Sealed Copy of 'Super Mario Bros.' Sells for 114K

The collecting world has always been a unique one. People drop tens and sometimes hundreds of thousands of dollars for a rare item more or less for the purpose of saying that they have it. Nostalgic items are of a particular value to a lot of collectors. Original and undamaged comic books, film memorabilia, and first editions of books can sell for untold amounts of money. It's no secret that vintage comic books can sell for unfair amounts of money in the right condition.

And yes, this includes video games, a section of media where there is still debate on whether or not they even count as an art form.

On July 10, 2020, at Heritage Actions in Dallas, Texas, an unopened copy of Super Mario Bros. sold at a public auction for vintage comics and art for over $114,000. Yes, a sealed 35-year-old video game went for an amount worth more than most cars, and an amount that could also buy a pretty decent house.

A large part of the reason that it sold for so much was the exceptional quality that this game was still in. Not only had it not been opened, but it still had the cardboard hang tag on it, which only increased the value even more. To complete the value, it had a ranking of 9.4 from the Video Game Grading Authority, a value unheard of before. Basically, this item is one that a collector will never see again. Anyone who wanted it would have to get it now, or never get one. After 29 bids, the winner walked away with one of the rarest items in video gaming collecting, and over $114,000 poorer.

The previous highest-selling collectible game was another mint copy of Super Mario Bros. which sold for over $100,000 at an auction in February 2019. All of this showcases the ever-increasing prices of nostalgic materials as they get older. This game was worth 114K in 2020 after 35 years of being virtually untouched. 40 million copies of this game were sold for NES upon release. The game retailed for roughly $25, which is about $60 today. As time goes by, the game is only going to increase in value. In 2025, it's not unreasonable so suspect that it could sell for over $200,000.

It's like Belloq said in Raiders of the Lost Ark: "Look at this. It's worthless. Ten dollars from a vendor in the street. But I take it, I bury it in the sand for a thousand years, it becomes priceless!" One could almost imagine a boy from 1985 saying the same thing to his friend as he buys his brand-new copy of Super Mario Bros. "These are a dime a dozen. Cost twenty-five bucks. Keep it in the packaging for over thirty years and it becomes worth over one hundred and ten thousand dollars."

Source: Eurogamer


  1. Seeing as the game is a big part of gaming history, I get it.


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