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Offline paul  
#1 Posted : Thursday, April 15, 2010 11:27:31 AM(UTC)
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Talk about an unexpected pay day. Tanner Sandlin of Austin, Texas raked in $31,600 on Ebay for an old Atari 2600 game that was tucked away in his garage. It's the second highest ever paid for a videogame, and much more than the $5 or $10 Sandlin said he paid for it when he was about 10 years old.

So why did it fetch so much? The game, called Air Raid, is extremely rare. Counting the one Sandlin sold, there are only 13 known copies, and his was the only one that came in its original box. It also didn't hurt matters that Sandlin was the original owner and had the foresight to enlist an Atari expert to confirm the game's authenticity.



"I clearly remember buying this game back in 1984 or 1985," Sandlin wrote in his auction. "My mother had taken me to a Tuesday Morning store in Arlington Texas. It was near the corner of Arkansas Lane and Medline Drive. Not too long after I purchased it, I got an Atari 800 and stopped playing the 2600. Since then, the Air Raid cartridge has been boxed up in my garage along with my 2600 and other games for over 20 years. The game box was stored separately and I just found it. "

View the auction page here, and then go rummage around in your own garage. You might walk away $31,600 richer for having done so.
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#2 Posted : Thursday, April 15, 2010 12:00:12 PM(UTC)
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I am thinking my Battlefield Bad Company 2 Limited Edition for PC might fetch $1000 in say 20 years. LOL

But on a serious note this is very neat indeed, it brings back memories of my old Atari 2600. This was the first gaming console I ever owned. Wish I still had it I cannot believe the money these old school games are fetching.

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#3 Posted : Thursday, April 15, 2010 1:37:20 PM(UTC)
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I remember seeing a list of the top 10 rarest games a few weeks ago, and yes Air Raid was on the list.  Hard to believe some people just happen to still have these gems and don't know just how much they are worth.

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#4 Posted : Thursday, April 15, 2010 2:57:58 PM(UTC)
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So who would pay that much for the cart? Was it the "Will it Blend" guys?

This cart's already been dumped and floating around the net for years, so I'm afraid it must have been bought by someone more interested in reselling rare things than in video game nostalgia. Look for this to turn up on eBay again seven to ten years down the road.

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#5 Posted : Thursday, April 15, 2010 3:35:33 PM(UTC)
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I agree 3vi1 !

Even those of us who remember the day the shinny new 2600 came out are saying ...What?.

Do we really remember this game that is just a bad copy of space invaders. Did we want to?

These guys were probably comic shop dealers, or retro game store employees. Then they got really drunk, and said to themselves. Hey, ya know what! Lets put a game up for auction that no one wants to remember and then you can buy it for like 30K. And since it stays with us then we don't have to worry bout the money! Then we will have everyone stampeding our store to buy old Atari cartridges !:P

I tell ya what, I have the entire first series run of DC's Bloodlines, all mint and all sealed.

Who wants to go on EBay with me and Jack up the price, so when the real money comes in we can split it :)

Offline inspector  
#6 Posted : Thursday, April 15, 2010 4:01:51 PM(UTC)
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LOL, But like you guys all mentioned that guys is probably going to keep it and resell it after everyone forgets and earn even more they he paid for it right now.

3vi1, if it does end up in a will it blend video some people will be really pissed xD. But i would love to see that video... :P

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#7 Posted : Thursday, April 15, 2010 4:28:59 PM(UTC)
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its always amazing to read news like these about people finding rare stuff in there garage and getting rich lolo...

Offline 3vi1  
#8 Posted : Thursday, April 15, 2010 5:37:16 PM(UTC)
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I just had to play this game to get a good appreciation of what the winner got for his $31,600. I'm pretty sure Men-A-Vision will forgive my borrowing of their game, since playing it revealed that it's just a horrible bootleg hack of Space Jockey.

They changed the game from a Defender-style perspective to Space Invaders, but they left the bottom of the screen scrolling from right to left. :\ It's quite apparent that these guys were not interested in spending more than two hours altering Space Jockey.

Collision detection is *horrid*, even by Atari 2600 standards. Most of the time, collision works for the enemies bullets, but your missiles are going to pass through the enemies unless you hit them dead center... and even then it's not guaranteed. Sometimes, a bug in the game blows up the far right attacker, instead of whichever one you actually shot.

My 8yr. old gave it a try, and his review before even playing it was: "That's stupid".  My own evaluation is that this game is so rare simply because people did not want to keep it around as a reminder of that time they got scammed into paying money for it.

I'll see if I can upload a vid of him checking out the gameplay and attach it to this thread.

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#9 Posted : Thursday, April 15, 2010 6:01:06 PM(UTC)
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Here it is:  http://www.vimeo.com/10968342

[View:http://www.vimeo.com/10968342]

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#10 Posted : Thursday, April 15, 2010 6:13:55 PM(UTC)
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Ha lol, i would say a waste of 31.5 grand but hey hes rich :D (Maybe...) People buy rare things for the title not the use of it anyways :D like a collector :D.

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#11 Posted : Thursday, April 15, 2010 6:38:28 PM(UTC)
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If I remember correctly, this game is so rare because when people stopped playing it.

Which was pretty much after the first day, they used it to whack the little brother over the head.

Or they hollowed it out and modified it to use as a cartridge handle for when they got stuck :P

I remember a cartridge with that handle, I just remember we didn't really play the game. But we used it for many other things.

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#12 Posted : Thursday, April 15, 2010 7:40:51 PM(UTC)
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Even though I wasn't alive for this, it still takes me back to the good old days of video games. You know, those days where you would put the hell of the cartridge or the actual console until it works. Blow the dust off of the cartridge or rub the pins in alcohol and try to clean it. Good times. I remember how utterly clueless I was on how the hell that gun worked on Duck Hunter. 

I love seeing history like this tough. Guys, this was only 25 years ago, such a small wink the the grand scheme of things ya know? 

Since I never owned an Atari, did it run off of 8-bit? 

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#13 Posted : Friday, April 16, 2010 12:05:53 AM(UTC)
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Marius Malek wrote:

Even though I wasn't alive for this, it still takes me back to the good old days of video games. You know, those days where you would put the hell of the cartridge or the actual console until it works. Blow the dust off of the cartridge or rub the pins in alcohol and try to clean it. Good times. I remember how utterly clueless I was on how the hell that gun worked on Duck Hunter. 

I love seeing history like this tough. Guys, this was only 25 years ago, such a small wink the the grand scheme of things ya know? 

Since I never owned an Atari, did it run off of 8-bit? 

True that, I actually had a SNES and a Nintendo 64 back in the day. I remember blowing on those cartridges like crazy, and I remember playing those games like it was yesterday.

And no, I don't think it was 8 bit graphics, I think it was kinda like 4 bit graphics or something if I remember correctly. The NES had 8-bit graphics and the SNES had 16-bit graphics.

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#14 Posted : Friday, April 16, 2010 12:52:07 AM(UTC)
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WOW!!! That is nice!

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#15 Posted : Friday, April 16, 2010 3:11:25 AM(UTC)
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Cashing in on other people's fanaticism in such a big way must have been sweet for this guy. He is lucky there are people out there with so much more money than brains to speak of.

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