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January 25, 2014

Time to search the old NES box

... if I had one.

As collectors, we know the concept of supply and demand, and the value of an item. A card is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it.

In this case, an old, rare NES game is apparently worth THOUSANDS ... and I mean, THOUSANDS.

Last I looked, a rare cartridge of Nintendo World Championship Cart was up to $41,000 on eBay (check the auction here). I shouldn't be amazed by this, but I really am. As someone who enjoys collecting and those rare "barn finds," I think this one ranks up there as pretty neat.

Despite the label being torn off and a scribble on the paper, it seems video game collectors have to have their hands on this item.

Of course, when something starts getting into this price range, you have to wonder if the seller is even going to get paid. It is eBay after all and there are enough buyers who squelch on $5 deals never mind those in five figures.


  1. I used to buy and sell NES games on eBay for a living. There are a few VERY rare ones that go for thousands. This particular one only had 90 copies in existence. Much like cards, there is actually a gold version with only 26 copies ever made. They were only issued to the people competing in the NES World Championships in 1990, so don't count on finding one in the closet.

  2. That's pretty incredible! Remember how you used to have to blown into the game cartridges to make them work?

  3. Holy crap that thing ended just shy of 100 grand! The buyer has a pretty high feedback score so who knows maybe the seller might get paid. Although looking throught the bid history looks like there were a few knuckheads in the bunch for sure.