.....because I just won possibly the most awesome and rare item on eBay about ten minutes ago! Lo and behold the Tekken 5 Press Kit!!
The awesome art on the front of the folding case and the front of the kimono-like shroud the whole kit is wrapped in:
The front and back of the folding cardboard inside section:
The game disc and the front of the manual:
The bonus press disc (filled with the making ofs, screenshots, videos and information that's used in websites like Gamespot's reviews) and the back of the manual art:
Finally, the back of the kit when packed away. It's like a wrap around shroud with a clip to keep it nice and secure:
It all started a week ago when I was playing Tekken 3 on my sisters trusty 10-year-old PS1 (from our childhood. Soon she'll have the PS2 when I get my PS3). It was fantastic for a PS1 game and so I decided to check eBay for any copies of Tekken 5, which fans claim to be the best of the PS2 versions. I was scouting the listings when the words "Ultra Rare" caught my eyes. Having been accustomed to these words all too well over the past few years (I guess I could call myself a special edition collector since my house is full of rare gaming trinkets like Kojima and Shinkawa signed MGS3s and a mountain of special tin boxed games), I clicked the link.
I found myself watching it for a week like a ninja in the shadows. But today, it was time to strike. The intense wait of the last two minues were making me sweat and my heart was in my mouth. Watching all the under ten feedback noobs bidding was hilarious though! One guy bid about five times in a row since he obviously kept changing his mind! But the joking was over now. Having ammassed about 20 bids, I struck with a bid of roughly $30 in a currency conversion (I am not of your world). The crowd panicked since only 22 seconds were left. I watched and laughed as the lowest bidder below me of about $15 struggled to match my colossal offer. He panicked and quicly bid a bit higher but still it was too little money and too little time. Tekken 5 was mine.
I soon came to terms with just how rare this item is. A quick internet search revealed close to nothing except for some info about how it and the PSP's Dark Ressurection are sent to members of the press to be reviewed. Barely a few hundred exist in the world and since this is in apparent mint condition, I am one very, very, very, very happy customer. Well, this has been my epic struggle but in the end I pulled it out ("just like at the movie theatre. Wooohh!" - something for the Futurama fans). Now for the delivery waiting period and going back to bidding on more stuff like Final Fantasy bracelets, MGS2 playing cards and the DMC3 collector's sleeve. Peace out!
But before I go, please tell me any of your interesting eBay stories or of any awesome and rare purchases you might have made....