Man Found 1987 Cult-classic Video Game in His Attic And It’s Worth a Fortune

Picture credits: TIME

If you ever thought that video games are a waste of money, then this will surely change your mind. A man from Nevada has found an unopened copy of Kid Icarus, a 1987 cult-classic NES game, and it’s worth a small fortune now.

The boxed game cartridge was still in a bag with a receipt which lists the price at USD $38.45 from J.C. Penney’s roughly three decades prior. Now, the game is expected to sell for up to USD $10,000 at an online auction. For added perspective, the original price is 0.38% of what the man can expect from the auction.

Scott Amos of Reno told the Reno Gazette Journal that he initially thought it might be worth a couple hundred dollars. He also mentioned that no one in his family has any recollection of ever purchasing the game. As the date of receipt shows “Dec. 8, 1988”, it may have been intended to be a Christmas present.

I can remember the game. My neighbor down the street had it. I remember it being hard, and I was never that good of a gamer guy. All the family has been trying to come up with a hypothesis … (My mom) thinks she put it there and never got it back out, and then it ended up in the attic.

Valarie McLeckie, video game consignment director at Heritage Auctions, says it’s one of the hardest Nintendo titles to find in sealed condition. She says there are fewer than 10 in the hands of vintage game collectors.

To find a sealed copy ‘in the wild,’ so to speak, not to mention one in such a nice condition and one with such transparent provenance, is both an unusual and rather historic occurrence. We feel that the provenance will add a significant premium for serious collectors.

If the auction goes well, Amos and his family could be looking at about USD $10,000. The family is said to be looking to have some fun with it, possibly a vacation at Disney World.

Source: TIME

Pokdepinion: Would be nice to suddenly stumbled upon some hidden gem in the house. Then again, I myself might not be able to identify its value and think of it as nothing more than an object. Lesson here is that if you can keep your games, you should. It might be worth a fortune someday.

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