Arcade Raid! Louisiana, USA

Another arcade raid to share this week on the blog. We’ve met collector Jay before here on Arcade Blogger in a previous raid article here. This time round, Jay was given a lead about a warehouse in Bastrop, Louisiana. Stored within, he was told, were around 30 classic arcade machines. After significant research, he drew…

Arcade Raid! The Czech Republic Encounter

A short and sweet Arcade Raid to report this week. Eastern Europe is not a place you’d associate with classic arcade gaming. But the area was sporadically served by arcade distributors back in the day. And if there’s one thing we’ve learned from these arcade raid tales, Golden Age arcade cabinets can turn up in…

Arcade Raid! The West Virginia Time Capsule

First published 26 January 2018 Another arcade Raid tale to share with you this week. This time, we go to West Virgina – the city of Charleston to be exact. We’ve met collector Jon Jamshid before in a previous Arcade Raid story which I told a few months back. Jon you’ll recall has been party…

Arcade Raid! The Mississippi Screwjob

It’s Arcade Raid time again here on the blog! This week we head to Mississippi with long time pinball and arcade machine collector Jay, who kindly shared a great set of pictures with me from a raid he was part of back in 2001. Putting the feelers out in the hunt for arcade cabinets is…

Arcade Raid! Huge San Antonio haul

It’s high time we had another Arcade Raid tale here on Arcade Blogger, so here goes. It always amazes me the lengths some collectors are prepared to go to grab forgotten arcade cabinets – it’s a great demonstration of the huge enthusiasm for the subject matter, (or perhaps we’re all a bit mad in the…

Arcade Raid! Abandoned House: Vive la France!

Last weekend, I was fortunate enough to be a part of an extraordinary arcade rescue mission. This turned out to be a very memorable raid for both good and bad reasons. Nothing could have prepared us for what we found. In short, we received a message from an English woman about two weeks ago, who…

Arcade Raid! A Canadian Horror Story

If you’re of a nervous disposition when it comes to classic arcade cabinets, you might want to hit the back button now. This is not a ‘good news’ arcade raid! I’ve not featured any Canadian arcade raids thus far on Arcade Blogger. That’s not through want of trying – they just seem to be few…

Arcade Raid! Euro Zaccaria Rescue

Italian arcade manufacturer Zaccaria holds a special place in collectors’ hearts over here in Europe. At one point, they were the third largest producer of pinball machines after Williams and Bally, and were also renowned for their video game releases during the 70s and 80s. As well as some of their own in-house developed games,…

Arcade Raid! Computer Space Barn Finds

I learned a new word today: Boonies. An American colloquialism apparently, meaning “in the middle of nowhere”. I couldn’t find a better word to describe this week’s Arcade Raid tale. And this one is a cracker! If you’ve been a regular reader of the Arcade Raid! features on this blog, you will have seen that…

Arcade Raid! Tampa Storm Damage

A picture-heavy arcade raid tale to share this week. Jenn May is a long-standing arcade collector located in Tampa FL. She’s been acquiring and restoring classic arcade machines for over 15 years. Jenn tells me that cabs come and go on heavy rotation, but her current tally is 32 complete video arcade cabinets and 2…

Arcade Raid! Idaho Hotel & Barn

A rather grim arcade raid tale to share with you this week. With a population in the hundreds, Idaho City is a small town that sits north west of Boise, in the state of Idaho. Like many smaller towns across America, it couldn’t escape the influx of classic arcade machines during the Golden Age of…

Arcade Raid! Outdoor Halloween Nightmare

An extraordinary set of pictures landed on the desk of Arcade Blogger this week detailing an arcade raid which took place almost 20 years ago. I did some digging around and found out what I could about it so that I could document this raid here on the blog. As I’ve written before, as more…