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

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Some people make their money making video games. Others make it by selling old ones.

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.

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    captaincharisma , April 16, 2010 12:56 AM
    it would have been hilarious if it was ET
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    tacoslave , April 16, 2010 12:43 AM
    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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    HKH , April 16, 2010 1:00 AM
    *Goes into trash can to find outdated games
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    tacoslave , April 16, 2010 12:43 AM
    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 , April 16, 2010 12:56 AM
    it would have been hilarious if it was ET
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    7amood , April 16, 2010 12:59 AM
    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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    dasper , April 16, 2010 12:59 AM
    I always love seeing news like this but if I ever see Superman 64 selling for more than 100 bucks I will crap bricks.
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    HKH , April 16, 2010 1:00 AM
    *Goes into trash can to find outdated games
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    nforce4max , April 16, 2010 1:02 AM
    Most people won't get this and just laugh this off as some level of ignorance to stupidity but to a collector it doesn't have to be the best thing out there it is rarity and condition that counts.

    Congratulations to the lucky individual who bought this and even more so with intact packaging.
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    aethm , April 16, 2010 1:14 AM
    dasperI always love seeing news like this but if I ever see Superman 64 selling for more than 100 bucks I will crap bricks.


    There are probably only 10 of these left in existence. Hulk Smash!
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    ta152h , April 16, 2010 1:16 AM
    There are some things in life that don't make sense, but still have value.

    I can't see spending so much on something that's not new, but I have spent a lot on collectibles that were never used or open. Is it worth it? It is to me, I like having them.

    If I were to tell you how many times I was asked what good is it if I don't use it, you wouldn't believe it. But, there's no amount of money I'd sell stuff like a sealed Apple IIe for, or a never used PS/2 Model 50z, or sealed TRS-80 Model 4. Money is easy to get, finding something like this isn't. Why would I want to trade something rare and difficult to get, for something we gain and lose every day?

    I'm exaggerating to give a different perspective. But, that's the way a collector thinks.
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    loomis86 , April 16, 2010 2:03 AM
    This is sickening. I had 50+ of these old original atari games up until about 1992-1994. All ended up in the trash.
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    beoza , April 16, 2010 2:26 AM
    This was a rare game? All my relatives had copies of it, I remember playing it with my uncle and brother in my grandparents family room.
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    thejerk , April 16, 2010 3:09 AM
    Quote:
    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 mom's garage ever since. Now, decades later, still living in his mom's basement, the game was sold for $31,600 on eBay after being starting at just $0.50.
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    zoemayne , April 16, 2010 3:11 AM
    because all of these newer systems use CD/DVD as media they wont get "antique status" like this..
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    mlopinto2k1 , April 16, 2010 10:18 AM
    Everyone has their own quirks. More power to the person who can afford to spend 30k on a cartridge. Maybe if they knew I was a really nice guy and liked Air Raid they would fix my car for me. :) 
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    FUtomNOreg , April 16, 2010 10:20 AM
    I wouldn't be surprised if the systems themselves start selling for more than they do. Cartridges from these systems will probably outlast even the current gen of dvd/blueray.

    I used to collect old video games myself(mostly Sega stuff). When I decided that I had had enough(~60kg - 4 moving ctns) the only things I actually made good money on was stuff that was given to me(Amiga and Atari 600xl). I ended giving all my sega stuff away(sms + smd + mcd + Game copier + ~250 games)......

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    tstebbens , April 16, 2010 11:42 AM
    zoemaynebecause all of these newer systems use CD/DVD as media they wont get "antique status" like this..


    Not true. Storage media is always evolving. CDs were eclipsed by DVDs which are in turn been superceeded by BluRay. In the future I suspect we won't use optical disks at all, so consigning CD/DVD/BluRay to the category of "antique". If downloading content becomes the norm, then it'll be very difficult to keep any game for collectible value which is a shame.

    I have an extra copy of HL2 Orange Box still unopened which I will be keeping hold of. I already had a copy and got bought it for Christmas one year and never got round to exchanging it.
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    Regulas , April 16, 2010 12:55 PM
    The price paid for this is amazing but what gets me who in their right mind would pay so much cash for this in the first place.
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    zak_mckraken , April 16, 2010 2:17 PM
    captaincharismait would have been hilarious if it was ET

    One day, I will find that landfill in New Mexico and I will dig myself some copies. If I'm lucky, Imight find some in playing conditions. Then I will advertise myself as the owner of the most copies of the crappiest game ever made. Ever.
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    gwolfman , April 16, 2010 2:19 PM
    captaincharismait would have been hilarious if it was ET
    lolirl
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    christopherknapp , April 16, 2010 3:15 PM
    Why not just use an Emulator?
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