Old Atari 2600 Game Fetches $31,600 on Ebay! - HotHardware
Old Atari 2600 Game Fetches $31,600 on Ebay!

Old Atari 2600 Game Fetches $31,600 on Ebay!

Talk about an unexpected pay day. Tanner Sandlin of Austin, Texas raked in $31,600 on Ebay for an old Atari 2600 game that was tucked away in his garage. It's the second highest ever paid for a videogame, and much more than the $5 or $10 Sandlin said he paid for it when he was about 10 years old.

So why did it fetch so much? The game, called Air Raid, is extremely rare. Counting the one Sandlin sold, there are only 13 known copies, and his was the only one that came in its original box. It also didn't hurt matters that Sandlin was the original owner and had the foresight to enlist an Atari expert to confirm the game's authenticity.



"I clearly remember buying this game back in 1984 or 1985," Sandlin wrote in his auction. "My mother had taken me to a Tuesday Morning store in Arlington Texas. It was near the corner of Arkansas Lane and Medline Drive. Not too long after I purchased it, I got an Atari 800 and stopped playing the 2600. Since then, the Air Raid cartridge has been boxed up in my garage along with my 2600 and other games for over 20 years. The game box was stored separately and I just found it. "

View the auction page here, and then go rummage around in your own garage. You might walk away $31,600 richer for having done so.
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I am thinking my Battlefield Bad Company 2 Limited Edition for PC might fetch $1000 in say 20 years. LOL

But on a serious note this is very neat indeed, it brings back memories of my old Atari 2600. This was the first gaming console I ever owned. Wish I still had it I cannot believe the money these old school games are fetching.

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I remember seeing a list of the top 10 rarest games a few weeks ago, and yes Air Raid was on the list.  Hard to believe some people just happen to still have these gems and don't know just how much they are worth.

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So who would pay that much for the cart? Was it the "Will it Blend" guys?

This cart's already been dumped and floating around the net for years, so I'm afraid it must have been bought by someone more interested in reselling rare things than in video game nostalgia. Look for this to turn up on eBay again seven to ten years down the road.

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I agree 3vi1 !

Even those of us who remember the day the shinny new 2600 came out are saying ...What?.

Do we really remember this game that is just a bad copy of space invaders. Did we want to?

These guys were probably comic shop dealers, or retro game store employees. Then they got really drunk, and said to themselves. Hey, ya know what! Lets put a game up for auction that no one wants to remember and then you can buy it for like 30K. And since it stays with us then we don't have to worry bout the money! Then we will have everyone stampeding our store to buy old Atari cartridges !:P

I tell ya what, I have the entire first series run of DC's Bloodlines, all mint and all sealed.

Who wants to go on EBay with me and Jack up the price, so when the real money comes in we can split it :)

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LOL, But like you guys all mentioned that guys is probably going to keep it and resell it after everyone forgets and earn even more they he paid for it right now.

3vi1, if it does end up in a will it blend video some people will be really pissed xD. But i would love to see that video... :P

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its always amazing to read news like these about people finding rare stuff in there garage and getting rich lolo...

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I just had to play this game to get a good appreciation of what the winner got for his $31,600. I'm pretty sure Men-A-Vision will forgive my borrowing of their game, since playing it revealed that it's just a horrible bootleg hack of Space Jockey.

They changed the game from a Defender-style perspective to Space Invaders, but they left the bottom of the screen scrolling from right to left. :\ It's quite apparent that these guys were not interested in spending more than two hours altering Space Jockey.

Collision detection is *horrid*, even by Atari 2600 standards. Most of the time, collision works for the enemies bullets, but your missiles are going to pass through the enemies unless you hit them dead center... and even then it's not guaranteed. Sometimes, a bug in the game blows up the far right attacker, instead of whichever one you actually shot.

My 8yr. old gave it a try, and his review before even playing it was: "That's stupid".  My own evaluation is that this game is so rare simply because people did not want to keep it around as a reminder of that time they got scammed into paying money for it.

I'll see if I can upload a vid of him checking out the gameplay and attach it to this thread.

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Here it is:  http://www.vimeo.com/10968342

[View:http://www.vimeo.com/10968342]

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Ha lol, i would say a waste of 31.5 grand but hey hes rich :D (Maybe...) People buy rare things for the title not the use of it anyways :D like a collector :D.

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If I remember correctly, this game is so rare because when people stopped playing it.

Which was pretty much after the first day, they used it to whack the little brother over the head.

Or they hollowed it out and modified it to use as a cartridge handle for when they got stuck :P

I remember a cartridge with that handle, I just remember we didn't really play the game. But we used it for many other things.

