Currently on eBay are a couple of my favorite things: a fiber-optic Nintendo sign and a NES multicart.
Having an incredible video game collection is one thing…displaying it is quite another. eBay seller ubben52 has one of the most impressive sets of Nintendo branded store display cases that I’ve seen on eBay. These photos speak for themselves…
Here are a few gems that sold on eBay recently…
Action 52 in Box with Manual (minus cover) Sold for $290.11 USD on eBay.
Nintendo NES Test Station Sold March 12, 2011 for $430.92 USD on eBay.
Nintendo Game & Watch Green House Sold March 14, 2011 for £670.00 on eBay UK.
Acrylic front, two sliding doors on back, Atari graphics on two sides, eight divided compartments inside that measure 5 5/8″ by 8 1/4″.
Made of fiberboard and particle board….it shows normal age and wear, though still in very good usable shape. There are a few dings at the edges, scratches on the acrylic front, wear at the corners and the sliding doors are a little hard to slide at times.
The total measurements are 19 1/4″ high, 24 1/4″ wide and 9 1/2″ deep.
Nintendo NES M9 Display Deluxe ROB
Up for auction here is an official Nintendo Entertainment System M9 Static Lighted Display. I originally bought two of these many years ago. I sold one of them at the beginning of 2010 and now I am selling the second and LAST unit. I included a picture (last picture below) of my Nintendo collection to prove that I had two M9 units (THE GAMES AND SYSTEMS SHOWN IN THE LAST PICTURE ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THIS AUCTION). These are extremely difficult to find, and this unit comes 100% complete in the original box. Additionally, I don’t believe this unit was ever used as it is in excellent shape, as can be seen in the pictures below.
This display was to be used at around the debut of the Nintendo Entertainment System to showcase the Deluxe set, which included ROB the robot, Lightgun, Duckhunt, Gyromite, gaming console and additional hardware.
Local pick-up is welcome as this is a large and heavy item.
This would make an excellent gift for any Nintendo collector! To ensure a safe delivery, packing materials will be placed inside of the display in order to add support to the contents and a box large enough to enclose the entire unit, including the original M9 box, will be used. The dimensions of the original M9 cardboard box are approx. 38 x 24 x 23 inches.
I can honestly say that there are few NES items cooler than the M9 display unit. It was used to demo the original NES setup with R.O.B. Thank you eBay seller sprauketz for the fantastic photos and for sharing this gem with the collecting world at a starting bid of 99 cents! It’ll be great to see how much this listing fetches in auction. Reports are that the last one on eBay sold for about $4,000.00!
Obscurity is the essence of collecting. Sometimes it seems that the worse a game is, the more valuable it is to a collector. After all, low production numbers mean future rarity. Naturally, these fetch astounding prices on eBay. Here are some of my favorites from the past couple weeks.
NES collectors are generally indifferent to the existence of Sachen games. Their substandard gameplay and low distribution in the US means that most of us have never heard of their games. Yes, Sachen’s games will generally play in a NTSC Nintendo; however, those few of us who have played a Sachen game will probably tell you that these are about as bad as the Action 52.
5 Zelda Games NES Gold Yellow Test Cartridge SNES RARE Sold Sept. 23, 2010 for $305.00 USD.
Vectrex Sean Kelly Multi-Cart 2.0 Rare 60+ games lot Sold Sept. 22, 2010 for $238.00 USD.
This auction is for a one of a kind Bonk Doll prototype. It is hand made by an art director for TZD in the mid 90′s for a potential promotion campaign. It was never developed but stayed in the office of Turbo executives as decoration until I got it as a gift in the final days of TZD. The left ear is showing some wear but can be fixed otherwise it is in great condition.
Nintendo Mario Mania Hanging Mobile Sign Display Sold Sept. 26, 2010 for $125.50 USD.
This was set up by Nintendo of America employees in department and toy stores as an advertisement. As you can see from the pictures it includes the original box from Nintendo of America in Redmond, Wa.
