A New York collector has lost $500,000 in games due to his mother’s carelessness, according to this employee of J&L Game -a store in the city- who used his parents’ apartment to store this extensive collection of classics. “I just found out that my mother threw away all my PlayStation 1 games a few years ago. Over 500 games, half of them still sealed. I’m going to kill someone,” she said in a now-deleted Twitter message.
In total, more than half a million dollars among Atari classics, Colecovision, Intellivision, Famicom (NES), Super Famicom (Super Nintendo), TGfx, PCE, NG AES, MegaDrive, Master System, “basically every system and game I have ever had”. There would be more lost collection items not related to video games, such as skateboards, musical instruments and a comic book collection.
Video games: collecting in the 21st century
Perhaps $500,000 may seem like a lot for a collection of video games from 25 or 30 years ago, but true rarities and good condition are highly valued. Last year a sealed Kid Icarus was worth several thousand dollars at auction and the Nintendo PlayStation prototype reached $360,000, although its owner didn’t make the deal he could have – he had turned down bids of $1.2 million.
The most expensive game so far is the original 1985 NES Super Mario Bros., reaching $114,000 in this year’s auction, beating the previous record, a copy of the 1987 NES Mega Man also sealed for $75,000.
Pokémon cards are also highly sought after. The retired rapper better known as Logic has allegedly spent some $226,000 on a first edition Charizard from the basic set of the Pokémon Trading Card Game.