Over the weekend at the fall USAmusements auction I took a little video showing a bit of the auction for those of you who aren’t familiar with how and arcade game auction works in Indianapolis. It’s short, and only shows the auctioneer selling some of the miscellaneous parts and coin-op equipment but gives you a little bit of an idea of the setting. (more…)
As the next arcade game auction here in Indianapolis approaches this Saturday, I have had a couple of questions come through about what to expect at the fairgrounds if you have never been before. Well, here are couple of things that may seem like common knowledge to most and may be talked about somewhere if you are willing to hunt for the information, but what fun is that? Let’s just talk about USAmusements right here. (more…)
Not a lot of time today to do my daily arcade post, so I thought I would show off my acquisition from last week.
Met with another collector, and he gave me a Williams Sinistar marquee as a trade of sorts for some web services. He got a stack of Sinistar’s marquees earlier this year at one of the Indianapolis, IN USAmusement arcade auctions for a pretty great deal. Made me wish I had paid attention to those opening auctions where they sell of that pile of stuff on the folding table.
I really like Sinistar, but I have only ever played it on playstation. I haven’t ever played a real Williams UR Sinistar at another collectors house. Still looking for an arcade collector that is fairly close by that I can try Sinistar out as it was played in the day.
Looking forward going to this auction this time around, specifically because I am on the lookout for a short list of machines. I would say most of them won’t show up, but two or three might and this might be a great place to get them because of the drop in attendance. But because of the attendance dropping, this could also mean an even worse show than the last one.
At the very least, I will be going early in the morning to check out what is available.
Now that this auction is over, I will say that this one was better than the last for selection of classic arcade games. That row had a couple of mini’s (Pac and Ms. Pac), a Galaga, and even a Defender that went for a pretty penny. I left with a great deal on a Dig Dug, and I thought there seemed to be a few more items this time and more people.
What a serious drop in attendance and machines. In the three auctions I have been to, I have seen quite a change and the downfall of the US Amusements auctions. I don’t want it to go away by any means, but from the people I have spoken to, it seems like a lot are upset that there is now a buyer and seller premium at the auction. The only thing left now for them to charge would be attendance, and that would keep me away. It is already inconvenient that you have to pay parking at the fairgrounds.
This was my first auction, and at that time I was only looking for a Ms. Pac-man, I hadn’t gotten totally sucked in my the hobby as I am today. Hence, I didn’t take photos or prices, but all of those are located at Madoc’s website.