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(CNN)   Somebody bought a rare Super Mario Bros. game for $114,000, or 11,400,000 gold coins   (cnn.com) divider line
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2020-07-12 6:29:38 AM  
Soo, they used pesos?
 
2020-07-12 6:47:24 AM  
Could have saved a lot of money using bad coins.
 
2020-07-12 7:17:26 AM  
 Stupid fact/NSCSB: I used to spend big bucks on computers only to find myself using an emulator and playing Mario. I eventually gravitated to mobile/cloud. Does everything I need, including formatting to Word and manipulating my music. These days I'm either on the phone or using a large tablet with a nice keyboard case. Screw traditional OS.
 
2020-07-12 7:47:07 AM  
Good coins?
 
2020-07-12 8:12:05 AM  
Sheesh they sell those for less than a dollar at most places I have seen them, watch it be openedone day and inside will be ET for the 2600.
 
2020-07-12 8:43:39 AM  
CSB: Guy in my town bought a golden nes game with dip switches on the front at a yard sale for about 3 bucks, Think he got around 10k for it. Blew it all up his nose in about a month.
 
2020-07-12 9:25:16 AM  

tedthebellhopp: CSB: Guy in my town bought a golden nes game with dip switches on the front at a yard sale for about 3 bucks, Think he got around 10k for it. Blew it all up his nose in about a month.


what, the old Codemasters/Camerica games? Like 90% of those games were shiat. As for the buyer in the article, the only good thing about his purchase is if it's an early enough copy it might actually house a Famicom PCB with a Pin adapter to make it compatible with the NES, but given the text of the article even that's unlikely, so good job.

/the Sega Pluto PCB sounds pretty cool though
 
2020-07-12 9:40:56 AM  
Tax the rich
 
2020-07-12 9:42:20 AM  
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I just want you all to understand this six-figure auction for a ten-dollar game was at a premium because of a piece of cardboard that was attached to the box.

This piece of cardboard was not the Black Lotus that depicts Honus Wagner lifting an auotmobile above his head as he flies upward into the sky.
 
2020-07-12 9:43:02 AM  
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2020-07-12 9:43:21 AM  
I've been collecting and playing NES games and accessories for as long as I can remember, and kept buying them throughout my childhood and into adulthood. I've got hundreds of games for it in my game room, pretty much all the games I will enjoy playing or that I find remotely interesting.

That said, I truly don't understand the appeal of collecting sealed games. Games complete-in-box, sure. But a sealed game might as well be an expensive paperweight. In my experience most of the people buying and selling them are just rich speculators who would be just as happy buying baseball cards, comic books, hummel figurines, or literally any Collectible they can make a profit from. I mean, the only reason this game, one of the cheapest and most common video games in history, is worth anything is because of the kind of plastic wrap/stickers used by the manufacturer on the outside of the box. That's...unimaginably silly to me.

And don't get me started on the embarrassing video game "grading system" shown here, a totally bullshiat racket that helps morons overvalue their games while fleecing them of their money.  It apes the comparatively rigorous and reliable comic book grading system but their criteria and standards are nebulous and from what I've seen from friends and aquaintances foolish enough to do it, their ratings are totally inconsistent and capricious.
 
2020-07-12 9:49:14 AM  

KingBiefWhistle: tedthebellhopp: CSB: Guy in my town bought a golden nes game with dip switches on the front at a yard sale for about 3 bucks, Think he got around 10k for it. Blew it all up his nose in about a month.

what, the old Codemasters/Camerica games? Like 90% of those games were shiat. As for the buyer in the article, the only good thing about his purchase is if it's an early enough copy it might actually house a Famicom PCB with a Pin adapter to make it compatible with the NES, but given the text of the article even that's unlikely, so good job.

/the Sega Pluto PCB sounds pretty cool though


It could have been a gold NES championship cartridge. That would've easily sold for $10,000.
 
2020-07-12 9:49:29 AM  
I used to collect Star Wars figures.  I have, I think, almost every one, sealed, up to the Clone Wars.
I used to display them.  Then I got older, and packed them all away in rubbermaid containers in the basement.
I used to think they'd be worth something some day.

During quarantine (with nothing to do) I finally made a database of all of them.  Many of them, and at least ONE I KNEW was worth something (Theater Edition Jedi Luke from the Special Edition release, given out in the theaters, with the wrong release date printed on the card) the glue dried up and the figure and bubble just slid off the card.

So I've been saving these figures for 20-30 years really for nothing.

Don't get me wrong, when I was in the height of buying them, the fun was in the HUNT.  And if I could, I WOULD display them all.  But I can't.  And eventually they'll become my kids problem.
 
