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Grabbed a handful of arcade assets today!

If you were thinking Stern’s Moon War, you were right! Considered by many arcade enthusiasts to have the best game flyer around, Moon War is all about 80’s sexy. Just look at that game! 🙂 While I didn’t find the actual cabinet, I did get these arcade flyers along with a small lot of goodies from a former Stern employee. While many of the flyers, pictures and schematics had water damage I did come away with some interesting stuff.

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I was contacted by Terry, a former employee of Stern’s video game division, about some old pictures and a Stern cabinet he had in storage. Could I help him determine the value? Was I interested? Of course! Getting a chance to talk to a former Stern employee and grabbing some arcade history is always of interest to me. Terry told me he saved the stuff from destruction when the division was closing down. Everything was being tossed into dumpsters and he meant everything! Heartbreaking to hear when you’re a die hard arcade collector, and sad to know that all the history and documentation about the company is gone forever. Here’s a glimpse of the small piece he was able to save.

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Doesn’t look like much, does it? Where is all the Stern paperwork? I just see a bunch of black and white press photos for EM games, right? Well…Stern bought Chicago Coin back in the day and almost all the photos you see were of Chicago Coin products, many of them labeled “FILE COPY” on the back. Terry had saved a glimpse of the old Chicago Coin Industries facility that used to be located in Chicago. Not just press photos, but actual pictures of the CCI building with vintage cars parked outside.

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There were also dozens of press photos, Stern flyers (sadly every single one had water damage), a few 8×10 negatives and a few other cool items. Some of the photos were staged to show game delivery, some showed stuff set up in show rooms, and in some pictures you caught a glimpse of the manufacturing going on in the background.

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All of this paper work was an amazing find, but I wanted to see the cabinet! Terry opened up his storage unit and there it was, a beautiful looking Frenzy cabinet. Beautiful but unfortunately incomplete. It turned out that Terry lived in the neighborhood around the Stern facility back in the 80’s. One of his good friends happened to be the son of the owner of a cabinet manufacturer, the very manufacturer that was making all the video game cabinets for Stern. It was this relationship that helped Terry land his first accounting job at Stern. The cabinet manufacturer was eventually purchased by Stern, and when the company was closing down, Terry was able to grab an unused cabinet off the factory floor. He’s been dragging it around with him ever since, with the dream of one day turning it into a complete game.

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The cabinet doesn’t have a serial number because it was never completed at the factory. Can this be considered NOS? I think so! It is not in perfect shape as it has some scratches, dings, and a couple extra holes drilled in the side where the drawer glide mounts – but this is still in great shape. The marquee is pristine with zero fade, huge bonus. Terry tells me he has the bezel for the game somewhere and will try to find it. This is one cabinet that is destined to be restored to it’s former glory. Not only did I get the paperwork and Frenzy cab, but Terry had some misc parts as well. Take a look.

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Strategy X and The End pcbs that look NOS. Misc pcbs for Berzerk that also look brand new. Lots of IC’s, schematics, a couple NOS wico joysticks, a cool little plastic Stern paper clip thing, and dozens and dozens of brand new fuses. I’m glad Terry took the time to contact me and was kind enough to share his little piece of arcade history. Thanks Terry! I’ll be posting a follow up soon with more of the press photos, a cool hand drawn advertisement and an actual production number sheet from Stern! Stay tuned.

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