Man Sells Old $5-$10 Atari 2600 Game for $31,600

We hear about people selling old, rare comic books for huge amounts of money, and now video games have reached that level where collectors are looking for the old rarities.

Last Sunday, a copy of an Atari 2600 game sold for an amazing $31,600 on eBay. The game was Air Raid and it became the thirteenth known copy in existence, and the only one with the complete packaging.

Tanner Sandlin of Austin, Texas, the former owner Air Raid, bought it when he was 11 or 12 years old for between $5 and $10. The funny thing was that he didn't even like the game and it's sat in his garage ever since. Now, decades later, the game was sold for $31,600 on eBay after being starting at just $0.50.

This makes it the second highest price ever paid for a video game, right behind the sealed copy of Stadium Events, which sold earlier this year for $41,300.

Read more about it from Mental Floss.

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  • I still don't get why someone would pay that much for a game. Sure sure 13 known copies got it. Its rare yada yada. I would rather buy a car.
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  • captaincharisma
    it would have been hilarious if it was ET
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  • *Goes into trash can to find outdated games
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  • I still don't get why someone would pay that much for a game. Sure sure 13 known copies got it. Its rare yada yada. I would rather buy a car.
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  • captaincharisma
    it would have been hilarious if it was ET
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  • maybe if u r planning to sell it after 10 years for double or triple the price, u wouldn't buy the car. u can't sell a car for that money.
    honestly, i'd go for the car :>
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