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  1. Looking for an original run 1 Odyssey (just the system itself without the accessories).
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    WTB: APF MP1000

    Looking to buy an APF MP1000. Would prefer for it to be working, but I’d also consider a boxed or loose non-working unit as well.
  3. I do not have an Odisea manual or any Spanish versions of the Odyssey accessories to sell. The set that came with this card was the standard American version of the Odyssey with the case - most likely sold in Miami. Other than the title page, the Apex Manual IS pretty much the Odisea manual as far as I can tell... Just an oddly photocopied and stapled-together version of it.
  4. I’ve had this for the past few years and figured I’d post here for any serious Odyssey collectors who might be interested. The card is complete with the sleeve, instruction sheets, and Apex Manual. It differs from the two documented variants of the card in that it is not solid blue, but rather a translucent turquoise (see pictures for further detail). Besides one that recently surfaced in Brazil, I have not seen another like it. The same goes for the Apex-Magnavox manual. It is a photocopy of the Odisea manual and is probably rarer than the card itself. Until the last few months, I’ve never seen any of these come up for sale during my time collecting. An incomplete “holed-version” of the card sold with an incomplete Odyssey in extremely poor shape for $800+ while another (the one in Brazil) sold for $1200 with a complete set this past December. I also know of another card that was recently sold to a fellow collector for $625 (though it did not come with the Apex Odisea manual). The manual is in beautiful condition with no creases or tears. The card itself has minimal wear. The sleeve has two small indentations on one side and the traces on one side of the card have been imprinted onto a portion of one of the instruction sheets from years of sitting (see the 4th photo for a better idea of what I mean). Due to its scarcity and the prices at which that the last few have sold for, I’m asking $800 OBO for the card and manual. Feel free to visit my eBay listing as well for additional info and pictures: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Extremely-Rare-Magnavox-Odyssey-Apex-Blue-Card-with-Instructions-and-Manual/254819849782
  5. Not sure where you could find a schematic, but it might be worth reaching out to David Winter from Pong Story as his page about the system seems to be pretty detailed. I actually have one of these too - very interesting unit. It worked for a while, but the ball eventually stopped serving. Oddly enough, it seems like we have the same issue. The only way to repair it would be to scan the ~50 chips inside with a logic probe.
  6. Sometimes. Like for instance, the traces are hand-drawn on the PCB inside the original Odyssey which is something you wouldn’t see much from something manufactured beyond the late ‘70s. I guess with this card (being so simplistic) there’s not really a way to tell other than that Apex-Magnavox manual having a copyright date of 1972. I was able to get in contact with David Winter of pong-story.com once more. This is what he said: ”It's pretty rare, and what you see is a typical manufacture issue where a different batch of raw circuit boards were used to manufacture the cards.”
  7. A long shot but does anyone here have a spare Odyssey Box with the two styrofoam inserts they’d be interested in parting with? I’ve always had the case, but would like to have the original box as well. I know there’s one currently on eBay, but it’s in horrible shape.
  8. A long shot, but is this still for sale?
  9. So I’ve had this for a few years and have been wondering if any of you may have some additional information on its value. From what I understand, the “blue card” is considered the most obscure accessory for the original Magnavox Odyssey. According to Pong-Story.com, the few known to exist were included with Odyssey units sold in the Miami Area in 1975 (and this description matches perfectly with the set that obtained this card from). There are two versions of this card: one with two large holes in the center (presumably to help with gripping it) and one without these holes. Mine happens to be the version without these holes, but what’s also odd is that my card doesn’t even appear to be etched from the same material as those pictured online; it’s more of a transparent turquoise rather than it is a solid-blue (I’ve attached some pictures below). From the few that are known to exist, this one appears to be “one of a kind” (for lack of better words). What’s also odd is that it came with an Apex-Magnavox version of the original Odyssey manual. It seems to be a photocopied and stapled-together version of the original Odyssey manual, but in Spanish. I’ve never seen even a picture of another one of these manuals online. So to any of you “Odyssey specialists” out there, what would you think this stuff is worth? Collecting for the original Odyssey seems to be a rather niche thing which I’m sure makes it very limited in its appeal. Do I have something of value here, or is it something only the serious collector would pay about $100 for?
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