Zombie, on 06 November 2020 - 05:19 AM, said:
I also purchased a set of buttons from MicroProse (supposedly original and not aftermarket) which should be arriving before the end of the month.
Finally got this in the mail yesterday evening! If you are counting with me, that's a 2-month delivery frame. So I don't think it was 100% the seller's fault or due to Covid-19. The package was sent in a oversized bubble envelope (paper outside), folded over and taped shut. Apparently in transit the tape let loose somewhere. It was sorta retaped, and the contents were not damaged.
Zombie rant: seller was probably 50-75% at fault for the long delay due to shoddy packaging techniques. Don't be this person! It's dirt easy to get decent packaging materials - almost everyone carries them, and if they don't, you could always ask around at local businesses to see if they have cardboard boxes, styrofoam packing peanuts and/or bubble wrap which they are going to throw out or recycle. We occasionally get questions like that around the shop (mostly for cardboard boxes) and I'm happy to comply if we have something suitable. There's nothing wrong with a bubble envelope for protection, but for overseas shipping I recommend a TYVEK untearable outer mailing envelope as the adhesive flap will never let loose.
Anyhow, turns out the MicroProse button was not actually a button, it was a yo-yo of all things. It's literally brand new and unused. I was worried about this being an aftermarket produced item, but now not so much as the cost for even a limited production run would cost too much. (Suppose you could 3D print it and then silk screen on the logo but why)? Plus it comes with two old Maxell buttons which leads me to believe this was an actual MicroProse promo item. As for why it was produced in the first place, I have no idea. Big companies with money to burn sometimes do strange things.
That's the news. I'll be putting up pictures of the yo-yo and buttons soon. I'm also in the process of scanning the contents of the German Best of MicroProse Strategy 3-game compilation. Lots of stuff in that box so it is going to take a while.