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Ive seen some on ebay and I wanted to know what box represented what years?

 

Ive Seen:

F140-004S.JPG

 

and this one which I like much more:

F71-010S.JPG

 

I presonally believe the bottom one is an early 7800 where as the other one is a later release

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Ive seen some on ebay and I wanted to know what box represented what years?

 

Ive Seen:

F140-004S.JPG

 

and this one which I like much more:

F71-010S.JPG

 

I presonally believe the bottom one is an early 7800 where as the other one is a later release

That is correct.

 

I had the Bottom One (earlier) as a kid. It had the expansion port on the side.

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Yep, there is also a variation of the bottom one with a sticker over the text describing the keyboard attachment.

And there is a third box variation that was released last and looks pretty similar to the PAL 7800 box.

 

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My Atari box says C1988 on the side, is that the consoles build date?

 

I would guess so. Is the C for "copyright"?

 

It might just be the copyright date for the artwork on the newer box.

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Ive seen some on ebay and I wanted to know what box represented what years?

and this one which I like much more:

F71-010S.JPG

 

I presonally believe the bottom one is an early 7800 where as the other one is a later release

 

 

There's also a variation on this box as well. It's the same box, but over the purple text (all the features) is a large silver rectangular sticker with black text that is identical to the text in purple.

 

My guess is it was 1) To reuse boxes that were already printed up and 2) the black on silver stands out much more than the purple text.

 

I have this box, but am looking for the purple text version box (in minty shape).

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My Atari box says C1988 on the side, is that the consoles build date?

 

I would guess so. Is the C for "copyright"?

 

It might just be the copyright date for the artwork on the newer box.

 

Not sure about that, unless it was a different box than the two shown, I had the newer one (the top one) which I got christmas '87. (first game system I ever actually owned. Thought it was a NES before I opened it. Boy was I disappointed then, but now it's quite the opposite.) Unless of course, they updated the copyright on the box every year maybe? Or maybe just put '88 on that box because it was already almost '88.. who knows..I haven't seen that box in 20 years.. Looks like the bottom one was made back in '83 or '84 (considering the similarities to the 2600 and 5200 of the time), just maybe stocked in warehouses until the release or something.

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My Atari box says C1988 on the side, is that the consoles build date?

 

I would guess so. Is the C for "copyright"?

 

It might just be the copyright date for the artwork on the newer box.

 

Not sure about that, unless it was a different box than the two shown, I had the newer one (the top one) which I got christmas '87. (first game system I ever actually owned. Thought it was a NES before I opened it. Boy was I disappointed then, but now it's quite the opposite.) Unless of course, they updated the copyright on the box every year maybe? Or maybe just put '88 on that box because it was already almost '88.. who knows..I haven't seen that box in 20 years.. Looks like the bottom one was made back in '83 or '84 (considering the similarities to the 2600 and 5200 of the time), just maybe stocked in warehouses until the release or something.

 

I originally got a 7800 in 87 also, but I don't remember what box it had. The console itself was one of the earlier versions.

 

Whatever that mark on the box is, I doubt it has any strict connection to the console. I don't see much reason why they'd mark console production dates on the box.

 

Best way to get a build date would be to find some date codes on parts inside the console. That's still not exact, but you can assume it wasn't assembled much later than the latest date code you can find. In case anybody doesn't know how to read them - a code like 8732 would mean 32nd week of 1987.

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My Atari box says C1988 on the side, is that the consoles build date?

 

I would guess so. Is the C for "copyright"?

 

It might just be the copyright date for the artwork on the newer box.

 

Not sure about that, unless it was a different box than the two shown, I had the newer one (the top one) which I got christmas '87. (first game system I ever actually owned. Thought it was a NES before I opened it. Boy was I disappointed then, but now it's quite the opposite.) Unless of course, they updated the copyright on the box every year maybe? Or maybe just put '88 on that box because it was already almost '88.. who knows..I haven't seen that box in 20 years.. Looks like the bottom one was made back in '83 or '84 (considering the similarities to the 2600 and 5200 of the time), just maybe stocked in warehouses until the release or something.

 

I originally got a 7800 in 87 also, but I don't remember what box it had. The console itself was one of the earlier versions.

 

Whatever that mark on the box is, I doubt it has any strict connection to the console. I don't see much reason why they'd mark console production dates on the box.

 

Best way to get a build date would be to find some date codes on parts inside the console. That's still not exact, but you can assume it wasn't assembled much later than the latest date code you can find. In case anybody doesn't know how to read them - a code like 8732 would mean 32nd week of 1987.

 

If you don't want to take apart your console, look at the sticker on the bottom, in the box that says 'Serial Number' above it. For example, mine says 72R4BR A1 87 5406414 but the '7' in '87' is a slightly different color, like it was stamped on there. Since I got my 7800 in '87, I'm pretty positive that marking is to designate the year it was built.

 

(and the only reason I remember what box it was is because I remember sneaking into the living room while my parents were asleep and making a small tear to see what was under that paper..yeah I was a sneaky little bastard when I was a kid, but then again, who wasn't?)

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