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Now You’re Playing With Power (Pad) 

Half off thrifting day and rummage sale day. Mostly resale items except for the Xbox games. Not pictured is a 3D Avatar Blu-ray and a slew of character twin bed sheets. Bed sheets? Yes. 

If you want something else to hunt while you’re thrifting, scour the bedding. ’80s era bed sheets/sleeping bags can command a decent return. Real Ghostbusters, Batman, Ninja Turtles… Etc. As long as condition is great, they can sell. 

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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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Last Days

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Taking advantage of GameStop’s 4/$20 sale one more time, plus a few extras. Missing is Resident Evil 5 because I forgot it and I’m too lazy to retake the pic.

Lost in Blue rang up $2.99 despite being marked 4.99 and it is oddball enough to carry some demand down the line. If something at GameStop is older or the sticker looks yellowed, it doesn’t hurt to ask for a price check. Never know what price could show up.

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Milestone

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I normally wouldn’t post about new game purchases,  but these five pushed me into a collecting milestone – 4500 total games.

On a related note, keep an eye on Limited Run Games who published the two versions of Saturday Morning RPG. They’re dealing in super low print runs of physical games – authentic releases – which will be hard to find if you decide to collect for these consoles later.

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Post-Christmas Binge

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B2G1 Free at GameStop this week. $42 for the haul, including that ultra super duper special (not really) “Day One” edition of Ryse.

On another note, Vita is going to be one of THOSE consoles in the future – a rabid fan base who sucks up everything the system puts forward. While there is nothing special in this lot, the slew of Japanese RPGs are ensuring the system will have a strong presence in the collectors market. Where possible, jump in now if you have any interest in the console. The more obscure the game the better.

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GameStop Hoarding

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GameStop currently has a 4/$10 sale on a plethora of select PS3 and Xbox 360 games. It runs through November 15th. It’s remarkable how quick the previous generation has slumped in demand. Excitebots was a bonus buy, but for $1.79, it was a fair splurge.

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Boy Game

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Gamestop and local game store haul. Game Boy games were B1G1 free. Fist of the North Star has been on my want list for years, same with Rumble Racing. $36 for everything here.

A note on the two GBC “Rumble” carts. When buying these, make sure to check the AAA battery has not rotted out. That would almost certainly indicate a ruined game. The library of GBC Rumble carts is small, but prone to those issues if they’ve been in storage for a while.

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Sealed and Delivered

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A sealed NES game for $8? Thanks local game store! No matter the game, it’s impossible to lose on a truly sealed NES game still in the original shrinkwrap at that price, though you must know what to look for to ensure the seal is legitimate. In this case, the seam along the back is the clincher.

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B1G1 Extravaganza

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Local store had a B1G1 free sale on all games. This is the obvious result. $25 for everything here.

Gut feeling says DS manuals and cases – at least for in demand games – will eventually have a healthy market given GameStop’s policy of only selling loose carts. That is a general tip as well: Portable games always carry a high premium for boxes and manuals. The Tempo Game Gear manual is especially hard to find. Rare Game Boy games? Even more so.

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Post Christmas Binge

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With some DVD trade-ins and B2G1 free sales, this mixture of GameStop and a local chain store finds only cost me $26. Captain America on NES was a permanent resident on my wanted list, but with the explosion of Marvel films and general absurdity of current NES collector pricing, it seemed like a long shot. This cart was listed at $25, but with the trades, it was only a pittance.

Note I don’t generally recommend trading in. Whatever the store in question is actually charging on their floor, that’s what you can generally get by doing a little online footwork. However, when you begin building up a lot of worthless titles from buying in lots and such (DVDs like Mortal Kombat Annihilation, games like Swing Away Golf PS2), dumping them on a store can be beneficial for a short burst cash infusion for that rare gem you’ve been looking for.

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