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PC Obscura 

“DOS sports games. Really?”

Yes, because in this case, Madden is exceedingly hard to find. Next to – or even right alongside –  the Turbo Duo Madden, this 1995 DOS PC port is the most obscure entry in the series. This is the first one I’ve seen on ebay in some time, so even though it was bundled with the others, I grabbed it. When Madden 96 was cancelled on the PlayStation, the PC port shuffled into stores to recoup the losses. It’s all that remained of the PS1 game until a prototype surfaced years later. 

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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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Be Our Guest

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Nice thrift store grab, purely for the fact that they’re complete. 11th Guest had some amazing packaging. $9 for the set.

However, the awesome part is what’s drawn on the 7th Guest’s interior box:

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The ’90s were hard on everyone.

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They Do Exist

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My first NES find in the wild in… Well,  a long time. All I can do is reminisce about the days when no one wanted them and coming home with a car trunk full of NESes was not uncommon. GTA 2 is a nice find too, complete as it is – with a free pager offer!

$12 for everything here at a local thrift store.

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Lesson Learned

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Local thrift store finds. PC games are for resale and Shadow Madness WAS for me until I didn’t follow my own rule and check how many discs there should have been. There were only two in the case and it should have been three. It’s a $5 mistake.

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An Actual Find!

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Score combined from Pemberville, OH garage sales and a local Goodwill. Around $25 for all. Years ago, a haul like this would have been a disappointment, but this year has been impossibly dry. At this point, this may as well be listed as a mega find.

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“Targeting” Goodwill

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$8 local Goodwill haul. Playboy: The Mansion is not rare, but it’s price has held steady. It’s probably worth buying a copy now as it likely had a low print run. PC gaming is an odd beast where few titles are worth anything significant, and if it’s available digitally, just leave it. Also, completeness matters. If it’s missing anything, also leave it.

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And yes, those are Wii U games AND an Xbox One game… At Goodwill. Some stores act as drop off points for unused or returned retail merchandise. This store specifically receives items from Target, hence an Xbox One game only a month after the console’s release. It’s worth checking into if you want modern games or accessories on the cheap, but as always, it’s dumb luck.

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