2020-07-12 9:51:33 AM  
"This version of Super Mario Bros. was particularly rare because the box with a cardboard hang tab underneath the plastic, an indication that it was produced after Nintendo started using shrink-wrap to seal the games rather than stickers"

That is the dumbest reason ever. For 100k its supposed to be printed upside down or something. "The switched from stickers to plastic" isn't good enough.
 
2020-07-12 10:19:05 AM  
Sega Pluto... well, now people can't call me a liar for saying Pluto existed...
 
2020-07-12 10:25:51 AM  

buntz: I used to collect Star Wars figures.  I have, I think, almost every one, sealed, up to the Clone Wars.
I used to display them.  Then I got older, and packed them all away in rubbermaid containers in the basement.
I used to think they'd be worth something some day.

During quarantine (with nothing to do) I finally made a database of all of them.  Many of them, and at least ONE I KNEW was worth something (Theater Edition Jedi Luke from the Special Edition release, given out in the theaters, with the wrong release date printed on the card) the glue dried up and the figure and bubble just slid off the card.

So I've been saving these figures for 20-30 years really for nothing.

Don't get me wrong, when I was in the height of buying them, the fun was in the HUNT.  And if I could, I WOULD display them all.  But I can't.  And eventually they'll become my kids problem.


Sounds like one of my buddies who has a whole room dedicated to displaying and storing star wars memorabilia, and routinely spends hundreds on random "ultra rare" toys.  I love him, but he's delusional in that he's been through two bankruptcies the last 15 years and he could make his life a lot easier by selling farking everything and having a slush fund for once in his life.
 
2020-07-12 10:32:48 AM  

kryptoknightmare: KingBiefWhistle: tedthebellhopp: CSB: Guy in my town bought a golden nes game with dip switches on the front at a yard sale for about 3 bucks, Think he got around 10k for it. Blew it all up his nose in about a month.

what, the old Codemasters/Camerica games? Like 90% of those games were shiat. As for the buyer in the article, the only good thing about his purchase is if it's an early enough copy it might actually house a Famicom PCB with a Pin adapter to make it compatible with the NES, but given the text of the article even that's unlikely, so good job.

/the Sega Pluto PCB sounds pretty cool though

It could have been a gold NES championship cartridge. That would've easily sold for $10,000.


Took some digging but. I was mistaken it went for well over 10k, but it still all went up the guys nose.

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2020-07-12 10:43:47 AM  

tedthebellhopp: kryptoknightmare: KingBiefWhistle: tedthebellhopp: CSB: Guy in my town bought a golden nes game with dip switches on the front at a yard sale for about 3 bucks, Think he got around 10k for it. Blew it all up his nose in about a month.

what, the old Codemasters/Camerica games? Like 90% of those games were shiat. As for the buyer in the article, the only good thing about his purchase is if it's an early enough copy it might actually house a Famicom PCB with a Pin adapter to make it compatible with the NES, but given the text of the article even that's unlikely, so good job.

/the Sega Pluto PCB sounds pretty cool though

It could have been a gold NES championship cartridge. That would've easily sold for $10,000.

Took some digging but. I was mistaken it went for well over 10k, but it still all went up the guys nose.

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Daaaaaaaaaaaamn. They only made 26 of those. That's the garage sale find of a lifetime.
 
2020-07-12 11:07:05 AM  

phedex: Sounds like one of my buddies who has a whole room dedicated to displaying and storing star wars memorabilia, and routinely spends hundreds on random "ultra rare" toys.  I love him, but he's delusional in that he's been through two bankruptcies the last 15 years and he could make his life a lot easier by selling farking everything and having a slush fund for once in his life.


Well, I can afford them, and they are not hurting me by being in the basement, but I'm certainly not getting anything out of keeping them, yet I spent so long collecting them, I struggle with the idea of selling them

I have some that are worth some thing, some that are worthless, I think while doing my inventory I decided that I may break even on the whole deal
 
2020-07-12 11:14:42 AM  
kryptoknightmare:

Collectors of a certain kind like mint in box shiat.  I personally think they're deranged, but they're not collecting games or toys or whatever they amass, they're collecting mint condition packaging of exceeding rarity. This box has survived 30 years without being opened. That's actually pretty incredible.
 
2020-07-12 11:18:37 AM  

Mike_LowELL: [Fark user image 682x233]

I just want you all to understand this six-figure auction for a ten-dollar game was at a premium because of a piece of cardboard that was attached to the box.

This piece of cardboard was not the Black Lotus that depicts Honus Wagner lifting an auotmobile above his head as he flies upward into the sky.


First as a Magic the gathering players , i love the snark.    Secondly i agree with you, i have an extremely hard time wrapping my head around this selling for so much as when millions upon millions of cheaper versions abound .    Mind i think it is abundantly clear this is going into the collection of a well heeled game collector who will claim major bragging rights with his buddies.    or it was bought by a speculator who is hoping to flip it for a profit down the line.
 
