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#8476 cybercylon OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat May 15, 2010 12:23 PM

Awesome Stich. Good to see a nice working CV. Damn hard to find one without at least some kind of issues anymore.


I know what you mean, A year ago, I thought I had a good deal in finding one for $25 on Craigs list (albeit, it is in very good cosmetic condition), and I have probably spent much more than that in parts and sweat time getting the thing to work reliably.

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Posted Sat May 15, 2010 5:59 PM

I went to the flea market with my GF today and picked up all this for $30:

Missile Command (Atari 8-bit, CIB)
Pac-Man (Atari 8-bit, CIB)
Star Raiders (Atari 8-bit, CIB)
Super Breakout (Atari 8-bit, CIB)

And as part of the lot, I also got an extremely rare pilot run 2600 adapter for the 5200. I don't want to use this, so I'm thinking of selling it and then I'll buy a regular 2600 adapter for my collection.

#8478 old_time_gamer OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat May 15, 2010 6:50 PM

Haven't posted in a while but started the garage sale hunts and found a few things:

Sealed Gears of Wars 2 - $1.00
Fat purple Nintendo DS with Nintendogs: Screen a little scratched and missing stylus but works great - $6.00
Platinum Gamecube with 2 controllers and memory card - $3.00
Gamecube Super Mario Sunshine and Super Smash Bros - $1.00 for both
Wii Zelda Twilight Princess - $7.00
Prima Guide Gamecube Twilight Princess - $0.50
Clear green Nintendo 64, 2 controllers and 5 games - $5
Entex Baseball 3 electronic hand-held - $0.50
Hewlett-Packard HP-41C calculator, complete with case and all manuals - $5: I love this calculator!!

#8479 Zap! OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat May 15, 2010 11:08 PM


Finally, got a nice SNES from a fellow youtuber. Non-yellowed to boot, although I fear they'll all eventually end up that way no matter what you do. :(

No if they haven't yet, they never will, besides UV damage. They will get brittle unfortunately. ABS plastic sucks for that.


Never? Have you watched Life After People? Your SNES will implode in 300-500 years. Nothing lasts forever, the closest thing to "never" damaging would be rocks. Billions of years. :)

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Posted Sat May 15, 2010 11:11 PM



Finally, got a nice SNES from a fellow youtuber. Non-yellowed to boot, although I fear they'll all eventually end up that way no matter what you do. :(

No if they haven't yet, they never will, besides UV damage. They will get brittle unfortunately. ABS plastic sucks for that.


Never? Have you watched Life After People? Your SNES will implode in 300-500 years. Nothing lasts forever, the closest thing to "never" damaging would be rocks. Billions of years. :)

Nothing lasts forever? I dont know what the hell you are talking about, in Wall-E the 2600 was still alive and kicking!

#8481 Zap! OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat May 15, 2010 11:34 PM




Finally, got a nice SNES from a fellow youtuber. Non-yellowed to boot, although I fear they'll all eventually end up that way no matter what you do. :(

No if they haven't yet, they never will, besides UV damage. They will get brittle unfortunately. ABS plastic sucks for that.


Never? Have you watched Life After People? Your SNES will implode in 300-500 years. Nothing lasts forever, the closest thing to "never" damaging would be rocks. Billions of years. :)

Nothing lasts forever? I dont know what the hell you are talking about, in Wall-E the 2600 was still alive and kicking!

Through a quick search, apparently the movie takes place in 2805. That means the 2600 would be 827 years. That seems possible, those 2600's are tough as nails, surely they can outlast a SNES! :D

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Posted Sun May 16, 2010 10:30 AM

I'm trying to be more financially circumspect lately, but we had a few nice yard sale finds yesterday that were too good to pass up:

Sears light sixer with owner's manual - $5 (plus the Saturday Night Fever OST on LP for $1)
SNES system with AC adapter + RF unit - FREE
Pink Floyd "Meddle" LP + "Wildman" Steve Brill's book on edible/medicinal plants - $1.75
3 CDs + SimCity 3000 CD-ROM - $1.00

Also, my girlfriend got a SNES + controllers + a bunch of games for $20, including SMW, Zelda, DKC, and Mario Paint (with mouse!). It works quite well, though it came without an AC adapter -- but then we randomly got that free SNES later the same day, so it worked out perfectly. Both systems are badly yellowed, but neither of us cares much about that.

The Sears light sixer, by the way, was especially funny since I specifically asked whether they had any old video game systems lurking around, to which they replied "no". But it was an estate sale, and people often don't know what their relatives had. When we were browsing around in the furnished basement, my girlfriend spotted the owner's manual, and the Tele-Games turned out to be right next to me -- I hadn't even noticed it. It was dusty as heck, but cleaned up nicely, and works perfectly though the cartridge slot is very tight -- my Atari-branded copy of Donkey Kong doesn't fit.

Edited by thegoldenband, Sun May 16, 2010 10:33 AM.


