After reading a CNN article on rare video games, Tanner Sandlin realized he had one of the games listed sitting in his garage. The game was Air Raid for the Atari 2600, an extremely rare game with only thirteen known copies in existence. Sandin then did a little research on the game and promptly put it up on eBay where it fetched a whopping $31,600, the second highest price ever paid for a video game. It also far exceeded the "list price" for the cartridge which was $3,000. The one thing that helped Sandin earn so much dough for a game that was admittedly kind of lame was the fact that the cartridge was still in its original box.
Before this incident, the highest price ever paid for a vintage game was $43,300 which was paid for a sealed copy of the NES game, Stadium Events, which utilized thePower Pad as a controller. Stadium Events is widely considered the rarest of all licensed NES games. Other titles on the list of "Holy Grail" games include 1990 Nintendo World Championships, Nintendo Campus Challenge, Atlantis II and Star Wars Ewok Adventure.
For all you collectors out there, now's the time to start digging through those old boxes in your attic or basement. And remember, if you can find the box it's money in the bank!
Man sells old video game for $31,600 [CNN]
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