Friday, May 21, 2010
Pac-Man turns 30
I don't really remember the early stages of Pac-Man's release since I was too young at the time. However, I do remember getting to play the "sit-down" style arcade version every time we used to go and pick up a pizza. The local pizza place where I grew up was called Mr. Munchies and they had two or three arcade consoles you could play while you waited. My dad and I used to go and pick up the pizza and I would always get a few quarters to play. They also had a Centipede game and Asteroids (which were later changed to Zaxon and Arkanoid). Good times.
Apparently, after reading about these stickers, it appears there were at least 3 different color variants to the cards. Th first were just plain, non-detailed pictures of Pac-Man with blue printed backs. The second had more detailed fronts with blue printed backs. The third had black backs with detailed front pictures. I guess even in the early 80s, companies were trying to milk the parallel thing.
Fleer continued for the next couple years with subsequent Pac-Man releases as well as Ms. Pac-Man and Super Pac-Man sets. You can still find these up for auction on the Bay or other auction sites but because of the item scarcity, most of the older, unopened boxes are going to cost you. You can find the Ms. Pac-Man packs for about $1.50-$5.00 each and the Pac-Man cards run $4 and up. Individual cards/stickers range in price.
Check out Google's homepage for a blast from the past as they pay homage to the original ghost buster.