Throwing a NES Zapper into Comic-Con

Being too big of a chicken to dress up myself, I threw my favorite retro gaming twist on San Diego Comic-Con 2016 by getting some of the incredible costumed folks to pose with my ole’ faithful NES Zappers and Power Glove!  Pretty much everyone was game, and the result is the following retro gamer / costume mashup.  Enjoy!
#SDCC #SDCC2016 #Zapper

Rare Game Showcase: NES Test Station & a Fantastic Atari Display

Here are a few gems that sold on eBay recently…

Action 52 in Box with Manual (minus cover)  Sold for $290.11 USD on eBay.

Nintendo NES Test Station Sold March 12, 2011 for $430.92 USD on eBay.

Nintendo Game & Watch Green House Sold March 14, 2011 for £670.00 on eBay UK.

Store Showcase for Atari Game Cartridges Sold March 22, 2011 for $660.01 USD on eBay.  eBay seller moon-pies description.

Acrylic front, two sliding doors on back, Atari graphics on two sides, eight divided compartments inside that measure 5 5/8″ by 8 1/4″.

Made of fiberboard and particle board….it shows normal age and wear, though still in very good usable shape.  There are a few dings at the edges, scratches on the acrylic front, wear at the corners and the sliding doors are a little hard to slide at times.

The total measurements are 19 1/4″ high, 24 1/4″ wide and 9 1/2″ deep.

 

Spotted on eBay: Atari Service Manuals, Pirate Gear & More

Here’s a healthy list of video game rarities to get the blood flowing through your geeky little-retro-video-game-loving heart.  (Atari collectors take note of the service manuals and pirating gear!)

Rare Games

Super Contra III Demo for Super Nintendo SNES System Has a BIN/OBO of $99.99 USD.

Wacky Races Pre-Release Test Game NES – Extremely Rare (Sold May 25, 2010 for $171.06 USD)

Nintendo World Championships NWC Cart – Holy Grail Rare Currently with a BIN of $5199.00 USD and including a few bonus items.

Collectibles & Promo Items

World of Nintendo Fiber Optic Sign NICE!! (Sold on May 26, 2010 for $295.00 USD)

1989 Eureka Nintendo Easter Cling Decoration 4 Pc New

Patapon – super rare Sony PSP press promo pack (Sold on May 28, 2010 for GBP 28.99 …approximately $44.12 USD)

PACMAN UNCUT STICKER SHEET BY FLEER, MIDWAY 1980, RARE! (Sold on May 29, 2010 for $32.00 USD)

Modnation Racers for PS3 – Rare Press Kit (Sold on May 31, 2010 for GBP 80.00 …approximately $121.75 USD)

Atari Field Service Manuals

Atari 2600 Field Service Repair Manual

Atari 5200 Field Service Repair Manual

Original Atari Home Computer Retail Sales Manual binder

Atari 400 800 Field Service Repair Manual

Atari 410 and 810 800 Field Service Repair Manuals

Atari Service Repair Center Policies/Prodecures Manual

Atari Field Service Manuals – Huge Lot inc 800 1200 XL

Atari CPS Supersalt Manual for repair service

Atari Service Repair Diagnostic Controller Jumper Board

Atari 2600 Game Pirating Copy Devices

Ok, I think we all know that coping video games is naughty.  However, having the ability to copy 30 year old games somehow seems to fall into a different moral category.

Yoko Game copier for Atari 2600 – super rare

Unimex Duplikator SP280 + 6 Copy Carts – ATARI VCS 2600

Ended Auctions (This have all ended, but are none the less quite interesting)

NEW SEALED Super Mario Bros. 2 action figure: Mouser (Sold for $36.99 USD)

NEW SEALED Legend of Zelda action figure: Link 1989 (Sold for $69.99 USD)

BUBBLE BATH BABES NES NINTENDO Adult Game~ULTRA RARE (Sold for an even $500.00 USD)

Halo Reach Helmet This is a fan made helmet.  Pretty impressive actually.  (Sold for $217.50 USD)

Treamcast portable Sega Dreamcast with carry case, game (Sold for 147.00 GBP / ~$212.25 USD)