The seller noted that the test unit had some issues:
Everything works. I tried all tests, and found them working. The RCA video/audio out only works when using “External Control Deck Inputs”, and the internal NES only outputs via RF/coax. The unit has some scratches in the black paint, but everything else is in good shape, especially for something 16 years old.
I’m sort of curious to know who would buy an adult video game back in the early 80s. Then again, when haven’t geeks loved pixelated nudity? One might say that Mystique was a pitiful video game distributor. They didn’t sell nearly as many copies of their games in comparison to mainstream distributors. There games were notoriously horrible to play and only seemed to have success because of the controversy surrounding their content. Despite the fact that their games may have been garbage, as a video game collector, it’s hard not to take notice of obscure games like these. Especially when they garner values in the multiple hundreds of dollars.
X-Man Atari 2600 CIB Sold Sept. 28, 2010 for $461.78 USD.
Custer’s Revenge Atari 2600 CIB Sold Sept. 28, 2010 for $76.00 USD.
Bachelor Party Atari 2600 CIB Sold Sept. 28, 2010 for $35.00 USD.
Beat ‘em and Eat ‘em Atari 2600 CIB Sold Sept. 28, 2010 for $70.00 USD.
Ironically, complete in box copies of some Panesian adult NES games also just appeared on eBay as well.
BUBBLE BATH BABES Nintendo NES – Rare/ADULT Video Game Sold Sept. 17, 2010 for $610.00 USD.
HOT SLOTS Nintendo NES – Rare/Valuable/ADULT Video Game Sold Sept. 17, 2010 for $586.87 USD.
It doesn’t get much better than having a full sized statue of your favorite video game character. (If anyone out there has a life sized ToeJam & Earl, you’d be my personal hero…and I’d probably die in envy.)
First off, I love that the seller levelupvideogames started this auction at a penny. That means we’ll get to see a fairly realistic value and, hopefully, some fevered bidding. My only complaint about this auction is its geography. The seller is located in the Netherlands, and this is a large item and will be expensive to ship. Perhaps Samus comes with her teleporter, which will magically deliver her to…hmmm.
Here’s a great description of the item dirrectly from the seller:
This is probably a “once in a lifetime” auction. There were only a handfull of these statues ever made, and exclusively made for Nintendo Europe to promote the first Metroid Prime Nintendo Gamecube game. Since we’re reorganising our shop and need the space she has to go.
Made by Studio Oxmox Australia for Nintendo Europe. Very tough fiberglass material with iron connectors for arms, head and legs. When taken apart you have the following pieces: Head/Helmet, Arms left and right, Legs left and right and the torso. (Easier to ship when taken apart.) Putting her back together will take no more than 5 minutes and is not hard to do. The iron connectors are really firm and everything pieces together brilliantly. Looks very, very good. Real 1:1 scaled. They can’t get any better than this. After all these years she has been with us she’s still in very good condition, just some minor surface scuffs that were there when we bought her. The only things really noteworthy is a very small piece is gone (about 1cm) right above her knee (see photo). There’s a small hole on top of the left arm and some small damage in her neck. Most can be fixed easily by someone handy.
Please note that I do not have a stand!
Measures a massive size of 190 cm and weighs about 50kg fully assembled.
This is truly a nearly impossible to find item you’re bidding on, and deserves a true Nintendo/Metroid Collector.
Take this chance to own a masterpiece and a TRUE collectors item!
