Thanks for stopping by! My name is Jc Spiva and I’m a vintage arcade collector in Eugene, OR. Mostly, I collect the classics I loved as a kid, and that would be machines built prior to 1990. Besides building my personal game room collection, I also share a few machines with my buddies at the Blair Alley Vintage Arcade located in the heart of ‘The Whit’ in downtown. I donated one of my two Centipede’s to this collection and also have a Pole Position on site. This arcade houses one of the largest active collections of vintage arcade machines and pinball machines in the Pacific Northwest. One of my other buddies, Josh, ownes another rad spot in town called Level Up. This place is amazing as well and a must-see for anyone living in, or visiting Eugene. All of us in the arcade community share a similar vision; restoring & preserving machines from an era known as the ‘golden age of video arcades’, and all of us enjoy sharing our collections, in any and all capacities, with those who love their beauty and gameplay as much as we do!
As for my personal arcade endeavors, I really enjoy hunting down these beautiful machines. Often, they’re rescue efforts that take time and money to rennovate, but it’s all about bringing back to life a small part of Americana that meant a lot to me when I was young. To collectors and appreciators alike, these machines are rare pieces of art worthy of a museum setting. And that’s exactly what I’m trying to accomplish with my own collection.
Until recently, I lived downtown in a townhome that housed 25+ machines. And if you’re asking, the answer is yes….I was completely busting at the seams!! But after a decade of shopping for the perfect place, I recently found and bought my dream pad….an artsy-cool, much larger, Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired home in the South Hills of Eugene. For sure, this has opened up all kinds of design opportunities for the collection, as well as giving me the space to revamp my recording studio…two hobbies I’ve been dreaming about for a long time co-existing in the same space. So far, I’ve basically thinned down my collection to the games I’m most passionate about, and I’m enjoying putting the bottom floor of this place together to make a truly awesome game room, including some new additions like my sweet old-school foosball table I recently found, and a top-tier arcade air hockey table. It’s all starting to come together! The pictures below are not of the new digs, but new images will certainly be coming soon….
So as the story goes, I bought my first machine seven years ago, then another, and another, then eventually came to the conclusion that I was just having way too much fun with this new hobby of mine. I really enjoy traveling all over to capture them, and have gotten to explore many places I probably wouldn’t have gone otherwsie. I have some great stories, I tell ya! As for my current machines, we spend a lot of time playing them, especially weekends when I open the bar, crank up the tunes, flip a few switches, and my place becomes a mecca for all things retro gaming. I really dig watching people enjoy them, and all the lights and sounds create a magical environment, just like when I was a kid. All said and done, I’m not much of a modern gamer, and even gave away my Xbox at one point (my daughter enjoys hers, to be fair). But these damn things? Drop a coin in my Space Invaders machine with it’s pounding bass, and you tell me.
If by chance you’re a seller, I’m always looking for the classic upright & cabaret machines. So if you’re in the Pacific Northwest, NorCal or B.C., contact me at email@example.com
Here’s the current machines in my private collection:
( Space Invaders ~ Tron ~ Moon Patrol ~ Dig Dug ~ Tempest ~ Galaxian ~ Centipede ~ Asteroids Deluxe ~ Ms. Pac-Man ~ R-Type ~ Pole Position ~ Xevious ~ Afterburner ~ Vindicators ~ Street Fighter II ~ Space Zap )
(Sold/Traded: Missile Command, Mario Brothers, Toobin, Arkanoid, Bosconian, S.T.U.N Runner, Kung Fu Master, Caliber .50.)
Here’s some pics. Thanks for stopping by! – Jc
Layout effective 4/7/2012
Tron and Moon Patrol (1982) in the Duck cave before the addition of Galaxian and Space Zap. In my opinion, the two most beautiful in the collection.
Cal. 50, or sometimes called Caliber Fifty. Rare and controversial, it’s life was short-lived in arcades due to the brutal Vietnam War theme. In the 80′s, it was considered too violent for children. These days, it’s still a kick in the ass to play, and one of the shoot-em-up’s I’ve always wanted in the collection.
1982 Dig Dug. The #6-rated arcade game of all time. I used to play this with my friends at a since-closed Sea Galley restaurant in Walla Walla WA. One of my favorite games of all time. This particular machine is in near-mint condition, and just beautiful….
Space Zap! (1980) One of my favorites. Very rare. Simple and addictive shoot-em-up skill game. Beautiful cabinet with unique random blinking “Space Zap” marquee that would remind u of a pinball machine.
This Space Zap spent 30 years in a pizza parlour in Seattle! If only she could talk….. I’m quite certain she’s quite happy next to Galaxian and Tron though. Who wouldn’t be!
This Tempset is simply in beautiful condition. Found in Portland OR.
1980 Asteroids Deluxe cabaret/mini - The bar gives it a nice size perspective. Isn’t it rad? I really dig these groovy cabinets.
Kung Fu Master! One of my favs. My broker found this for me, he’s a very good arcade picker.
Very nice condition, and plays beautifuly.
This 1979 Galaxian came to me with a blown monitor for $50. My buddy and I installed a new one ($100) after a little fabrication & chasis work (it’s a horizontal), and it turned out perfect. Grand total $150 (one of my cheapest yet) for one of the most awesome games of all time! This is our tournament machine.
(4.4.12) I had to post this pic! I finally beat Dustin’s high score of 12,470 with a score of 13,710. But still not as good as is should be, considering I get to play it whenever I want. Love this game very much.
The R-Type is also in near-mint condition, and perhaps the most popular game in the collection with my friends who are serious space gamers.
Space Invaders! When I bought this, it had water damage and didn’t play well. Thanks to my arcade mechanic Dave, this beauty is back to it’s original epicness. The bass on this particular machine is simply amazing.
Such a beautiful machine. In my opinion, the most beautiful machine ever produced by Bally/Midway.
Centipede (1980), one of two in the collection.
Toobin’, Xevious, and Pole Position. Three of my favorites in a row. I have recently added a fuse to get the marque light working properly on the Xevious. (not fully working in this pic)
S.T.U.N. Runner. It took six of us to safely move this beast to my house collection. Epic work for an Epic game.
Found this beautiful, rare Xevious in Tacoma. This is the game that was probably most-influencial in getting me started in collecting. It was my very favorite when I was young. Still is.
Missile Command Cabaret. Very excited about this rare gem. Finally got the cone light buttons blinking thanks to reproductions @ ram-controls.com! Plays and looks great. (Traded 9/8/12)
Afterburner was a quarter-eater and pissed me off to no end when I was young. I always felt robbed out of my money, but always came back for more. Don’t have to worry about that so much anymore.
Bosconian (1981). Don’t remember ever playing this game, but I couldn’t refuse this classic when it fell in my lap during a weekend in Portland. Currently, this game is being shopped out by the fine mechanics at Blair Alley Vintage Arcade and will be up and running soon!
~ More pics coming soon. Thanks for stopping by!