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A Look Back To Fun 'N' Games
Auction 98

I think the reason many start collecting classic games is for the nostalgic factor. Sure the games themselves are great, but allot of that nostalgic factor is how they made you feel, back in "the day".
For me it was the hundreds of, now classics machines; for the younger, perhaps Mortal Kombat, and the Street Fighter get the nod on being the next collectable arcade machine.
Ether way, both the young and the old shed a tear as Fun N Games Closed after 33 years of service, on Saturday November 24, 2007.

There were only 3 arcades I called home in the 80s and they were, (in order of patronage), Game Town in Pinebrook, NJ, Fun and Game in the Willowbrook mall in Wayne NJ, and to a lesser degree, the Chuck E Cheese that boarded the Willowbrook mall. There was also a small arcade named the Purple Room inside the Willowbrook mall, but they were overshadowed by Fun N Games size and offerings.
Game town was closest to my house and I soon learned that there were trails through the woods that would make a 3.7 mile bike ride much faster on the mini bike
Although Game town game and went without a digital reference, a friend on mine documented the building, pre and post Game Town. Click
here for that picture, and the token on that page lives in my wallet :-)
Fun N Games was still possible by bike but the round trip was 25 miles. None the less, visits weekly were always in order.
Looking around the room the day of the auction was a bit eerie. Looking through "80s eyes" I remembered where all the Pac men sat, how Gauntlet sat at the end of the row as myself and 3 friends augured about who shot the food, or watching the monitor mounted above Dragon Lair so all could enjoy the travels of Dirk. I played Venture, Zookeeper and Mouse Trap here for the first time. I also played my only Crazy Climber cocktail here (until buying the one I now own).
Looking around in 2007 the games had changed but the memories remained. The sign outside was the same, the neon in the mall still lit bright, and the decals on the door were no doubt, 33 years old. Now, without a lease from they mall, the choice to move on was forced on them and inspired the sale of the location.

The Auction was run by Super Auctions and was listed as a Private auction, meaning that you needed to be invited to attend this show. I got the feeling that they later opened up the show to the public as they change the info on the web site and there were signs inside to alert the public of the show. None the less, I recognized a lot of the faces attending, and most of them were operators or others in the business.
The other unusual thing to this auction is that it was a catalog auction. For those unfamiliar with catalog auctions vs. the "normal" way amusement auctions are held I will explain the difference.
The normal way auction houses hold shows is that you file into a room with rows and rows of machines, and the auctioneer starts at the beginning of a row and zig zag up and down till everything is sold. The equipment is never in order by Lot # and there is never a list of what is available for sale.
With this show, we were handed a sheet of everything for sale listed on the paper and all items were auctioned in numerical order. After the preview period, the games were shut down, and the auctioning began.

Below are the prices of the more important things. Since this was an absolute auction EVERYTHING was sold, from arcade machines to office desks. From change machines to the trash cans. From the phone system to all the parts in the back room.

Fun N Games promises to open up again someday and invites them to follow them via their
website.

Thanks Fun N Games for molding my childhood…. You will be missed.

-=Mark=-


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Fun N Games
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Outdoor Sign
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Neon In the Mall
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Same door logo for 33 years
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Thank you sign
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Thank You sign 2
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All the Pins
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Capcom-Street Fighter 3 3rd
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Fast and Furious
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Daytona 2
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In the Grove 2
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Crisis Zone
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Indy 500
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Namco 20 and Retrocade-Centipede
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Team Play-DefenderDefender 2
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Time Crisis 3
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Silent Scope
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The Grid
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Namco-Maximum Tune 2
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Marvel vs Capcom 2 times 3
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King of Fighters XI
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EA Sports- World Series Baseball
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Jeff Kinder plays Police Trainer 2
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Videos and Pins

