Adding a Dreamcast Kiosk to the Collection

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Regret is a powerful motivator for collectors.

Back in 2007, I spotted an abandoned Dreamcast kiosk along the side of the road.  I seriously debated throwing it in my Honda Accord and taking it back to my tiny beach apartment.  Space for surfboards and a fear of scaring my new female roommate won out.  Unfortunately, I kept driving.  I’ve been kicking myself ever since.

Since then, with 200+ titles in my beloved Dreamcast collection, I’d been scouring eBay and Craigslist for just such a gem.  Unfortunately, these often pop up out of state, and shipping would cost as much or more than the kiosk is worth.

Several weeks ago, lady luck looked down on me.  Sure enough, a listing popped up on eBay, and it was here in San Diego!  I quickly messaged the seller about local pickup options and then realized that he might also be listing it on Craigslist.  Sure enough, it was on Craigslist too, and we were able to arrange the sale.  Best part about buying locally was that I was able to connect with another fellow collector.

Ok, let’s take a look at this fantastic store display unit!

If you’re a stickler for details, I believe these units originally had white controllers.  However, I think it looks great with the translucent ones.

Dreamcast Kiosk Dreamcast Kiosk (2)

The gaming unit sits on the top of a custom base that interlocks with the main unit by a series of metal tabs and a machine screw.  It’s no big deal that this screw was missing as I easily found an appropriate screw in our workshop.

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You can see how the metal tabs on the top of the stand slide into the base of the top unit.

Dreamcast Kiosk Base Stand Locking Connection (1) Dreamcast Kiosk Base Stand Locking Connection (2)

I removed the back of the kiosk to take a look inside and to clean it up.

Dreamcast Kiosk Back Shell (5) Dreamcast Kiosk Back Shell (4) Dreamcast Kiosk Back Shell (3) Dreamcast Kiosk Back Shell (2)

What’s surprising is that inside the unit is a standard Samsung TXH1370 CRT TV.  For a VGA-capable system, it seems like the kiosk should have been designed to included a computer monitor or a nicer TV to show off the insane graphic potential of this system.  The system plugs directly into the TV with just the standard composite video cable and mono sound.  The unit doesn’t seem to feature an external power switch.  Instead, you simply power on the kiosk by plugging in its 4-receptacle power strip / surge protector.  Each receptacle is used for the following: Dreamcast console, TV, left fan, right fan.

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The Dreamcast system is accessible through a removable plexiglass door on the front of the system (see below for more info).  The base of the compartment is recessed for controller cable routing and for the machine screw that interconnects the top unit to the stand.  The TV’s controls are hidden by a plastic flap.

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The system itself sits on a metal tray which raises the system up about a half an inch from the compartment floor.  This helps to nicely hide the cords and keeps the system firmly in place.  There is still plenty of room in the compartment for switching out games.

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The Dreamcast kiosk is notorious for super loud exhaust fans.  I pulled out one of the fans to clean it, and due to age the plastic was brittle enough that it cracked.  It sounds like I have a great excuse to put in a quieter fan!  Just for reference, the original fan is a Comair Rotron Sprite Model SU2A5 and is 115 volts requiring AC power.

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Unfortunately, the kiosk didn’t come with the original plexiglass door.  Instead, mine came with a piece of hand-cut, flat acrylic.  I was curious what the original piece looked like, and the seller was able to show me one instantly.  Funny enough, he actually had two Dreamcast kiosks at the time!  Collectors are the best sort of nuts!  I photographed the original door in comparison to my replacement piece.  If you happen to have one of these for sale, please let me know.

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Regret is a powerful motivator for collectors.  After six years of kicking myself about “the one that got away,” my eyes have happy Dreamcast swirls as I gaze on my kiosk.

In case it isn’t already 100% clear, I love retro gaming advertising and display items!   If you or a friend have an old kiosk, promo sign, poster, etc, please let me know.  I’d love to take a look at it and to chat with you about it.

Happy retro gaming!

