May 142010
 

Here are some fantastic retro gaming and collecting auctions that I’m watching on eBay.  There’s some real museum-quality history popping up here, which is one of the reasons I love collecting and am nuts about eBay.  Enjoy!

Games & Accessories

Blockbuster SNES Donkey Kong Country Competition Cart

Nintendo NES NTF2 Test Cartridge Version 1.1

Nintendo NES Joystick Test Cartridge

Nintendo NES Power Pad Test Cartridge

Nintendo NES Port Test Cartridge

Atari 2600 Atlantis II 2 CIB and Contest T-Shirt This insanely rare listing of Atlantis II has been graced by it’s owner (eBay seller scrabbler15) with a couple videos.  The videos do a fantastic job of giving the game’s history…and I must say, they also put a smile on my face due to their sheer geek factor. (Ended May 15, 2010 at $6982.82)


Nintendo Game Watch Donkey Kong signed Shigeru Miyamoto

Collectibles, Promo Items, & Misc

Vintage 1990 Nintendo Mario Fabric Panel NEW!

Rare Atari Console Prototype Nolan Bushnell 7800 eBay seller knowwhatimeanvern gives a fantastic history of this “signature searies” Atari 7800 shell:

I acquired this wonderful item several years ago and am now offering Atari collectors the rare opportunity to add this prototype to their collection!  You will likely never see this item up for auction again.  Please note, this is a pre-production prototype – there are no electronic parts inside.  This project was cancelled before the boards were manufactured.

Mr. Vendel provided me with a firsthand look at the history of this amazing Atari 7800 Remake project that was ultimately cancelled.  From its ashes rose the successful Atari Flashback plug and play console line.

“Yes, I designed the case along with Tom Palecki of Pear Design whom I brought in to finalize things and run off 8 cases – 10 were actually made as I had two special pearl white ones designed specifically for myself and another for Mark Diluciano with whom I commissioned to create an exact replica of the Gerber files of the original Atari 7800 1984 PC board so that it would fit into the casing.

The project was commissioned by O’Shea Ltd as they had approx. 1 million Atari 2600 and 7800 cartridges and wanted to bundle them in with a new console, so they wanted to product approx. 250,000 consoles.

O’Shea approached Nolan Bushnell about doing a “signature series” – I have Nolan’s signature on file from him signing my Atari Pong arcade, we created a digital scan and added his signature to the case label.

The project fell through after that as O’Shea tried to source a factory to front all of the money to product the consoles, none would do it and in 2004 Atari directly asked me to produce a console for them, but had to have something ready within a 10 week window, so using an off the shelf NOAC chip the Atari Flashback 1 console was created.

Of the 8 cases, 6 were delivered to the client as per the contract along with the wooden low production test run molds (aluminum of high grade steel would’ve been needed for doing a full 250,000 pc run, the wooden molds were good for about 20-25 test runs only.)  2 grays stayed with me, which I later sold, but kept the pearl white unit along with the source molds built to create the wooden molds (2  units) of the 8 gray units, half were done with the Atari logo, the other half were done with ProSystem logo on them.”

I asked Mr. Vendel if a production Atari 7800 board could be installed into this prototype shell:

“Almost — the LED light-window on the new shell is much different from the original Atari 7800, so the motherboard needs one minor change – the LED and its stalk need to be removed and the led soldered back on and about 1/2 of the height of what it was originally at.”

More information on this prototype can be found at the following links:

http://www.legacyengineer.com/portfolio-7800.html

GameRoom.com interview:
http://www.gameroommag.com/retroblast-articles/feature-articles/129-an-interview-with-curt-vendel

A great interview with Curt Vendel regarding the Atari Flashback Product line:
http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/issues/issue_100/555-Curt-Vendel-The-Escapist-Interview

Custom Donkey Kong action figures mario marvel legends

LARGE 27″ TALL super mario bros LUIGI DOLL PILLOW 1989

N64 NINTENDO 64 NEON LOGO SIGN STORE DISPLAY GAME ROOM

PLAYSTATION NEON LOGO SIGN STORE DISPLAY GAME ROOM

Nintendo GameBoy Advance Neon Sign Display Rare

Nintendo DS Neon Sign Display Rare

Atari 2600 Dealer Display “POP” Kiosk, 1982, **RARE**

RARE FINAL FANTASY ORB ONLY 50 MADE eBay seller felixollie does a great job explaining the origins of this prize:

This contest was run for the original Final Fantasy RPG designed by Hironobu Sakaguchi of Square for the Nintendo NES.

