|I picked up this Target Alpha at the November 2008 auction
in Lapeer, Michigan. The price was good and I knew it would be
easy to fix and sell. After all, I had already owned 2 and my friend
Dave has one so I have experience working on it.
Dave and I were taking
the game apart for transport after I bought it and the guy who sold it came
over and thanked me for buying it. He mentioned his neighbor had given
it to him and he had it in his garage for a while before he decided to sell
it. He also said that he had a very difficult time getting it into his
truck to bring it to the auction. He was very surprised to see us
unscrew the 4 head bolts and take the top off. Can you imagine this
guy trying to load this game into a truck with the head attached to the
body? It is amazing that he didn't break something.
It took me 2 weeks to restore this game. The hardest part was
taking all the tree branches out of the score wheels. I have no idea
how they all got in there, but there were twigs all inside the wheels and
I ended up trading the game to my sister-in-law for the
Hot Shot that I had sold to her a few years back. I had a
buyer for the Hot Shot lined up in Chicago. It was the brother of the
person who bought my
OXO. When they drove over to pick up
OXO, they tried to talk me out of my
Big Shot which I would not sell because it
was my first game so I worked out the trade and everyone was happy.