Acquired: Wish I could
Sold: some months after we moved in July 1993 :(
Where it is now: When I last saw it, I had just unloaded it into a
strangers basement. He bought it from me at a garage sale. It was his first
arcade purchase too, but he said it was his intent to keep it working. I can only
hope he meant it. Lot's more details in the story link above.
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Genco was a strong contender in the
pinball market in the early days. This machine was the first to have only 2
flippers. (Remember, Humpty Dumpty, the first flipper pinball table had 3 sets!) It
seemed that only Genco could make them strong enough to send the ball to the top of the
As you can see, it still had scoring
by lights. The wooden assembly is beautiful. The flippers are backwards, as
they all were at the time. The playing surface had a long diagonal line of catch
holes, so that if the ball got caught in one, and the table was properly leveled, the ball
would pass from one to the other till it reached the top of the table! Something like
this, but 10 of them...
The balls are manually fed to the plunger by pushing on another lever. When the
5 balls ran out, the game kept running until a mechanical timer ran out. This is a
true antique, but I don't have the time to restore it the way it deserves to be.
1997 with Gran Trak 10 below.
Sold: I still have it actually, but it's for sale. You can email me, if you're interested.
Where it is now: Still here behind my desk with the legs off.
1974 pinball machine
check out the flyer
This machine was in absolute
excellent condition. The playing surface was mint. I even thought it may have
been replaced, but if it was, it was with an original. I was also very impressed
with how organized everything was inside of it. Gottlieb obviously put a lot of
effor into making their pins maintainable.
Acquired: July 1997 at a
garage sale for $50. Wasn't working at the time and I didn't have the time or
expertise to fix it either, so...
Sold: Fall 1997
Where it is now: I have no idea. I sold it through an
advertisement weekly to someone in Calgary. He was hoping to be able to fix it, but
I have no idea who he was, or if he knew anymore than I did.
1974 video game
Atari releases the world's
first driving game ever! (Only one of their MANY firsts.)
You've all seen it. It's the little
car that goes around the little light blip track on a
B/W TV screen. Complete with brake and gas pedal, 4 speed tranny, including Reverse,
and a steering wheel! Watch out for the oil slicks! How many laps can you do
in 72 seconds?
Acquired: June 1997
Sold: Spring 1999
Where it is now: Since May 1998, this baby was in a friend's garage
in Airdrie (a small town north of Calgary). I gave it to his son just before we
moved from Airdrie into Calgary. He lost interest fast, after it stopped working.
But I know it's just a lose wire, because it used to stop working for me too.
They've had it listed for sale in the paper, but I retained grandfather rights to
take it back, if I so desire, before it sold. I failed to do so, and it sold.
Good thing, as I was starting to think about taking it
images for this one, sorry
you can see the flyer
picture on the flyer is a little deceptive. The machine is primarily orange, even
though it appears to be brown on this flyer shot.
cocktail video game
was a cocktail table in great shape. The screen had quite a bit
of burn (find me one today that doesn't!), and the CP overlays
were missing, but I replaced them with laminated colour laser
The glass underlay was immaculate!
It had a Speedy chip in it.
To the right is what a new one looks like, and mine didn't look much worse!
Why did I sell it? I already had a Pac-Man machine that
played Ms. Pac-Man anyway, and since space is always at a
Acquired: September 02, 1999
Sold: December 23, 1999
Where it is now: roughly Chicago, Ill., as far as I
This one was also in really good
shape. The cabinet was not exactly as shown here. Mine had
the instruction card on both sides of the screen. It also had
had the control panels changed to some generic type that had the
controls on top. It was easier to play that way anyway. It
had full manuals for both the game and the cabinet. A previous
owner had drilled a hole in the coin slot plate and installed a switch
for credits. The sound was a little scratchy and I never did
Sold: September 2000
Reason for selling: Although
frequently playing it in the 80's, it wasn't one of my
favourites. It was always my intention to resell it. Once
the novelty wore off for the kids, it was time to go. Besides,
the perfect trade came along and I got my Mario
Bros. now! Still bothered them (and me) to see it go
Where it is now: I have no idea... :(
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