the same reason i didn't buy the Saturn controller adaptor for the PC (add on card..can't remember if it was ISA or PCI..had ports for 2 saturn controllers)..hell, the same reason why I didn't pick up more hentai saturn software for $500yen when Future Boy was unloading their Saturn software...

I was just too damn stupid.

*sigh*




SubjectRe: My Asteroids Story, Whats your best find?? new Reply to this message
Posted by|Badger|
Posted on04/12/02 02:09 PM



I have a few similar stories like this one.

All these are just from talking to co-workers.

1. Co-worker was moving and new I collected arcade games. Said he has a Street Fighter II, Atari Stunt Cycle and Yie Ar Kung Fu. Said I could have them for FREE if I just take them off his hands.

2. Another co-worker heard me talking about arcade games and she said they have KLAX in their garage their kids don't play with. Said I can have it for FREE :)

3. ANOTHER co-worker (also heard me discussing arcade games) said he had an old Atari 2600 with about 50 carts and said I could have it for...you guessed it...FREE.

Morale of this story:
Try to work in video/arcade games into conversation - you'd be suprised what people have/willing to get rid of :)



SubjectRe: Lessons in Stupidity.... new Reply to this message
Posted byVideoman
Posted on04/20/02 09:13 AM



>it is beyond me..
> probably for the same reason I didn't buy the Saturn Virtual On sticks.. for the
> same reason i didn't buy the Saturn controller adaptor for the PC (add on
> card..can't remember if it was ISA or PCI..had ports for 2 saturn
> controllers)..hell, the same reason why I didn't pick up more hentai saturn
> software for $500yen when Future Boy was unloading their Saturn software...
>
> I was just too damn stupid.
>
> *sigh*

Hey, I have one of those Saturn controller-adapter boards... actually, it's a Diamond Edge3D board, the higher-end one, and besides having the original NVidia NV-1 GPU, and three Sega PC ports (specific to this hardware, I think VF, Daytona, and Panzer Dragoon), it also includes the bracket for the dual Saturn pad interfaces.
Let me know if you're interested.






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