#8483 covertagenda OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon May 17, 2010 8:15 AM

Went to the local car boot sale yesterday,not much to be had but managed to find nice Time out Toss Up Game and Watch also known as Ball.It was priced up at 25 pounds UK (around 36 US Dollars) but managed to get it for 18 pounds (around about 26 US dollars) which I think is a good price. I have never found a Game and Watch at a boot sale before so I am glad I got up early to go.

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#8484 jumbojohnny OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon May 17, 2010 9:14 AM

This weekend I hit one tag sale and scored pretty big IMO.

Here is what I got:

Atari 2600 System/Wires/controllers & Pair of action paddles
20 Games all include a manuals : Donkey Kong, Demon Attack, Combat, Maze Craze, Bowling, Pitfall, Video Pinball, Yar's Revenge, Missile Command, and more...cant think of all of them (will list them after work).

Bag full of literature including System manuals, original comic, and game catalogues. ALL carts and manuals are very clean and minty. I have never owned Atari games this nice!

SNES System/Wires/Controllers
Dual Turbo Wireless Controllers CIB
2 SNES Advantage Controllers
One Sealed NIB SNES Controller
Zombies Ate My Neighbors CIB
Street Fighter II Turbo CIB
Donkey Kong Country Complete (missing Box)
TMNT 4: Turtles in Time
Super Bomberman Party Pack w/Box & MultiTap

N64 Sealed NIB Army Men 2: Sarge's Hereos 2


Sega Cd/Genesis System/Wires/Contollers
Sega CDX System/Wires/Controllers/Leather Carry Case/Camera
Sega CD Justifier Gun Second Player (pink gun)

Sega Genesis Menecer Gun CIB WITH Terminator 2 game CIB
Two Six Button Controllers CIB

Sega Genesis Games ALL CIB: Primal Rage, Bubsy (with sealed collector cards), PGA Golf Tour II, Summer Challenge

Sega CD Games ALL CIB: Links Golf, Pitfall, Chuck Rock 2, Mickey Mania, Brutal Paws of Furry, NBA JAMS, Wheel of Fortune, Trivial Pursuit, Wonderdog, Sonic CD, Sega Classics 5 in 1, Echo the Dolphin, Jaguar Racing, Lethal Enforcers (with Gun), Lethal Enforcers 2, Snatcher!!! LOOK THIS UP!!!

I have pictures, but I cant post them while at work, so a little later I will.

The total cost of this purchase.................. $40.00

#8485 FujiSkunk OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon May 17, 2010 10:14 AM

Found a boxed Nintendo 64 that I spent too much money for, given the box has writing on one side and tape all over it. But still, I didn't have a N64 box, so I grabbed it.

At the same store I found a early Genesis 1 ("High Definition Graphics", extension port on the back) for $4, and three boxed NES games for $2.50 each, which helped make up for the $25 I paid for the N64.

The three NES games were RBI Baseball, RBI Baseball 3, and Tecmo Superbowl. Granted, they're sports games, but at least they're among the more collectible sports games.

#8486 jumbojohnny OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon May 17, 2010 10:43 AM

Found a boxed Nintendo 64 that I spent too much money for, given the box has writing on one side and tape all over it. But still, I didn't have a N64 box, so I grabbed it.

At the same store I found a early Genesis 1 ("High Definition Graphics", extension port on the back) for $4, and three boxed NES games for $2.50 each, which helped make up for the $25 I paid for the N64.

The three NES games were RBI Baseball, RBI Baseball 3, and Tecmo Superbowl. Granted, they're sports games, but at least they're among the more collectible sports games.


Did you get styrofoam in the box for the N64? I need the styrofoam for my box. I found a really nice clean box, but It only had the system and games inside, no foam.

#8487 Jibbajaba OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon May 17, 2010 3:33 PM

Man, that's a sweet haul, Jumbo. Can't wait to see some pics.

The other day I picked up a few NES games:

American Gladiators $1 - I loved this show when I was a kid. The Genesis game isn't very good, so hopefully this one is better.
Dragon Warrior II $4 - Not in the greatest shape, but can't pass it up for four bucks.
Crystalis $4 - Heard some good things about it. Hopefully it's fun.
M.U.L.E. $4 - This game is held in very high regard among Apple II, Atari 8-bit, and C64 fans. Figured for $4 I should grab the NES version.

Last week I got a Sega 6-button arcade stick off of Craigslist for $10 while out of town on business. Figured that since I was in a new city, I should scope out the CL market. Sadly, that's all I turned up but I had been looking for one of those for a while.

Also while I was on the trip, I found a pile of Saturn games. Mostly sports games and nothing that great, but most of the cases were in good shape, and even though I paid too much for them, I couldn't just leave them there. I think I got 6 games total. 1 football game, 1 golf game, Andretti Racing, Bug Too, Maximum Somethingorother, and I don't remember what else. I don't want to say what I paid because it was too much, but those games needed to be rescued.

