Game collection sells for $1.2 million

French collector's eBay listing for full sets of games from Famicom to Dreamcast includes more than 7,000 items.

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A massive game collection with comprehensive collections from 22 different systems was up for grabs over the weekend, as a French collector's eBay auction sold for more than $1.2 million.

Hope your air compressor is working.

The compilation from user collectors_king, which spanned the Famicom and Sega Master System to the Sega Dreamcast and Nintendo GameCube, sold for €1 million ($1.23 million). The listing stated each console had a full set of every game sold for it as well as the system itself, and the manifest covered more than 7,000 total items.

Each individual item in the collection, which ranged from the well known, such as Super Mario Bros. for the Famicom, to the harder-to-find, such as the Virtual Boy's Virtual Bowling, cost an average of about $170 as of the final bid.

Discussion

46 comments
dr_jashugan
dr_jashugan

Wow, that's a huge collection. How much money did he spend by buying all those games? :-o

DrKill09
DrKill09

Pass.  I have every NES, SNES, N64, PS1, Saturn, Genesis, Master System, Game Gear, Game Boy, GBC, GBA, Neo Geo, Sega CD, 32x, 3do, arcade, etc. game on my pc in one nice, simple box.  No cartridge swapping, no disc scratches, no fuss.  I can use my walls for my ps3, XBox1, blu ray, dvd, vinyl and cassettes instead.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

Hopefully the person who bought the collection will continue to build the game collection. Having every Sega system game and Nintendo game is impressive. But continue to compete the collection until you have every videogame system. The 8th generation is just underway.

 

If you can spend 1.3 million on videogames you hopefully you actually play them? I would. But it would be impossible to play every game for every system made. I would have fun trying.

jessie82
jessie82

id love a chance to play them all but im guessing he/she wont touch em and will keep them in a personal bank for them all to sit there and slowly degrade

staranise
staranise

this is why developers and publishers are pushing for digital only game releases, the wankers (its my (game) property like if I bought a car and after a few years someone offered me something then I have a right to sell)

 

...so if any developer or publisher is pushing for releasing digital only games, constant online connection (SP or MP), day one DLC or day one DiscLockedContent...

 

then SHOUT NO WITH A BIG F.U. AND MIDDLE FINGER WITH YOUR WALLET!

DbzJohno
DbzJohno

Damn that's a ton of games!!!!!!!!!!!!

mustained13
mustained13

Hard to believe someone would buy a collection for that much. I know in the past people have posted their stuff on ebay just to bid on it themselves just to "show off" what they have. I have a hard time selling my own stuff for the amount I want.

system3142
system3142

Now I know what to do for retirement.

petran78
petran78

Now up to  verify which games work and which are damaged.

Miroku_of_Nite1
Miroku_of_Nite1

Wonder who bought it. I hope it goes to that whole video game preservation thing.

Jebril
Jebril

I would rather have a Buggati Veyron to play with than a bunch of games I could download on the internet in sealed condition, in which I'll never open. They'll just sit there so you can boast about it, but I guess that's why I'm not that much of a collector myself. 

wyan_
wyan_

Holy.... crap....

Fenixx
Fenixx

I'm sort of a collector myself but I would never dish out that amount of money for a pile of games.  Basically everything can be found on the internet these days in the form of emulation.  I know that's a completely different thing and it all depends on the person.  For me it's not really about owning the original thing, it's just about owning the game in the first place.  As for the disc based games, you can burn the ripped data onto a CD and use it in your existing system.  You can even print the artwork and stuff onto the disc if you wanted to.  I know there's some obsessed people out there but I can think of a ton of things I would much rather spend a million dollars on.

demonkingx5
demonkingx5

you no what im not speechless i can get those games fr free on the pc heard of a emulator. Waste

Jarten
Jarten

The person that bought it must really have wanted it to be willing to pay that much money. I know that isn't what I would've bought if I had that much money.

