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 liable for the NOS art work raid I featured a while again.

This specific haul was found earlier this 12 months, however not by Steve initially. He acquired a name from a collector pal who informed 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 shocked as he’d been visiting the Ramona Blvd Flea Market in Jacksonville since he was a child and didn’t recall ever seeing any kind of arcade on the property.

The opposite man had already been to verify the place out, however he didn’t have superb information for Steve. Every part he noticed was in fairly unhealthy form. So unhealthy in reality, that the one factor he thought price taking was a uncommon Nichibutsu Loopy Climber – all the things else was trashed. Badly.

Not one to overlook out on a chance, and as an enormous 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 drag extra uncommon video games, Steve received 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, relating to arcade raids, “it’s important to beat the bushes to see what flies out!” – sound recommendation!

The surface 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 an excessive amount of mildew and water injury on many of the cupboards. However worse, some vandals had damaged into the property sooner or later and smashed nearly each marquee, nearly each tube, and nearly each bezel on the machines. Whoever these vandals had been, they had been a really indignant 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 best

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

Not a lot to be rescued right here. That Frogger on the left appears 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 all the things, however the cupboard was in adequate situation to make it price grabbing).

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

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

However just a few days later Steve acquired a name from the vendor suggesting that he might come again and take anything he wished for 100 bucks. Steve mentioned it with a pal and so they determined it was price it to make another journey.

So second time round, they grabbed the Area Invaders Deluxe cupboard and a bunch of spare components from the trashed remaining video games. This resulted in a terrific haul of management panels. Being steel, they didn’t succumb to the vandals or components 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 considering they may promote in his flea market sales space. I assume nobody was enthusiastic about them, however Steve was comfortable to take them with away. however Once more, A lot of the stuff was simply too far gone – for instance, they discovered a GPI Kaos devoted cupboard that might have been nice to avoid wasting, 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 present. 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 Area Invaders Deluxe saved from the Flea Market. Fairly good form!

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

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

And, lastly, as Steve was driving away along with his second haul, he noticed an Icee signal on the facet of one of many outdated snack bar buildings. The vendor informed 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 will have it. Not an enormous haul of arcade goodies, however a terrific situation Loopy Climber isn’t one thing to show your nostril up at. While the remainder of the cupboards had 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 may comply with his arcade adventures on his Fb web page right here.

See you subsequent time!

Tony

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