NEW IN BOX Nintendo Super Mario 3 Playchoice Cartridge! (Sold for $60.00 USD)

NEW IN BOX Nintendo Ninja Gaiden Playchoice Cartridge! (Sold for $54.01 USD)

NEW IN BOX Nintendo Punch Out Playchoice Cartridge WOW! (Sold for $62.09 USD)

FINAL FANTASY VII 7 PLAYSTATION RELEASE POSTER (Sold for $48.21 USD)

Uncharted 2 Fortune Hunter Edition Collectors Rare (Sold for $1925.00 USD)

GBP 80.00
Approximately US $121.75

Spotted on eBay: Unreleased Atari 7800 System, 2600 POP Kiosk, Nintendo Test Carts, Atlantis II

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

Spotted on eBay: Signed WoW Collector’s Edition, Genesis Kiosk, Mario Pillow

Here are a few pretties from my eBay watch list that I figure my fellow video game collectors will enjoy:

Games/Accessories:

Radiant Silvergun (Saturn) SS RARE NO RESERVE!!! Currently at $160.00 USD and climbing. (Ended April 24, 2010 at $165.00 USD)

RARE NES Game Action Replay GAR save Nintendo games!! I simply love my GAR.  I picked it up in a lot of 8-bit Nintendo stuff about a year ago.  Beat a level, save, beat a boss, save…  It’s a pretty simple idea for us now, but doing this is the 80s was unheard of.  Little did any of us know that this sweet gem would have allowed us to finally beat impossible (and beloved) games like Battletoads or Double Dragon III…or give us extra opportunities to make insane jumps in Ninja Gaiden. (Ended April 22, 2010 at $97.00 USD)

ATARI LYNX P.I.T.S FAHRSCHULE/ NEU * NEW /NO ATARI 2600 (Ended April 24, 2010 at 375.00 EUR; about $481.50 USD)

MagiCard Ultra Rare Blue Label Atari 2600 Cartridge R10 If you thought Air Raid was the only rare Atari 2600 cartridge to keep an eye out for, think again.   Here’s one more to watch for. (Ended April 24, 2010 at $6766.67 USD)

*SIGNED* World of Warcraft Collector’s Edition The seller states that this was signed by the development team.  It’ll be interesting to see what this goes for. (Ended April 27, 2010 at $530.00 USD)

Mario Party 3 Demo for Nintendo 64 N64 System

Rare Atari Jaguar Battlesphere Game Currently at $367.00 USD with 5.5 days to go on auction. (Ended on April 28, 2010 at $385.00 USD)

Collectibles:

Vintage Super Mario Bros. 2 Nintendo NES glass mug HUGE

UNUSED Q-BERT & FRIENDS COLORING BOOK 1983 (Ended April 23, 2010 at $9.99 USD)

Super Mario Pillow Vintage Nintendo 1989 Collectible Is it wrong to want this? (Ended April 24, 2010 at $92.00 USD)

NINTENDO 64 OCARINA IN TIME STORE DISPLAY (Ended April 29, 2010 at $29.00 USD)

Sega Genesis Store Kiosk with rare DS-16 changer This is one great looking store kiosk.  And for me, the best part is seeing how the DS-16 was incorporated.

Rare Gaming & Collectible Stuff on eBay: Promo Signs, Custom Lego Units, Mario Alarm Clock

Here are some of the listings that caught my eye on eBay this week.  …figured I’d share the gaming/collecting love.

Gaming + Legos

I was a fan of Lego Star Wars, but by the time Lego Indiana Jones & Batman hit, I was over it.  Even if you’re also sick of seeing Lego’s overused in gaming, eBay seller 2gangblank should put a smile on your face.  Just for reference, each of the systems he built out of Legos NES, Game Boy, PS2, Xbox 360 are non functional.  The NES below for example was built out of 23 bricks.  They’re mini dummy systems but, none the less, cleverly constructed.

