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Pepper II, Free from Craigslist

Timing is everything for collectors and Craigslist. I woke up Monday morning Aug. 9th and saw that a Pepper II arcade game was sitting on the curb somewhere in Indianapolis. I emailed the poster, and he let me know the game was actually in Lafayette. Plus the ad had been online since mid day Sunday, so the Pepper was gone, end of story. Or so I thought.

Pepper II on Craigslist – Unclaimed for 3 days!

Here is the story.

The weekend of Aug. 6-8th I got away for a little while – Chris and I took a trip to Columbus, OH to play arcade games for the weekend. We hung out with Greg, with one of the most amazing gamerooms I’ve ever seen, and we also made the effort to get out and meet a couple of other more experienced collectors. Beat from the weekend of relaxing ;), Sunday was low key before the grind started back on Monday.

Chris headed out Monday morning fairly early, and soon after I saw the Pepper II posting. Once I heard back from the poster I realized Chris was about :30 minutes north of Lafayette and needing to get back. I decided to not call him, he could back track a half hour on a wild goose chase for all I knew. Knowing that I had a busy week and that the Pepper II cabinet would surely be claimed soon, I archived the email.

Pepper 2 Craigslist Ad

Craigslist adventure – New life

Having already figured the Pepper was gone and end of story, I was extremely surprised to get an email Tuesday afternoon. The seller shoots me a message out of the blue to say “The Pepper is still sitting on the curb as of noon today“.

Bizarre! I can’t believe its still there. The few arcade game collectors in Lafeyette must not be active anymore.

Even this anomaly couldn’t last and by the time I got home the Pepper cabinet would be gone. But I made some calls at 6:30 anyway to see if I could get some eyes on the ground.

I got a confirmation at 8:30 that the Pepper II arcade game was still sitting on the curb! Honestly, what the heck is going on?

Patiently waiting to get the game

By the time my wife got home to relieve me, it was after 10pm. It was going to be a long night and I’d be the only crazy person in the truck. Headed up to Lafayette, sure enough, there sat Pepper II with a lined piece of paper stuck to it reading “Free”.

Pepper 2 arcade game on the curb in Lafayette

No one could tell from the photos what condition the game was in. Sadly, the sides are painted over in black with no indication that the original Pepper II sideart is still there. The back door absorbed some water from sitting on the curb and will need to be replaced. However, the control panel and artwork in general are in excellent condition. Time will tell if losing three hours of sleep will be worth it.

Pepper 2 arcade game front view

I loaded the cabinet up in the truck, made sure everything was secure and headed back home.

Pepper II for sale in Indianapolis

I don’t plan to keep Pepper II, so it is currently up for sale with an offer pending. If you are interested and want to pick up in the Indianapolis area, drop me a line.

Pepper 2 arcade game side view
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I havnt seen a free CL add in quite some time
nice score-I noticed the cpo on this one is blue
and the pics posted on COSP are orange
whats up wit dat?

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I saw that, I was thinking that someone might chime in the artwork differences on my Coinopspace.com post…

I think Rick might of indirectly, talking about factory vs. field artwork conversion kits…

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ahh that makes sense might also explain why you got no sideart : (

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@Rich: True. I didn’t think about that. I did peel off the sideart on one side, and then some paint just to absolutely confirm no Pepper artwork. Nada. But the cabinet wasn’t a solid white anymore, looks like it had been stripped or sanded.

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We have never seen this game in the UK. Have you anymore relevant info?

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