Is your old video game worth anything?
(NEXSTAR) – Are you considering offloading your old video game collection for some serious loot? Remember to keep these cartridges in new condition.
Top-quality games from last year are now auctioned off for a fortune, with titles such as The Legend of Zelda and Super Mario 64. Other popular games, of course, typically cost over tens of thousands of dollars. dollars, depending on their condition and desires.
“It doesn’t appear that interest in collectible video games has slowed,” said Valalie McLeckie, general manager of video games at Texas-based Heritage Auctions.
While the game is being offered, collector McLeckie participates in Heritage auctions and oversees the sale of the aforementioned Zelda and Mario titles.
“People have been collecting video games since their inception,” McLeckie said. “Some people collect them to create a library of playable games, but some communities have been actively collecting sealed games since the game first appeared.”
It’s that second group of players – what you collect sealed Games – Games that are likely to pay for a particular title. And this has been especially true in recent years, allowing certification bodies to certify and evaluate individual copies for collectors.
One of the largest video game rating organizations does this by assigning a score out of 10 taking into account cartridges, manuals, condition of the box, and whether the game is still factory sealed. .. “Full Box” (CIB) means it has been opened but comes with the original packing manuals, pouches and other components. Cotton assigns ratings based on the quality of the sealed set shrink wrap.
“Their job is to tell if the game is real or if it’s a seal,” says McRecky, who uses the cotton odds when the auction house catalogs the game.
However, some titles, sealed or not, are clearly more in demand than others. However, according to McLeckie, there has been a recent move towards more traditional games.
“Before the growing interest in collectible video games, collectors wanted titles that were rare and hard to find. It’s ambiguous, but with all the activity in the market these days, it’s like “Super Mario Bros. In addition, more and more attention is being paid to games that are popular all over the world. “
She says the NES games are one of the most coveted. Probably because the NES was loved around the world when it debuted and general interest in games has grown. However, I am “definitely” interested in games for other consoles, especially titles from the original PlayStation. In fact, one of the highlights of Heritage’s October video game auction is the sealed in a long box copy of “Resident Evil” released for the PlayStation in 1996.
“Many culturally iconic series have started on PlayStation,” says McLeckie.
It’s no wonder that only high-end, near-new titles are in the auction block, as buyers have very high standards for specific games created for specific consoles. But that doesn’t mean everything else is worthless.
The online market for older games that are not perfect is still strong for collectors. Based on recently confirmed sales, depending on the title, the right game could get hundreds or even thousands on eBay. This month, a CIB copy of “Super Mario Bros.” It sold on eBay for over $ 240 and a cotton copy of the CIBNES game sold for over $ 1,000. (But bulk games were typically sold in the tens of dollars range.)
“The popularity and cultural relevance, coupled with its high state of tightness, has proven to be the most coveted by market buyers in general,” says McLeckie. “But the cool thing about collectibles is that everyone buys them for a variety of reasons.”
McRecky states that the most valuable games that she personally owns are probably CIB titles in the Pokemon series, but her absolute favorite game and heart. Retaining a special place in the game, the Nintendo GameCube remembers playing and fighting with its mother from an early age.
“We’re at the point where we’re trying to get a really good CIB for the games we played when we were kids,” she says.
“And it’s hard to find a sealed copy of the game,” says McLeckie. “It was not designed for these games. They were made to open up and play.