Man Sells Video Game Collection On eBay For $1.23 Million

A man in France who sells and collects video games says he has just unloaded his largest collection ever — around 7,000 games — to an eBay customer for a whopping $1.23 million. Let’s just hope the buyer didn’t use PayPal.

According to the L.A. Times, the collection includes every game for every Sega console and all the games made for several Nintendo consoles, including the Virtual Boy. It also includes a game — Go-Net for the Sega Mega Drive (aka the Sega Genesis) — which he claims is only one of two copies ever made.

“I perfected some full sets by getting every title of them factory sealed, just for the challenge of it,” he tells the Times about his collecting habits. “Some titles are extremely hard to come by brand new when they’re 25 years old. Now that the mission is complete, maybe it’s time to move on.”

He points out that a video game retaier could unload several times the number of games in his collection, but they would not have gotten the same amount of money.

“What was important was the completion of each full set, every game of all those systems, all complete in box with instructions, or even brand new factory sealed,” he explains about his collection, which was 15 years in the making.

The seller says he still has thousands of games he didn’t sell.

All that’s left now is to see whether or not the buyer, a person in Canada, will pay up for the collection.

“If the payment doesn’t come, I’ll probably list [it] again on eBay, or on Japanese auction [sites], but maybe I’ll split it by selling each [full set] separately,” he tells the Times.

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  1. GitEmSteveDaveHatesChange says:

    Did he have that ultra rare Nintendo game, or the even rarer, NES-001!?

  2. Blueskylaw says:

    The wealthy and mysterious Canadian bidder also previously on a squash with Homer Simpsons face on it, a likeness of the Virgin Mary on toast and a ghost trapped in a box, each of which sold for over a million dollars and each of which was never paid for.

  3. blogger X says:

    I’m going to do this when the next generation of consoles come out.

  4. StatusfriedCrustomer says:

    It would be funny if he forgot something obvious like Pac-Man.

  5. Hi_Hello says:

    wow.

  6. Invader Zim says:

    Charge back awe the boxes were all empty….You would think he would be afraid to use ebay.

  7. cactus jack says:

    Just have to wonder how much time and money went into making this collection.

  8. Gman says:

    I really hope whomever bought these donates them to a museum like the ROM for permanent display. Would make a great feature on how electronic entertainment has evolved over the years. Especially if they work in interactive videos of what each game looked like.

    That would be a worthwhile use of this collection rather than collect dust in storage boxes.

    • Misha says:

      If you get the chance, be sure to visit The Art of Video Games, either while it’s still at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art (through this September) or when it goes on tour to regional art museums over the next few years. It’s a smaller-scale version of the kind of exhibit you’re imagining.

  9. GrimJack says:

    Why would anyone sell their video game collection?

    http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2000/11/29

    Why, indeed…

  10. Taed says:

    It seems unlikely that the winning bid is real, as it just happens to be 999,999.99 Euros. Unfortunately, the Euro-eBay doesn’t seem to display a bid history.

  11. MathMan aka Random Talker says:

    Enduro Racer was AWESOME!!! I think I still have my Sega Master system and old games somewhere….

  12. Libertas1 says:

    I’m this way with Atari 2600, NES and Commodore. It’s a pain mortals would not understand.

  13. Paulson says:

    Yeah well, the trick is actually getting the winner to pay. $10 says the games will be relisted because of a nonpaying bidder.

    Anyway, as far as buying/saving on eBay goes:

    If you see an item that you want listed in auction format, send the seller a message asking if they will accept $x to end the auction early and sell the item to you. If that doesn’t work, use a sniping service such as Bidball.com to bid for you. It’ll bid in the last few seconds, helping to save $ and avoid shill bidding.

    If there is a particular item that you want that is relatively rare on eBay or goes fast when one is listed, use ebuyersedge.com to set up a saved eBay search for it. You’d get an e-mail whenever a match is listed. You can use the price, category, exclude word, etc. filters to narrow down the results that you get in the e-mails. Excellent for “Buy It Now”s priced right.

    If the item that you’re looking for is difficult to spell, try a misspelling search site like Typojoe.com to find some deals with items that have main keywords misspelled in the title. Other interested buyers may never see them.

    • GitEmSteveDaveHatesChange says:

      “If you see an item that you want listed in auction format, send the seller a message asking if they will accept $x to end the auction early and sell the item to you.”

      You sir, are an asshat.

  14. yellohj says:

    wow it only has 1 Yu-Gi-Oh! game- surprised

  15. PhilipCohen says:

    If the payment does not come I would be more worried about getting the FVF refunded by eBay …

    And, if anyone wants a demonstration of the utter unscrupulousness, indeed criminality, of eBay …

    “Shill Bidding Fraud on eBay: Case Study #5”

    http://www.ecommercebytes.com/forums/vbulletin/showthread.php?p=167554

    eBay / PayPal / Donahoe: Dead Men Walking