This awesome collectable is a must-have for the serious collector and Final Fantasy enthusiast. Only 50 Final Fantasy crystal orbs were made and distributed worldwide.  It is made of solid lead crystal.  The crystal orb is etched with the legend ‘Final Fantasy’; a shield with a crossed axe and sword are etched above.  This can be viewed when looking through the crystal orb. The orb has been signed by the artist, Kusak.

Included with the Final Fantasy crystal orb are:  1990 Sept/Oct Nintendo Power Magazine issue 16 which features contest and Final Fantasy crystal orb prize, original box and packaging, and certificates which came with Final Fantasy crystal orb.  All are in excellent condition.  The orb itself is in perfect condition; no visible scratches, nicks, cracks or signs of wear. Any imperfections in the photos are natural characteristics of this solid crystal piece. This rare orb weighs approximately 1 lb 8.8 oz, and is a bit larger than a baseball.

Be among the 50 lucky people in the world who own such a desirable collectable!

I acquired this wonderful item several years ago and am now offering Atari collectors the rare opportunity to add this prototype to their collection!  You will likely never see this item up for auction again.  Please note, this is a pre-production prototype – there are no electronic parts inside.  This project was cancelled before the boards were manufactured.

Mr. Vendel provided me with a firsthand look at the history of this amazing Atari 7800 Remake project that was ultimately cancelled.  From its ashes rose the successful Atari Flashback plug and play console line.

“Yes, I designed the case along with Tom Palecki of Pear Design whom I brought in to finalize things and run off 8 cases – 10 were actually made as I had two special pearl white ones designed specifically for myself and another for Mark Diluciano with whom I commissioned to create an exact replica of the Gerber files of the original Atari 7800 1984 PC board so that it would fit into the casing.

The project was commissioned by O’Shea Ltd as they had approx. 1 million Atari 2600 and 7800 cartridges and wanted to bundle them in with a new console, so they wanted to product approx. 250,000 consoles.

O’Shea approached Nolan Bushnell about doing a “signature series” – I have Nolan’s signature on file from him signing my Atari Pong arcade, we created a digital scan and added his signature to the case label.

The project fell through after that as O’Shea tried to source a factory to front all of the money to product the consoles, none would do it and in 2004 Atari directly asked me to produce a console for them, but had to have something ready within a 10 week window, so using an off the shelf NOAC chip the Atari Flashback 1 console was created.

Of the 8 cases, 6 were delivered to the client as per the contract along with the wooden low production test run molds (aluminum of high grade steel would’ve been needed for doing a full 250,000 pc run, the wooden molds were good for about 20-25 test runs only.)  2 grays stayed with me, which I later sold, but kept the pearl white unit along with the source molds built to create the wooden molds (2  units) of the 8 gray units, half were done with the Atari logo, the other half were done with ProSystem logo on them.”

I asked Mr. Vendel if a production Atari 7800 board could be installed into this prototype shell:

“Almost — the LED light-window on the new shell is much different from the original Atari 7800, so the motherboard needs one minor change – the LED and its stalk need to be removed and the led soldered back on and about 1/2 of the height of what it was originally at.”

More information on this prototype can be found at the following links:

http://www.legacyengineer.com/portfolio-7800.html

GameRoom.com interview:
http://www.gameroommag.com/retroblast-articles/feature-articles/129-an-interview-with-curt-vendel

A great interview with Curt Vendel regarding the Atari Flashback Product line:
http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/issues/issue_100/555-Curt-Vendel-The-Escapist-Interview