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Columbus, OH USAmusement Auction (September 7, 2002) Pics


  Just to let everyone know - I am in no way associated with US Amusements' auctions, nor are the games pictured in the Auction pages of my site mine, except as noted ("MINE! MINE! MINE!, for example"). I occasionally sell my own games there, or buy new games for my collection, but that's the extent of it. I would have thought that was perfectly clear, but apparently there's a number of folks out there who think otherwise.

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    It's that time again, USAA auction time! Since I keep hearing about how great the Columbus auctions are compared to Indy, I decided to make the trek out there to find out for myself. Unfortunately, due to the time difference, leaving at 5:30am, and the horrid heat of the day, I left before the back row of games were auctioned. I would very much like to know what the Coke machine (with the beer bottles inside) went for - I was seriously tempted to stay and pick it up (tie it to the roof of my car to get it home?!?) but I'd had enough by the time they got 3/4 of the way through the pinballs. 

    So, was it really so much better than the Indy auctions? I thought so, but some of the Columbus regulars were complaining that this particular auction was about 1/2 as big as normal! I can't imagine what it would be like if there were as many classics present as those guys were expecting! I finally got to see one of the "new" Galaga/Ms. Pac-Man minis that some have been complaining about. After examining them first-hand, I have to agree - they look like ass, especially the Galaga.. but, SOMEONE must buy them or else they wouldn't be making them.

    This time around, the auctioneers went through ALL the vids before going to the pinball games. By 3pm local, they had just gotten to the 2nd row of vids, so I bailed and went to McDonald's (ugh, it really is as bad as they say!) and missed those results. By the time we got back 1/2 hour later they had finished the vids and moved on to the pins - why couldn't they work that fast on the first row?! Anyhow, below are the pictures, and results that I DID get.

    This auction's front-runner for the Bad Conversion award: my vote is for the game formerly known as "I, Robot". I'll point it out below in the appropriate place. It was criminal, really.

    See if you can spot all the conversions in the below pictures, and send me an e-mail with your vote for the worst conversion of this auction. I'll start a running feature, and the conversion that gets the most votes from each auction will go into a special "Hall of Shame" section on the site. Check out the previous auctions I have pictures from on this site and submit candidates from those as well. Just make sure you tell me the picture name (right click and look for the "View Image" or similar option, it should tell you the file name) and which auction it's from. Submit your entries here.

Cocktail, misc. games (not pictured): Space Odyssey - no monitor ($35), Galaga (empty) - ($75), Clay Shoot - ($185), Donkey Kong - no boards, ($135), Tetris - wonky monitor ($200), Bump 'n' Jump - ($205)

Row 1(right to left):

Ms. Pac-Man - sides painted ($435), Frogger ($400), Galaga "new mini" ($1400), Ms. Pac-Man ($450)

Asteroids, sweet monitor! ($425), Centipede ($575), Defender ($625), Ms. Pac-Man w/new art ($475), Stargate ($450)

Ladybug ($100), Hydra ($400), Ms. Pac-Man ($550), Hang-On ($150)

Ms. Pac-Man "new mini" ($1800), Arkanoid 2 ($195), Popeye ($360), Battlezone ($350), Ms. Pac-Man ($525)

Varth ($250), Super Mario Bros. ($205), Golden Tee '98 ($575), Ms. Pac mini ($750), Ms. Pac-Man w/new art ($875)

1942 - needed cap kit ($60), R-Type ($200), Space Invaders Deluxe - spot monitor ($170), Enduroracer - graphics problems ($125), Donkey Kong - complete, dead ($240)

Q-Bert - was working, fuse had been removed at auction time ($425),  Pinball Action ($215), Toobin' ($450), Joust ($600)

Top Gunner ($55), World Class Bowling ($800), Dig-Dug ($325), Galaxian - dead ($125)

Demolition Derby ($120), Spy Hunter Cockpit - billboard glass intact! ($650), Ms. Pac-Man w/new art ($675)

Tempest - Spot monitor ($425), Venture ($145), Mr. Do's Castle - dim monitor, broken controls ($110), Dig-Dug ($325)

Wrestlefest ($225), Top Speed ($125), Raiden ($100), Pac Mania ($250)

Double Dragon 2 ($150), Chicken Chips ($135), Xenophobe ($200), Super Pac ($310)

Galaxian ($195), Pole Position 2 - sides painted black ($215), World Rally - dim monitor ($70), Super Pool 3 ($120)

Gorf ($275), Hydra - attract mode only ($275), Championship Sprint - broken power plug ($85), N.A.R.C. ($275), Super Hang-On ($125)

Vanguard 2 - Dim monitor ($55), Shinobi ($105), Vindicators (125), Final Lap R ($225), World Rally ($200)

Super Hang-On ($175), Pole Position ($185), Tapper - water damaged, blown fuse ($290)

Row 2:

Row 3:

Check out that conversion - it's now a TurboGrafix 16 console with a few game CDs included.

Oh no... what did they DO to that poor I, Robot?!?

Shiny stainless-steel control panels..


The one just to the left of the center was "the mystery cockpit". Can you guess what it was originally? Star Trek?


Supposedly, this mystery cockpit is NOT Star Trek, but was an Astron Belt..

The Tapper game's sideart.. peeling and waterdamaged but at least not horribly scratched up.

Oh, no, an I, Robot conversion!


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