For those unfamiliar with the cartridge listed in this eBay auction, a starting bid of $4,999 probably seems ridiculous especially given the sad state of the label. But to the fanatical collectors of old-school video games, this is a golden opportunity to own one of the rarest NES games ever made.
116 to be exact of these Nintendo World Championships cartridges were manufactured. 90 are of the gray variety like the one in the auction and the other 26 are gold toned, as pictured in the post header. The Nintendo World Championships was held in 1990 and tasked contestants to play a customized game cartridge that included Super Mario Bros., Rad Racer, and Tetris. They were then given out to the finalists and have since grown to become the most valuable NES “game” due to the limited quantities.
Recent sales of this cartridge include $15,000 for one in 2008, $17,500 and $18,000 in 2009, and $11,500 in 2011. With those figures in mind, $5,000 could be considered a steal for some to own a piece of NES history. The auction currently has no bids and 2 days left. I’m sure you’d still have to blow into the cartridge for several minutes to get it to play…
*Note: I am in no way affiliated with this eBay auction.