Category Archives: Collectibles

Cleaving Land

Yes, it’s been slow around these parts. Blame an abysmally bad garage sale season. But, today was different as this birthday haul from various game stores in Cleveland shows. Not often do I get to use the TurboGrafx tag, and two more Dreamcast games inch me ever closer to that complete set.

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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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