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04-03-2021 at 10:46 PM
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Arcade Pick Up's- 8 games in 2 weeks

A couple weeks ago I made it a point to find a Rampage machine, even If I payed a little more than I would have liked to, and in the process of searching CL and FB Marketplace I saw a number of Arcade games for some really good prices. In the act of searching for a Rampage machine I relayed a lot of the information to my brother-in-law, who's always wanted a pinball machine but otherwise hadnt really ever had experience with Arcade games prior. Well me talking about them so much must have gotten him thinking about it, cuz when I sent him a link to a working 'Bad Dudes vs Dragon Ninja' fairly local to us in really good shape for like $250 he jumped on it.

Long story short, in the last week and a half between the two of us we have brought home 8 arcade games

Ive picked up Rampage, Frogger, Aero Fighters, Choplifter and an X-men: Children of the Atom with a Pandora in it with 600 some odd games. Everything has CRT monitors and original PCB's except the Xmen game. These games are added to the ones I already have; Missile Command, Donkey Kong, Centipede and Asteroids.

My brother-in-law has picked up Bad Dudes, Surf Planet, and Twin Eagle.

He got all of his a lot closer to us, all within 45 minutes, but I had to drive hours for all of mine. Ive driven all over northern and southern Illinois, northern and southern Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, and Missouri. Had to rent a U-Haul trailer for the Ohio trip as we were picking up 2 games, only cost $25 opposed to renting a truck which would have cost a dollar a mile.

Its been a good time, learning more about them every day. I like the road trips too.
We've ordered some side art, control panel overlays, T molding, new locks, all that good stuff to kind of shine them up a little bit where its needed. We'll be putting a new CPO on the Rampage control panel in a couple days, and then doing our first cap kit on my Asteroids machine. Got a lot of work in front of us, but nothing too major. My dumb ass ordered a manual for my Rampage machine and then ended up finding one inside of it!!... So now I have one for sell on eBay lol. Ended up finding manuals in both the Choplifter and Aerofighters too. All the new games work good, the only one thats not working out of all of them is my Centipede that Ive had for a few years now. My Missile Command has started acting up again now that I bring it up though.

I literally just got them so I havnt had the chance to play them a whole lot, but so far my high scores are:
Bad Dudes - 185,000
Choplifter - 25,000
Frogger - 20,000
Rampage - 617,000
and I think my Aero Fighters HS was around 180,000

Anyway here are some pics. Its been a great adventure, I wouldn't doubt if I have another game or two before the months out. (Captions are underneath each picture, not above)

My brother-in-laws 1st arcade game!


Surf Planet, Bad Dudes vs Dragon Ninja, and Twin Eagle


SOOOO psyched to FINALLY get my own Rampage machine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!

This machine is SOO big. I couldnt fit it down the hallway and into the room that holds my other arcade games.


Aero Fighters, Choplifter, and X-Men: Children of the Atom


Asteroids, Centipede


Frogger, Missile Command

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  1. 80sArcadeKid's Avatar

    There is no way we would find that many machine around here let alone in workong condition and with CRTs. I’m extremely jealous.

  2. Rogerpoco's Avatar

    Great Stuff!!!

    I remember getting my Super Off Road home and thinking, "There's no way anyone in the World is cooler than me!".

    Overstatement, I suppose, but it's how I felt at the time, haha, just seemed unreal.


    Awesome, Man, keep it up!!!


    *Edit*

    BTW-I have some Centipede..."parts", the trackball, buttons, harnesses, even the PCB(tho I wouldn't have a clue if ANY of it works), if you ever need them, they are just sitting here!!!

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  3. JJT_Defender's Avatar

    Wow you have awesome collection of classic arcade games.

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  4. RedDawn's Avatar

    Quote Originally Posted by Rogerpoco

    Great Stuff!!!

    I remember getting my Super Off Road home and thinking, "There's no way anyone in the World is cooler than me!".

    Overstatement, I suppose, but it's how I felt at the time, haha, just seemed unreal.


    Awesome, Man, keep it up!!!


