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Special Auction 45
Well anyone who reads this section of my web pages chronology, and with any regularity, knows that I'm looking for work as my plant is moving down to Atlanta, and I don't want to move with them. Part of my job responsibilities right now is to oversee the automation moves from our plant here in Rockaway, down to the plant in Duluth
This is how I came to be at the Auction Game Sales auction on 2-26-2002 in Atlanta. As my regular readers know, I really only cover the Auctions In New Jersey and once a year in MD, when Auction Game Sales goes there too. But with a little luck in timing, I placed myself in the Atlanta on the day of the show. The biggest sacrifice was that I did miss the Super Auctions Show that took place on 2-24-02 in New Jersey, so don't be waiting around for a report …. I wasn't there. To quote a friend that did go "The auction was a massive pile of piss. Seriously, it sucked." So I guess I didn't miss much
The auction down here was…… Different… The show in Baltimore is handled very different than here in Atlanta! Some of biggest differences are they DON'T charge any 10% - 15% markup to the winning bid to OPERATORS. Don't ask me how they know if your in the business or not but I answered that question wrong and got charged the extra 10% they add to the "home buyers" crowd. Second thing is they don't ask for a deposit like they did at the MD auction. Finally, there is no charge for a bidder #. I don't remember if they charged for a Bidder # in MD but here it is free. Nonetheless it was a bit odd not having anyone to hang out with. Some of the similarities, between the Atlanta and Baltimore shows are that they do 2 auctioneers and run 2 auctions at the same time. For this reason, and since I had no one helping me, I missed about 19 machines in the 25" row. I did better when the turned the corner and one guy was doing video machine as the other did the pins, but in the confusion, some of my prices may not be 100% accurate. You have been warned.
In the lines of notable equipment were a Dragons Lair and a Dragons Lair 2. Both worked and were in better then average shape. There was a Journey machine (haven't seen one in a while) and the tape player was still inside! In the pinball row you may want to look at the picture of the Mr. And Mrs. Pacman Pinball.. Look at all the bubbles in the glass! When it was plug in nothing lit up except one…. That's right…. One bulb. There is a picture of a smashed up Strikes and spares as well.... Pity,
At the show I talked with Joe Gumeny of Wico who was there as well as picked up the 2002 Pinball price guide from Marco who was there too.
Best news yet is I found what I was looking for! As I have been bugging everyone for a hat trick board, I was lucky enough to find someone the Internet that has the Hat Trick cartridge right before I left for my trip. All that was left was to find a Sente main board. As Luck would have it there was one Sente game@ the auction. A semi working Gimme a Break cocktail. The board worked but all the balls on the pool table were blocks instead of colored balls. Got it for 140 and tossed it in the back of my Rent A Van. Back at the hotel, I stopped by the Home Depot and bought 4 casters and some screws. In the van I screw it all together and wheeled it up to my Hotel room along with my toolbox.
Inside, I found a Mini Golf cart as well. Excellent!
Resiting the ROMs on the Pool game got that going all the way, and I found a broken Diode on the Mini golf board that I patched up and crap, that works too!
Now that everything worked… I ripped it all apart. Took out the monitor, the harness, the main CPU board the PS board, the sound card, (I didn't know that it had a separate sound card) and the control panels and packed all the stuff in my suitcase to bring back to NJ.
Ok.. This is the longest write up II have done for any show so I'm going to shut up now and give you the prices.
Remember.. I have no tie ins to ANY of these games. This was a Public auction, and I am not connected with any of the auctions houses on which I report. These games have been sold to new owners and are no longer for sale. This page is for reference only and a public service to it's readers. Any email regarding the purchase of these games will be ignored. All dates of future auctions will be posted on the main page as I here of them. Thanks for your corporation.
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