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Even though I wasn't alive for this, it still takes me back to the good old days of video games. You know, those days where you would put the hell of the cartridge or the actual console until it works. Blow the dust off of the cartridge or rub the pins in alcohol and try to clean it. Good times. I remember how utterly clueless I was on how the hell that gun worked on Duck Hunter. 

I love seeing history like this tough. Guys, this was only 25 years ago, such a small wink the the grand scheme of things ya know? 

Since I never owned an Atari, did it run off of 8-bit? 

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Marius Malek:

Even though I wasn't alive for this, it still takes me back to the good old days of video games. You know, those days where you would put the hell of the cartridge or the actual console until it works. Blow the dust off of the cartridge or rub the pins in alcohol and try to clean it. Good times. I remember how utterly clueless I was on how the hell that gun worked on Duck Hunter. 

I love seeing history like this tough. Guys, this was only 25 years ago, such a small wink the the grand scheme of things ya know? 

Since I never owned an Atari, did it run off of 8-bit? 

True that, I actually had a SNES and a Nintendo 64 back in the day. I remember blowing on those cartridges like crazy, and I remember playing those games like it was yesterday.

And no, I don't think it was 8 bit graphics, I think it was kinda like 4 bit graphics or something if I remember correctly. The NES had 8-bit graphics and the SNES had 16-bit graphics.

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Marius Malek:

Since I never owned an Atari, did it run off of 8-bit? 

Yes, it used a MOS 6507 8-bit CPU running at just a little bit over 1Mhz and 128 bytes of RAM.  Carts were limited to 4kilobytes, but lots of the later games used bank-switching to flip between multiple 4KB banks.

I played with programming for it via emulators years back, and it gave me a lot of respect for some of those golden era developers.  The extreme system limitations meant anything beyond pong needed lots of cool coding hacks.

For instance, consider that each of the TWO sprites could only have one color (out of ~128) each.  The programmers would actually have to make the code change the sprite color and/or positions during the measily 68 clock counts of the horizontal blank (the time between drawing an individual horizontal line of pixels to the screen).  This is why Pac Man and games like that had so much flicker - they were having to move two sprites around to play all of the parts.  Compared to the luxuries we have today, this was black magic.

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Oh dear, I bet those computer scientists are shaking their heads at the time they spent trying to make this tech possible, only to have it all shelved a few years later. You have to really applaud them for their magic though, truly impressive. Hell you have to thank gaming as well. 

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>> Hell you have to thank gaming as well.

Absolutely.

Gaming has done a ton for computing power. Back when the 2600 was designed, they shaved address pins off the CPU because they thought it would never need to access so much memory. Even 4KB was overkill at the time, because ROM was so expensive. Combat, which shipped with the system (and other early games) was squeezed entirely into 2KB.

A few good games brought about an economy of scale, which made all of our current systems possible.

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I find it hilarious and awesome at the same time, about how technology has advanced the way it has. Without video gaming, people wouldn't be pushed to make better technology. Just look at Directx11 for example, and how it is literally pushing the envelope at what is possible for video processing. 

We also have to thank movies for video capture technology. Specifically Sci-Fi. Why? Because without the dream of creating something alien, non human or anything that takes place in space or outside of this universe advanced CGI and special effects probably wouldn't be as advanced as it is now. 

VHS, DVD's and other media content really has it's thanks going to the Porno Industry. That's what I find most fascinating of all. Without pornos, VCR's and DVD players wouldn't have hit the big time at the rate that it did. 

Finding the origin of something is pretty interesting I'd say. 

I have a lot of thanks going towards gaming, I wish other people (anti video gamers) would see that. 

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You really need to than George LucasGeeked

Watch more 60's & 70's Sci-Fi and you will see.even before computers there were alot of tricks that had to be skillfully  executed to make even the lamest man in a suit attack Tokyo. Lucas through ILM perfected all the classic techniques, and then he pioneered the computer for use in movies.

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animatortom:

You really need to thank George LucasGeeked

Watch more 60's & 70's Sci-Fi and you will see.even before computers there were alot of tricks that had to be skillfully  executed to make even the lamest man in a suit attack Tokyo. Lucas through ILM perfected all the classic techniques, and then he pioneered the computer for use in movies.

Without which there would have been no Jar Jar Binks.

Wait... thank George Lucas???  Big Smile

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well no matter how much we hate him!
 
He was a technical marvel at the time, and lead the way into digital characters. The other bad side of that was also the Motion capture technology also improved! >:(
 
If they would have just gave him a different personality then we would have been more focused on the technical side of that character.

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WOW!!! That is nice!

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Cashing in on other people's fanaticism in such a big way must have been sweet for this guy. He is lucky there are people out there with so much more money than brains to speak of.

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If the in game gfx were actually as good as the box art, it could be wii ware. =D

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That's pretty awesome. I like thinking something like this might happen to me some day :P

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