Arcade Operator visits

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Hi everyone,

Obviously this site focuses on Japanese arcade gaming and culture, but I thought this may be of interest to some of you.

I had pretty much done with PCB collecting, managing to get all the games on my 'want' list. And then I started visiting some old UK Ops. My main reason initially was for preservation, to get old boards back out there in the collecting community rather than sitting there in an old store room, at risk of being skipped. One Op gave me a bundle of boards, including Splatterhouse and X-Multiply and wouldn't take a penny. I waved some notes in his direction, and he said he was thankful I was saving him a trip to the tip! Admittedly this was a one off.

However these 'Raids' have far exceeded my expectations, and I've managed to pick up some games I'd never have imagined I'd see, especially over here in the UK, in 2020. Visiting an old Op, not knowing what to expect and finding some gems is a real buzz. So much so that we've sometimes based our holiday location on Op visits. This has taken us to some awesome places we wouldn't have even thought about going to otherwise. It's also proved a great way of discovering new titles I hadn't heard of before, such as D.D. Crew, Dark Edge, Nitro Ball, Regulus and Zip Zip Zing.

My best board pick ups so far include Bubble Bobble, Cadillacs and Dinosaurs, Darius, Ghosts'N Goblins, Juno First, Michael Jackson's Moonwalker, Nemesis, Ninja Spirit, R-Type, Rainbow Islands, Salamander, Shadow Dancer, Slap Fight, Splatterhouse and The Newzealand Story to name a few, as well loads of MVS carts and a near complete set of Sega Mega Play cartridges in near new condition. I've also picked up more Football Champs, Golfing Greats and World Cup '90's than I care to mention. :lol:

Sadly though I haven't come across any Cave stuff, but then I only really saw Cave games over here in Casino arcade, London, and I think those boards were on loan from collectors.

I've posted some of my write ups on my Blog. Quite a few of you may have boards from these places!

http://planetharriers.blogspot.com/2018 ... -2018.html
http://planetharriers.blogspot.com/2018 ... rcade.html
http://planetharriers.blogspot.com/2019 ... -raid.html
http://planetharriers.blogspot.com/2019 ... -raid.html
http://planetharriers.blogspot.com/2019 ... art-2.html
http://planetharriers.blogspot.com/2019 ... -sent.html
http://planetharriers.blogspot.com/2019 ... art-2.html
http://planetharriers.blogspot.com/2019 ... art-1.html
http://planetharriers.blogspot.com/2019 ... -part.html
http://planetharriers.blogspot.com/2019 ... art_6.html
http://planetharriers.blogspot.com/2019 ... rt_13.html
http://planetharriers.blogspot.com/2019 ... eyond.html
http://planetharriers.blogspot.com/2020 ... s-pcb.html
http://planetharriers.blogspot.com/2020 ... cb_29.html

So my question for you guys, has anyone else managed to pick up anything interesting from arcades or old Operators?
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I've done several raids in Tokyo. Got plenty of cabs, stools, monitors, ashtrays, tokens, nearly anything you can think of EXCEPT games. :lol: I've never had anyone give me any games for free.
On my best day an old Korean lady who had the arcade for 20+ years gave me all the Egret 2's, New Astro City cabs, and Sega style stools I could carry. The very next day, everything I couldn't carry (including a Neo-Geo / SNK change machine) was loaded into the garbage trucks... :( It was a sad sight, but at least I saved 7 of them.
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It's so cool to hear about your Raids in Tokyo. I would absolutely love to do some of my own in Japan. :awe:

Nice score with those cabs. I know what you mean though, it's sometimes hard leaving stuff behind, but there are times when we just can't take everything. You've got to look at the positives though, saving those seven cabs is an awesome result. :)
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Love reading about this stuff.

How do you even go about talking an Op into letting you rummage around their lock ups etc?

I’d love to know if there’s any treasure kicking around my town. I’m sure there could be as there’s a fair here and the town had a pretty busy amusement scene back in the day. We deffo had 3 screen Ninja Warriors, Mr Heli, Wardner etc that definitely stand out in my memory.
God I hope this Xenepp made Mame board is good.
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There was an OP not far from me who used to have 5 or 6 arcades around town back in the day. I got in contact with him when I was still buying games and raided the **** out of his warehouse. He was selling me games for $10-$20 each. They were worth between $100-$400 in the current market. Sold it all off eventually as I got out of collecting arcade gear. I couldn't bring myself to pay market rates for PCB's once I was getting them for so cheap. :D
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geldra wrote:
July 31st, 2020, 9:09 am
Love reading about this stuff.

How do you even go about talking an Op into letting you rummage around their lock ups etc?

I’d love to know if there’s any treasure kicking around my town. I’m sure there could be as there’s a fair here and the town had a pretty busy amusement scene back in the day. We deffo had 3 screen Ninja Warriors, Mr Heli, Wardner etc that definitely stand out in my memory.
I love Shields! I spent a few years there at college in the late nineties. I remember many a study afternoon playing Golden Eye and Mario Kart 64 with my house mates, and the arcades were still pretty good. The first arcade you came to at the bottom of Ocean Road had a Sega Rail Chase cab. I'll always remember that, awesome machine, and the only one I've ever seen.

I go back every now and then and like most seaside arcades it's sad to see their decline over the years, with the video games disappearing and making way for ticket redemption and fruit machines. However one of the seafront arcades had Bubble Bobble and Space Invaders '91 installed in generic cabs for years. In fact the Bubble Bobble was still running on my last visit around six years ago, but the Space Invaders was switched off.
theMot wrote:
September 22nd, 2020, 5:16 am
There was an OP not far from me who used to have 5 or 6 arcades around town back in the day. I got in contact with him when I was still buying games and raided the **** out of his warehouse. He was selling me games for $10-$20 each. They were worth between $100-$400 in the current market. Sold it all off eventually as I got out of collecting arcade gear. I couldn't bring myself to pay market rates for PCB's once I was getting them for so cheap. :D
Sounds like you got lucky and managed to grab an awesome haul! Which boards to you manage to pick up? Have you got any pics of your Raid? Shame you didn't hold on to anything for yourself. I end up selling on a lot of my pick ups, but try to keep hold of the games that interest me.

I know what you mean about pricing. I visited an old Op in Blackpool and every board was the same price, whether it was Golfing Greats or Salamander. It definitely makes splashing out on a board a bit harder after getting some great deals. But saying that, the boards I buy from Ops are usually untested, the favourite saying being "It was working when it was pulled from the machine twenty years ago." :)
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