    *Edit*

    BTW-I have some Centipede..."parts", the trackball, buttons, harnesses, even the PCB(tho I wouldn't have a clue if ANY of it works), if you ever need them, they are just sitting here!!!

    I know the feeling you describe Hahahaha

    Its been awhile since Ive messed with it, but I think the issue with my centipede is either the board or the wiring. I will def keep you in mind though when we get to working on that game. Thanks man
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  5. RedDawn's Avatar

    Quote Originally Posted by 80sArcadeKid

    There is no way we would find that many machine around here let alone in working condition and with CRTs. I’m extremely jealous.

    I can only imagine :(
    America and Japan definitely have a leg up when it comes to Arcade collecting.

    If your interested in acquiring more, i'd be willing to bet if you changed your search radius to 500 miles on Facebook Marketplace and searched for 'Arcade' daily, or every other day or so, that you would be surprised by what you will find.
    Nearly all the games I got were listed for less than 2-3 hours when I found them. Good deals go fast, so you gotta check back often and act quick when you see one.

    Another thing that really helps is networking, developing relationships with other arcade collectors and people who run and own public arcades, and I know theirs at least a couple of those in Australia cuz Ive seen them on Youtube.

    Your best deals will be found on places like CL and FB Marketplace though. Ebay and collectors are another source but you will often pay a little more from them.

    Another thing I should add, not all the games we bought were listed as working. The people I got the Choplifter from had no idea how to coin up the machine since the coin lever was bent and wasnt triggering when you dropped a quarter in, so they thought it was broken. The Aero Fighters had a really dark screen, the people thought it was basically broken, I simply turned the contrast knob on the back of the monitor and now its perfect. The Twin Eagle had a vertical line going down screen, but again after turning some knobs on the back of the monitor that line is completely gone.
    A bit of advice, if you ever run into a similar situation DO NOT make the adjustments on site where you buy the machine, they'll likely try and jack up the price or even worse, completely change their mind about selling, so always wait till you get it back home.
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  6. redelf's Avatar

    I remember those days of collecting game and bringing them home. When I first got into it I had a small studio apartment, after a few months I had over 30 machines in it. Needless to say I put my futon into the closet during the day so I had room to move around. Fun times though, wish I could still be doing it but my body won't let me move the machines around without a lot of pain.

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  7. Pixe Sukola's Avatar

    Great pick ups man, I would love to own Bad Dudes and Snow Bros, but original arcades are very scarce nowadays here in Mexico. In the 80's and 90's there were lots and lots of them, but recently there are very few original ones. All the few remaining arcade places have mostly machines with emulators in them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redelf

    I remember those days of collecting game and bringing them home. When I first got into it I had a small studio apartment, after a few months I had over 30 machines in it. Needless to say I put my futon into the closet during the day so I had room to move around. Fun times though, wish I could still be doing it but my body won't let me move the machines around without a lot of pain.

    Yes, the space struggle is real. haha
    I just downsized to a twin bed and am rearranging now so that I can accommodate more games. Presently I have 3 arcade games in my brother in laws garage and one in the shop I'd like to move in here. The Rampage is simply too big, its gonna have to stay in the kids playroom.

    My bro in law had a great idea though, if we could just make an arcade cabinet that also features a stow-away bed in it that one could fold out at night I'd be set Hahaha
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  9. Rogerpoco's Avatar

    Haha, actually, continuing the "space" conversation...

    I'm running out of room myself.

    If you(or anyone, frankly)ever happen to be in Mountain City, with a big truck, and wanna haul away this Afterburner for me, I'd prolly actually give you a few bucks!!!

    Doesn't work, when it was being transported to my house it got dropped flat on it's back, but it wasn't working prior to that.

    PCB seems to be intact, a bit of the wiring is cut(power supply?), monitor has some burn in it, no idea if there's any "value" to any of it, and there certainly isn't, to me.

    Belongs to a Buddy, technically, but he'd be as happy as me to see it somewhere sorta cared for, I just use it to put stuff on...

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