This morning was a wild one... not only did I sleep in and miss my trip to the gym as well as going to my sons Daycare for a pre-work Fathers Day celebration, but in between that lot I managed to drive 20 mins or so to an early morning yard sale in a nearby town where I picked up this pretty sweet Atari deal.
I spotted the sale on CL and decided to go as there was a pic of a 2600 and a vectrex so I pretty much got there at 'opening time' and snagged the Atari. The vectrex was nowhere to be seen so I asked the guy about it and he said "oh yeah thats mine". I asked if it was for sale and he said 'yeah, to a collector'. I assumed that meant it was already gone but no - apparently he was only interested in selling to a collector (presumably for what he considered 'collector prices'). Long story short it was pretty frustrating dealing with the guy but he has my email and number should he decide to make me an offer. By all accounts its mint, in box, all packaging intact. We'll see!
Back to the Atari stuff. As you can see I got a woodgrain VCS in box. I mostly got this for the box which is in great condition. Its a little faded but extremely sturdy and the inner box is absolutely mint too, pretty much factory fresh. The only damage is on the inner, end flap which has a rip down the middle, presumably from an over-excited 8 year old desperate for gaming goodness on Christmas Day in the late 70s :-) The VCS is there but no power supply, games, sticks etc, just the console. Not a problem. I also picked up a spare console in the deal.
Probably the most interesting part is the paperwork. It came with a bunch of common game manuals but as you can see in the pics a lot of game catalogs from Activision, Imagic, Atari etc. It also has a dealer price list, a bunch of business card type things and an internal memo from Atari! Finally, theres also the VCS Owners Manual that I assume came with the system. I say 'assume' as its the first VCS I ever owned that came with this manual and although its hard to tell from the pics, this thing is in A+ condition, it literally looks like it was printed yesterday. No creases, the spine is totally flat and unbent and theres not a mark or fade on the paper.
So - I got that lot for $35. Not bad... I'm really excited to have more paperwork for this system, especially as I never actually owned one back in the day (I was a Odyssey 2 then C64 kid).
Here's some pics... sorry for the quality, they were snapped on a crappy camera phone in a mad rush before work. I can take better pics if anyone is interested.