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2022-07-07 7:29:47 AM  
I wouldn't be surprised if the thieves were hired by another private collector. I'd imagine the loot would be pretty difficult to fence piecemeal.
 
2022-07-07 7:55:24 AM  
Dude...

Donkey Kong Jr. Black Box. No "Jr." printed on back.

Holy FARK. I wish I had a game that Nintendo would pay me half a million for...
 
2022-07-07 8:05:30 AM  
and popular games like Skyrim (dragons versus glitches, 2016)

Stopped reading there.

/no I didn't
 
2022-07-07 8:59:33 AM  
Isn't there some content creator bible out there that warns against getting specific as to your location when it comes to your content being around something worth $$?
 
2022-07-07 9:56:38 AM  

Ragin' Asian: I wouldn't be surprised if the thieves were hired by another private collector. I'd imagine the loot would be pretty difficult to fence piecemeal.


No they were just regular crooks. They ruined a lot of the games because they didn't handle them with any type of car. They put them in a grocery bag to bring them into a store to try to sell them and got the boxes wet on a rainy day, for example. They were just lowlifes trying to make a quick buck.
 
2022-07-07 9:57:50 AM  
*care not car
 
2022-07-07 10:30:53 AM  

Mad_Radhu: Ragin' Asian: I wouldn't be surprised if the thieves were hired by another private collector. I'd imagine the loot would be pretty difficult to fence piecemeal.

No they were just regular crooks. They ruined a lot of the games because they didn't handle them with any type of car. They put them in a grocery bag to bring them into a store to try to sell them and got the boxes wet on a rainy day, for example. They were just lowlifes trying to make a quick buck.


So they went through all that to get $10 of store credit at Gamestop?
 
2022-07-07 11:18:00 AM  

Ragin' Asian: I wouldn't be surprised if the thieves were hired by another private collector. I'd imagine the loot would be pretty difficult to fence piecemeal.


If it was private collector, the games would never be offered for public sale, if ever sold. As said earlier, it was a bunch of goons. Not only did they not handle them carefully, they intentionally damaged them so they didn't look identical.

TradeNGames was really naïve. Why yes, do make it no secret you have six figures worth of games in an unoccupied-at-night store. "But they were in a safe!" That safe should have been in his condo. Leaving it there was total hubris.
 
2022-07-07 11:37:37 AM  

portnoyd: Ragin' Asian: I wouldn't be surprised if the thieves were hired by another private collector. I'd imagine the loot would be pretty difficult to fence piecemeal.

If it was private collector, the games would never be offered for public sale, if ever sold. As said earlier, it was a bunch of goons. Not only did they not handle them carefully, they intentionally damaged them so they didn't look identical.

TradeNGames was really naïve. Why yes, do make it no secret you have six figures worth of games in an unoccupied-at-night store. "But they were in a safe!" That safe should have been in his condo. Leaving it there was total hubris.


Christ, if he had the safe at home he'd likely advertise it as such in his videos I'm sure.

'Live from apartment 2B at the Cyprus Palms, it's this weeks edition of 'Expensive stuff I collect, you steal!'

/a few moments later

''*sob* I have no idea how this could happen!*sob*'
 
2022-07-07 12:16:13 PM  

portnoyd: TradeNGames was really naïve. Why yes, do make it no secret you have six figures worth of games in an unoccupied-at-night store.


Do you think other stores bring all their stuff home every night? Do you think the employees of Guitar Center load up their cars with Stratocasters and Les Pauls before they lock up the doors?
 
2022-07-07 12:24:47 PM  

Arkanaut: Mad_Radhu: Ragin' Asian: I wouldn't be surprised if the thieves were hired by another private collector. I'd imagine the loot would be pretty difficult to fence piecemeal.

No they were just regular crooks. They ruined a lot of the games because they didn't handle them with any type of car. They put them in a grocery bag to bring them into a store to try to sell them and got the boxes wet on a rainy day, for example. They were just lowlifes trying to make a quick buck.

So they went through all that to get $10 of store credit at Gamestop?


Probably took the $5 cash and spent it on meth.
 
2022-07-07 12:32:01 PM  

Chemlight Battery: portnoyd: TradeNGames was really naïve. Why yes, do make it no secret you have six figures worth of games in an unoccupied-at-night store.

