And just like that, I've become a heavy sixer owner. I won an eBay auction for a Sears Tele-Games.
The first time I got to play with an Atari (not Pong) was at a neighbor's house. His father purchased the Sears version, as it looked fancier in their family room setup. We played Air-Sea Battle (Target Fun, really) and I was mesmerized by it all.
I don't really remember what version of VCS/2600 I had, but it was Atari-branded. Years later, my younger brother was given a 2600 Jr. It's still around somewhere, along with most of my cassettes, including a silver Gravitar that I ordered through the magazine. I must find that freaking stash! I just thought it would look nice on my TV stand, and while I was originally looking for the Atari branded model, I ended up bidding on the fancier Sears model after reading and watching countless vids saying it looked so nice, and remembering my old neighbor's setup. The neighbor became a good friend of the family and we still meet once in a while.
The joysticks seem to be CX-10; the paddles are Sears branded. Seller's pic (maybe it's even one of you?):