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Retro Twitter updates for 2012-06-17

June 17th, 2012

It’s the 30th Anniversary of Robotron, the perfect time to revive a pair of cabinets. (Robotron restoration pt 1)

June 6th, 2012

robotron arcade game

I’ve been hanging on to this old Robotron cabinet forever. I inherited the cab when a good friend moved out of state and didn’t want to take it with him. It was a project that I figured I’d get around to one day, well one day ended up being almost ten years, yikes! It wasn’t until another collector suggested that I restore his cabinet at the same time that I got motivated. He’d cover materials and I’d finally get the project underway, so what the heck. I prefer to restore multiples of the same cabinet anyway, it makes for efficient use of time and materials. The cool thing is that this restoration project coincides with the 30th anniversary of Eugene Jarvis’ classic Williams arcade game. I’ll have to do a good job! Insert token to continue…

Stern production numbers and more CCI photos

May 1st, 2012

Among the Chicago Coin Industry press photos, Stern flyers and parts I found this little gem. (see the original post HERE) A two page, photo copied list of Stern production numbers! Stuff like this doesn’t come up too often so this is a great find. Sheds some light on how many games were in production and how long they were being produced. Insert token to continue…

Chicago Coin Las Vegas Shuffle advertisement found!

April 30th, 2012

A recent arcade purchase from a former Stern employee turned out to be a small treasure trove of arcade history. I was super excited to find a potentially NOS Stern Frenzy cabinet right from the factory floor! You can see it stuffed into the back of my 4 runner below, or check out the full post about the cabinet HERE. As exciting as that was, the real treasure turned out to be the plastic bin of miscellaneous parts and documentation.

NOS Frenzy Cabinet

In a Rubbermaid tote full of parts, photos, flyers and documentation, I found an original 8.5″ x 11″ marker rendering mock-up of the 1963 Chicago Coin Las Vegas Shuffle game. The artwork is drawn on vellum and then glued back to back onto a piece of white filler paper to create a double sided flyer. This was probably done in house by the marketing department, or by the person handling the company advertising at the time. The mock up is very similar to the flyer that was eventually produced and gives a rare glimpse at the creative process behind the arcade flyers we love so much. Insert token to continue…

Grabbed a handful of arcade assets today!

April 27th, 2012

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.

Moon War flyer

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. Insert token to continue…

Retro Twitter updates for 2012-04-22

April 22nd, 2012
  • Looked at a Real ct style pinball by Game Plan today. Seller wouldn't budge off 150 and with acid and PF damage, I passed. Neat game. #
  • 5th Ave Frogger Uses Real Cars, Spares Frogs: http://t.co/7S9tUjDx via @make #

Retro Twitter updates for 2012-04-01

April 1st, 2012
  • Tokens are always welcome in my game room. Uncommon currency – Arcade Tokens http://t.co/o6yF2X1y via @pinballbayarea #
  • Today I get, "Nah, you're not a dork, you're just passionate about the hobby!" #
  • Supposed to be moving games around in Indy, instead I'm moving $2k over to the Toyota dealer for my 1st major repair in 9yrs. Ugh. #

Retro Twitter updates for 2012-03-25

March 25th, 2012
  • Contacted by a former Stern employee with a factory fresh Frenzy cabinet! Unfortunately it is just the cab and bezel… #
  • I told my boys I was reading them history tonight. Starting with Giant Size X-Men #1 and moving forward through the series 🙂 #
  • Grabbed that factory fresh Frenzy cab today along with a bin full of photos from the factory! #

Retro Twitter updates for 2012-02-19

February 19th, 2012

Georgia or Bust! Part One

February 18th, 2012

The annual arcade road trip was in jeopardy! Jeff had scored a fantastic new full time job and I was in school trying to finish up my RN degree. It was already October of 2011 and we hadn’t been on the road yet, time was slipping away and with the holidays quickly approaching, I didn’t think we’d pull off a trip this year. Never fear, the bulk deal would save us! Jeff had been working on securing a bulk deal somewhere near the east coast of Georgia, of all places, and was having some trouble. With a little help from our friend Steve, a collector in Georgia, the deal was secured and Jeff ended up with a nice Food Fight. He just had to pick it up or have it shipped. It was then that I remembered the trade offer I got from that same collector. Steve wanted a Tron and I just happened to have a nice working Tron. I wanted a Black Hole pinball and Steve just happened to have a nice working Black Hole pinball. Shipping wasn’t an option for me, so I’d have to drive there to pick it up. It hadn’t made sense before, but for some reason it did now.

Map

What a drive it would be, at just over 17 hours and about 1000 miles one way. Ouch. But now there were two games to pick up and the annual arcade road trip was starting to take shape. I was on winter break from school and Jeff took some vacation time. The trip to Georgia and back again was on!. The idea was to take our time on the way down and visit a few collectors in route. We’d meet up with Steve to grab the games and check out his collection, and then take a few short detours to see collectors on the way back, just to make it interesting. I was excited to squeeze in the trip before the year was up and this time we’d be bringing back some cool games. With the trailer secured I was ready to go. Insert token to continue…