Do you think other stores bring all their stuff home every night? Do you think the employees of Guitar Center load up their cars with Stratocasters and Les Pauls before they lock up the doors?


I have a feeling that...

1. Guitar Center is a better run operation than this 2nd hand video game store and has more experience dealing in valuable merchandise.

2. While they often sell expensive custom guitars/instruments, none approach the rarity of the games this dude had.

3. Guitar Center has better insurance.
 
2022-07-07 12:35:00 PM  

Arkanaut: Mad_Radhu: Ragin' Asian: I wouldn't be surprised if the thieves were hired by another private collector. I'd imagine the loot would be pretty difficult to fence piecemeal.

No they were just regular crooks. They ruined a lot of the games because they didn't handle them with any type of car. They put them in a grocery bag to bring them into a store to try to sell them and got the boxes wet on a rainy day, for example. They were just lowlifes trying to make a quick buck.

So they went through all that to get $10 of store credit at Gamestop?


Meth is a helluva drug.
 
2022-07-07 7:29:23 PM  

Jedekai: Dude...

Donkey Kong Jr. Black Box. No "Jr." printed on back.

Holy FARK. I wish I had a game that Nintendo would pay me half a million for...


Nobody has a game worth that much. The games that were sold for ridiculous sums last year were a wash trading scam.
 
2022-07-07 8:17:23 PM  

Gordon Bennett: Jedekai: Dude...

Donkey Kong Jr. Black Box. No "Jr." printed on back.

Holy FARK. I wish I had a game that Nintendo would pay me half a million for...

Nobody has a game worth that much. The games that were sold for ridiculous sums last year were a wash trading scam.


Proof? Source? Whiny?
 
2022-07-07 8:51:09 PM  

Jedekai: Gordon Bennett: Jedekai: Dude...

Donkey Kong Jr. Black Box. No "Jr." printed on back.

Holy FARK. I wish I had a game that Nintendo would pay me half a million for...

Nobody has a game worth that much. The games that were sold for ridiculous sums last year were a wash trading scam.

Proof? Source? Whiny?


Some guy bought an NFT for $250K therefore all collectibles markets are a scam.
 
2022-07-07 11:35:16 PM  

Jedekai: Gordon Bennett: Jedekai: Dude...

Donkey Kong Jr. Black Box. No "Jr." printed on back.

Holy FARK. I wish I had a game that Nintendo would pay me half a million for...

Nobody has a game worth that much. The games that were sold for ridiculous sums last year were a wash trading scam.

Proof? Source? Whiny?


https://www.cgmagonline.com/news/heritage-auctions-wata-retro-scam/

https://screenrant.com/retro-video-game-market-scam-video-expose/

https://hypebeast.com/2022/5/wata-games-heritage-auctions-retro-games-market-manipulation-lawsuit
 
2022-07-08 7:31:22 AM  
The trip was three miles from his condo in High Ridge, a commute that usually allowed an opportunity for his thoughts to drift...

It's the five minutes of deep thoughts that helps me get through the rest of the day.
 
2022-07-08 8:25:47 AM  

Gordon Bennett: Jedekai: Gordon Bennett: Jedekai: Dude...

Donkey Kong Jr. Black Box. No "Jr." printed on back.

Holy FARK. I wish I had a game that Nintendo would pay me half a million for...

Nobody has a game worth that much. The games that were sold for ridiculous sums last year were a wash trading scam.

Proof? Source? Whiny?

https://www.cgmagonline.com/news/heritage-auctions-wata-retro-scam/

https://screenrant.com/retro-video-game-market-scam-video-expose/

https://hypebeast.com/2022/5/wata-games-heritage-auctions-retro-games-market-manipulation-lawsuit


Heritage? Really?

Well, if you didn't already know that, I don't know what to tell you.

Also, it really doesn't impact my statement: Donkey Kong Jr., 10/85 release at FAO Schwartz for the NES, no "Jr." Stamp, Nintendo will buy it for $500,000.

It's worth $500,000. Same goes for a lot of things that Nintendo would like back for their museum their building, across the spectrum. The original prototype SNES systems, with 4-color buttons and logo, have gone for $80k+ way back in 2002/3 (I honestly can't remember the year) at a CGC event. Now? A million isn't out of the picture.
 
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