Agelu
Agelu

Considering how fast he sold his whole collection he could have started with a much higher price... =P

 

He lacked a little foresight of how desperate some gamers would be to shell out TONS AND TONS of cash for such collection!!

slayer1090
slayer1090

I think that hearing about lots of sealed games on there, including sealed consoles and such, I bet if you did the math using the average go rate for each item, it would total more than 1.2 Mil

hadlee73
hadlee73

In other news, "Microsoft holds huge bonfire celebrating the history of gaming" :P

shiss27
shiss27

Yea, you shouldn't cash in on them but to a guy like me...games aren't my passion. I absolutely love playing them though but after the thrill is gone, I'm gone to Gamestop or Ebay. 

edant79
edant79

A great reason not to cash your games in...

TrueGB
TrueGB

That collection probably cost half that much to acquire, but still, nice windfall.

HelIWithoutSin
HelIWithoutSin

Surely this big a sale of used games will be the death knell of the industry!

Silinel
Silinel

I'm surprised at the commentators that would decline the money and keep this collection around. I mean, 1.2 million bucks? That's the gross pay of a $50,000/year job over 24 years. Bank the money in a high interest savings account and keep it there, and you can yield $27,500 a year ($2,750/month), assuming a reasonable 2.75 APR.

 

To put that in other terms, you're making $20/hour, $800/week in 40 hour work week, doing absolutely NOTHING. Granted you won't be buying any private islands, but that's more than enough to cover a monthly mortgage/nice apartment and a car payment.

 

Invest that money in safe, more aggressive investments, and you can really make that cash pile grow.

 

The seller made the right choice. Video games are fun, but a pile of cartridges and discs can only add so much to your quality of life.

 

Unless, of course, you sell them.

andrewwittmaier
andrewwittmaier

If I had the money I would've bought it myself.  Just sayin'...

shadow_Metroid
shadow_Metroid

Well I have hope for my collection in the future.

blazerv3
blazerv3

lol shipping going to be a pain :P

GoingPostal13
GoingPostal13

And this is why you don't want to give up your physical collections for worthless digital downloads.

X-RS
X-RS

WHY would you EVER sell that?!?

mustained13
mustained13

To add, I could understand if it was a sanctioned auction, or something for charity. But an ebay auction? Anyone can manipulate that.

00001919
00001919

You would rather have one, but the buyer probably already does, so jokes on you.

 

BTW, veyron looks like crap. @Jebril

Silinel
Silinel

Upon closer inspection, my math was wrong. There are 12 months in a year, not 10. This bring the monthly interest down to about $2,291 and change. Not bad.

TrueGB
TrueGB

 @Silinel Pfft. I know bank holdings that offer way more than that in quarterly dividends.

Zazabar11
Zazabar11

 @Silinel 

 

where can you find a savings account that is 2.75? CRAZY LAND?

Lawdog1521
Lawdog1521

 @GoingPostal13 That's not how it works. If everyone did it, then the games would have been worthless. An item must be wanted and rare to have value.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

 @X-RS  For 1.2 million sir... But I see your point! Personally, I'd hate to see the S&H costs.

Silinel
Silinel

 @Zazabar11 ING Direct Checking Orange used to offer such rates (and higher), as well as other online banks. But unfortunately, rates appear to have gone far south since I was last involved with the rates several years ago.

 

Nowadays, 30-year U.S. Treasury bonds appear to be the one of the few safe investments offering those sort of yields. but of course, that's thirty years.

 

In lieu of living off bank interest, investing with a good investment institution (Edward Jones all the way) would be an excellent alternative.

 

As they say, the first million bucks is the hardest. Make enough, and you'r e eventually just playing smart with numbers and being patient when making your finances grow.

cloud226
cloud226

 @Lawdog1521 That is why physical copy collection worth much more - because it's way harder to collect 

X-RS
X-RS

 @zzamaro@FallenOneX 

Yeah but how much did he pay to amass those tittles? Lots of sets are imports/japanese.

Worth more than 1 mill to me. You could just sell a tittle when $ is tight and end up making more, especially as time goes on. I guess it might have been an issue of space....>_>