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I'm wondering as I collect what are the rarest atari carts to collect .I've notice utility carts seem to be hard to come by as oppose to word processor and game carts. This doesn't mean it has to be expensive carts but usually are Feel free to lit what you feel are the rarest for the console.

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I think the Canadian Mr dos castle is up there on the list.

 

Matterhorn I'd put up there on the list.

 

Would assembler debug cxl4003 (instead of assembler editor name) qualify from the press release as a raree cart since life cxl4005 and checkbook cxl8001 are known.

 

Basic and assembler editor with the different style label

 

Pathfinder seems to be pricy but I've seen a few on ebay

 

Citibank cart and target banking cart.

 

 

But I would say alot of the 3rd party utility carts seem to be hard to come by.

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I think the Canadian Mr dos castle is up there on the list.

 

Matterhorn I'd put up there on the list.

 

Would assembler debug cxl4003 (instead of assembler editor name) qualify from the press release as a raree cart since life cxl4005 and checkbook cxl8001 are known.

 

Basic and assembler editor with the different style label

 

Pathfinder seems to be pricy but I've seen a few on ebay

 

Citibank cart and target banking cart.

 

 

But I would say alot of the 3rd party utility carts seem to be hard to come by.

No Assembler cart made by Atari distributors, i.e. Best, aren't rare, they just had chips and cases around..

Different labels are project, or distributor carts again, unless true proto's.

There are a zillion utility carts, with low production runs.

Espial had to be one of the hardest to get right now.

Spark bugs is another.

The ROMOX ECPC title line is very hard to get; porky's, etc.

And again, boxed is worth considerably more...

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If you're taking rare, then...

- Matterhorn

- Espial CIB

- Spark Bugs, both Romox versions (Labeled and ECPC)

- Dancn' Feats - Romox (Michael Jackson)

- Castle and Keys - Romox

- Porkey's - Romox

- Race - Romox

- Ripper - Romox

- Infosoft 3000/5000/7000

- Proburner complete (2 versions)

- Target

- Citibank

- Magic Dump

- Pronto (3 versions)

- Super cart complete

- Pocket modem complete

- Cart Clone (2 versions)

- Atari paddle jitter test

- CNC machine software for tool work (with controller)

- Atlantis International

- Demon Attack International CIB (2 copies)

- Impersonator Back-Up Cart

- Chalkboard - all CIB

- Atari logo French

- Hamsoft

- Hypnotic Land

- All the GR8 titles

 

These come to mind first... :)

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@tempest. Gotcha. The board has masked roms like the regular so wasn't sure and added anyway.

 

@atari8bitcarts. I can read your list and stare at your collection all day and daydream. One of if not the best a8 collections around

 

 

I think that counts as a proto. CXL4005 was never released as Life, only as Video Easel. Your copy is a pre-production/advertising copy.

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I'm dying for a Spark Bugs and an Espial. I'd throw a ton of cash at either of those. I kind of doubt Spark Bugs was even released outside of an ECPC.

 

Was Synassembler ever released outside of a prototype?

 

And is there a Monkey Wrench cart that ISN'T Monkey Wrench II?

 

Romox ECPC cart titles aren't really a cart release for that title.

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I'm dying for a Spark Bugs and an Espial. I'd throw a ton of cash at either of those. I kind of doubt Spark Bugs was even released outside of an ECPC.

 

Was Synassembler ever released outside of a prototype?

 

And is there a Monkey Wrench cart that ISN'T Monkey Wrench II?

 

Romox ECPC cart titles aren't really a cart release for that title.

 

Actually the ECPC titles are released production games. Not only are there sell sheets but Romox made games only for their charging station.

So by definition, they are production. I.E. Porky's, etc.

 

As for Monkey Wrench, yes there is a I, much harder to find.

Synassembler came as a cart, but I think you had to order it.​

Spark Bugs was also boxed with a label, etc.

 

There is a published list of all the know carts. I'm getting ready to update it soon.

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Actually the ECPC titles are released production games. Not only are there sell sheets but Romox made games only for their charging station.

So by definition, they are production. I.E. Porky's, etc.

 

As for Monkey Wrench, yes there is a I, much harder to find.

Synassembler came as a cart, but I think you had to order it.​

Spark Bugs was also boxed with a label, etc.

 

There is a published list of all the know carts. I'm getting ready to update it soon.

 

I would definitely argue against ECPC titles being unique releases, given the nature of their creation, reuseability and all. It doesn't really matter. It's the same argument NES collectors might have against Sachen releases. Or any collector might have against prototypes being releases. Or hacks, or Taiwan copies. It's a slippery slope, and for me, ECPC carts, however collectible, are not the same as a released game. They are the subset of the world I would call ECPC carts.

 

I heard Synassembler came as a board only. If someone can provide a picture of a cased cart, I'll believe otherwise. I should take it off my list mostly because I don't list utility stuff, even though I collect it.

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That's fascinating, I would like to know the story behind these...

 

Chemical Bank Online banking in 1984. It was state of the art stuff. You could schedule bills to be paid, transfer money. Most of the screens came right off the cartridge. Only the data had to go over the 300 baud modem. It would cut a check and mail it out to whoever you needed paid.

 

My dad kept complaining the cartridges stopped working and they would send him a new one. He even tried different 600XL's. It was only near the end did he try a new power supply and realized they all worked all along.

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Nice carts! I wonder what it looks like in action?

 

Since the services they use are no longer around you just get the splash screen. After that it's trying to dial the modem to a number that isn't going to answer.

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My Rarest (Ones that I may only have?):

Thorn EMI Auto-Cart

Boot Ease!

Amiable CE DT-80 Rev 0.1

DSI SpectraView II

Cable Graphic Sciences Info/Gen

 

My other Rare ones:

Frontrunner Super Cart

Thompson Elec Proburner 400/800/XL

CitiBank Direct Access

Amiable CE DT-80 Rev 1.0

Orion MicroSys Express!

Kantronics HamSoft

Kantronics HamSoft / Amtor

Kantronics HamText

Eastern House Monkey Wrench 1

Info/Soft Text Generator 3000

LJK Edit 6502

LJK Letter Perfect (80 Column)

ROMOX Ant Eater

ROMOX Attack at EP-CYG-4

K-Byte K-Razy Kritters

ROMOX Fortune Hunter

ROMOX Princess And Frog

ROMOX Sea Chase

Roklan Star Maze

SEGA Super Zaxxon

ROMOX Topper

ROMOX Typo

ROMOX Wiz Kid

 

Other Rare ones not mentioned:

Austin-Frnkln 80 Column

Turrell Cartridge Simulator

Sector One Easy Scan II

Sunmark R-Time

Mirage 4 Bit A/D Converter

Eastern House KISS (Word Processor)

Sar-An CP Magic Dump and Magic Dump ][

M.S.I. MicroPrinter System 800

Stimultech Expando-Vision carts

LK Avalon Barbarian

ROMOX M*A*S*H

Concepts4D Math Works

MultiSoft MultiEditor

Inter-Tech Persistent Ram

 

SynAssembler came on an Eprom, no board or case included (from what I've read)

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