I had quite the eBay score this past week. I was doing my usual Atari searching two weeks ago when a fairly nice looking lot of 2600/5200 games went up for sale.
So, a mixed lot of about 50 games. Pretty standard-looking, with some quality stuff mixed in: an Atari Video Cube, the Mario Bros. label variation I was missing, a clean-looking Sorcerer's Apprentice to upgrade the poor one that I had... not bad! Sure, there are a number of games with writing on the labels, but all in all... nice lot.
Then, in an instant... I saw it. A heavenly chorus reverberated in my ears...
I got tunnel vision.... suddenly, I could see only the boxed 2800 Super Breakout. The reality around me started to break down a bit, I think -- it's hard to remember exactly.
[ATARI 2800 BOX DESIRE INTENSIFIES]
Then I notice the seller... it's a Salvation Army ARC less than 10 miles from where I live! HOW?! I've never seen a 2800 box on eBay USA in my months and months and months of looking, and now there's one being sold by a seller less than a 20 minute drive away? Turns out they *also* had a separate lot with a 2800 console, so... perhaps someone brought their collection from Japan here? Who knows. Whatever -- I immediately realize that I have a secret weapon; an ace up my sleeve... not having to pay shipping if I win!
Anyway, to make a longer story slightly less long, I won the auction for a great deal less than I was prepared to pay. I was (and remain!) super excited about that fact; I might very well make back most (all?) of what I spent by selling the duplicate games and the boxes I don't want.
So, Wednesday rolls around and I go to the Salvation Army location to make my pick-up. They'd packed everything up nice and tightly since they assumed they'd be shipping it out to someone. I just needed to make sure the 2800 box was in there before I drove off with my winnings. Once I saw that it was tucked in there, I left on cloud nine.
Later on that evening I opened the box back up to have my first look. Okay, nice, nice... lots of upgrades to some games in my collection, a few label variations, good... some good trade bait...
Then I get to the beautiful, glorious Super Breakout box. It's a little bit rough, but it's all good where it counts:
I wasn't expecting the manual, so that was a nice bonus! The box, I'll probably either flatten or try to re-shape a bit, but it's plenty good enough for me as-is.
For some reason the end of the cartridge itself is all chewed up... but it's no big loss since it's not a label unique to Japan.
Okay, let's look at these other boxes. Any japanese stickers on the backs? Man, that'd be sweet. Nah, no such luck. Okay, wait, I have three loose copies of Amidar here... what's in the Amidar box, then? Please don't tell me it's a fourth copy of crappy Amidar...
I pick the box up -- it's HEAVY. What the? MY GOD... IT'S FULL OF
The corner of one catches my eye. HOLY S#!...
Suddenly I find myself riffling through a stack of about 50 manuals, and glints of silver keep catching my eye. This is crazy!
I didn't even have time to start wondering where the boxes for these might be, because my fingers stop on one of the two pieces of 2800 paraphernalia I was most wanting:
THE 2800 CONSOLE OWNER'S MANUAL. The one thing that I didn't get with my 2800 that I'd really, really wished it had come with. And now, here's one that's fallen into my lap totally out of the blue. Serendipity!
"Table of Contents"
(learning Japanese I think I'm learning Japanese I really think so...)
It even still has the insert sheet explaining how to hook it up with a switchbox.
I'd love to see a Sears Video Arcade II manual now, just to compare!
Anyway, this lot is where many of my latest additions to my trade list come from. I don't know if I'll ever get so lucky again. One can only hope!
Edited by Ballblaɀer, 29 April 2016 - 11:50 PM.