Stern-The Pirates of the Caribbean Pinball $2,600
Stern-The Simpsons Pinall Party Pinball $2,950
Stern-The Lord of the Rings Pinball $3,000
Konami-Dance Dance Revolution $3,000
Namco-Time Crisis 3 Deluxe $4,300
Sega-The House of the Dead 3 $2,500
Midway-Ultimate Artic Thunder $1,700
Midway-Ultimate Artic Thunder $1,700
Namco-Time Crisis 4 $5,300
Raw Thrills-The Fast and Furious Super Bikes $5,175
Raw Thrills-The Fast and Furious Super Bikes $5,175
Namco-20 Year Reunion Ms Pacman/Galaga $1,300
Retrocade-Centipede, Missile Command, Millipede $1,100
Namomi/Sega-World Series Baseball $300
EA Sports-PGA Tour Golf Team Challenge $750
Merit-Megatouch ION Upright $1,200
Sega-The King of Fighters XI $600
Namco-Maximum Tune 2 $2,400
Namco-Maximum Tune 2 $2,400
Konami-Dance Dance Revolution Super Nova $6,000
Global VR-Need For Speed Underground W/DBA $2,300
Global VR-Need For Speed Underground W/DBA $2,750
Sega-Initial D Twin $3,700
Capcom-Capcom SNK 2 $300
Team Play-Police Trainer $600
Team Play-Defender/Defender 2 $725
Sega-Virtua Tennis 2 $700
Raw Thrills-The Fast and The Furious $4,000
Raw Thrills-The Fast and The Furious $3,900
Raw Thrills-The Fast and The Furious $3,700
Raw Thrills-The Fast and The Furious $3,700
Konami-Silent Scope EX $1,650
Capcom-Marvel vs Capcom 2 Showcase Cabinet $575
Capcom-Marvel vs Capcom 2 $625
Capcom-Marvel vs Capcom 2 $600
Sega-Metal Slug 5 $200
SNK-SVC Chaos $300
Atari-Area 51/Maximum Force Showcase Cabinet $600
Namco-Soul Calibur Arcade Edition Showcase Cabinet $450
Capcom-Street Fighter 3 3rd Strike Showcase Cabinet $200
Rowe-S1 Bill Changer $175
Rowe-BC $1 ,$5,$10,$20 Changer $775
Rowe-BC $1 ,$5,$10,$20 Changer $775
Raw Thrills-Target Terror $2,000
Namco-Crisis Zone $750
Sega-lndy 500 $400
Sega-lndy 500 $400
Sega-lndy 500 $400
Ice-Full Court Fever Baseketball $700
Ice-Full Court Fever Baseketball $675
Sega-Daytona USA 2 $1,700
Sega-13aytona USA 2 $1,700
Midway-The Grid 3-Unit W/Header $1,000
Andamiro-Pump It Up In The Groove 2 $4,850
Namco-Tekken 5 $1,100
Ultracade-Street Fighter Anniversary Edition $425
Raw Thrills-Big Buck Hunter Pro $3,000
Global VR-Vortek System $1,250
Konami-Drum Mania 10th Mix $3,250
Konami-Lethal Enforcers 3 $1,300
EA Sports/Global VR-Madden Season 2 $1,150
Midway-NBA Showtime NBA on NBC $450
Midway-NFL Blitz 2000 Gold Edition $350

Everything else
Dynamo-Photon Air Hockey W/Overhead Scoring $750
Dynamo-Photon Air Hockey W/Overhead Scoring $750
Rowe-BC $1 Changer $300
Rowe-BC $1 ,$5,$10,$20 Changer $900
Rowe-BC $1 ,$5,$10,$20 Changer $900
Triton-ATM Machine $800
Parabolic Mirror $25
Parabolic Mirror $25
Parabolic Mirror Mini $25
Pocono International Raceway Mural $50
Fun N Games Scoreboard W/Toshiba Monitor $25
Electronic Reader Board $55
Inside Signage 4-6 $50
Fun N Games Outdoor Signage passed
Rowe-S1 & $5 Bill Changer $200
Focus Security Camera-survellance System WI8 Cameras $50
AT&T-BIS 10 Phone System W/3 Phones $25
Red/Gray Podium $5
Brandt-Coin Processing System W/Stand $75

 

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Web Author: Mark E Davidson
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