VGA Graded 1990 Nintendo World Championships Gold Cartridge Appears On eBay

VGA-Graded-1990-Nintendo-World-Championships-Gold-Cartridge-Appears-On-eBayWithout getting into the usual debate about having a third party to grade your video games' condition, one hardcore collector felt it was necessary to have one of the rarest games ever made slabbed. Whilst some would believe this is preservation, others are now panicking for the well-being of this NWC currently on eBay.

With only a handful of the Gold Nintendo World Championship cartridges from 1990 left around today, they have since been commanding insane prices on the likes of eBay and trading forums. Several owners in the past have confessed to placing their gold cartridge in a bank vault, ensuring their retirement fund is safe and sound.

Although putting a video game in bank might be considered madness to some, let's wander back to the auction in question instead.

For those not familiar with the VGA (Video Game Authority), these self claimed experts will happily grade your brand new or rare video games, give them a rating out of 100 and then seal them up into a plastic container for all eternity. Many of the sealed game collectors have taken to this new fad, happily throwing buckets of cash at this 'authority' to give them a shiny number. Understandably the rest of the gaming community looks on puzzled (and usually frustrated).

But where this Nintendo World Championships Gold Cartridge is concerned, we have to step forward and make a point. If you take a look at the auction, you will see that the VGA have unscrewed the fabled cartridge and separated out the two halves of the case, placing the board between the two of them. For an 'authority' which thrives upon the term mint condition, surely the application of a screwdriver on such an item is blasphemy on many levels.

It doesn't end there. If you look closely at the middle of the slabbed game, you will notice on the cartridge's main board are several chips currently exposed. If you then take a closer look, you'll notice two circular holes on top of them. These windows are used on re-programable chips to wipe their data clean, to use once more for something else. The method in which you erase data via these windows is by exposing them to UV light. This owner better keep one of the Nintendo holy grails in the darkest room imaginable from here on, or it's likely he will have an army of retro gamers holding pitchforks surrounding his humble abode sooner or later.

And finally, did we mention the price? No? Well, why not have a look for yourself...

1990 NWC Nintendo World Championships Gold competition cart NearMint+ VGA 85

Source: Gamesniped


Last Updated ( 21 April 2012 )  

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+1 (Link to this comment) gamesgaryjp 2012-04-21 13:40
I dont mind VGA graded stuff, but it looks so ugly all opened like that.

Surely thats defeating the point of VGA, i mean they dont grade your sealed game, then unwrap it and case it all loose do they. They have ruined that item, simple as.
(Link to this comment) TheDonovanViper 2012-04-21 13:42
The seller is a "friend" of Pat the NES Punk on Youtube apparently, or so he says!
Good luck to him though, having it open looks bloody awful!
(Link to this comment) Playgeneration 2012-04-21 14:56
Leaving eproms exposed is pretty clueless. But then I suppose what does it matter if they get erased, the game is not getting played since its stuck in that slab anyway.
(Link to this comment) Zenszulu 2012-04-21 16:15
Was just talking about this with some one a couple of days ago, think it is really insane the value of it, but not a fan of how it has been put on display, and any independent company who calls them selves an authority are usually preying on people who don't actually know the value of something, and then to pull something apart and say it's in mint condition, makes you question if they know what they are talking about, then to boot they seal it in a case that you can only open if you break it risking damage if you ever decided to do it. It seems items like this become more a trophy than a game in many ways.
(Link to this comment) tcdev 2012-04-23 00:00
Quoting Zenszulu:
It seems items like this become more a trophy than a game in many ways.

You've hit the nail on the head right there. But in reality, could you expect anything less from an item that costs so much? I mean, who is going to stick a $27K game in their NES to play, especially considering there are other ways of playing the same thing! I would admit that I have a few items that I don't think will ever be played [with].

As for VGA ("authority!?!") - what a crock! But they'll be around as long as stupid people pay for the "service".
(Link to this comment) JoeTheUseless 2012-04-21 16:41
Not available in the UK :-( £16.000 is a bit steep for a starting bid he should have started the bidding at 99p then everyone has a chance at it :-)
(Link to this comment) Nightowljrm 2012-04-21 18:43
The owner of the cartridge wanted to have the VGA case it in three different parts. The plastic is also especially UV-proof, so they are not in any sort of danger. I started a thread about this a couple of days ago on another site and the owner (EarlyWorm) logged in and eventually explained everything. It's also a good source for several opinions regarding VGA and NWC. http://nintendoage.com/forum/messageview.cfm?catid=3&threadid=68513
+2 (Link to this comment) clarky64 2012-04-22 21:25
A new car or expensive holiday? or...a NES game? :-*
(Link to this comment) liana-c 2012-04-22 23:47
and yeah, I'd go with holiday over 9000, too. !haha :P

L
+1 (Link to this comment) liana-c 2012-04-22 23:46
Stupid move. The point of preservation is that the item remains untouched, unopened and in 110% mint condition. Not only has this person violated the most basic of principles, but in doing so has doomed to cart to suicide over time.

Very foolish. And to think someone would pay that much for it? I'd guess again. (let's see which mug bids on it!)

Disgruntled,

L
(Link to this comment) The Saint 2012-04-24 16:26
Quoting liana-c:
Stupid move. The point of preservation is that the item remains untouched, unopened and in 110% mint condition. Not only has this person violated the most basic of principles, but in doing so has doomed to cart to suicide over time.

Very foolish. And to think someone would pay that much for it? I'd guess again. (let's see which mug bids on it!)

Disgruntled,

L



Totally agree withthe above. As for the VGA "Authority" they seem to be crooks. The only "Authority" I trust are those of avid gamers.....so this site and Retro Gamer are my 2 "Authorities"!! I accept no imitations!!! :lol:
(Link to this comment) Miketendo 2012-04-27 14:38
Would have taken that money and used it towards my student loans. I guess if you have money to burn, go for it, but otherwise, that money is better spent elsewhere.
(Link to this comment) Jet Set Radio Future 2012-04-30 21:35
Thats insane.. it looks bloody awful! i hate the VGA because they stamp and shove it in a fancy box it's worth stupid money.. granted it's NWC gold but still cmon...
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