Sunday, 4 December 2011

Snes games #4

Breath of Fire c/o £37.00
Clayfighter £3.20
Cliffhanger c/o £2.20
Cool Spot £3.65
Cool Spot c/o £2.19
(note- I have also seen Cool Spot cart only go for £6 this week- that's how varied prices can be)

Snes games #3

Axelay c/o £10.75
Battletoads and Double Dragon: The Ultimate Team c/o £13.50
Battleclash c/o £2.60
Biker Mice from Mars £41.50
Best of the Best: Championship Karate c/o £2.70

Snes games #2

Actraiser c/o £11.50
The Addam's Family: Puggsley's Scavenger Hunt £3.99
The Adventures of Mighty Max £28.00
Aero the Acro-Bat £30.00
Arcade's Greatest Hits: Williams c/o £2

Saturday, 3 December 2011

December is Snes month

A while back someone on asked about Snes prices. I'm going to focus on compiling boxed and unboxed eBay prices for my snes list at

Boxed games:

Vortex £2.42
Lamborghini Challenge £2
Super Wrestlemania £2.11
Jurassic Park £2.40
F-Zero £2.95

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Snes prices are rising

Boxed games for the Snes are reaching 8x original RRP, which is pretty amazing. How long before the bubble bursts do you think? Are the buyers complete collectors who are willing to go into the thousands of pounds for the last 10/20 games for their collections, or savvy retro investors who know that game prices are set to rise again?

Big prices

A round-up of recent completed eBay auctions:

No instructions, battered box, rubbish game, rare as hell. 24 bids and £570 ending price. There must be more 'complete collection 32X fans than I could have ever thought possible!

Unboxed T-Mek and Darxide went for £165.89 and £330, there's one happy seller! I bet he got them for a couple of quid each, too. Over. A grand for three games in average condition, two unboxed. That's 10x RRP, classy investment Segatim!

Friday, 25 November 2011

Pixel art auction

Okay, yes i'm enthusiastic because of my relaunch but heck - you have to see this! PS2s seem to fetch £20 with a stack of accessories and games at my local car booters, so selling 11 broken consoles for £220 can't be sniffed at. But was it the way the seller arranged the photo that gathered 17 bids?

Okay, relaunch!

Well, almost a year on and i've finally found time to add content here. I've spent the last year adding almost 2000 games to my collection, remodelling my games room, and bringing up my son and daughter. My lad is now a firm games fan, and even though he's only 3 1/2 he can play a whole range of retro classics. He likes the Kinect and Wii interfaces, but he's at home with a controller tethered to a slab of retro tech with a two metre cable :)

So, this one caught my eye:

Job Lot Console Gaming Bundle

There are a few interesting aspects to this auction. Firstly, the seller seems to be someone with a shop, or at the very least an ebay shop. Despite this level of assumed professionalism, he's quoting the postage cost at £140!!! A ploy to only attract local buyers? I wouldn't want to box up this lot and phone UPS. Secondly, whilst there's a lot of stuff here- and much of it looks to be in clean condition- there's nothing desirable, rare, or different to what can be found at the local booter. Indeed, i'm certain that I could pick up a collection of this type for <£200 on any given Summer Sunday- indeed, my 2000+ game, 40+ console collection has mostly come from my local car booters, turning up late as we have young kids, but still getting bargains galore.

The seller listed with a reserve of £200, it's now up to £490 with nine hours to go. I bet he's amazed at the price. It would certainly be possible to bundle up £200 worth of retro every couple of weeks during the summer in my local markets. I wonder if I could make £300 every fortnight?

(Edited auction content list):

Sega Mega Drive Super Bundle With Everything You Need For This Vintage Console

Sega Mega Drive Super Bundle With Everything you need for this vintage console.

