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Arcade Auction June 16, Greater Philly Expo Center

Ahh, arcade auctions. Such a bitter-sweet thing! I believe that in a time when there were still arcades around, such auctions would be 100% exciting and fun, where collectors or would-be businessfolk could try to score some great games for good prices, for their own fun and profit! The cycle of life! Well, that cycle is a little more grim now that each and every such auction - which are very few and far between - represents the folding of another endangered species arcade.

Still, I feel compelled to point out the auction of Arnorlds Family Fun Center, taking place this Saturday June 16th at the Greater Philly Expo least according to the ad. And that's another thing - I'm pretty amused by the "eBay Advertising" and am sort of amazed that eBay hasn't removed the auction listing! But - it got the news to me, so well done! If you're in the area, and have some time, you really should go - it's a sight that you simply won't ever get to see again after several more years go by.

(Plus, they appear to have a Baby Pac-Man - nice!)

Posted by charlie on June 12th 2012, 05:08 PM
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June 13th, 06:26 AM
Arcades are definitely "endangered," but in the wake of long-running arcades closing down, you have something that is now considered "vintage" that a few entrepreneurial minds are pursuing. We've had a couple of Barcade locations open up in Philly and Wilmington recently, and I will extoll the praises of Galloping Ghost outside of Chicago for as long as they're in business.
June 13th, 07:14 AM
I was fortunate enough to go to several of the Cherry Hill arcade auctions back around 2003 to get machines for my then-arcade. Every time was super exciting, and I'm so glad I got to have that experience - those auctions are long since gone.

For a fun way to pass the time, and to wish we all had more space and a truck and were in the right place at the right time, Mark at did an amazing job of cataloging the hammer prices of machines from dozens of these auctions - have a look!

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