Ok guys, calm down! Lately we’ve seen a super boost in NWC1990 cartridges sales, but we usually talk about Grey ones, that are extremely rare (and expensive), but not as the Gold ones.
Last year we reported about another Nintendo World Championship 1990 grey cartridge found by some Italian collector. We also said the the nice piece of plastic is usually worth around £10k. But here we got a new record, since a long-date collector from North Carolina is selling his one on eBay, and the auction already reached $90k!!
Do you remember the huge revelation about the two super-secret SEGA Pluto prototype consoles we told you a while ago? Good, because one of them is currently on eBay.
Yep, that was predictable. In the end it’s just two-of-a-kind so we’re not really surprised about that (saw that, at least, one of the owner didn’t even know what the hell it was).
The thing that wasn’t predictable is that the auction has already reached more than $8000 and it’s still 3 days to go. Yes, that’s an huge amount of money! But don’t get too excited, because the actual eBay auction says that the reserve price has not been met yet (you, greedy bastard!). For now we can just wait, we’ll keep you posted!
Do you remember the woman that last week found and bought an ultra-rare copy of Stadium Events for just $7.99? Well, obviously she’s selling it, for a $12k!
The list, hosted on GameGravel, says:
“This is it! This is the one you have been waiting for. NES Stadium Events CIB in excellent condition. This item is complete with box, cartridge, black case, manual, and even the original styrofoam in the bottom of the box. Any condition questions should be resolved with the photos provided. We have tried to take as many photos as possible to give an accurate description of the game and all aspects of the packaging.”
Unfortunately, the auction is open for US residents only, so fuck you if you live elsewhere! But at least you can check it out if you’re curious about the final price.
Just imagine to walk in your local Goodwill (or CeX or whatever sells used stuff in your city) and among all the usual garbage you find the holy grail! Yep, that’s what happened today to a North Carolina woman…she just bought an ultra-rare copy of Stadium Events for $7.99 at her local Goodwill.
What is Stadium Events and why it’s so rare? Well, in this case Wikipedia is your friend, by the way the North American, or NTSC, version of Stadium Events is universally accepted as the rarest licensed NES game out there (Yep, there are grey and gold NWCs, that’s why we said “licensed”). The reason for its rarity is due to limited production and sales. At the time of its launch in 1987, Stadium Events was only available from limited stores. In 1988, Nintendo purchased the North American rights to the FFF mat technology and re-released it as the Power Pad.
The two Family Fun Fitness-branded games that had already been released, as well as Bandai’s version of the running pad accessory, were pulled from shelves and presumed destroyed. Because of this odd sequence of events, only 2000 copies are believed to have been produced, of which it is estimated that 200 copies reached consumers before being recalled. Today, collectors who follow the online sale of rare video games believe that fewer than 20 complete copies of the game exist, only two of which are known to be factory sealed.
Said so, let’s continue with our fairytail. The unknown (but so damn lucky) woman, took the cartridge with a bunch of other garbage games to a local video games stores in order to raise some money. The clerck of the store nearly fainted seeing the holy grail. He reported that the game isn’t sealed, but in mint condition, evaluating the item around $15k.
The woman said that she will be getting it VGA graded, so we might see it on eBay sometime soon.
Our thoughts and prays are now for the poor and disgraced guy that originally took the game to Goodwill…
“After a life spent collecting video games I decide to sell off my entire collection”
This is how the italian seller opened his listing on ebay. He continued saying that he just has too much things and the space to store them is finished long ago…realizing that if he wants to play at least half of his games, he should lives two or three entire human life…
This games collection is incredibly huge, and just to give an idea, he spent the last two months of his life taking pictures and making lists, working about eight hours a day just in order to make an inventory and to figure out what he has, and this is INSANE!
It counts something like 6850 games, 330 consoles, 220 controllers and 185 various accessories and peripherals from which we can recognize basically everything is worthwhile in video games history! From ultra-rare and ultra-limited edition Biohazard Dreamcasts to impossibly expensive NEO GEO AES games, from the incredibly hard-to-find Hotel FamicomBox to never-seen 80s Game & Watches.
Enough nostalgia and collector rage? Good, let’s talk about money…do you have some savings? Or are you planning to sell your house or your 1st born? Because this collection will cost you $550.000 (yes, fivehundredfiftythousand freaking dollars), plus some unknown-but-for-sure-hugely-expensive delivery cost if you don’t live in Italy (yup, hard times in Italy right now).
At the time of writing the collection has received no bids.
**UPDATE (8 Feb 2013)**
Bidding has ended on this listing. The seller has relisted the items here.
**UPDATE (9 Feb 2013)**
We finally got a bidder for $550k! (but maybe it’s just a joke)
**UPDATE (12 Feb 2013)**
The listing has been removed from ebay. Some private buyer? We’ll never know…