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Is there a list of serial numbers of Astrocades somewhere? I found one with what I believe is a pretty low number but wanted to find out if it is low compared to others.

 

Thank you in advance.

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Is there a list of serial numbers of Astrocades somewhere?

 

I'm not aware of a list of serial numbers for the Astrocade, but you may find this Bally Professional Arcade model number information useful:

 

BPA 1000 - Sold through Montgomery Ward catalog

BPA 1100 - Sold through retail/TV stores

BPA 1200 - Sold by JS&A

 

The above information is from Arcadian 1, no. 10 (Sep. 31, 1979): 77:

 

http://www.ballyalley.com/newsletters/arcadian/arcadian_vol_1/arcadian_vol_1_issue_10.pdf#1

 

In addition, Astrocades sold by Astrovision/Astrocade, Inc. had the following model number:

 

ABA-1000 - Sold by Astrovision/Astrocade, Inc.

 

Lance Squire has a great visual compilation of the bottom labels of the Astrocade:

 

http://www.glankonian.com/~lance/Unit%20Bottom%20Labels.html

 

As you'll see in Lance's collection of BPA/Astrocade labels, there were numerous models of the Astrocade produced, with quite a few variations of labels.

 

In my collection of letters to the Arcadian newsletter, there were many people that responded to an Arcadian poll asking for serial numbers from readers. The earliest serial number that I have read was from Herb Weintraub, who had a JS&A unit with serial number 279:

 

http://www.ballyalley.com/newsletters/arcadian/letters/letters.html#HerbWeintraubLetterAug031979

 

What is the serial number on your unit?

 

Adam

 

 

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Wow. Thanks for the info. The label on mine is [model BPA-1100, serial no. 1228]

 

KylJoy, your model BPA-1100, serial no. 1228 would make it an early unit sold through stores. These came out after the initial run that were sold through JS&A in the fall and winter of 1977 (but not delivered until January of 1978). I've read, though I've not seen any confirmation, that there were about 5,000 units sold through JS&A. I can't remember where I read this number, but I wish I could confirm it.

 

Adam

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Sadly, Mine is an Astrocade with a 1000-2 serial number. Did Ward's sell the later models?

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I have the most ordinary ABA-1000-2 model, with a S/N of 24 143 :D BTW, do we have an idea of how many were made?

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Looks like I missed this. If you'd be willing to knock off five dollars for there being no box or shrinkwrap, I'll buy the loose instructions and cartridge from you (with international shipping).


Just let me know where to send the money or what to do.


Thanks, Carl

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Dude, you are such a nerd. And that is a compliment! Nice score. ;)

I don't know Sean.....would a nerd also pick up this stylish bag to tote their cosmac elf computer around in? Hmmmmmm?

 

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Oh my (explitive) God, Mark! That thing screams chick-magnet. Pair it with a pocket protector and you will be the new Hugh Hefner.

 

Sweet Jesus.......

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Oh my (explitive) God, Mark! That thing screams chick-magnet. Pair it with a pocket protector and you will be the new Hugh Hefner.

Sweet Jesus.......

Well,you know I do what I can.....

 

Girls be like:

"Hey is that a slide rule in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?"

 

I be like:

"Why yes that is my slide rule! Would you like for me to borrow it to you? It's a Keuffel & Esser!"

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