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Old Apr 15, 2010, 01:09 PM   #1
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$31K for a Rare Atari 2600 Game

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I am not big on saving things. Typically, once I get tired of something or bored with it I throw it away or give it away. For years, I carried my Atari 2600 from my youth with me each time I moved, even though I never played it. Eventually I threw the entire thing away.

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I mean a junky old game system and game cartridges would never be worth anything right? Wrong! I wonder now how much the complete system and the hoard of games I had would have been worth. A guy from Austin Texas has sold a rare Atari game called Air Raid for $31,600.

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The game is only the 13th copy known to exist and the only one to have its original box as well.
Interestingly, the man said the game sucked as a kid, which is the only reason he still had it. No one would trade
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Imagine getting $31k for something that sucked so bad you couldn't get rid of it. If only my crappy baseball card collection were the same.
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Old Apr 15, 2010, 02:45 PM   #2
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I still have all 40+ of my Atari 2600 games in storage. Unfortunately Air Raid isn't one of them...
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Old Apr 15, 2010, 03:49 PM   #3
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Old Apr 15, 2010, 03:54 PM   #4
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Wasn't there an 8-bit NES game that went for over $40k not too long ago?

I suppose it's worth a good bit to a collector. I have an emulated copy with Stella.
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Old Apr 15, 2010, 05:08 PM   #5
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All NES games were 8-bit. It is a bit daft that it's so valuable... hell I've got super ultra mega rare Amiga games that have approximately not changed in value at all.
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Unless someone suddenly discovers a huge stash of Air Raid games, then its value is only going to increase. That's the nature of collectibles. Of course something is only worth what someone is willing to pay, and obviously someone was willing to hand over a modest years wage for an old atari game.

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Old Nov 26, 2012, 07:32 AM   #7
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imagine getting $31k for something that sucked so bad you couldn't get rid of it. If only my crappy baseball card collection were the same.
hahah i have a copy of that game where do i sell it at im number 14 in the world sweet who watns to buy it
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Old Nov 26, 2012, 07:59 AM   #8
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Wow, more money than sense if you ask me.
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Old Nov 26, 2012, 09:53 AM   #9
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holy hell...i never had an Atari, but I remember playing Air Raid at my cousins as a kid....

looks like the store it was bought from is still around, online anyway:

http://www.tuesdaymorning.com/index.jsp
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Wow, more money than sense if you ask me.
Same kind of people over pay for a Rothko painting. I don't know much about art, but I gotta say, I've seen 5 year olds do similar work. To the untrained eye, like myself, I wouldn't be able to spot the difference.
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