Once In A Lifetime Gigantic Retro Collection Hits eBay

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For many gamers, eBay represents the only way to secure those elusive retro items that rarely appear at car boot sales. Times have changed for retro collectors and sadly it seems that the days of finding a hidden gem are long gone. Occasionally though, something incredible comes up and this is one such occasion: an instant collection of 163 consoles, 69 peripherals and 3 coin ops has come up for sale. With a starting price of almost £70,000 the collection does not come cheap, but upon closer inspection it contains some absolutely stunning items.

The seller explains that many of the consoles and peripherals were purchased from games shops in the Tokyo district of Akihabara, and many have been stored in their cellophane wrapping from new. Containing multiple development and special edition systems, this is a truly gargantuan haul:

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As stated above, the starting price for this little lot is a cool £70,000 so a little outside of many gamers' price range, but we're sure this collection is the stuff of dreams for most.

Link: Massive Games Collection Auction On Ebay

Last Updated ( 11 November 2015 )  

Tom Charnock

A true connoisseur of failed and obscure console hardware, if Tom isn't extolling the virtues of the Jaguar CD's texture smoothing abilities or the Dreamcast's vast array of useless peripherals he's usually on Twitter asking where all the Super A'Can games are.

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(Link to this comment) DemonicNinja 2015-11-11 21:48
Is this collecting or hoarding?
(Link to this comment) Tomleecee 2015-11-11 22:25
I'm inclined to say hoarding personally XD
(Link to this comment) beyre83 2015-11-11 22:29
Quoting DemonicNinja:
Is this collecting or hoarding?

Where is the fun in collecting if you can just go out and buy an Insta Collection? sure this has some really unique items in the collection, but i still not sure it's worth £70,000 tho which is very nearly 100,000euro + Shipping on top, even if i had the required fund's to buy this collection i would still turn it down and prefer to collect things my self rather than get an insta collection, also most of this stuff is Japanese so to me would be kind of pointless but maybe someone is mad enough to buy it
(Link to this comment) Grimmsqueaker 2015-11-12 08:34
I have always been a big advocate of if I buy it I am playing it, what is the point inb buying factory sealed stuff and keeping it sealed. Few weeks back I got Lode Runner on cart for my Atari 800XL, factory sealed, I was more than happy to remove seal and fire it up for the first time.

Buying an instant collection like this means nothing to the buyer, a lot of us have had at least a few of our machines and games from our childhoods and built up from that strong base. Buying an instant collection like that, yeah it is nice but at the same time it is just something to show off and hoard.
(Link to this comment) Landstalker 2015-11-14 10:37
mostly jap consoles from Japan region. not even worth a few grand the arcade machines are worth the most. These people like to go kookoo from time to time and place any price that pops in there mind. He is never going to sell that unless a sick drunk millionair buys it who hasnt a clue as to what hes doing.
(Link to this comment) rodarkone 2015-11-27 14:23
the average per pcs is £300 a little bit high considering 70% is probably not hitting even half of this amount. (so let's presume about 160-170 consoles/accessories are worth ~ 100-150/pcs => you are paying ~ 50.000 for 50 items => 1000/pcs => OVERpay) because we are talking £ and not $ or euro's

I always said that I would sell my collection if I had to but I would never think to get more than 35K (euros) and I still own ~ 3-400 consoles and accessories and 6000 games :) in average 5EU/game and consoles as bonus. Probably if I open a store I can double or even triple the price, but considering the cost and ROI it does not worth it.

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