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#1 KylJoy OFFLINE  



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Posted Sat May 13, 2017 1:09 AM

Is there a list of serial numbers of Astrocades somewhere? I found one with what I believe is a pretty low number but wanted to find out if it is low compared to others.

Thank you in advance.

#2 ballyalley OFFLINE  



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Posted Mon May 15, 2017 9:11 AM

Is there a list of serial numbers of Astrocades somewhere?


I'm not aware of a list of serial numbers for the Astrocade, but you may find this Bally Professional Arcade model number information useful:


BPA 1000 - Sold through Montgomery Ward catalog
BPA 1100 - Sold through retail/TV stores
BPA 1200 - Sold by JS&A


The above information is from Arcadian 1, no. 10 (Sep. 31, 1979): 77:




In addition, Astrocades sold by Astrovision/Astrocade, Inc. had the following model number:


ABA-1000 - Sold by Astrovision/Astrocade, Inc.


Lance Squire has a great visual compilation of the bottom labels of the Astrocade:


http://www.glankonia...tom Labels.html


As you'll see in Lance's collection of  BPA/Astrocade labels, there were numerous models of the Astrocade produced, with quite a few variations of labels.


In my collection of letters to the Arcadian newsletter, there were many people that responded to an Arcadian poll asking for serial numbers from readers.  The earliest serial number that I have read was from Herb Weintraub, who had a JS&A unit with serial number 279:



What is the serial number on your unit?




#3 KylJoy OFFLINE  



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Posted Wed May 17, 2017 4:57 PM

Wow. Thanks for the info. The label on mine is:


#4 ubersaurus OFFLINE  



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Posted Sat May 20, 2017 2:54 PM

Mine is ABA-1000-2, serial number 037739. Sounds like a fairly late run unit!

#5 ballyalley OFFLINE  



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Posted Sat May 27, 2017 2:42 PM

Wow. Thanks for the info. The label on mine is [model BPA-1100, serial no. 1228]


KylJoy, your model BPA-1100, serial no. 1228 would make it an early unit sold through stores.  These came out after the initial run that were sold through JS&A in the fall and winter of 1977 (but not delivered until January of 1978).  I've read, though I've not seen any confirmation, that there were about 5,000 units sold through JS&A.  I can't remember where I read this number, but I wish I could confirm it.


#6 scotty OFFLINE  



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Posted Sat Jun 10, 2017 10:49 AM

Sadly, Mine is an Astrocade with a 1000-2 serial number.   Did Ward's sell the later models?

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Posted Sun Jun 11, 2017 9:36 AM

I have the most ordinary ABA-1000-2 model, with a S/N of 24 143 :D BTW, do we have an idea of how many were made?

Edited by CatPix, Sun Jun 11, 2017 9:38 AM.

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Posted Mon Jun 12, 2017 8:34 PM

Looks like I missed this. If you'd be willing to knock off five dollars for there being no box or shrinkwrap, I'll buy the loose instructions and cartridge from you (with international shipping).
Just let me know where to send the money or what to do.
Thanks, Carl

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