Everything must go at Wildwood auction, from arcade games to restaurant equipment
Thursday, January 9, 2020 | 1:12 PM
Folks looking to take their game room or man cave to envy-of-the-neighborhood status won’t want to miss the public auction happening at the recently shuttered Wildwood Highlands entertainment center in Hampton on Jan. 18.
“Where else can you have your own Skee-Ball game or your own motorcycle racing game?” said Darin Cole, the auctioneer helping to liquidate the contents of the business. “Some of these games are $20,000-plus, and they’re going to go for pennies on the dollar.”
Included on the list of full-size arcade games being auctioned off: “Jurassic Park” two-player game, “Little Speedy” light-hitting game, “SpongeBob SquarePants Jelly Fishing” wheel spin game, “The Price is Right Plinko” two-player game, “Basket Fortune” four-player game, two “Sega Sonic” sports basketball games, “Galactix Missile Launch” six-player game, “Transformers Human Alliance” two-player game, “The Fast and the Furious Super Bikes” arcade game and “Terminator Salvation” two-player game.
Also available will be prize machines, air hockey tables, Skee-Ball games, gumball machines, toys and novelties. Laser-tag enthusiasts can get everything needed for a 30-person game.
Cole said a Pepsi Spin Optical Illusion Spin Tunnel, technically an amusement park ride, will be available for bidding. New machines sell for $160,000.
“It’s a man-cave dream,” he said.
Wildwood closed abruptly last month. A message posted to the company’s website on Dec. 9 announced that the entertainment complex would be shuttered after more than 30 years.
“They’re looking to gut the whole building and have a new tenant take over, basically,” Cole said of the North Park Sports Complex owners operating the sports dome on the site.
In addition to games, the auction will feature restaurant equipment — some of it brand new, Cole said — including tables and chairs, walk-in freezers and coolers, pizza and commercial ovens and hand dryers from the bathroom walls.
“Everything has to be sold, whether it’s for $1 or $100,” Cole said. “It’ll be a fun one. Bring a truck. And bring friends to help load it.”
Those interested in the live auction should bring a driver’s license to register, and can begin perusing the goods at 8 a.m. Jan. 18. Bidding will begin at 10 a.m. Payment is cash, check or credit card and must be made at the end of the auction. Purchasers will then have that weekend plus the following weekend for removal. Email Cole at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (724) 864-6139 with questions.