You read that right. Twenty three thousand dollars for an NES cartridge. Now, if you're a customer of Retro Rocket, chances are you're a collector and you know what this thing is and why it's so expensive. For the uninitiated, read on!
The Nintendo World Championship was an event held in 1990 in 30 American cities. Cartridges were designed by Nintendo for competition use only, and as such, were produced in an extremely limited number and never released to the public. Over the years, 90 or so have made their way into the hands of collectors. And in March of 2019, a new copy surfaced in the Seattle area! If you haven't heard, check out this video, courtesy of the MetalJesusRocks YouTube channel. In the video, Kelsey Lewin (curator of her own outstanding Youtube channel) verifies the cartridge as legitimate.
Pretty neat, right?
Fast forward a week or so and the news hits that the cart has sold to an anonymous collector for $23,000 thanks to input and support from collectors like YOU. For the full story in the seller's own words, check out this Reddit thread.
Long story short: Neat story about a super-rare, holy-grail cart that showed up out of the blue and made the owner some much needed cash.
Oh, and if we at Retro Rocket manage to unearth another one someday, we're gonna put it up for sale right here. And we'll let it go cheap, too! Maybe $21,000? Hey, that's a thousand bucks off the asking price, pal! ;)
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