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Gun Fight Arcade Game #222

I picked up a pair of video games off eBay because a good friend and fellow collector was looking for an Omega Race, the price was good, and it was pretty close to me. The seller also had a Gun Fight arcade game and I figured if I had to drive to pick up the Omega Race, another game would make the trip more interesting. I figured both games wouldn’t be hanging around my place for long, the OR would go to my friend and the Gun Fight I would document and flip to cover my gas and trailer costs, hopefully. The old black and whites don’t bring big bucks, but they are fun.

Omega Race and Gun Fight

Won the games on eBay and was able to grab them and drag them back to the old house in Palos Park, IL. Both cabinets were in OK shape, but would certainly need some TLC to bring them back to life. I didn’t do much with the Omega Race as it was going away, but I needed to clean up the gun fight for the resell. I love these old cabs as they highlight the transition from the highly stylized EM cabinets, to the “modern” cabinets of the mid to late 80’s. The gun fight keeps some of the stylized look, along with some funky stenciled side art in the EM style. Midway (Bally) would eventually switch to screened decals, but the old black and white games still had that classic EM feel.

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During my inspection of the Gun Fight I found the usual quarter or two, along with bits of debris laying around. But in the bottom of the cab I found something interesting. There were a couple of coin roll sleeves that had game collection data written on the back side. Pretty cool to see what kind of money the game was earning back in the early 1980’s. It appears to be data from a few locations, and based on what’s written, the game made about $227 from late August to the end of December 1980. So if you guess-ti-mate, perhaps it pulled in about $800 for the year? Considering the game was 5 years old, that’s not too shabby.

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I like finding little bits of history in these old cabinets. Gives us an idea of how things really worked and how operators made a living. There was no coin counter on this machine so I couldn’t get a complete tally, but the scribbles at least give us an idea. Cabinet is a pretty early serial number, #222, and is complete. I was able to find it a new home and while I didn’t make a pile of money, at least it got saved and ended up in the hands of a collector. I’ll post the rest of the pics below for reference.

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