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Should I open a NIB Coleco Telstar Classic??

by 2bit Sun Sep 04, 2011 2:45 pm

I have a dilemma. I have never posted, but am at my wits end...Once done, there's no going back.
I just received this console from a 90+ year old neighbor who had it in a closet for the past 35 years which is very weird in and of itself.

The box has never been opened. The ends are taped shut with the original packing tape, and has the original price tag. The box is perfect and is so old, IT HAS NO BAR CODE!! how cool is that? I've read everything I can find about it and it appears that it is the 1st wooden cabinet console, other than prototypes. Supposedly it came only partially assembled- You had to put the knobs and stickers on it yourself! But are these legends true? There's only one way to find out!!! As a collector, of course I would never want to do anything destructive.
It's like a time capsule from the very early days of video gaming.

I feel I am being torn apart!
On one side there is my love of and reverence for the preservation of history, but on the other, is my insatiable desire to play the console!
I really want to see whats inside, but what should I do??
What would you do?
HELP ME racketboy...please,
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Re: Should I open a NIB Coleco Telstar Classic??

by noiseredux Sun Sep 04, 2011 5:57 pm

if you are going to PLAY it then open it.
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Re: Should I open a NIB Coleco Telstar Classic??

by CRTGAMER Sun Sep 04, 2011 6:03 pm

noiseredux wrote:if you are going to PLAY it then open it.

Agree. A sealed game or console to me has no value. What if it doesn't even work? Enjoy the console, you are not going to get enough money to retire when you sell it.

Please post pics of the opening ceremony though, interested to see the rarity. :D
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Re: Should I open a NIB Coleco Telstar Classic??

by vlame Sun Sep 04, 2011 6:06 pm

ebay it if you need the money or donate it to a museum (possibly?) if you don't.
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Re: Should I open a NIB Coleco Telstar Classic??

by BRIK Mon Sep 05, 2011 1:11 am

I would play it, but keep all the inserts, foam etc in the best condition you can. Also if you made a video of opening it up, that would be sweet.
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Re: Should I open a NIB Coleco Telstar Classic??

by AppleQueso Mon Sep 05, 2011 1:17 am

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Re: Should I open a NIB Coleco Telstar Classic??

by eSPy Mon Sep 05, 2011 3:41 am

hmm..considering its just a basic pong game, im guessing you will regret opening it after playing it for about 30 seconds.

just watch this to get the full experience.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdjE4Yywmpc
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Re: Should I open a NIB Coleco Telstar Classic??

by arnold_the_bartender Mon Sep 05, 2011 3:49 am

You could always buy another one for play if you want to keep the NIB for display. Obvious suggestions have already been posted. I'm more of a CIB/NIB stickler but that's just me. I enjoy my collection even if I'm not playing anything all the time.
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Re: Should I open a NIB Coleco Telstar Classic??

by D.D.D. Mon Sep 05, 2011 7:13 am

I say open it. How often can you say you could open something that old that's still "new". :D
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Re: Should I open a NIB Coleco Telstar Classic??

by Gnashvar Mon Sep 05, 2011 10:30 am

Sell it :lol:
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