There seems to have been a surge in nostalgia for the 1980’s and vintage arcade games and many of the participants in my last auction were there with their children to give them a taste of what it was like in those arcades of yesteryear.
Anaheim, CA (PRWEB) May 02, 2013
Captain’s Auction Warehouse, the leader in auctioning historic coin operated pinball machines and arcade games will host their next auction on Saturday, May 4, 2013. Owner Chris Campbell or “Captain Chris” as his fans know him, is coming off the success of his March auction and now the vintage arcade games he has to offer are even more valuable than before.
Captain Chris was especially surprised by the number of individuals from Generation X who showed up at his last auction but after a bit of research he came to understand why. According to Chris, “There seems to have been a surge in nostalgia for the 1980’s and vintage arcade games and many of the participants in my last auction were there with their children to give them a taste of what it was like in those arcades of yesteryear.”
Current trends seem to confirm Captain Chris’ thoughts. Recently the National Geographic Channel broadcast their six-part series called “The ‘80’s – the Decade That Made Us” and a large segment of that series focused on the video arcade game craze of that decade. For this reason, Chris has made sure that this weekend’s auction features a large variety of vintage arcade games and this, added to his other offerings, will make the May 4 auction his largest on record.
The high demand for arcade games of the past coupled with the demise of the arcade industry have made the few consoles that remain incredibly valuable and Captain Chris is a master at finding these rare devices and making them available through his auctions. In the 1980’s there were over 13,000 arcades in North America but the advent of home consoles like Nintendo and Atari brought gaming into the comfort of the home. Still there are millions of men and women in their 40’s who remember spending their evenings and weekends pumping quarters into their favorite video games.
Even though many old arcade machines were destroyed once they were no longer operational or after they had outlived their profitability, Campbell was able to salvage many of these machines and refurbish them. Now that the arcade game generation is grown up with disposable income and their children have rediscovered the joy of these games, it is the perfect time to bring them to the attention of the bidding public.
The video games aren’t the only attraction at Captain’s Auction Warehouse; Captain Chris himself is quite the draw. Each auction is conducted in full retro mode by the edgiest auctioneer in the business. Captain Chris is so entertaining that he has even caught the attention of reality show producers so auction attendees never know what they might encounter.
Another unique aspect of Captain Chris’ auctions is that they are conducted online so international bidders are able to bid and then have their winning machines shipped anywhere in the world.
About Captain’s Auction Warehouse
Captain’s Auction Warehouse was founded in 1999 to provide both live and online auctions for coin-operated amusement equipment enthusiasts. The company also operates a full-time amusement and support equipment sales location and provides freight forwarding services.