88 Boxed Games Including Manuals - 99% are in excellent condition!!

Winter Olympics
Evander Holyfield Boxing
Davis Cup Tennis
NHL 96 ICe Hockey
Wrestle War
Arial Mermaid
Mega Games 1 (Super Hang On, Columns, World Cup Italia 90
Tiny Toon Adventures
Robocop Vs Terminator
Arnold Tournament Golf
The Terminator
SidePocket Pool
Sampras Tennis
Sports Talk football
Revenge of Shinboi - rare Game
Global Gladiator
Real Monsters
Urban Strike
NBA All Star Challenge
Alien 3
LHX Attack Chopper
Tailspin - Rare Game
Judge Dread
Chuck Rock
World Cup Usa 94
Rugy World Cup 1995
Castle Of Illusion
Micro Machines - Turbo Tournament 96
Ryan Giggs Soccer
Ecco The Dolphin
Pitfall - - rare Game
Street Fighter 2 Championship edition
EA Hockey
Green Dog - Very Rare game
John Madden Footall
Mickey Mania - - rare Game
James Pond 2
Marko's Magiv Football - Rare Game
Incredible Hulk - Rare Game
Jungle Strike
Ultimate Soccer
Space harrier 2
Cosmic Space head - Rare Game
Sonic 2
World Of illusion
Mega Games 2 (Revenge of shinobi, streets of rage, golden axe)
Kawasaki Super Bikes
Terminator 2 The arcade Game
Sports talk football 93
The Ren And Stimpy Show
John madden american football
Fantasia - Genesis, very rare game
Desert Strike
Premier Manager
Sonic 3
World Class Leaderboard
Where in the world is carmen sandiego - - rare Game
Fifa 95
Street Racer
Streets Of Rage 2
The Lion King
Aquatic Games
Captain America The Avengers
Ballz 3d
Donald In Mauimallard - very rare game
Dawrin 4081
Quackshot starring Donal Duck
PGA Tour 96
Micro Machines - Turbo Tournament 2
Chuck Rock 2
Sonic Spinball
Toy Story
Streets of rage
General Chaos - Rare Game
Altered Beast
NHLPA ICE Hockey 93
John Madden Football 92
Jimmy White Snooker
EarthWorm Jim
Sonic The Hedghog x2
Alex Kid In The Enchanted Castle - very rare game
Mega Games 6 (World Cup Italia 90, Golden Axe, Streets of rage, revenge of shinobi, super hang on, columns

Sega Mega Drive special gamers joy stick – very rare.

6 Sega Mega Drive joy pads – 3 are standard and 3 are special edition turbo etc.

Mega Drive Led Converter with 2 joy pad ports – not sure how this works, but throwing in anyway.

Sega Master System Bundle Fully Boxed with Sonic Built In. Comes with Manual, leads and all in excellent condition.

Bart Simpson VS the space mutants

Super Smash Tv

Batman Returns



Pit Fighter

Taito Chase HQ


Deep Duck Trouble Starring Donald Duck

Marble Madness X 2

Sonic 2

Krusty Fun House

Joe Montanna Football

Ghost Busters

Secret Command

Taz Mania

Great Golf

Sonic Chaos

I am also thrown in some rare mega cd games I have found – all in excellent condition, cased etc…

Dragons Lair

Thunder Hawk


Sol Feace X2 (2 copies of this)

Sega Classics Arcade

Tomcat Alley

Road Avenger

Fifa Soccer

BaseBall Tonight

1 X Sega Saturn console with no leads and joypads.

The Sega Saturn Games are as follows, all boxed with instructions:

Nights In To Dreams – Excellent Condition

Virtua Fighter – Excellent Condition

Virtua Fighter 2 Excellent Condition

Marvel Super Heros – Excellent condition

Sega Rally – Bottom left of front cover has been ripped off.

1 X Nes Console with no leads.

1 X Nes Console with 2 joy pads, all leads, light saber gun and Mario 3 Cart.

1 x Super Nes Console + 2 Joy Pads and special edition gamers joy stick – very rare.

Super Nes Game boy converter with Bart Simpson escape from deadly and instructions.

1 x Nes Console fully boxed Action Set with everything in excellent condition. Included is Mario Duck Hunt Game.

1 x N64 Console with 2 joy pads all leads all fully working condition.

