Ultra Rare Game Spotted on eBay: Air Raid Complete in Box

This is as rare as it gets.  Here’s a copy of Air Raid for the Atari 2600 complete in its original box!  I don’t think I’ve ever seen a complete copy of the game…ever.  Thus, the current bid of $4350.09 USD with 9.5 days to go is just going to be a drop in the bucket of some fabulous amount that a collector will shell out for this thing.  (UPDATE:  The auction ended on April 20, 2010 at a fantastic $31,600.00 making it one of the most valuable video games ever sold! Of course, bids without payment are meaningless, so hopefully the high bidder will come through.)

eBay seller aa0154 explains the details of his this cartridge quite well:

I clearly remember buying this game back in 1984 or 1985. 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. I had no idea that I still had these game boxes. I can send you a picture of the other boxes upon request.

Facts For Collectors:

1) I bought it new in the original box.

2) This is the only original box known to exist.

3) In my earlier auction I stated, “The box was white and had very little if any writing on it. I only recognized that it was a 2600 game because of the cartridge. That would mean the cartridge was visible in the box. The box swung open or it might have had a clear window that showed the cartridge”. I believe I was remembering the white holder inside the box.

3) It did not come with an instruction book. The instructions are printed on the back of the box.

4) I understand that I need to verify the box is legitimate. On March 31, I met with Albert from AtariAge.com. He is the admin/owner of the site. He spent a while looking over the box and taking pictures/videos. You can read his comments five posts down on this page link:

http://www.atariage.com/forums/topic/160607-my-air-raid-auction-update/page__st__100