Arcade Raid! Jacksonville Flea Market Rescue

It’s excessive time we featured one other arcade raid story right here on the weblog. My buddy Steve is a collector we’ve featured beforehand – he was answerable for the NOS paintings raid I featured a while again.

This explicit haul was found earlier this yr, however not by Steve initially. He acquired a name from a collector pal who instructed him that he’d been made conscious of some basic arcade cupboards holed up in a again room at a flea market. Steve was reasonably stunned as he’d been visiting the Ramona Blvd Flea Market in Jacksonville since he was a child and didn’t recall ever seeing any form of arcade on the property.

The opposite man had already been to examine the place out, however he didn’t have superb information for Steve. All the things he noticed was in fairly dangerous form. So dangerous in reality, that the one factor he thought value taking was a uncommon Nichibutsu Loopy Climber – every little thing else was trashed. Badly.

Not one to overlook out on a chance, and as a giant fan of the sport, Steve instantly made a suggestion for the Loopy Climber and purchased it on the spot.

The saved Loopy Climber!A pleasant trying cupboard and just about completeAt first look the one factor lacking is the left hand joystick

Hoping there could be a chance to tug extra uncommon video games, Steve acquired the contact particulars of the property proprietor, organized entry and wound up making a complete of two journeys out to the flea market. As he places it, in relation to arcade raids, “you need to beat the bushes to see what flies out!” – sound recommendation!

The skin of the property was fairly overgrown – a sign of how lengthy issues had been sitting inside

The primary journey was a watch opener – the plan was to seize any cupboards remaining:

It was clear that water had creeped into the buildings over time, and there was a substantial amount of mould and water injury on many of the cupboards. However worse, some vandals had damaged into the property in some unspecified time in the future and smashed nearly each marquee, nearly each tube, and nearly each bezel on the machines. Whoever these vandals have been, they have been a really offended group of individuals.

Right here’s the sight that greeted Steve and his pals on strolling inFirst indicators not good. That’s a trashed Galaga on the correct

However someway, whoever these individuals have been, that they had left the Loopy Climber unmolested. As Steve put it, he wasn’t certain if that they had a gentle spot for the sport, or if it was hidden away in a closet someplace. However no matter – someway the Loopy Climber had survived the destruction, and was now secure and a part of Steve’s assortment.

Not a lot to be rescued right here. That Frogger on the left seems like roadkill. The unhappy sight of a smashed Atari DigDug on the rightOh man. One much less Ms Pac-Man

So the primary journey resulted in a rescued Tempest cupboard (with boards, which was a bonus), a Galaxian cupboard, a Kickman cupboard, and a Bimbo the Clown sport (lacking nearly every little thing, however the cupboard was in adequate situation to make it value grabbing).

A number of carcasses have been left behind, as a result of what was left was just too far gone to justify additional outlay:

Not good. That House Invaders Deluxe seems OKA scene of destruction!A destroyed Asteroids – some worthwhile components available although

However a number of days later Steve acquired a name from the vendor suggesting that he might come again and take the rest he needed for 100 bucks. Steve mentioned it with a pal and so they determined it was value it to make yet another journey.

So second time round, they grabbed the House Invaders Deluxe cupboard and a bunch of spare components from the trashed remaining video games. This resulted in a fantastic haul of management panels. Being metallic, they didn’t succumb to the vandals or parts over time:

Frogger management panelDigDug management panelAstro Blaster management panel

The vendor was sort sufficient to throw in a Galaga management panel, a Ms Pac-Man management panel, and a Ms Pac-Man PCB that he had beforehand pulled from machines pondering they may promote in his flea market sales space. I assume nobody was fascinated about them, however Steve was completely satisfied to take them with away. however Once more, Many of the stuff was simply too far gone – for instance, they discovered a GPI Kaos devoted cupboard that might have been nice to save lots of, however it merely wasn’t within the playing cards. It was past trashed:

That is uncommon one. Sport plan Inc (GPI) hailed from Illinois – their video games are uncommon finds at this time. This one had been stripped past any worthCentipede management panelKickman management panelHere’s a Galaga management panelThe Ms Pac-Man management panelAnd right here’s the House Invaders Deluxe saved from the Flea Market. Fairly good form!

And whereas in a roundabout way arcade associated, Steve found a few different cool gadgets. The vendor had some previous Pepsi-branded menu boards rotting within the mould. The vendor stated that he had a bunch extra in one other constructing – Steve purchased 9 from him, together with two that have been nonetheless new within the unique packing containers:

Steve plan is to make use of these as excessive rating boards in his arcade!

And, lastly, as Steve was driving away together with his second haul, he noticed an Icee signal on the facet of one of many previous snack bar buildings. The vendor instructed him if he might get it down, he might take it. Suffice to say, that’s now additionally hanging in Steve’s arcade!

80s Icee signal!

So there you may have it. Not an enormous haul of arcade goodies, however a fantastic situation Loopy Climber isn’t one thing to show your nostril up at. While the remainder of the cupboards have been trashed, Steve was capable of rescue some useful components and indicators from the Flea Market.

Many because of Steve for sharing pics and permitting me to inform the story right here on the weblog. You possibly can observe his arcade adventures on his Fb web page right here.

if you wish to learn up on earlier raids featured right here on the weblog, try the archive right here.

See you subsequent time!

Tony

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