What would you do if your parents held one of the rarest known games to exist, just gathering dust in storage? This scenario is exactly what has happened to one lucky family in the US who have just uncovered a pristine copy of the incredibly elusive and expensive Atari 2600 title Air Raid.
If Air Raid is something you're not familiar with, only a dozen or so copies of this Atari 2600 game are known to exist. With all of them in collectors hands, the few that have been put up for sale have been met by a fierce bidding wars, occasionally receiving offers in the five digit range. The last one which made an appearance at auction was rather notable given it was the first boxed copy of the game to surface - unsurprisingly selling for over $30,000.
This recent discovery of another Air Raid happens to be a boxed copy, one which also happens to hold the only known to exist manual too.
Having worked as an assistant manager for a drug store that stocked video games many years ago, this lucky Air Raid owner was presented the 2600 game by a sales representative who worked for smaller third-party game developers (such as Spectravision, US Games, and Imagic). After giving the game a whirl, Air Raid was soon put away in storage at least until its owner became aware of the last boxed copy selling for an impressive figure. Convinced it was definitely the same game sealed away, the father-daughter-duo decided to film their desperate hunt to uncover this neglected treasure.
Air Raid (Atari 2600) Discovered in storage...
Needless to say the proud owners have decided to part with this valuable item on the independent video game auction site, GameGavel. Having already reached an impressive $17,850, expect this rarity to break a few records.
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