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  1. Just to add very little to this conversation, I can confirm that both slot Racers and Star Ship manuals exist in the large white format as well. Also, there are a number of color multi=lingual manuals out there. I can think of Berzerk, Yar's Revenge, and Defender off the top of my head, and I think I have a Dodge `Em one as well...
  2. It's interesting how the rarity of cartridges varies depending on what part of the country you are from. For instance, finding Sears Backgammon was relatively easy for me, which might have to do with the fact that I live in Chicago, the headquarters of Sears... In fact, most of the Sears carts are pretty plentiful around here, even Cannon Man. The only one I've ever only found one copy of in the wild is Dare Diver. Also, not that this is an Atari topic, but Sears Intellivision carts (boxed ones) seem to crop up rather frequently as well...
  3. I still remember the time I got my VCS. It was in 1979 and my father took me to a McDade's store by our house (Kind of like a Service Merchandise - a catalog shorwroom). It was in the fall sometime, and probably near my birthday in November. The main reason I managed to finally get a VCS was that I convinced my father that Space Invaders would be much cheaper for me to play at home than in the arcade (we had an arcade 2 blocks from my house, and I was there daily). The ploy worked. Little did my father know that Space Invaders as not the only coin-op at the arcade...that arcade would be the cause of many, many empty pockets in the years to come. But back to my story...I got the VCS and Space Invaders and, of course, I played it all day. In fact, I even remember getting up early before school just to play...it's the only time I can remember actually *wanting* to get up early before school!
  4. Here's a bit of irony for you... After ranting about no good finds at thrift stores on this board just the other day, I was passing a Salvation Army thrift that is literally 1/2 a block from my house and something told me to pull in and check them out. Normally, I avoid this store because they seem to think that their classic game items are gold for some reason. Most carts are $3.00 each, and systems usually are $50 or so. Well, this time, I go in there and what do I see? Not 1, not 2, but 3 complete Atari computer systems, including an Atari 600XL complete in the box and two Atari ST's, with 3.5" disk drives, modems and even a monitor! I'm not really an Atari computer collector, but this was too good to pass up. None of it was priced, so I was actually just going to leave, as trying to get the workers to give you a price can be murder, and the store was busy at the time. I was debating whether or not to go, and I looked over at a living room setup in the front of the store, and what did I see underneath one of the endtables? A complete, boxed Odyssey2. Upon closer inspection, I found 10 boxed carts in the box AND found it was sitting next to a box full of NES games...again, none of it priced. With this much classic stuff, I figured I'd have to ask and not pass it up, so I did. Fortunately for me, it was busy in the stor and there was only 1 clerk, so after waiting for all the people in line behind me to be rung up, the clerk took a quick look at all the stuff and, basically to get me out of her hair, said "How about $50 for all of it?" Now, to put this in perspective, in this particular store, small 12" B&W TV's go for $30-40 themselves, so getting all this for $50 was unbelieveable. Anything "computer related" is always overpriced... To make a long story short - a very good day for me at the thrift stores after a long, long, long drought. Woo-hoo! Bryan So, I asked the
  5. Here's a bit of an annoying story for you all... Here where i live, most of the thrift stores have certain colored tags that are half price each day. The tag colors that are half price rotate daily, and usually 2 out of 4 colors are half price at any given time. Some stores, though, have 1/2 price days on all colors, depending on the day. There used to be a time when you could get great deals on classic game stuff on half price days, (I once found 40 boxed 2600 carts, including SQ: Waterworld for 45 cents each on a half price day), but now, most classic stuff is behind the glass counters and it's usually marked at a higher price ($25 for a genesis, etc). Thus, I try to go on half price days to get the better deals. One day I had my eye on some NES carts that were going for $5 or $6 each. They had yellow tags on them, but yellow wasn't half price that day, so I kept stopping my on the way home to see if yellow was on sale...sure enough, one day it was, but they had changed the tag color to blue! You could still see the yellow tags underneath...so much for everything being half price! A similar thing happened to me with a watch I wanted. I saw it on a Sunday and it was $10. Since Monday was half price on everything day, I figured I could wait to get it. On Monday I returned, and yes, the watch was half price, but lo and behold, someone had changed the original price from $10 to $27! I hate when that happens! Bryan
