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Okay, so I'm going through my collection, trying to decide what to keep, and what to get rid of. And there are all these pesky Sears cartridges.

 

I mean, they're the exact same games as their Atari counterparts, and I'm trying to weed out my duplicates. Do you guys consider Sears cartridges separate from Atari cartridges, or do you think of them simply as duplicates.

 

In other words, should I keep them in my collection, or get rid of them? How "collectible" do you all consider Sears games?

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I love 'em! Not only do I collect Sears carts, but I collect picture vs text labels, and all the different serial numbers! I have tons of Sears carts.

 

Tempest

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Okay, so I'm going through my collection, trying to decide what to keep, and what to get rid of. And there are all these pesky Sears cartridges.

 

I mean, they're the exact same games as their Atari counterparts, and I'm trying to weed out my duplicates. Do you guys consider Sears cartridges separate from Atari cartridges, or do you think of them simply as duplicates.

 

In other words, should I keep them in my collection, or get rid of them? How "collectible" do you all consider Sears games?

 

I love 'em too! I think it's a neat little historical aspect that it was possible, in theory at least, to own the same game under two different titles. I mean, what would have happened if you had Air Sea Battle, decided you wanted more target-shooter type games, and bought Target Fun? Remember, the boxes didn't even have mock screenshots.

 

So, to me, Sears carts are quite collectable. If you're going to dump them, I'd LOVE first dibs! I'm still missing several, including Football, which is rated a measly 2.

 

I just remembered that I wrote an article about this very subject in my newsletter - I THINK it was the second issue. Check the link below if you're interested.

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Okay, so I'm going through my collection, trying to decide what to keep, and what to get rid of. And there are all these pesky Sears cartridges.

 

I mean, they're the exact same games as their Atari counterparts, and I'm trying to weed out my duplicates. Do you guys consider Sears cartridges separate from Atari cartridges, or do you think of them simply as duplicates.

 

In other words, should I keep them in my collection, or get rid of them? How "collectible" do you all consider Sears games?

 

I love 'em too! I think it's a neat little historical aspect that it was possible, in theory at least, to own the same game under two different titles. I mean, what would have happened if you had Air Sea Battle, decided you wanted more target-shooter type games, and bought Target Fun? Rememeber, the boxes didn't even have mock screenshots.

 

So, to me, Sears carts are quite collectable. If you're going to dump them, I'd LOVE first dibs! I'm still missing several, including Football, which is rated a measly 2.

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Well, let me play the other side.

 

I HATE Sears text labels (the pic labels are ok). I hate the font, I hate the unoriginal design, I hate the bland colors, there is NOTHING about Sears text carts I like! ICK UGH and YUCK.

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As a kid, I hated my Sears carts because I thought they were mere counterfeits of the original Atari :D

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I remember owning just a few Sears carts out of my once-massive collection. I didnt understand why they were so ugly. So I never played them, granted I was only 7 or 8.

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there ok i just think there kind of generic but some are really kool like sub commander and stellar track since they never came out on atari. so i think there pretty kool the pic labels are better but there kool i say keep them :wink:

 

nice to see u again adrian

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Yeah, I really like the Sears exclusives, in particular the pic labels. I'm STILL hunting a pic lable Stellar Track.... :)

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I think the Sears variations are pretty cool and I also collect them. I also collect all the variations within Sears, such as Picture and Text labels, and a few other oddball variations, like the two different Asteroids carts. :) If you're only interested in collecting unique games, then you'll at least want the the three Sears games that were not released by Atari: Submarine Commander, Stellar Track, and Steeplechase.

 

..Al

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I like the Sears carts and consoles, they seem to get a bad rap as far

as collectibilty though. The pride of my 2600 consoles is a boxed, almost

unused Sears Video Arcade.

 

IMO, the boxes carts and consoles are cooler than their Atari counterparts

even if they are basically identical.

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I don't like the way Sears carts look, but I do think they do belong in any Atari collectors collection because they are unique.

 

:| :ponder: :)

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Im not really the biggesdt fan of them. If you have the money the way Tempest collects them is great. There pretty cool though. Usually alot of good games. Like outlaw!!!

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Do you guys consider Sears cartridges separate from Atari cartridges, or do you think of them simply as duplicates?

 

Mostly duplicates. I don't own many myself; I'm generally pretty apathetic towards them. One notible exception, IMHO, is "Pong Sports" simply because it has a cooler name than "Video Olympics"!

 

In other words, should I keep them in my collection, or get rid of them? How "collectible" do you all consider Sears games?

 

I'd say that the Sears exclusives like "Steeplechase" are, of course, pretty collectible. Otherwise, not too exciting.

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I like em. When I was a kid my Grandmother worked in the candy shop at the local Sears. She would get discounts so alot of my old Atari stuff was Sears brand.

 

In Addition I think it is a neat historical footnote. I can not remeber any other system that was made by a store as a clone like this. Can you immagine if Macy's had a PS2 now!

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If you have the money the way Tempest collects them is great

 

That's the beauty of Sears games. With a few exceptions they're usually pretty cheap. Most people don't like them so they want to get rid of them.

 

In Addition I think it is a neat historical footnote. I can not remeber any other system that was made by a store as a clone like this.

 

Sears also made an Intellivision clone in the same way. Tandy and Sylvania also made Intellivision clones.

 

Tempest

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Most of them aren't too thrilling to look at, although if you get a picture label Sears cart once in a blue moon it's pretty cool. I own Sears picture versions of Pac-Man and Yars' Revenge. :D I actually have a seperate category for them in my collection, because I have almost 30 total.

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I like the Sears labels too... I guess just for their uniqueness.

 

When I had the chance to have HSW autograph a Yars' cart, I opted for the Sears label to get signed... but I don't know why... :ponder:

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Pong Sports is the difinitive name for that cart .. Video Olympics .. What's the marketable concept there?

 

The old Sears bifold boxes were cool! I wish I had saved mine! :(

 

Rob Mitchell, Atlanta, GA

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