Glendale To Auction Off Treasure Trove Of Retro Arcade Machines
If you've ever wanted your hands on a Ms. Pac-Man or Galaga arcade machine, now here's your chance. The city of Glendale will be auctioning off a collection of retro arcade games soon.
There are over 50 games totaling a value of about $100,000 (when they were first appraised years ago) that have been sitting in storage for the past three years, according to Glendale News-Press. Also collecting dust were games like Tetris, Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat, reported KABC.
The future of these arcade machines were left in limbo until this week when a City Council made a decision to sell off the games. The city originally bought the Glendale arcade three years ago (along with its treasure trove of vintage games) for $1 million to use for development (for the Museum of Neon Art) from a redevelopment program funded by the state, reported Glendale News-Press. However, the state got rid of its redevelopment programs and froze the assets, including selling off the arcade machines. But then, the city recently heard back from the Department of Finance that they were only interested in the land, not the games, giving Glendale the green light to sell the machines.
The games will get appraised again before they get auctioned. Who knows? You could be the next lucky person with a sweet Street Fighter game sitting in your living room.