Cart Games are as follows:

Action Replay cart



Rainbow Six

Star Wars Racer



1 X N64 Console fully boxed with everything – Excellent condition

Fully boxed N64 Games are as follows:

Lylat Wars with Rumble Pack – rare Game

Turok Seeds of evil

Star Wars Rouge Squadron

Extreme G

All in all, as you can see – this is a superb condition gaming bundle of joy.

Bidding starts at only £200 with no reserve!!

I am also open to a sensible offer…

Postage will be £140 due to the weight of this huge bundle. Collection is also welcome.

This is bundle is now all boxed up and waiting ready to go separated in over 5 boxes…

Serious bidders only - no refunds - this is a bid to buy bundle. No messing about and no time wasters please.

Happy Bidding!

Note- the auction ended at £490.

Monday, 24 January 2011

Comes with Games

Games collecting is an interesting hobby with many unexplainable facets. A boxed console with a whole bunch of games can sell for far less than the total amount of the games listed seperately. The best eBay bargains tend to come from large lots. Have a look at these:

An original Sega Master System with 76 boxed games. A zero feedback seller offering a high initial price, but if you could collect, just over £2 a game seems to be a great price.

Indeed at £2 a game plus £1 delivery, these games bought individually on eBay would run you about £250. If only the seller had put up a list of games so that we could identify and proper rare games in the lot.

Next, a bandwidth-sapping N64 collection that sold for £225.55. Again, this is PS3 type money, but you get so much more. The list of boxed games is pretty average, with highlights including both Zelda games and Bomberman Hero (which I love). With the N64 having poor cardboard packaging, there is a big resell market for unboxed games as many collectors know that it makes sense to collect carts only to save a big chunk of cash building their N64 collections. Unboxed gems here include Conker's Bad Fur Day and Mario Party. 24 unboxed games, 22 boxed games, various 'stuff' including a multiregion adaptor mean that this was a bargain; the individual resell value of the whole lot is closer to £350. The buyer could get a quick 50% return on their investment, or hold on to the lot and expect it to be worth £450 in a couple of years. N64 games are massively accruing in price, so well done to the buyer of these games.

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Spending £250 wisely

So, the first post. To start, ask yourself this- how would you have spent £250 this month if you had to buy just one eBay auction?

Buying a PS3 that is probably four years old and could conk out at any time? Hey, it has two PS3 games and three PS2 games though.

What about a Neo Geo CD with 24 boxed games in decent condition? That's a great collection. Looks good too, those CD cases would make a nice extra shelf of stuff in your game room.

Or a PSone with 93 fairly average games, a screen, and a few extras? NB I once considered buying on this lot when the seller had it listed at under £200 (it's been on eBay for almost a year) but he never emailed me back with a list of games. The fool! Note to sellers- check my feedback, I only buy retro games, I am a serious buyer. You'd want to sell to me. I occasionally buy auctions consisting of a bunch of overpriced average games.

Or what about 231 PS1 games in various conditions with possible missing covers/cases/instructions/discs that we don't know about cos the seller can't be bothered to list ANY info?

Either way, your £250 could have gotten you anything from five games to 231 games this month. All of these auctions sold, so five individuals decided to spend half their mortgage payment on a variety of things. The PS3 package seems like the least sensible buy, as it could stop working at any moment, and surely a brand new PS3 and a second hand PS2 would be a much better buy for the same money? Hell, i'll even send you the same PS2 games that were in that auction for free- 'Cars' Platinum and some other rubbish, wasn't it?

My choice- the Neo Geo collection. A really good starter pack for a console that is seldom seen in the UK, very playable, and will hold its resell value, possibly being worth a bit more than you paid for it in a few years.

God knows how those PS1 auctions sold though. Even at £1 a game the 231 game auction includes mainly rubbish titles, and as the seller of the 93 games+console lot had listed the games (yeah thanks for not replying to my email six months ago pal, hope the divorce goes well for ya) there are only a couple of titles there worth more than a quid. Damn, these two auctions also predict that my near-500 game PS1 collection is worth just £500 or so. Unless i split off my fifty best games, sell them for £10 each, and then sell the remaining 400-ish for £400 quid.

Yes, there are sensible ways to sell big games lots that actually involve making money...!