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It's that time again, USAA auction time! While these auctions are much better for buyers than SuperAuctions (13% buyer's premium??? What?), they don't have as great of games as others I have heard about. As I posted last auction, from what I have seen so far from these most recent Indianapolis auctions, they're really only worth going to if you are looking for an old junker, a relatively common game, or one of the newer video games. If you're looking for a Sinistar, Tempest, Robotron, etc., you may be better off attending one of the Cleveland auctions, or the Super Auction in Mesquite, TX.
This auction had decent attendance and many walk-ins from other events taking place at the Fairgrounds, but very few games. I believe that was due to the weather, which had been forecast as snow and freezing rain. The freezing part held off locally, but it was still raining all day. I decided not to bring a couple of pinballs to auction figuring it wouldn't be worth it because of the weather. Maybe I'll bring them to the next auction April 20th.
As there were fewer games, this auction was done by around 2:30pm or so. I had ample opportunity to observe the bidders and sellers, and to figure out which ones were bidding their own items up. In addition, I believe I caught MANY buy-backs. Would you like to know who usually bids their own games up, and who got stuck with many of them because of this? I have ONE un-blurred face in the following pictures, someplace, of one of these individuals. This guy brought in a decent Defender, bought it back at $700, then had the auctioneer sell it again later... this time it only brought $650! When someone went up to him to make an offer on it afterwards, he said he wanted $700 for it. You know, if you want to sell a game for $700, and the bid is $675, maybe it would be worth it to just take the $675 bid. Maybe I'm crazy for thinking that? :) Anything noted "BB" in the game descriptions below is believed to be a buy-back.
This auction's front-runner for the Bad Conversion award: my vote is for the Wizard of Wor converted to Tetris, with the WoW front-glass still in it.
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.
Space Invaders - $100 converted from Specter?
Ms. Pac-Man - $375 (had to be buy-back), Popeye ($500??)
Ms. Pac-Man ($1175, repro art), Disneyland Tetris ($325), Frogger ($320)
Star Trek ($375, Asteroids conversion, wonky screen and a couple non-working buttons), Chase HQ ($150), Samurai Showdown ($260)
APB ($110), Galaxian ($375), Millipede ($225, gummy trackball and torn-up)
Out Run ($420, BB, auctioned AGAIN for $110), Pac Land ($185)
Afterburner ($225, non-working force-feedback?), Dr. Mario ($115), Asteroids ($395)
Super Hang-On ($220), Tetris ($210, note the Wizard of Wor frontglass. Was BB, re-auctioned for $100))
Rolling Thunder ($150, BB)
Space Zap ($220)
Defender ($700, BB, sold again for $650. Note the hand-made signs and avoid bidding on games with them, as you are guaranteed to be bidding against the same seller on all of them), Stocker ($55), Hellfire ($95)
Assault ($270), Toobin' ($335)
Neo-Geo 1-slot ($115, dead), Space Encounters ($45, no monitor or gel), Cabal ($55, missing 1 trackball)
Hang-On (??, monitor problems), Mortal Kombat ($40, monitor problems), Street Fighter 2 Champion Edition ($55, monitor problems)
Pole Position II ($210, seller bid up), Bad Dudes ($120)
Sit-down games auctioned but not pictured: Stun Runner ($160), Cruisin' USA ($3100), Winding Heat ($2200), Racing Jam ($1675), Sega Touring Car ($1000), Sega 18-Wheeler ($4150, that's no typo)
Star Wars ($30, partial cabinet), Surf Planet ($200, BB), NFL Blitz 2000 Gold ($675)
Thunder Hurricane ($1000), Killer Instinct 2 ($575), Sunset Riders ($250)
Tekken Tag Tournament ($750), Ehrgeiz ($225, BB), Area 51 ($775)
Judge Dredd ($375), X-Men Children of the Atom ($150, faint picture, BB), Golden Tee '97 ($550), Bust A Move ($225, "Was working yesterday!")
Area 51 (???), Gal's Panic 3/2? ($125)
Vampire Savior ($375), Lethal Enforcers ($350), Mechanized Attack ($275)
Raiden ($275, BB), Fisherman's Bait ($500)
Soul Edge 2 (started @ 100, bumped 400, no bidders), Tekken 2 ($225, BB, re-sold TWICE MORE for $100 and $130!))
Street Fighter Alpha 2 ($425), Marvel vs. Street Fighter ($400)
Sunset Riders ($250), Samurai Ace ($210)
Street Fighter Zero3 ($160, bad monitor), Time Crisis ($800, BB)
Tekken 2 ($300), Die Hard Arcade ($220, BB), Birdie King ($35), Rampart ($25, bad monitor)
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