Saturday, April 2, 2011

Craigslist Finds - Atari 2600 system, 2 of them.

I actually can't even play this game.

This is a console that needs no introduction, but I'll attempt to give one anyway.  The Atari 2600 is an icon of gaming that spans multiple generations.  Depending on your age, this may literally be your grandfather's gaming console.  Originally released in 1977, it was hardly the first home gaming console, but it was the first to become a true household name.


And there's one of the two I purchased yesterday from a seller on Craigslist.  Both were only $10, but didn't come with AC adapters, games or controllers.  It's still a steal.

The one pictured was the worse of the two.  It looks nasty, yes, but you should see the inside.

Eww, just.. eww.

Seriously, eww.  Dust, debris, and.... is that sawdust everywhere?  Paint flakes?

Well, the board and components have been cleaned extensively with rubbing alcohol, and the outer shell with glass cleaner.  It may sound odd, but glass cleaner is one of the best things you can use on consoles from this era to get the years of grime and nastiness off.  Steel wool was also used to remove some paint from the cable, as well as in the polishing of the metal switches.

Here's the result:

I left the "Atari Super Service" sticker on there for the laughs.

Secondary Atari 2600 is now ready for sale.  Any takers?  This 2600 sold for around $20.  Glad I put in the effort!

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