Category Archives: Great Finds

Madden-ing

One of my best finds of 2017.

“Uh, it’s a Madden.”

Not any Madden, but Championship Edition. This was only available to rental stores in 1992 in small numbers. The manual – although separated from the staples – is exceedingly hard to find. The local game store selling this didn’t know what they had, and it was 20% off the marked price, making it $19.99. That’s ironic since the orignal sales reciept was inside. What did they pay back then? $19.99.

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Lynx-ed Up

The Lynx games are not the best part of this $80 game store haul, but the pun was too delicious (note the games stacked on the left are boxes only). This find ends the search for a Nintendo Power #1. There’s a stain on the cover but the inside is pure and complete. Plus, an additional 50 or mags were included:

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Out Spied

A basic game store haul totalling $12. But what’s that “spying” from the back? A $7 copy of Super Spy Hunter which was only $2.50 after a store rewards discount? Yup. Win. 

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Well Timed

Needed an AC adapter for the SNES find last weekend, which led to this $20 total haul from a local game store. PTO qualifies as a great find for a measly $1 (and it’s complete) while I’ve been hunting for an original box for Arnold Palmer Golf for some time. Weird coincidence/timing I found it the same week he died. 

Also, ESPN Speedworld isn’t worth much but it’s not easy to come by if you’re going for a compete set. 

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On Flea-k

Around $40 for everything here (not pictured are two Tiger Woods Xbox 360 games) at an annual flea market. Good score despite the lack of controllers or AC adapter for the SNES. 

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One Up

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That feeling when you finally one up a local game store. Keeping the price sticker on Metal Gear Solid as a trophy. The Mac controller is a wildshot. No idea of its value,  but Mac stuff tends to command a premium. $20 for everything here.

“Why did you buy a NASCAR PC game?”

Sports games don’t often see release on PC, so the final years of major franchises tend to draw a strong mod community, upping the value. This includes MVP Baseball 2005, NHL 2004, and yes, NASCAR 03.

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Giving Up – But Suddenly…

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Another day of garage sales led to the discovery of a single $1 Xbox game. Nearly called it quits, but decided to test a small weekend flea market and discovered the Apple Video System – brand new except for the open box. For $1, that’s a no brainer.

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Peace Keeping

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Huge lot of SNES games scored from a Facebook garage sale group. There were 38 games in total for $120. Seem like a lot? It’s not. In the seller’s picture was this cart:

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It’s Peace Keepers, valued between $100-$120 on its own. Consider the condition, and it’s probably $60, making this one cart about equal to the others in value, turning this into a great find. Whenever you find a lot, ALWAYS make sure to check the carts. Hidden gems like this show up all the time.

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Black Friday Score

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The first post on this blog to ever require two images to capture the full set of games. A local game store offered B1G2 free for Black Friday, plus a gift card matching deal up to $40.

Not only did this selection of 32 games only cost me $40, there is still $9 left on the gift card for next time. A sensational buy which also landed me two long time want list titles: Batman on the Game Boy and Task Force Harrier EX for Genesis.

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Steel of a Deal

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While the foot pedals are missing, $10 for the Steel Battalion main controller console is still too good of a price to pass on. Considering how much it dwarfs the Vita and Game Boy game ($6 for that pair), it’s pretty awe-inspiring.

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