Here’s one of the rarest games for the Atari 2600: The Music Machine…SEALED! Heck, in it’s currently sealed state, it’s one of the rarest games for any system. The last sealed version of Music Machine on eBay sold for $5250.00 USD on Oct. 10, 2009. Perhaps the best part of this auction is that seller inspired_idea has a bit of a historical connection to this game:
I was a game developer at Epyx where I worked on Summer Games, Winter Games, California Games for the 2600. When Epyx folded, it was bought out by Bridgestone Media Group. I went with that purchase. Bridgestone had some video projects with the Agapeland people who made the Music Machine songs and such. I was creating educational software using Agapeland intellectual property (specifically the mouse characters from the Amazing Book). I discovered an old box of sample items from Agapeland including a child’s bowl, cup, organizer, stuffed animals, and the Music Machine cartridge. When I eventually left the company, I was allowed to keep these items as memorabilia. That was 10-11 years ago. I guess I’ve kept it (aside from my natural pack-rat tendencies) because it has historical value aside from its rarity. It’s the world’s first religious video game. I several years ago I took pictures before and posted them on the net (you can see them on AtariAge in the rarity section). Back then it still had a store sticker on it that read: “For Display Only” That sticker has since fallen off and been lost. I’m not sure why I never opened the box. Mostly because I had heard about the value of “unopened” and I was able to download an emulator ROM that satisfied my curiosity about the game. I guess that’s a moral about how emulation can help preserve history: it keeps historical items from getting used up.
How it surfaced now: I’m in the process of moving, and we’ve been going though our stuff looking for what to get rid of. My teenage son went on eBay and Google to see what we could get for some of our old video games, and discovered the information here at AtariAge (Thanks!). Needless to say we were pretty excited! However, we couldn’t find it! No matter how we searched, it was nowhere to be found. We searched literally every box in every closet and still couldn’t find it. We has almost come to the conclusion that it had been thrown away. We were looking through the boxes under my bed one more time, when I asked my son Andrew if he could see any other boxes under the bed. He said yes! There was one small box that had been pushed back behind the others that we had never searched. He pulled it out and there it was!
The seller has gone above and beyond by creating a page that gives background on the Music Machine. He even does a little comparison between this game and Kaboom. It’s well done and is definitely a good read for anyone interested in gaming history.
Overall this should be a great auction to watch. Will it hit $5,000.00 like the last sealed one? Let’s watch and see!
I love eBay for being both a marketplace and a living museum of video game history! Here are the fantastic items that I’m watching this week.
CALTRON 6 IN 1 NINTENDO NES ORIGINAL GAME SEALED RARE
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Fortune Hunter Edition …why are the most expensive items often sold by zero feedback sellers. Is that (A) a guarantee that the listing is a scam, (B) simply a sign that someone wants to sell the item anonymously, or (C) some honest guy who simply never used eBay before?
SNES Donkey Kong Country Competition Complete Nintendo
Soap Panic CIB Famicom Bubble Bath Babes NES Complete
AV Pachi Slot Big Chance CIB Famicom Hot Slots NES
Unique Atari 2700 (2600) RC Stella Prototype Console You can read more about this console in the Atari Museum. Bidding still has about a day to go and this gem is going for $1,150.00 USD!
Unique Atari 2600 CX-2000 “Val” Prototype Console Also featured in the Atari Museum. Bidding still has about a day to go and this gem is already up to $2,500.00 USD!
SEGA Channel Hoodie
Atari Video Music model C-240 Innovative Leisure RARE!!
Lair Artbox Promotional Reel (Playstation 3, 2007)
Nintendo Super Mario Bros 1989 Puppet Kooler Cup Weird!
Nintendo Game Boy Advance Store Display Kiosk + Mario
Rare Mario Chain Chomp Soccer Ball Collectible Awesome…looks like these were used to promote Super Mario Strikers. Anyone know if these are actually rare or not?
VERY RARE Super Mario 2 Dixie Cup FULL SET 1989 For the Mario collector who has everything…
Nintendo Super Mario Bros 1989 Puppet Kooler Cup Weird! Yup, weird.
1980 PAC-MAN TELEPHONE IN COUNTER DISPLAY BOX WORKS! This is hands down the coolest phone I’ve ever seen. More photos are below…
Xbox Live 4′ Store Display Sign 360
Nintendo 64 N64 4′ x 10′ Store Display Sign
Nintendo Game Boy 4′ x 10′ Store Display Sign
Vintage Sega Genesis 4′ x 10′ Store Display Sign
Vintage Super Nintendo SNES 4′ x 10′ Store Display Sign
rare vintage Nintendo Gameboy fiber optic sign display
RARE 1996 Nintendo 64 Promo Banner Display Sign N64 Wii