Decided to list my Midway Cobra Shuffle Alley on the Bay a week or so ago. Although I have quite a few games I need to make space for future restorations and better game room configuration of my Garage-Bar-Arcade.
If you have ever sold a game that is part of your history and your families history then you know what I'm about to write. As are most EM's I buy to restore one step away from the fire pile. We bought this game after the death of my father-in-law in 2010. My wife and I traveled from Ohio to New Jersey to pick it up. When she saw it at the time being new to collecting and never restoring a game she thought I was crazy. Honestly I thought to myself I must be crazy too.
As I learned from my father and grandfathers there is only one way to truly learn...jump in feet first. Couldn't have been more happy how the project turned out. When I look back at the amount that I had learned by completing that restoration helped me restore many other games in my collection over the years.
Had a great gentlemen contact me and ask if I would deliver and I initially said, no. Wasn't interested in driving 2400 miles to deliver a game. However as the auction continued we kept in contact and over several discussions we made a deal. Was compelled by his story. He had a collection and lost it through divorce and he is trying to recreate it as close as possible for his grown children.
So next weekend my wife and I will be loading this up to deliver and set up for this gentlemen in his private vacation home in Port Charlotte, Florida. As the days pass it is interesting how the memories come back of holidays and get togethers that this game was the center of. How attached when you are as a collector that you become to your work and history.
When I spoke to my daughters about selling this game last weekend there were literally tears. I realized that our family arcade collection not only means something to me. Realized how much they tie their childhood to having a family arcade. At that point I know I have succeeded in created something special my children will look back and remember. Most of all glad my first restoration is going to a good home.
I was born in 1972 at the end of EM...primarily played video arcades. How I got to collecting and restoring EM I still don't understand it...but glad I went down this path. I have found peace and a lot of fun along the way by doing so.
So on this Saturday morning thought that I would share my story and say goodbye to this old friend in writing. I need to greave over a loss that is part of the thread and fabric of our family. Equally important is to post some pics so my family has this historical record to look back one. Unfortunately, we are not here forever. What we do now matters. Restorations, saving these games from the fire pile, matters to those who share in the experience of owning them with us.