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Another White Mr. Do! Mention

It’s taken about six months or so, but this arcade game blog is starting to get the volume and type of traffic I had always imagined. I had always hoped that by having a public website, I would get emails from people all over the United States giving me snippets of information about different arcade game projects. This time, it’s my beloved Mr. Do!

I got one the other day from a guy in NY who says that at one time a buddy of his bought 15-20 of the rare white character sideart Mr. Do! machines in an auction.

The email mentioned that this individual also had a sideart Mr. Do! but like the 4-5 I’ve heard of or seen, the characters are badly worn, or indistinguishable. But here is the really interesting part.

He says about 20 years ago in Amsterdam New York, there was and still is a chain of mini marts called Cumberland Farms. Apparently their corporate decision makers must have bought a lot of the Gleeb Mr. Do! arcade machines and placed them in their convenience stores. Eventually, Cumberland had an auction and this guy’s friend bought about 15 white Mr. Do’s from that auction. He claims they were all over upstate NY, which would make a lot of sense. Bruce Kubu, Walt Glasset, and Mark Deroller are all on the east coast, Massachusetts, New York, Maryland and Delaware area.

Exciting to think that there were 15-20 of these arcade machines floating around somewhere. Now, I did find out that the buyer sanded off the remaining artwork on the cabinets when they started to deteriorate, effectively dropping the value of the games. Even partial artwork is better than none, at least to me. Once the artwork is sanded, then what? What could one man have use for 15-20 Mr. Do! games in today’s market. I am guessing they’ve been sold to other private collectors who could have done anything with the games, converted them and sold the parts, trashed them, but there is hardly any guarantee that those cabinets still have all the original pieces in tact.

We’ll see where this goes. For the tiny audience that is interested in this rare Mr. Do!, stay posted. I hope to get photos at least from the individual who contacted me. Of course, for those arcade collectors who are interested in my crazy research into this rare Mr. Do! version, check out my Mr. Do! artwork section for the long history of people and spottings of this game.

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