The Collection Grows: My First Kiosk

This past weekend, I took a special step in video game collecting.  Yep, I bought something that takes up a ridiculous amount of space but that makes up for every inch with awesomeness.  I’ve wanted to own a kiosk for the past couple years.  Sure enough, I met up with a pretty cool guy (aka  BUZZ_N64).  We’d met before to trade some games, so his offer to sell me a Nintendo Game Cube kiosk was something I couldn’t put out of my mind.  Naturally, it comes with parts not show in that photo (since we were loading it into a vehicle).  Inside were a couple magnetic advertising mats covering a cardboard mat.  It also included the front plexiglass cover, an advertising topper and side, and, of course, a Game Cube.

BUZZ_N64 was also cool enough to let me take pictures of his collection.  As you can see, he’s mostly a Nintendo & Sega guy.  That being said, he has a pretty good variety of gaming systems set up.  Plus, I have to admit, anyone who would pick up early Rambo action figures gets about 1,000 cool points in my book.  Plus, he’s lucky enough to have picked up a PS1 developer system from a local thrift store!  Check out some of the highlight photos below:

Rare Game Showcase: Nintendo M9 R.O.B. Store Display Unit

Behold the glory that is a possibly new-in-box M9…

Nintendo NES M9 Display Deluxe ROB

Up for auction here is an official Nintendo Entertainment System M9 Static Lighted Display.  I originally bought two of these many years ago.  I sold one of them at the beginning of 2010 and now I am selling the second and LAST unit.  I included a picture (last picture below) of my Nintendo collection to prove that I had two M9 units (THE GAMES AND SYSTEMS SHOWN IN THE LAST PICTURE ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THIS AUCTION).  These are extremely difficult to find, and this unit comes 100% complete in the original box.  Additionally, I don’t believe this unit was ever used as it is in excellent shape, as can be seen in the pictures below.

This display was to be used at around the debut of the Nintendo Entertainment System to showcase the Deluxe set, which included ROB the robot, Lightgun, Duckhunt, Gyromite, gaming console and additional hardware.

Local pick-up is welcome as this is a large and heavy item.

This would make an excellent gift for any Nintendo collector!  To ensure a safe delivery, packing materials will be placed inside of the display in order to add support to the contents and a box large enough to enclose the entire unit, including the original M9 box, will be used.  The dimensions of the original M9 cardboard box are approx. 38 x 24 x 23 inches.

I can honestly say that there are few NES items cooler than the M9 display unit.  It was used to demo the original NES setup with R.O.B.  Thank you eBay seller sprauketz for the fantastic photos and for sharing this gem with the collecting world at a starting bid of 99 cents!  It’ll be great to see how much this listing fetches in auction.  Reports are that the last one on eBay sold for about $4,000.00!

Rare Game Showcase: Xerox Alto Computer, M82, Racermate Carts & More

Would you pay $30,000 for a computer? How about $2,500 for a Nintendo promotional item?  Collectors love eBay, and this past few weeks’ sales demonstrate that well.  Here are some of my favorite active and ended rare video game items on eBay.

Interesting Items on eBay

Rare Huffy Space Invader Muscle Bike Bidding is $40.00 USD with less than a day remaining.  Ummm, how isn’t this the most awesome thing ever?

Nintendo NES Mike Tyson Punchout Standee 1988 Bidding is $51.00 USD with less than a day remaining.  That’s not a bad price since one of these sold in 2009 for $445.00.

Super Mario Bros Sleeping Bag Bidding is only $8.00 with one day remaining.

World of Nintendo Superbrite M36R Promo Sign Bidding is currently $143.39 with one day remaining.

…This is a superbrite series made by Thomas A. Schutz Co. … The sign has World of Nintendo on both sides, except one side lights up and the other side does not. So I figure this was probably made for a store window to light up the outside and be able to also read it from the inside. … The signs measurements are 36 1/2″ long, 16″ tall, and 6″ deep.

Nintendo DS Neon Sign Starting bid is $50.00 USD.

Super Chair Nintendo Controller Accessory Bidding is currently $100.00 with 4 days remaining.

RACERMATE Challenge II Starting bid of $9.99 USD.