  6. Here's a bit of an annoying story for you all... Here where i live, most of the thrift stores have certain colored tags that are half price each day. The tag colors that are half price rotate daily, and usually 2 out of 4 colors are half price at any given time. Some stores, though, have 1/2 price days on all colors, depending on the day. There used to be a time when you could get great deals on classic game stuff on half price days, (I once found 40 boxed 2600 carts, including SQ: Waterworld for 45 cents each on a half price day), but now, most classic stuff is behind the glass counters and it's usually marked at a higher price ($25 for a genesis, etc). Thus, I try to go on half price days to get the better deals. One day I had my eye on some NES carts that were going for $5 or $6 each. They had yellow tags on them, but yellow wasn't half price that day, so I kept stopping my on the way home to see if yellow was on sale...sure enough, one day it was, but they had changed the tag color to blue! You could still see the yellow tags underneath...so much for everything being half price! A similar thing happened to me with a watch I wanted. I saw it on a Sunday and it was $10. Since Monday was half price on everything day, I figured I could wait to get it. On Monday I returned, and yes, the watch was half price, but lo and behold, someone had changed the original price from $10 to $27! I hate when that happens! Bryan
  7. ElvisDJ

    Thrift agony

    Aside from the numerous missed Ebay auctions due to Ebay being down, my computer being down, me forgetting, etc., I would have to say my worst blunder came because of a lack of knowledge of value, coupled with my stinginess at the time. About 10 years ago, I came across a little shop in my area that sold all types of classic games. At the time, I was just starting to build my collection up again after being out of Atari collecting for about 6 or 7 years. The guy hadcases of 2600 carts in the front of the store for $2 each, all of them common or uncommon. After looking through all of these and not finding anything I needed, I asked the guy if he had more - he told me he had some rarer carts in the back. Sure enough, in the back room, he had a number of rarer carts, including "Cosmic Swarm" (not for $477, though) and others. The one that caught my eye was "Crazy Climber", which I had always wanted when I was a kid. However, in my opinion he was asking way too much - His ungodly pirce, you ask? $8! Yes, that's right, 8 measley dollars! Of course, I refused to pay such and outrageous price, as, at that time, the most I had paid for a cart was $7 and I considered *that* a bit high! So I put Crazy Climber back and instead bought - a boxed Surround (flip top style box) - woo-hoo! Yep, that one still haunts me to this day. Bryan
  8. ElvisDJ

    Thrift agony

    Aside from the numerous missed Ebay auctions due to Ebay being down, my computer being down, me forgetting, etc., I would have to say my worst blunder came because of a lack of knowledge of value, coupled with my stinginess at the time. About 10 years ago, I came across a little shop in my area that sold all types of classic games. At the time, I was just starting to build my collection up again after being out of Atari collecting for about 6 or 7 years. The guy hadcases of 2600 carts in the front of the store for $2 each, all of them common or uncommon. After looking through all of these and not finding anything I needed, I asked the guy if he had more - he told me he had some rarer carts in the back. Sure enough, in the back room, he had a number of rarer carts, including "Cosmic Swarm" (not for $477, though) and others. The one that caught my eye was "Crazy Climber", which I had always wanted when I was a kid. However, in my opinion he was asking way too much - His ungodly pirce, you ask? $8! Yes, that's right, 8 measley dollars! Of course, I refused to pay such and outrageous price, as, at that time, the most I had paid for a cart was $7 and I considered *that* a bit high! So I put Crazy Climber back and instead bought - a boxed Surround (flip top style box) - woo-hoo! Yep, that one still haunts me to this day. Bryan
  9. Here are my latest finds, which will demonstrate the extreme lameness of the pickings in my area: Track and Field (off of Ebay) Othello (text, with the big, all caps "OTHELLO") And the third? Zookeeper - Prototype (yeah, right!)Seriously, it was: Dodger Cars (Sears) - and I had it already, Damn! That's about it for me, but I'm waiting for a Crazy Climber cart to arrive in the mail - woo-hoo! Bryan
