Selling Unicorns

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  1. Jul 8, 2018 #1

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    In preparation for our move to Louisiana in September I have been going thru some of my junk in the attic.
    I always seem to have a knack for collecting stuff that would become valuable years later.
    About 25 years ago I had over 13 video arcade machines. I kept lots of spare parts.
    I sold almost all of the machines off after my wife informed me that someday we would have 'real furniture':rolleyes:.
    When I was scrounging for parts in the late 80's I came across a guy that was gutting and re-gaming Star Wars machines. I got a couple of machines to save from the carnage and gathered up armloads of free circuit boards that were headed to the dump.
    I liked to keep a spare board-set for everything.
    I had 3 of these Star Wars board sets and got in a tight for money about 15 years ago and sold one on Ebay.
    They cannot be replicated and if you need one, you are SOL with a large piece of pretty junk staring at you:
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    Anyway, 15 years ago, after the hair-pulling was over, the board set fetched $965. The buyer was overjoyed.
    They really like the "Tested, Warranted" part of the title:cool:.
    I'll be putting up the other tested, working, sets in the near future. (part of my 'retirement plan'):
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    Oh yeah, they're tested & working:D:
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    Good for you,nothing like planning for the future. Dad was into collecting antique bottles & old coins,he made a lot off of them.
     
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    The video board uses a custom chip that Atari had made just for their machines and used it on a few of their models.
    They can't be duplicated.
    If you have a machine that needs one, you are seriously screwed because they are extinct.
    The 137179-001 AVG chip.
    Tested they sell for $70 each:
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    Only 2 left in America:eek:.
    Guess who has the ability to test them and had the forethought to gather them up years ago:D?
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    This lineup does not include the ones in the 2 boardsets that I'm selling.
     
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    What about Pinball Wizard...you know what I mean...
     
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    That thing unfortunately will be in my will. I'll own it until I die (there is hope though, I'm a smoker:p).
    It is special.
    1975. Most complicated electro-mechanical pinball ever made before they went computer. Horribly addictive and real money-makers for their owners, all of them were worn completely out.
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    Except one.
    And it's worth a poop.png -ton of money:
    Here's what he's talking about:
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    I like the seller's statement above: "You may never see one like this again for sale" <--truth
    @Fundy: Giving the Dig-Dug cocktail to the service admin that put up with me for 18 years. She always lusted after it. And she earned it, ~$2000 >$4K.
     
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    Well, the first set didn't do badly:
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    Not too bad for crap that has been hanging in the attic for 28 years:rolleyes:.
    The runner-up bidder bid $412. He's going to get a shot at the next one.
    ...and I bet he bids higher than $412:D.
     
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    The second set did better because they could tell from my feedback that I actually sell stuff that works:rolleyes::
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    Maybe I should dig some more in the attic:cool:.
     
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