NES Super Stars 5 Game Store Display With a buy it now of $499.99, I’m doubting this will sell.  However, it’s an undeniably awesome way to display your 5 favorite NES games in their boxes.

Ended Items on eBay

Project Natal Animals (Kinectimals) Kinect ***RARE*** Sold Nov. 4, 2010 for $212.50 USD.

Racermate Challenge II Sold Nov. 3, 2010 for $211.38 USD.  This lot also included a top loader NES as well as the controller adapter for the Racermate cart.

Nintendo Mario 1988 Media Kit Rare Original MINT Sold Nov. 2, 2010 for $115.39 USD.

1988 Super Mario Bros. Zelda Pillow Case sold Nov. 1, 2010 for only $3.99.

Nintendo M82 Kiosk Sold Oct. 20, 2010 for $2,500.00 USD.

Xerox Alto Vintage Computer System Sold Oct. 17, 2010 for $30,1000.00 USD.  Yeah, that’s typed correctly.  This computer sold for thirty thousand dollars!

You are looking at a system-complete, never commercially sold Xerox Alto. This is grandfather of all modern computing. First produced in 1973, the Alto was WAY ahead of it’s time, including:

1) Full ethernet networking

2) A 3 button Mouse (first in a non-DARPA computer)

3) a Full-page portrait CRT

4) Graphical user interface

5) The first WYSIWYG word processor

6) The first integrated email application

7) The first graphical network based computer game (Alto Trek!)

8) The first WYSIWYG integrated circuit design software

9) The first implementation of the Smalltalk development environment

10) Bitmapped graphics, menu’s, icons, the “folder” metaphor for storage, etc….

11) Removable storage – 2.5 Megabyte (yes, megabyte!)

1980 Pac Man Phone Telephone Sold Oct. 13, 2010 for $29.99 USD.

Nintendo 1988 Media Kit Rare Vintage Original MINT Sold Oct. 12, 2010 for $122.43 USD.

Nintendo Game Boy Training Module Vintage Rare MINT Sold Oct. 12, 2010 for $77.82 USD.

Rare Game Showcase: Atari VCS “POP” Store Kiosk

If you’re like me and think that vintage video game kiosks are the coolest, then the Atari “POP” Kiosk is possibly the king of cool.

Atari VCS POP Dealer Demo Kiosk 1981 1982

The seller is asking $1,400 USD or best offer.  Naturally, this sort of item lends itself to local pickup or freight shipping.

This unit is from around 1981 and is a Atari 2600 in-store “POP” Point of Purchase display demonstrator. Atari’s marketing recognized early on that having an in-store presence such as displays, demonstration systems, brochure racks and so on was important to maintain its leadership in the video game market. Atari supplied its authorized sales centers with every conceivable form of marketing products.*

The Atari VCS POP Dealer Kiosk Service Manual* for the Atari VCS POP describes the POP as follows:

The POP is a microcomputer that enables the user to select any of the ATARI ROM cartridges installed on the PCB and play it for a predetermined period of time.

An incredible 41 games were built into this unit making it not only a hulk in size, but a pretty impressive kiosk.  (Note that an Nintendo M-82 can switch out 12 games.)

* used information found on AtariMuseum.com

Imagic Atari 2600 Kiosk & Atlantis II Cart

There’s something fantastic about video game kiosks, and Atari ones seem to be among the rarer ones.  I was quite excited to see this Imagic kiosk pop up on eBay!  Did I mention it includes an Atlantis II cart?

Atlantis II + Imagic Atari 2600 Kiosk LOT

The seller has a pretty interesting story to go with it.  Not only was he lucky enough to make it to the tie breaker round for the Atlantis II contest, but he randomly found the Imagic kiosk being thrown out.  Included in the lot is his original letter that he received in advance of receiving the cartridge in the mail.

Here’s the seller’s background story:

Background Story:

I entered the contest when I was 13 years old and was part of the tie breaker round.  I was sent the package that contained the game and paperwork.  I don’t have the box because, well, let’s face it I was 13!  The only reason I still have the cartridge was because I was proud to have been able to get into a contest others could not.  And the only reason I have the paperwork was because moms like to keep that kind of stuff.  😀 I tucked this game away and have moved it around with me over the years.