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Posted Mon May 17, 2010 7:39 PM

I picked up 3 SNES games today, Choplifter III and Tetris/Dr. Mario on store credit and. . . wait for it. . . Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends, for $3 at a Value Village. I couldn't resist :D

#8489 orangest OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon May 17, 2010 8:56 PM

Nice Goodwill finds today-

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SMS Buster Douglas KO Boxing, Super Monaco GP, Joe Montana Football, Dick Tracy and Columns, all complete: $5.99 each.

Game Boy Color Super Mario Bros. Deluxe-$3.99.

#8490 Jibbajaba OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon May 17, 2010 10:17 PM

Nice find on Buster Douglas...

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#8491 hhwolfman OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon May 17, 2010 10:20 PM

Nice Goodwill finds today-

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SMS Buster Douglas KO Boxing, $5.99



:-o :-o :-o Very Nice. :thumbsup:

#8492 FujiSkunk OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue May 18, 2010 8:28 AM


Found a boxed Nintendo 64 that I spent too much money for, given the box has writing on one side and tape all over it. But still, I didn't have a N64 box, so I grabbed it.


Did you get styrofoam in the box for the N64? I need the styrofoam for my box. I found a really nice clean box, but It only had the system and games inside, no foam.


Yep, had the foam. Looks like I got everything that was promised, except for one of the two controllers (the box boasts having two controllers, but only one was in the box).



Anyone have any advice on how to get packing tape off a box without ruining the box in the process?

#8493 jumbojohnny OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue May 18, 2010 7:18 PM

Here are some pics of my tag sale prizes.

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#8494 Shantai OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed May 19, 2010 5:51 PM

I tried something recently. I sent the tiki thingy to my friend who lives in South Jersey. and told him to print it out and bring it to his next flea market he went to.

well it definitely worked!!

He wound up spending around $140 for a good 50+ 2600 carts (some MIB) ($0.50-1 ea!), a bunch of Atari 800 carts ($1 ea), a few SNES MIB $2 or so ea, some PS2 ($1-2 ea!) and a 7800 console ($5!). There was more but I forgot :(

He rambled the stuff off, and I remember one was 2600 Math Grand Prix from Sears, and at least a few R5/6s too!

Usually hes LUCKY to find a few carts for $1-2 ea, and NEVER finds SNES carts.

That tiki is SICK! Too bad there hasen't been any flea markets or Garage sales lately here :(

Edited by Shantai, Wed May 19, 2010 5:52 PM.


#8495 brojamfootball OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu May 20, 2010 9:04 AM

I tried something recently. I sent the tiki thingy to my friend who lives in South Jersey. and told him to print it out and bring it to his next flea market he went to.

well it definitely worked!!

He wound up spending around $140 for a good 50+ 2600 carts (some MIB) ($0.50-1 ea!), a bunch of Atari 800 carts ($1 ea), a few SNES MIB $2 or so ea, some PS2 ($1-2 ea!) and a 7800 console ($5!). There was more but I forgot :(

He rambled the stuff off, and I remember one was 2600 Math Grand Prix from Sears, and at least a few R5/6s too!

Usually hes LUCKY to find a few carts for $1-2 ea, and NEVER finds SNES carts.

That tiki is SICK! Too bad there hasen't been any flea markets or Garage sales lately here :(

Um, what tiki? I'm willing to try anything. I mean, it can't hurt right?

Edited by brojamfootball, Thu May 20, 2010 9:05 AM.


#8496 TwinChargers OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri May 21, 2010 10:28 AM

Nothing major, but found an NES Advantage arcade stick at a local Savers for $5. Originally they were trying to sell it for $10, but all blue stickered items were 50% off.

#8497 Sam9938 OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri May 21, 2010 10:06 PM

Seemed like a score to me.

2 Dreamcast ascii pads, one black and yellow, one blue and white. Both look and work great.

$5 each

There were 2 more, one white and grey with some crayon on it. Another blue and white with a really loose D-Pad.

I passed them up, should I have?

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Posted Sat May 22, 2010 7:48 AM

Two finds this week:

NES Zapper, earlier gray, with something inky on the cord that I need to clean off: $4
Bandai Pair Match VFD game: $3

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#8499 Smatchmo OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat May 22, 2010 4:15 PM

n64 w/ expansion pak & lid, no ac or controllers, for $8

i also saw an SNES, no ac, for 10 and atari woodgrain 4switcher w/ 35 games, 2 controllers, a set of paddles, case & manuals for $30, but that was more than i had! I'll check back in a week when I have the $$$, but I know it won't be there. :(

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Posted Sun May 23, 2010 12:40 AM

I wasn't very impressed with yard sales this morning but did alright on the Wii game because I traded in a bunch of stuff that I got cheap at yard sales which wasn't ebay worthy. The Wii game was the only thing bought at a used music/game store, all others were bought at yard sales.

The Sopranos DVD sets are factory sealed, XBOX Playboy is complete and PSP Initial D Street Stage (Import) is complete as well. The John Lennon book is Really Neat, haven't seen anything like it before. It seems to do fairly well on ebay...after my wife reads it of course. ;)

Everything pictured for $50 which is kind of high IMO but I've been on the lookout for Darkside Chronicles for awhile and glad I finally picked it up used.

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