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Linking Up

Well isn’t this a weird one to find buried between stuffed animals at Goodwill? At $2, you can’t say no to a Japanese import plush Link. 

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Pika, Pico

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My first ever Pico find in the wild. It’s amazing it took this long (20+ years), and of course I paid $40 and change for one a year or so ago. Patience will always pay off, and in this case it would have saved me $34, although my original is complete. That dulls the sting a little bit.

Oh, and the Mario figure which is one of the larger pieces of official Nintendo character merch they’ve ever put out for sale – maybe the largest. He is available at Kmart and I presume other similar retailers as well.

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Winter Breaks

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In cold weather climates, winter kills collecting. Look at this: a freaking shirt is a highlight. Granted, it’s a Smithsonian shirt, but still. It never hurts to check the shirts for video game related ones. At a Goodwill, I once found a Killer Instinct shirt, a promo for the SNES version. You never know!

The other picks ups are unremarkable. $11 for all from local thrift and game stores.

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Kickmaster Rising

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Small Flat Rock, Michigan flea market find. Pac-Man stuff is easy to find. MS. Pac-Man stuff? Not so much. That’s one of my first pieces from the game, and the first glass.

As for Kickmaster, that was a game worth about $10 a year ago. Now? It’s about $40-$50, a perfect example of the market’s hyper inflation.

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Collecting Patience

$20 local game store haul. Patience can be key, if risky. Most of these 3DO games were initially $10 each, but today were lowered to only a few dollars. Waiting is usually beneficial even if you consider the risk of losing out to another buyer in the interim. It’s not worth paying $10 for common titles even for oddball consoles. Set your pricing standards (mine is usually a $5 max) and stick to it. You can buy more games long term and you will certainly run across those gap filling commons again.

Hyrule Historia was on sale for $5.

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Learning to Code, ’80s Style

Odd find for $1. The book features a bunch of little things the C64 can do and also has a few programming tips. Condition is only fair, but the price was too tempting even for a non-C64 fan.

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