About 10 years ago I was taking out some trash for a job I was at and saw an interesting thing poking out of a nearby dumpster. I went to take a look and say that it was an old Imagic store display that let’s you choose a game locked in a case to play in the store.  I took it home and found that it didn’t work.  I took off the back and after examining it found that the power connection had come loose.  I fixed that plugged it in again and it worked!  I was excited and thought what can I do with this since I didn’t have an Atari system anymore.  I decided to go find one and fix it up for a mothers day present (my mom loved to play those games with my brothers and me).

I shopped around and some garage sales and some flea markets and came across 2 systems that were both not working.  I was able to fix one cannibalizing the other.  I put the display and the system together and they worked perfectly!  I then gave it to my mom on mothers day with cartridges she used to play, with the one rule that she had to give it back to me when she didn’t want it anymore.  This is where it stayed for the next 10 years.

My mom passed away about 8 months ago and I was going through her stuff and found the original paperwork from Imagic.  Needless to say this brought back memories.  I decided to look up this game and the display on the Internet, again in reminiscing about the past, and found that there are collectors for this I never new existed.  I decided I would sell it since my son is into the newer systems and does not take an interest in Dads old guy stuff.

Oh, by the way, I didn’t win the $10,000 in gold that Imagic was giving away in the contest. L

Rare Game Showcase: Pac-Man Phone, Prototype Atari Consoles, and a Sealed Caltron 6 in 1

I love eBay for being both a marketplace and a living museum of video game history!  Here are the fantastic items that I’m watching this week.

GAMES

CALTRON 6 IN 1 NINTENDO NES ORIGINAL GAME SEALED RARE

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Fortune Hunter Edition …why are the most expensive items often sold by zero feedback sellers.  Is that (A) a guarantee that the listing is a scam, (B) simply a sign that someone wants to sell the item anonymously, or (C) some honest guy who simply never used eBay before?

SNES Donkey Kong Country Competition Complete Nintendo

Soap Panic CIB Famicom Bubble Bath Babes NES Complete

AV Pachi Slot Big Chance CIB Famicom Hot Slots NES

SYSTEMS

Unique Atari 2700 (2600) RC Stella Prototype Console You can read more about this console in the Atari Museum.  Bidding still has about a day to go and this gem is going for $1,150.00 USD!

Unique Atari 2600 CX-2000 “Val” Prototype Console Also featured in the Atari Museum.  Bidding still has about a day to go and this gem is already up to $2,500.00 USD!

COLLECTIBLES

SEGA Channel Hoodie

Atari Video Music model C-240 Innovative Leisure RARE!!

Lair Artbox Promotional Reel (Playstation 3, 2007)

Nintendo Super Mario Bros 1989 Puppet Kooler Cup Weird!

Nintendo Game Boy Advance Store Display Kiosk + Mario

Rare Mario Chain Chomp Soccer Ball Collectible Awesome…looks like these were used to promote Super Mario Strikers.  Anyone know if these are actually rare or not?

VERY RARE Super Mario 2 Dixie Cup FULL SET 1989 For the Mario collector who has everything…

Nintendo Super Mario Bros 1989 Puppet Kooler Cup Weird! Yup, weird.

1980 PAC-MAN TELEPHONE IN COUNTER DISPLAY BOX WORKS! This is hands down the coolest phone I’ve ever seen.  More photos are below…

SIGNAGE

Xbox Live 4′ Store Display Sign 360

Nintendo 64 N64 4′ x 10′ Store Display Sign

Nintendo Game Boy 4′ x 10′ Store Display Sign

Vintage Sega Genesis 4′ x 10′ Store Display Sign

Vintage Super Nintendo SNES 4′ x 10′ Store Display Sign

rare vintage Nintendo Gameboy fiber optic sign display

RARE 1996 Nintendo 64 Promo Banner Display Sign N64 Wii