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HUGE Lots Of Magazines in the FB group I belong to...

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I can't post the direct link because you would have to be a member of the AtariAge group, but the seller said that he would be interested in selling individual magazines as well as large lots.

Let me know if anyone wants to buy anything and I can contact him. I do have dibs on VG&CE's October 1992 issue, though, ha.

 

 

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1 hour ago, E-Day said:

Let me know if and when he gets back to you with a list and/or prices if he gives you any.

I'll PayPal you some cash if you end up getting these.

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I have a feeling that either his post wasn't legit or he changed his mind about selling his collection. He stopped responding to my PMs and he stopped responding to the comments in his original post.

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I got him in touch with another RetroMags member (@TheRedEye) who was very interested in a huge bulk buy, and the poster said "Great! I'll be in touch with him soon..." and yet here we are now. 

TheRedEye said that when they buy these magazines that any duplicates are donated to us here. So it seemed like such a great situation. This seller gets a guaranteed bulk buyer of his magazines, and we end up benefiting from it, too.

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Maybe he found someone else and didn't bother taking down his ad.

I'm glad that we have a good relationship with The Video Game History Foundation where we'll send each other duplicates. We should have done that years ago :)

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Dang - that would have been a hell of a haul. What's sad is that somewhere out there, in small town garage sales across America (and elsewhere), are lots of old game magazines just like this that some parent has set out to the curb with a free sign thinking they are not of value anymore. It would be a fun project - if I had the time and resources - to set out and hit up as many garage sales as possible and see if it's possible to score any vintage game magazines. It would be neat to make a thread on this site just for that, and anyone with garage sale finds could post their hauls there. In my experience with garage sales, it's pretty unlikely to just randomly chance across vintage game magazines. I think it wouldn't be a bad idea to chat with the host of the garage sale to see if they have any old game magazines laying around. Many people who run garage sales are empty nesters trying to get rid of their kids stuff, and you never know if Jonny had a pile of mags in his closet and maybe they didn't think those would be worth selling but would be happy to get rid of them.

As an aside, a few years ago I came across a yard sale that had a huge box of old car magazines in pristine condition (I think it was Road and Track) from the 90s. It was all free, and being a sucker for old magazines I took the lot. I can't imagine there are comparable sites for old car magazines, but you never know. If there were I'd donate them

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5 hours ago, E-Day said:

I'm glad that we have a good relationship with The Video Game History Foundation where we'll send each other duplicates. We should have done that years ago :)

Oh, does that still exist?  They haven't updated their site in over 8 months, so I wasn't sure.  I wasn't aware they were preserving magazines.  Of course, it's kind of hard to discern what they're preserving, since they don't seem to be making it publicly available.  Or I guess they could simply be amassing a large private collection of physical memorabilia, leaving the digital preservation and public distribution to us (and others like us)?  Again, it isn't clear based on the information on their site.

 

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16 hours ago, kitsunebi77 said:

Oh, does that still exist?  They haven't updated their site in over 8 months, so I wasn't sure.  I wasn't aware they were preserving magazines.  Of course, it's kind of hard to discern what they're preserving, since they don't seem to be making it publicly available.  Or I guess they could simply be amassing a large private collection of physical memorabilia, leaving the digital preservation and public distribution to us (and others like us)?  Again, it isn't clear based on the information on their site.

 

Yes, they still exist.

TheRedEye is a member here, too. I'm sure he wouldn't mind if you messaged him (politely).

 

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Update: the seller has been in contact with me as well as TheRedEye to say "I've been busy" and to me specifically "I will be gathering everything together soon."

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19 hours ago, kitsunebi77 said:

Oh, does that still exist?  They haven't updated their site in over 8 months, so I wasn't sure.  I wasn't aware they were preserving magazines.  Of course, it's kind of hard to discern what they're preserving, since they don't seem to be making it publicly available.  Or I guess they could simply be amassing a large private collection of physical memorabilia, leaving the digital preservation and public distribution to us (and others like us)?  Again, it isn't clear based on the information on their site.

 

They are active on Twitter almost daily. They spent the month of may or June at Game Informer digitizing a bunch of press release material they had stored away. 

They preserve physical magazines. I just sent them three issues they were missing last month. As far as I know they only scan pages that contain info on games and hardware to get the full story on a game. They leave full preservation to us and direct people to our site who are looking for scans. 

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7 hours ago, E-Day said:

They are active on Twitter almost daily. They spent the month of may or June at Game Informer digitizing a bunch of press release material they had stored away. 

They preserve physical magazines. I just sent them three issues they were missing last month. As far as I know they only scan pages that contain info on games and hardware to get the full story on a game. They leave full preservation to us and direct people to our site who are looking for scans. 

Ah, twitter.  No wonder I have no idea what they're up to.  And without a dedicated website where people can access the stuff they're preserving, I'll probably never know.😀

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7 hours ago, kitsunebi77 said:

Ah, twitter.  No wonder I have no idea what they're up to.  And without a dedicated website where people can access the stuff they're preserving, I'll probably never know.😀

They are doing amazing work and are completely transparent. On their Twitter feed -- which is publicly available, even if you do not have a Twitter account -- they show off what they need, what they have gathered, and what they have preserved in their collection.

As for "access their stuff":

"The ultimate goal is to create a searchable, organized, always-online archive of verified, high-quality material that is accessible to researchers and historians as a public education resource."

 

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I'm fully aware that my aversion to twitter is my own choice.😀 I tried signing up once, and was somehow banned during the signup process.  Never even finished my profile. 😂  I've never been back.  Retromags is my twitter now.😉

Also, I've seen that quote on their website, but I thought it was all a hypothetical "at some unspecified date in the future" promise.  I didn't realize they'd already created a "searchable, organized, always-online archive of verified, high-quality material that is accessible to researchers and historians as a public education resource."  I suppose it's accessible via twitter, but they should update their website with a link to the archive as well - or at least include a note making it clear that the website/blog is strictly for accepting monetary donations and all content updates are only posted on twitter (for the benefit of old-fashioned curmudgeons like myself who simply saw an abandoned website and never even considered that scrolling all the way to the very bottom of the page and clicking the tiny twitter symbol was the only way to see what they've been up to for the past 8 months.)

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