September 1985, Chicago, IL. An absolutely fantastic pinball is created by the powerhouse team of Ed Cebula and Mike Kubin, with gorgeous artwork hand-drawn by Paul Faris. Sadly, the game's manufacturer, Gameplan, is on its last legs and can only sell 500 before closing up shop (Cyclopes is technically the last production game, but this was also still on the line). Very few survive to this day, and even fewer in good shape. This is the story of my journey to "Andromeda."
I've been working on this deal for over 3 months now. The game is currently up in Canada (quite far from my home in Indianapolis, Indiana). I found this specific example on IPDB after looking at pics of the game, and contacting the poster. I've been trying to convince him to sell for some time, but two things stood in the way:
1. The seller only wants the game picked up and it's over 14 hrs one way.
2. Seller doesn't speak English, only French.
After perusing KLOV just for kicks, I notice that an arcade game is for sale in my hometown (which doesn't happen often), so I click the link. I happen to notice that someone who's in Canada really wants to buy this game (Armor Attack), but can't figure out how to get it. I contacted him and suggested we buy each other's games and meet halfway. After much discussion, he agreed! Not only that, but he speaks both English and French and worked out all the details with the seller of my game!
Two weeks later he drives 2.5 hours away and grabs Andromeda for me, and I grab his Armor Attack (only 30 minutes from my house). We coordinate our schedules and find a date that works for us to meet near the Canadian border: which leads us to today!
7:57pm, May 2018, Indianapolis: while I've done long trips for pins before, I really don't feel like making a 12 hr round trip (+ any extra time that I deal with at the border, as I'm the one that's going to have to go over and back) in one day. So I'm leaving tonight after dinner, and planning to stay at a cheap hotel in Detroit right next to the border.
Here's a shot of me crammed in the car w Armor Attack (it barely fit!):
I'll keep updating as the trip progresses!