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My Frogger cartridge: Zellers or Not?

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I always had this kinda strange (or not) Frogger Atari 2600 cartridge with a drawing of two frogs on a pond. The game is effectively Frogger, I have been playing it on my Atari 7800, and the label style match up with other Zeller cartridges from Canada. But I got this cartridge from an unknown source, but I recognize it as one of those carts that were sold very cheap along with other bootleg carts.
So my question is: Is this a Zeller's game that didn't made it, a rare variant, a common bootleg cart from Hong Kong or what?

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Oh wow, that's funny! I remember seeing the Zeller's thread years ago, and I granted as valid that my cartridge was part of the Zeller's collection, yet I started to search more about this variant and couldn't find it. Even there's an entry for Frogger sold by Zellers but with the original artwork by Parker Brothers. Not this hand drawn version. 

And I was thinking in replacing the label to a custom made based on Parker Brothers original. I think it's bad idea.

I'm thinking in buying an original instead.

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12 minutes ago, krslam said:

Was shocked at the price until I noticed who the seller was.

OMG that guy is still around!?  What a D-bag.  Who pays his prices EVER i wonder? haha. 

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2 hours ago, D Train said:

who is it?

You can find multiple references to happiestsellerever! by searching this site. Mostly he's known for buying up reasonably priced items then relisting them for much more than he paid. He's basically a scalper.

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4 minutes ago, atari181 said:

Zellers carts are from Canada sold at Zellers Department stores in Canada.

Manufactured in Taiwan and sold in Zellers Department stores in Canada.

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11 minutes ago, Special Teams said:

Manufactured in Taiwan and sold in Zellers Department stores in Canada.

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"being from" does not mean where an item is manufactured to me.  The games are obviously manufactured with the same art as Taiwan games, however, many items as manufactured overseas and seen as from a different company.

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It's a Taiwan Cooper Black cart for sure but Frogger was not title sold at Zellers. Same MFG? Sure. Sold via Zellers? Nope. Still a neat cart though.

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6 minutes ago, Omegamatrix said:

Yep, not a Zellers. This is my complete Zellers collection by the way. 😁

 

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Quoting myself: "So my question is: Is this a Zeller's game that didn't made it, a rare variant, a common bootleg cart from Hong Kong or what?"

I completely forgot Taiwan, it was Taiwan, not Hong Kong, but yeah, whatever came from either country was good to sell in thrift stores and the local market flea. I have seen also Taiwan Cooper cartridges, I owned very few of them in comparison to all the other original games my dad bought over a span of 8 years (1980-1988) until I got my NES right after I won my Atari 7800 on a contest.

I had a heavy sixer, got broken many times. Then we got the Atari 2600jr, more original games, then by '86/'87 the Taiwan Cooper cartridges came up, just bought few of them to see what games they were. I bought a Pac Kong cart that never worked then I changed it for Crackpots. Then the Atari 7800 was introduced in Mexico, and a local store made a contest with first prize an Atari 7800, second prize Atari 2600jr. with 1 cart, and third prize an Atari 7800 cartridge. I won first prize by playing Ms. Pacman for 60 seconds, highest score. That's how high scores means something in real life lol. And from there I started to buy my own Atari 7800 games and even 2600 games, and so on did the same with the Nintendo consoles I had.

I never knew what was the Pac Kong game due to a faulty cartridge, until the age of internet when I found here at the AA forums that Pac Kong was another game imitating Donkey Kong. 

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My mistake, I didn't bought Crackpots, I bought "Boom Bang" in exchange for Pac Kong. The images I'm putting are not mine, I'm using them as reference. And as kid I was expecting to see a Transformer robot game, but then I noticed the obvious contradiction between the image in the label and the obvious concatenation of the names Pac and Kong. Never knew until 15 years later.

I lost most of my cartridges due to giving them to a cousin and never seeing them again, except for the whole Atari 7800 collection I have.

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9 hours ago, Nabuko78 said:

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My mistake, I didn't bought Crackpots, I bought "Boom Bang" in exchange for Pac Kong. The images I'm putting are not mine, I'm using them as reference. And as kid I was expecting to see a Transformer robot game, but then I noticed the obvious contradiction between the image in the label and the obvious concatenation of the names Pac and Kong. Never knew until 15 years later.

I lost most of my cartridges due to giving them to a cousin and never seeing them again, except for the whole Atari 7800 collection I have.

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Love that Pac-Kong label. I may have to start collecting these just for the labels.👍

 

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