Here’s an unknown artifact from some Sega product of the early 1990s. It could have come from a Sega Genesis system, a Sega CD system, or maybe the 6-button controller. There was a time when I could have identified everything in this blue bag, but that time has long passed. This is what I get for not looking at my stuff in over two decades.
This third museum post of the day is an Electronic Arts poster featuring 1992’s Sega Genesis lineup on one side, and a phone menu chart for EA’s hint line on the other. The games side is pretty nice; not sure about that 900 number though. For the record, I never called it, nor did I ever desire to do so.
Here’s a coupon for the Sega Genesis Free Speaker Offer, circa 1990-1991. As mentioned in this post, I actually redeemed these speakers, and they were pretty cool. Later, when I saw an identical model of speaker elsewhere, I learned that they were merely generic speakers with a Genesis logo printed on them. I collected a bunch of these coupons, and this is the last one. Enjoy!
Here’s a random notice circa 1987 regarding a battery charger that came with a Sony Walkman. I want to say it came with this one, but this came out in 1993, and the charger is definitely different than the one in the illustration. If I remember correctly, my mother actually had another Walkman prior to the WM-GX707, so this notice probably came with that.
Here’s a nice artifact from the pre-internet days of computing, from almost exactly 25 years ago: a page from Computer Currents magazine, a free publication that was available from those metal boxes at various street corners.
I don’t remember why I kept this particular page. In May of ’92, I was just finishing my first year of high school, and I certainly did not have the funds for a new computer, but it looks like I saved this page for the Stellar USA ad. Maybe I was already pining for an upgrade to my 386. Maybe there was a game that I wanted to max out settings on. But why a vendor from Berkeley? I’d probably never even been there at that point. I guess it will have to remain a mystery.
It’s fun to see prices from that time period and to see how far we’ve come. The upgrade technology on the second page is interesting as well (more here). Looks like at the end of the day, it always has been and always will be about the balance between cost and performance. Very fascinating indeed.
Tonight’s museum post is another Sega Genesis poster and catalog from my father’s blue shoulder bag, Golden Axe, also from 1990 (I would guess that this one came out before the one linked above). I found two of these in the bag: one that was from the wall of my old house, still dusty and stuck with tape on the corners, and another that appears to be brand new from inside a game box. The latter is the one posted here, and you can see the creases from being folded and untouched for nearly 30 years.
It’s been a couple of days since I posted the backed up queue from our lack of internet, and from the completion date of the last post it’s been 4 days since I’ve done any scanning. As of this moment, I have one more magazine to scan (the very last one), and another magazine that’s still in its plastic bag that I want to photograph (only for the bag; the magazine is available online). Then, it’ll be the rest of the brochures and loose items from the blue bag, and then probably the manuals for my Sega Master System games. After that, everything that I want to save will be saved, and the long project of saying goodbye to my unused possessions will be over.
It’s hard. I want to be done already. I don’t feel like going on, and I’m not feeling it tonight either, but I tried to force myself to scan this poster, so here it is. I don’t know if I’ll force myself to do another tonight. For now, I hope you enjoy this poster.
This post originally completed on May 8, 2017 at 12:03 AM
Here’s the first non-magazine scan in a while, a Sega Genesis catalog and poster circa 1990. This was probably one of my favorites from the period early on in the Genesis’ life when it still maintained the “Sega grid” that had been part of the Master System’s packaging as well. Black was definitely cooler than the candy-stripe colors from later years.
I don’t remember how I came across this poster. I want to say it came with a game, but unlike the Master System catalog, I have zero recollection of seeing these in the game boxes. Then again, I sold most of my Genesis games long ago so it wouldn’t be surprising that I’ve forgotten. For sure I had some of these Genesis posters (there were multiple variations) on my old room’s wall, but this particular one is pretty clean and lacks pinholes and tape. Maybe I’ll hold onto it for a while.
As always, I hope you’ve enjoyed this museum post.
Can’t have a Nintendo post without having a Sega one, so here’s the second Blue Shoulder Bag post for tonight, a brochure and catalog for the Sega Master System from around 1987/1988 (based on the release dates of the “Coming Soon!” games). These little brochures came folded with many games, fitting perfectly behind the instruction manual. Did this one come with a game? I don’t know, but it is the right size, so it probably did, and I don’t know why I removed it from its box. Even so, because they were so prevalent, there are probably still some that I never looked at, still in original condition behind its game’s instruction manual. I’ll probably get around to scanning more manuals in the near future, so they may finally see the light of day.
Printed in Japan, this catalog is exactly two A4 sheets wide. The colors of the screenshots are also especially vibrant. Like my other scans, I was thinking of disposing of this afterwards, but it’s small and nice enough that I just might keep it.
Will there be any other scans tonight? I don’t know, but the night is young. We shall see…
As I mentioned in the last post, I’m going to switch it up for a bit, scanning posters and catalogs in addition to magazines. Here’s the first scan from a blue shoulder bag belonging to my father that I used to store video game memorabilia: a Super Nintendo poster.
This is an earlier poster (as illustrated by the poster code, GP-SNS-USA-1) featuring a number of launch titles for the SNES. On the back of the poster is a giant ad for Nintendo Power magazine. Before this post I had always thought that I received a free copy of the magazine from buying my SNES after Street Fighter II came out, but checking the magazine now it is the May 1994 issue, which means I got it way later. Perhaps it was a free sample from a game purchase?
(Exciting update: while proofreading this post, I remembered that it was a free copy from buying my Game Boy – my memory did not fail me after all!)
The blue shoulder bag contains a number of goodies, including the original envelopes (that I thought I’d lost) that the Sega Helpful Hints sheets were sent in. There are also a number of posters that I removed from my wall right before we moved out of the little San Francisco apartment that I grew up in. As you can see from this SNES poster, the holes from the staples used to hang the poster are still in it.
As always, I hope you’ve enjoyed this trip down memory lane!