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The Bally Shrine Website "For Sale" 1999 Webpage

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The Bally Shrine was a web site run by Charles Taylor in the mid-to-late 1990s. Along with Lance Squire's Bally / Astrocade FAQ, The Bally Shrine is the first Astrocade-related website that I ever saw. It is quite difficult to find any references to this website, as it seems to have been gone since the early 2000s.

I've uploaded a three-page print out of The Astrocade Sale/Trade web page to archive.org. The first page looks like this:

 

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This document was scanned from the Bob Fabris Collection. Of course, all of these items that are listed for sale are no longer available. Which is a true shame, as this was probably the last place where the Astrocade kiosk was sold brand new; they cost $100. This is the seldom-seen-except-in-pictures kiosk:

 

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Imagine getting this kiosk, brand new, for a hundred bucks?!?

 

Charles was unable to get rid of all the kiosks; they took up too much space. I think he threw away the unsold kiosks. Curt Vendel build a homebrew Astrocade Kiosk that was displayed at the Philly Classic 3 in April 2002. You can read about that here:

 

http://www.ballyalley.com/pics/hardware_pics/astrocade_kiosk/Homebrew_Astrocade_Kiosk/Homebrew_Astrocade_Kiosk.html

 

It's strange that people claim that once something is added to the Internet that it is around forever, for The Bally Shrine website clearly shows that this isn't true. It's nice to be able to see this small portion of the website again, even if it is only a small detail of what was available there.

You can download the printout of the website here:

https://archive.org/details/TheBallyShrine1999AstroSaleTradeWebPage

It's is both strange and cool to see this "website" again! Does anyone else remember The Bally Shrine website?

Adam

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I remember hearing years ago about how perfectly good Astrocade kiosks were just thrown out. Idiocy.

 

There was a kiosk a few years ago on Ebay that didn't really go for all that much. I can only imagine what the next kiosk will sell for...

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