Well, a state school at least. In an ebay auction that ended last night, a sealed copy of the ultra rare NES game Stadium Events went for $41,300, obliterating pretty much all previous records for Nintendo collector's items. A label on the front of the game shows that it originally went for $29.99. Not a bad return! Apparently only 10 complete copies of the game are known to exist, and before this auction, only one other was sealed: most were destroyed after Nintendo bought the rights to the Power Pad, which was required to play this game.
According to the seller, her good fortune is really just a result of laziness and possibly some pack-rat tendencies:
This was bought over 20 years ago so my memories are fuzzy (we have over 175 games - which, btw will be going up for auction in the coming months - all with boxes! - some unopened). What I remember is that we bought it thinking that we could play it by itself and then realized that we needed the pad (?). Somewhere in there it was recalled so the pads weren't available when we went to purchase it. We never got around to returning the game...lucky us!
Whether the result of the auction is genuine or not, we'll have to wait and see. The winner has a perfect feedback rating of 182, but their purchasing history (at least the last 90 days worth) doesn't exactly peg them as a hardcore game collector. I guess you never know when someone just wants to pick up a new hobby!
For comparison, earlier this week copies of Action Comics #1 (first appearance of Superman) and Detective Comics #27 (first appearance of Batman), both shattered their previous records as well, selling for $1M and $1,075,000 respectively, so videogames have a way to go before matching those totals. Give it another 60 years, and I'm sure some hoarder will find a way to make millions off of a super rare copy of Petz: Crazy Monkeyz.