2020-07-12 12:27:48 PM  
Finding a SMB stand-alone cart is hard enough, since virtually all of the copies were bundled with Duck Hunt. Speaking of which, I'm sure a sealed copy of Duck Hunt with a hang tab would be incredibly rare.
 
2020-07-12 2:45:17 PM  

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Nintendo Playstation isn't a mistake. That's a prototype of a CD add-on for the SNES that Sony was developing in partnership with Nintendo under that name. After the deal fell through Sony decided to shift the project from add-on to a full console of their own. I understand that it did quite well for them.
 
2020-07-12 2:56:51 PM  
It is interesting how much game prices have sky rocketed the last few years. The ability to find stuff in the wild has finally shrunk so much that the prices have gotten crazy in general and then add auction houses like Heritage getting in on it and grading companies and prices are all over the place.

I use to be very big into the classic game collecting. It started with just wanting to collect old Nintendo games, then I ended up getting every released NES game, then it was the search for boxed/complete, etc. Back 12 years ago though you could find stuff every week at yardsales, craigslist and other places for cheap. I use to buy everything and resell what I already had to pay for my collection. I can still look at my sold for prices on eBay from 2010 and see games like Snatcher for Sega CD. I sold a few copies for around 140 bucks and it now sells for about 550-600.

Even common games like Mario 3, Zelda, Contra, etc. sell for 20-30 dollars when they use to be like 7 or 10 back then.

Now it is extremely hard to find classic games in the wild - especially rare ones in the wild. They pop up once in a great while, but not like before.

I ended up selling most of my collection off last year - except for NES, SNES and N64. I'm still deciding what to do with those. When I decided to sell it was a combination of not displaying anything and then being afraid of disc rot. The older generation of CD games have a much higher chance of getting disc rot due to how crappy the production process was.

I do have a few graded sealed NES games hanging around I got in trades - Bomberman 2, Mike Tyson, a few others.
 
2020-07-12 3:01:09 PM  

Gordon Bennett: Snarfle: [Fark user image 425x658]

Nintendo Playstation isn't a mistake. That's a prototype of a CD add-on for the SNES that Sony was developing in partnership with Nintendo under that name. After the deal fell through Sony decided to shift the project from add-on to a full console of their own. I understand that it did quite well for them.


I don't know if it was true. But the owner of the Nintendo Playstation prototype had been around the last few years before the auction saying they had turned down offers up to 1 million for the system. If true (or even if they thought they'd get a million easy) the 360,000 must've been disappointing. The seller fee is usually 10% over there I believe, but if you have valuable enough or something "'newsworthy" you can negotiate down much lower to potentially even 0.
 
2020-07-12 3:31:22 PM  

chewd: "This version of Super Mario Bros. was particularly rare because the box with a cardboard hang tab underneath the plastic, an indication that it was produced after Nintendo started using shrink-wrap to seal the games rather than stickers"

That is the dumbest reason ever. For 100k its supposed to be printed upside down or something. "The switched from stickers to plastic" isn't good enough.


It was for that guy. Not everyone is you.
 
2020-07-12 5:58:48 PM  

Gordon Bennett: Snarfle: [Fark user image 425x658]

Nintendo Playstation isn't a mistake. That's a prototype of a CD add-on for the SNES that Sony was developing in partnership with Nintendo under that name. After the deal fell through Sony decided to shift the project from add-on to a full console of their own. I understand that it did quite well for them.


You left out the best part.  The deal fell through because Nintendo went behind Sony's back to cut a better deal with Philips.  And while that partnership didn't pan out either, it did give Philips a contractual license to use Nintendo's characters in games for their own CD-i format.  Hence Hotel Mario and the three most infamous Zelda titles.
 
2020-07-12 6:06:09 PM  

buntz: I used to collect Star Wars figures.  I have, I think, almost every one, sealed, up to the Clone Wars.
I used to display them.  Then I got older, and packed them all away in rubbermaid containers in the basement.
I used to think they'd be worth something some day.

During quarantine (with nothing to do) I finally made a database of all of them.  Many of them, and at least ONE I KNEW was worth something (Theater Edition Jedi Luke from the Special Edition release, given out in the theaters, with the wrong release date printed on the card) the glue dried up and the figure and bubble just slid off the card.

So I've been saving these figures for 20-30 years really for nothing.

Don't get me wrong, when I was in the height of buying them, the fun was in the HUNT.  And if I could, I WOULD display them all.  But I can't.  And eventually they'll become my kids problem.


So the plot for Toy STory 5 is your toys being freed by aging plastic.
 
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