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#1 Gamersmanuel OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Sep 10, 2017 1:21 PM

Hello guys, im trying to get more info on a Sylvania intellivision complete in box,I just picked it up at a thrift store and would love to get more information. Thank you all.

#2 mr_me OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Sep 10, 2017 1:40 PM

My understanding is that the Mattel Intellivisions made in the United States in 1980, before manufacturing moved to Hong Kong, were made by GTE Sylvania.  They are identical to most of the early Mattel Intellivisions made in the United States other than the labels.  I also heard in one of the Intellivisionairies interviews that the very first Mattel Intellivisions in 1979 were manufactured by Magnavox.

 

edit: 

You can compare your serial numbers to others here.  http://intellivision...se-gte-sylvania

Photos of your Intellivision and box are always welcome.

 

The GTE Sylvania Intellivisions seem pretty rare.  If I were to guess how many were made I might say 20k.


Edited by mr_me, Sun Sep 10, 2017 1:46 PM.


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Posted Sun Sep 10, 2017 1:57 PM

Yah the Sylvania's are fairly hard to find boxed. Pics are always great.

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Posted Sun Sep 10, 2017 1:59 PM

Yeah - the early units were manufactured by GTE Sylvania.

 

What kind of info are you looking for? These are pretty cool units from a variant standpoint in that they're from the earliest production runs. The faceplate and box variants look nice, and the mentions of the original Keyboard Component really take you back to some fond memories.



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Posted Sun Sep 10, 2017 2:21 PM

I've got a Sylvania. It was actually my first Intellivision. :) There isn't much difference from the standard Mattel Electronics consoles apart from the labeling (of course), and IMO the metal face panels look slightly more silver/gray than the Mattel's, which look a little more gold.

My Sylvania's box was printed as saying it was packed with NFL Football, with a correction sticker advertising that the unit actually in fact included Las Vegas Poker & Blackjack. And the blurb about the Keyboard Component is a neat touch as well.  :)



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Posted Sun Sep 10, 2017 4:23 PM

Yah the Sylvania's are fairly hard to find boxed. Pics are always great.



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Posted Sun Sep 10, 2017 4:30 PM

Thank you guys for all the info,I was trying to post pictures for you guys,but it looks like I can't do it with a cell phone,it was pretty much an impulse buy since i dont collect for the system,but I just found it unusual.money is tight so if it is worth considerably more than what I paid ($50) maybe sell but i have never sold anything that i dont have a double of so that most likely won't happen.haha

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Posted Sun Sep 10, 2017 5:02 PM

Does the S/N on the box and the unit match?  The S/N on the box is usually on the back panel near the center bottom. Does it have the owner manual?  Just curious. 



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Posted Sun Sep 10, 2017 5:05 PM

Yes they do,includes the manual and a booklet,plus all the foam,plastic wrapping and a brown cover for it.

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Posted Sun Sep 10, 2017 5:26 PM

Well if it's in good shape with all the paperwork and a nice box, I'm sure you'd be able to at least double your money if you paid $50.

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Posted Sun Sep 10, 2017 6:33 PM

Is this you?

 

http://www.ebay.com/...GcAAOSwTUVZtctn



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Posted Sun Sep 10, 2017 6:38 PM

 

Not me (I'd never sell mine), although I'm jealous of the condition of the box and manual. My box is in pretty rough shape, and I don't have the manual. :(



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Posted Sun Sep 10, 2017 7:04 PM

First thing I notice on the Sylvania box is the red sidelines in NFL football.......must be a concept drawing I presume.

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Posted Sun Sep 10, 2017 7:50 PM

Yes it is,I just posted it,my friend said to try that number and see what happens,if they don't offer something I am happy with,I can just deny,we will see.deep inside i dont want to sell it but,it would help financially.

Edited by Gamersmanuel, Sun Sep 10, 2017 7:52 PM.


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Posted Sun Sep 10, 2017 11:08 PM

I would be shocked if you got what you're asking. Good luck.

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Posted Mon Sep 11, 2017 6:32 AM

First thing I notice on the Sylvania box is the red sidelines in NFL football.......must be a concept drawing I presume.

Probably a mock-up screen shot but NFL Football did have magenta sidelines at one time. Checkout this 1979 video at about the 3:30 mark. https://m.youtube.co...h?v=ppYK29cHygQ [Looks like the scrolling isnt quite right in that version.]

I wonder what the concept was for the Space Battle mock-up screen shot.

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Regarding ebay, could be me but a high price ususally discourages me from making an offer at all; not wanting to insult the seller.

Edited by mr_me, Mon Sep 11, 2017 6:48 AM.


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Posted Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:29 AM

Probably a mock-up screen shot but NFL Football did have magenta sidelines at one time. Checkout this 1979 video at about the 3:30 mark. https://m.youtube.co...h?v=ppYK29cHygQ
Regarding ebay, could be me but a high price ususally discourages me from making an offer at all; not wanting to insult the seller.


If the seller really wants only a high price, then he shouldn't have "make offer" as an option.

Otherwise he opens himself up to low-ball offers, and your reasonable offer shouldn't be insulting.

You can always add a note in the offer "not to be insulting, but this is a fair offer"

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Posted Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:21 AM

First thing I notice on the Sylvania box is the red sidelines in NFL football.......must be a concept drawing I presume.

 

They also used the "Brown" edges on the Mattel version. This is the side panel of the Taiwan version.

 

Taiwan 6.JPG



#19 Lathe26 OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Sep 11, 2017 10:22 AM

I think part of the reason for the reddish-brown in the NFL image is that originally one of the many shades of green was originally going to be brown.



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Posted Mon Sep 11, 2017 2:37 PM

the reason i decided on that price is I want to keep it,but if someone offers something I can't pass up,being the financial situation im in,i would regrettably have to take the offer,i already have considerably large collections that I spend way too much money on.cant keep it all 😊😊😊

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Posted Mon Sep 11, 2017 3:06 PM

The LV Poker and Blackjack probably comes with a full-color manual. I'd be sure to show that in a photo. Also the punch card warranty form is unique to the Sylvania.

You can get $200-$250 for it, not $500.

#22 Gamersmanuel OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:19 PM

Thank you!

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Posted Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:23 PM

No problem. First estimate was probably a little on the high side. Maybe $150-$200 range is more realistic, depending on condition of everything.

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Posted Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:14 PM

A boxed Sylvania console sold in mid-July for about $230, but included a CIB Intellivoice among other things.

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Posted Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:22 AM

I'm really kicking myself in the butt for not having picked up one of these that I think still had the box with it in decent shape that had a $19 BIN a few months back...ugh. I think the Sylvania model is the only major Intelly console variant I'm missing.






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