Andy's personal collection

of Video Arcade Games
(and other related crap :)

last updated March 15, 2017



 

I have owned literally hundreds of machines since I started collecting in 1997.
Due to changing life circumstances, I had to whittle down my normal collection size
from usually around 30 machines to just a few. Now i've moved to the USA, I have a small gameroom.
I've enjoyed owning many games but I have to be very selective of what I keep nowadays,
hence the smaller selection below!


Kee - Formula K - 1974
[rare 23" monitor version!]

Namco - Puckman - 1980
[ yep, a REAL Japanese cocktail table! ]

Nutting Associates - Computer Space - 1971
[needs a bit of restoration]

Atari Europe - SPLASH - 1978
[Rare License from Exidy,
came from the Duke Of Lancaster!
needs some restoration]

Namco Pole Position Cockpit - 1981
[proper Japanese version, needing some TLC]

Gottlieb - Exterminator - 1989
[restoration page coming soon!]

Atari Europe - Breakout - 1976
[rare European version!
needs restoration]

Atari Space Riders Pinball machine back glass.
[Ok, its not an arcade machine, but I love it, and its a keeper.]


Atari Tetris Prototype
Bartop machine - 1989

[was bought from Atari in
1990 by an employee - has a unique game PCB and is a completely hand-built cabinet!]


Taito - Space Invaders - 1977
[Release model Japanese cocktail table, super rare!]


Atari KLAX Prototype
Caberet machine - 1990

[has a wire-patched pcb and
proto roms. Serial #001]


Z-Bop Robot
[yeh, i know its not a videogame, but it used to live in an arcade setting!]

Atari Metal Maniax Prototype Marquee
I obtained this from a friend of the printers in Chicago where only a small number of these were apparently made!
It is reverse silk-screened and vacu-formed, and can be backlit.

 

I usually post regularly to my FACEBOOK PAGE so pay it a visit and hit like!

 

Some interesting stuff comes through my workshop:

COMP/SET 510

Addressograph Multigraph

Used on a 500 series photo type-setting machine from the late 70's. Groovy looking with lots of special keys for all sorts of typesetting functions. Case is largely empty, containing a Motorola M3100 monitor and the "Micro Switch RI" keyboard only, there's no interface electronics, everything goes out on one big cable bundle! 78 keyboard keys. Circa 1978
- Varityper Division COMP/SET 502 - east Hanover NJ - on label on the rear

Lear Siegler
ADM-3A

Lineup of Serial Terminals

A pretty cool lineup of space-age looking dumb terminals came in for restoration, including CRT replacmeents, monitor overhauls, keyboard/logic errors and lower case modifications/upgrades. I ended up keeping one of these for use on my own vintage computers

 

 

 

Check out my collection of original video arcade game Videos on YouTube!

 

Pages of Interest :

This is a pretty large set of pages covering technical Arcade information as well as information on test equipment, modifications to original hardware, contains DIP Switch settings and Pinouts for game that you can't find anywhere else on the net. Also included are game ROMs I have dumped and other pages i have created to help collectors with knowledge and modification fo their games!
A lot of people know me from this page as its a pretty comprehensive cross-reference of Atari part numbers, pcb photos and manuals and stuff. Its also how I keep track of my collection of old b/w stuff.
This is a page that I put together of some stuff in the arcade collecting scene that you don't see at ll often. It was put together a long, long time ago, but is still of interest as I haven't seen most of it since :)

VEB Polyteknik POLY PLAY
arcade machine that i owned for a number of years, but sold in February 2011

I used to own this machine, the story of obtaining it took a number of years to bear fruit. Sadly I had to sell the machine eventually, but I documented the story and photos etc, its a good resource if you come across one of these.

I've also left this page up and running as people do contact me every now and then about it, but it was sold off quite a long time ago.
I can claim credit for locating and organizing a deal to get hold of this machine, the only genuine pilot/prototype machine found in the wild in Europe.
Tricky and confusing subject, but i've had a go at trying to define some things.
Knowledge is power! You can't fix anything without the right documentation, and i've listed the contents of what i have on these pages so i can keep track!
MY ARCADE MANUALS AND PAPERWORK COLLECTION
Jon is another arcade collector I've been visiting stateside for the past 10 years, check out his site for arcadey stuff and some really nerdy vintage Apple ][ software stuff!
I attended this with Jon who is linked to above, and put up my photos so people could have a taster of what its like there...
I helped out the family with cataloging the videogame inventory that was left after Bob sadly passed away, here are all the details from that time..
A really old set of pages basically showing some of the horrible conversions that you see in arcade collecting circles, its pretty shocking how bad some of them were! Not updated in a long, long time.
I got a chance to read and go through all the paperwork cabinets that came out of the Atari Ireland factory in Tipperary. Some of the folders I was able to scan. The whereabouts of the archive is currently unknown.
ATARI CONFIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS ARCHIVE
(link removed - will update eventually)
I travel an awful lot. I work abroad a lot.. This means I fly a lot... I'm a geek, so I keep track of it, its a way of keeping me sane so I can remember where I was and when..
Black n white games are my thing, and i've been helping my pal on the east coast with his impressive b/w collection for decades now... so check out his site!

Drug Abuse
Hiller Aircraft Company film
The Problem Drinker

FOUND RECORDINGS:

I like to collect up old Reel to Reel tapes i find in junk shops and flea markets, when i find them interesting enough, i put them on YouTube!

Some of the rarest things to collect are distributor test rigs. This page shows what have owned in the past and what I currently have, a good resource for comparisons.
My grandfather certainly got around a bit during WW2, and there are so many untold stories of the people that fought in this conflict, this is my attempt at putting some information out there and doing some honour to him.

 

 

 

Here is a panoramic photo of the Retrokade workshop in about 2003, all but one seen here are now sold:


Here is a picture of Retrokade in about 2005 in the big new building:





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These pages are (C) Andy Welburn 1996-2011. I cannot be held responsible if the information supplied herein results in a blown monitor/power supply/house fuse/mind. Oh yeah, have a nice day :)