My Collecting Pages and Bronzeage TTL Classic Arcade Game Collection

As you can see, my ability to write a good repair log has improved with my ability to fix these games.

None of these games are for sale.

My Collection:

Games by Atari

Name Game Screen PCB Image PCB Revision Working? Write-up Misc. What I bought it for:
Anti-Aircraft (1974) B Everything works, except for the sound. The explosion sound is loud and screechy. The rectifier diodes also shorted themselves. Write-up & Repair Logs This is the fourth PCB I have bought. This also was the first game I fixed to the point where it is playable. Bought for $80
(+ shipping)
A good deal, considering it wasn't a basket case.
Jet Fighter (1975) B Yes. The sound still has some issues. Write-up & Repair Logs This board was a basket case. There were 26 faulty chips on the digital side when I bought it. I bought it for about $70 American, including shipping. It was accurately priced.
QWAK! (1974) C Yes. I can play a game on it. The gunshot sound is just a low buzz. Write-up & Repair Logs This is the third PCB I bought. I bought it with the intention of dumping the ROM. Well, you can't dump a ROM if it's dead. Bought for $135
(+ shipping).
Considering it took 2.5+ years of effort to get working, that is quite overpriced.

Games by See-Fun

(A subsidiary of the SEEBURG Jukebox Company)

For the record, See-Fun only released Olympic Tennis.

Name Game Screen PCB Image PCB Revision Working? Write-up Misc. What I bought it for:
Olympic Tennis (1973) This board is just too far gone. C? No.
It is quite probable this is the product of one of the rare instances where the LM309 failed by shorting the 16VAC to the +5 volt rail. Everything is at 0 volts, regardless of chip function.
Write-up & Repair Logs These were my first two PCBs. I don't know which I bought first; they were bought within 5 minutes of each other.
The problem with these boards is that no schematic exists, so each time an issue comes up, I have to spend several hours checking EVERY function of every chip. That is not fun.
Bought for $75
(+ shipping)

I should've bought a $20 pong knock-off
Olympic Tennis (1973) C? Yes. Bought for $75
(+ shipping)

Other Arcade-Related Stuff

How to make a No-Nonsense Test Rig that will Impress your Fellow Collectors

The unfortunate reality with these old games is that they break, and they break often. The more games I got, the more I got sick and tired of just wiring up an edge connector and having wires trail all the way across my workbench. So, I came up with my own design for a test rig, bought a bunch of parts, and finally did it the right way. Now, I have something that is about as versatile as the Kurz-Kasch TF-650, and doesn't require the purchase of those impossible-to-find program cards.

How I reproduced the light gun casing for Atari Outlaw

After fixing QWAK!, I decided that holding an optics assembly and a trigger switch wasn't very fun. So, I screenshotted the mechanical drawings in the manual for Atari Outlaw and I made a 3d-printable light gun casing to hold the optics assembly. It is far from perfect, but it still turned out quite well.

My Thoughts About the Value of old Bronzeage Games

It kinda bothers me when I see an ebay seller list their "untested but definitely not working" pong clone for $200 plus shipping. It seems that everybody thinks that being "rare" makes something valuable. This is a bit of an informal essay about what I think these games are really worth.

Replacement Parts that do and don't Work

Over the course of fixing my games, I have found some suitible substitutions for several part numbers. Other part numbers look like they should work, but don't. I figured this information would be of use to somebody...

Arcade Schematics that I Redrew

Sometimes companies don't do a particularly good job of making manuals or schematics for the operators that bought their stuff. There are a couple of schematics I've redrawn to get practice with a schematic editor, and to make things readable for collectors that just want to get their game working.

This page was last updated 1/5/2022

Spelling, grammar, and readability corrections.

I also removed the "what I think it's worth" column since it adds nothing.