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.