My collection saw some really big additions in December, including a handful of 2600 carts I was beginning to feel like I'd never find. I'm also enjoying collecting foreign carts way more than I thought I would. Check out these new beauties:
The top two rows are all NTSC format; the bottom row, L-to-R, is PAL, PAL-M (Brazil), PAL.
Going through 'em, in order:
- Gray label Asteroids NTSC is crazy rare, and was the next-to-last unique silver/gray USA title I still needed. PAL versions of the gray label Asteroids are way more common. NTSC versions are all copyright 1986 and mention the joystick controllers. PAL versions don't mention the joysticks, and sometimes also have the old picture label style end label (with blue text).
- Sears pic label Canyon Bomber is more rare than most guides claim; I've only seen a few copies show up on eBay in the last 20 months. I absolutely love the artwork -- I wish this copy were slightly cleaner but I'm thrilled to have it regardless! After this addition, Gunslinger and Superman are the final two on the Sears pic label list...
- Obélix is a quite uncommon cart as well, though nowhere on the same order of rarity as the first two carts listed. I find it to be a pretty enjoyable game, actually, and I'm really glad to have gotten a great deal on this one. The final silver/gray label NTSC cart now needed: Asterix.
- The Atari Corp version of Missile Command with controller info omitted was a huge find -- it also has a unique Harry/Hammer Fat font end label (see below).
I'm still in search of a Basic Programming with the same style of end label.
- Guardian is the second-rarest cart produced by Apollo (the rarest, Lochjaw, is orders of magnitude harder to find). Got this really nice example as part of a trade/sale with an AA member.
- Dishaster is about as rare as the other four Zimag carts, but to snag one with such a great label was super unexpected. They're usually in horrible shape; I honestly wondered if I'd gotten one with a repro label but... it's legit!
- Pac-Kong (aka Spider Maze, Spider Monster, Spider Kong, Inca Gold) puts up a formidable fight when it comes to worst Atari 2600 game ever. But... it does score highly in the title department with me! It has literally nothing to do with Pac-Man or the Transformer-looking thing on the label. One *could* draw a slight comparison with Donkey Kong gameplay, but... yeah, no.
- The Polyvox version of Beamrider is considered one of the rarest Polyvox carts -- between that and Mr. Chin I think I now have the two hardest-to-find titles. I love that Polyvox carts look like the Atari silver/gray labels, but yet you'll find Activision games, Parker Brothers games, and a few other non-Atari games mixed in.
- Last but not least, Kampf um die Schatzinsel was a Quelle (a German department store / mail-order company -- think Sears) produced cart, and it's the same as an original game by Home Vision called Treasure Discovery (also known as Treasure Island). It's... not a good game, haha.
I've had to put the brakes on collecting for a little bit, but there's one more purchase that I made in December that I look forward to sharing soon...
Edited by Ballblaɀer, 24 May 2017 - 04:05 PM.