  10. Ahh yes, now the memories come flooding back to me - I remember Nibbler now, mentioning that he (Devin) was legit - I was always curious to see a list of everything Devin had. Did anyone ever mention that? I'm going to check out the whole story and relive the good old days once again! Thanks, Alex! Bryan
  11. I'm assuming you're talking about Sean Kelly's multicarts. If so, you can drop a line to Sean Kelly ([email protected]) and I'm sure he'll be able to list all the games on the multicart for you. I'd highly recommend getting one! Check out Sean's page for more multicarts, too! http://www.xnet.com/~skelly Bryan
  12. Hey all, Since I'm waxing nostalgic (and have nothing to do at work), I figured I'd ask a question that I'm sure has been asked before - what was your first big "score" in the wild? Here's mine: My very, very first find happened quite by accident. I was on my way to school one morning and I happened to pass a Salvation Army thrift store. Since I had some time before school, I decided to stop in. This was actually my very first video game related thrift store visit and the first time I had been to this particular store as well. My find? As follows: 2 O2 systems, complete in box An O2 system box filled with boxed carts - 38 in total (no Power Lords, but mostly everything else) 2 Master Strategy Series games (Great Wall Street Fortune Hunt and Conquest of the World) complete in mint boxes. The total for the haul? $8, but it was half price day, so $4! Practically the entire O2 library in one day for $4! Unfortunately it was the last time I found anything at this particular thrift store, and today it's no longer there. I'd be interested in hearing anyone else's stories... Bryan
  13. You beat me to it - I was all set to reply and there you were! Nevertheless, since I was in "reply" mode - Chicago is correct.
  14. Hey All, This isn't a question or anything, just a story some of you might be able to relate to. Like everyone here, I try to make it to my local flea market occasionally to see if they have anything new in the classic game department. I usually find the good stuff in the outside vending area (those people who may or may not be there from week to week). On the inside are all permanent booths and usually nothing to do with classic games. There is one guy who has a permanent booth (actually he has so much stuff he now has 2 permanent spaces) and he was video game stuff galore. The guy must have 3,000 atari carts in his area, as well as hundreds of NES, Genesis, SNES, and other stuff. He's also got boxes and boxes of systems, accessories and controllers. The first time I saw this guy and what he had I was in video game heaven. I had that uncontrollable excitement feeling. After picking my jaw up off of the floor, I checked out his stuff - my first find - a mint Demolition Herby cart! Next to the carts - mint in the box Atari 2600 wireless joysticks! Not too bad. His prices were a bit high, but when I told him his "rare Atari stuff" could be found at my local thrift store for 35 cents each, he lowered his prices a bit (I'd have bought them anyway, but it never hurts to save a bit). Where am I going with this story? Well, here's the irony of it all - the scores above were made about 5 years ago. Today, the guy is still there in his same spot, and he still has his same stuff (1,000's of carts, etc.). The problem? I don't need anything he has anymore. So, each time I go to the flea market, I am excited and not excited at the same time. Excited because I know "my guy" will be there with his vast supply of classic stuff, but not excited because he almost never has anything new. I say almost because the other day I picked up Sears Cannon Man (couldn't remember if I already had it) from him. Ahh, the mixed emotions of cart hunting! Well, that's my story - hope someone liked it! Bryan
  15. Hey all, This is going back a few years, but does anyone remember a guy named "Devin Knight" - you know, like characters from the "Knight Rider" TV series? He was posting to various newsgroups claiming to have all, and I mean all of the ultra rare 2600 stuff. I can't recall everything he had, and he wasn't too forthcoming, but I do know he had MagiCard and probably Video Life as well. To make a long story short, many folks on the newsgroup thought he was making the whole thing up, especially with the name Devin Knight, but last I heard he was legit, and whoever took him seriously (I can't recall who that was) found he had everything he claimed he had and more. My question is, what did he have, and who got to benefit from it? Any info would be appreciated. Thanks! Bryan
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