Video Game Promo Signs

Apparently, a $200.00 USD Buy-it-Now seems to be the magic number for video game signs these days.  Check out these sweet gems:

Official Nintendo 64 Signage
Nintendo/Gamebo​y Adavnce Lighted Display Sign
Rare ?? or scarce Nice Neon Nintendo Gameboy Sign (Ended April 1, 2010 at $199.99 USD)

Sony PlayStatio​n 2 Lighted Sign
Sony PlayStatio​n Light Display Sign NICE!!!
Gold color sign board of Nintendo Entertainm​ent These Japanese Nintendo signs seem to be popping up on eBay lately. (Ended April 9, 2010 at $199.00 USD)
Nintendo Zelda Twilight Princess Standee Store Display!

Random Collectibles & Gaming Stuff

Nintendo Zelda LOZ Donkey Kong DK Employee Pin Rare (Ended April 6, 2010 at $42.50 USD)
HTF Q BERT SERVING TRAY ARCADE VIDEO GAME Q*BERT NR This seller “kimers” has a number of other interesting collectibles up as well. (Ended April 1, 2010 at $11.50 USD)
Super Mario bros ALARM CLOCK nintendo vintage old rare (Ended April 1, 2010 at $63.00 USD)
ATARI CORPORATION 1994 ANNUAL REPORT JAGUAR (Ended April 1, 2010 at $50.95 USD)
Super Mario bros PROMO TIE nintendo nes vintage RARE !! (Ended April 1, 2010 at $41.00 USD)
Nintendo 64 N64 + 36 Games + CD Drive Conker Zelda Rare (Ended April 2, 2010 at $405.00 USD)

Rare Video Games & Collectibles on eBay: Super Mario Bros. Cheez Whiz & Nintendo World Championships Gray Cart

Figured it’s time to post some of the retro video game radness that I’m watching on eBay this week.  Seems my theme this week is vintage Nintendo merchandise.  Happy eBaying!

A Super-Uber-Doober Rare Game

Nintendo World Championships NES (No. 0122) NTSC RARE Everthing about this listing looks ok to me except for the sellers explanation of how he got the games:  “I bought a package about 40 nes games (ntsc) with console from ebay.com 6 years ago. Now I have seen that one of this games is very rare. In the package there was Stadium Events NTSC, too.” (Update, the listing seems to have been taken down…must have been something fishy.)

Video Game Promo Items & Merchandise

ULTRA RARE Nintendo Super Mario Cheez Whiz Jar 1989 I don’t know what’s more shocking, seeing Mario full of cheez whiz or realizing that cheez whiz doesn’t always come in a can… (Ended April 18, 2010 at $124.99 USD)

1990 Nintendo Super Mario Bros Princess Shampoo Bottle (Ended March 20, 2010 at $32.00 USD)

super mario bros play 20 nintendo NES water game rare

* nintendo nes super mario brothers UNO card set new *. (Ended March 21, 2010 at $14.29 USD)

* nintendo nes super mario brothers DOMINOES set new * (Ended March 21, 2010 at $13.00 USD)

* nintendo nes super mario zelda link YO YO very rare * (Ended March 21, 2010 at $9.27 USD)

VINTAGE 1985 NINTENDO WORLD CHAMPION SWEATSUIT JACKET Not sure if this is a reproduction or is really vintage, but it certainly looks cool.

Aladdin Nintendo Power Super Mario Zelda Lunch Box 1989

Nitendo-Super Mario Bro`1988`Plastic Thermos vintage

NINTENDO SUPER MARIO BROS 3 WALKIE TALKIE VINTAGE RARE (Ended March 21, 2010 at $23.00 USD)

Vintage World of Nintendo Fiber Optic Store Sign! (Ended March 23, 2010 at $401.50 USD)

playstation 2 neon sign (Ended March 24, 2010 at $187.50 USD)

Nintendo Super Mario 64 Flash Plastic Vintage Camera

Super Mario Bros Art & Bling

10K YELLOW GOLD CANARY DIAMOND SUPER MARIO PENDANT MENS (Ended March 20, 2010 at $2,600.00 USD)

SUPER MARIO BROS PIPE MONSTER hand-blown art glass 1off

mario painting nomnomnom original art nintendo (Ended March 20, 2010 at $23.50 USD)