Nintendo, Video Games and Find Your Collectibles, Goldin Auctions on Game Sales, Super Mario, Fortnite, Minecraft


If you’ve kept old video games from a young age, don’t be surprised if you’re sitting on a small fortune.

Auction houses are clamoring for rare games and vintage consoles, with nostalgia driving prices up among collectors. And the money that is thrown away is mind-blowing.

A Nintendo 64 game console with games and controller from 1996 in New York City. (Photo by Yvonne Hemsey / Getty Images) (Getty)

It’s a big deal, so big that Goldin Auctions will soon have its own Netflix series.

Goldin’s gaming expert and video game consignment manager Jared Mast says it now more than ever, “nostalgia” is a driving force and a key reason to start digging into your old stuff.

“Nostalgia is an integral part of the video game collection,” Mr. Mast told Nine.

The Nintendo 64 copy of Super Mario 64 from 1996 sold by Goldin Auctions
The Nintendo 64 copy of Super Mario 64 from 1996 sold by Goldin Auctions (Goldin)

“Some games are even collectible because they are so bad they become memorable / collectible.

“Anything you can think of that you could connect with during your video game journey becomes a reason to own and add to its collection.”

And even if you weren’t playing games from decades ago, a modern title like Fortnite – which exploded in popularity in 2017 – could be worth a lot of money.

“The video game market is certainly not just determined by the year,” Mast said.

“Some of the older games, like Atari, are of little value due to their level of production compared to actual gameplay on the console. Fortnite (2017) is a recent title that demands a premium in the market, similar to Minecraft .

“The draws, condition and popularity of the game will exceed the year in terms of hammer price and value for the most part.”

What if you find your old game collectibles?

And if you stumble upon something vintage, Mast has a simple guide to follow.

“If these games are sealed and unopened, the first step of course is – don’t open them!” he said.

“The second step is to contact an expert, like me, for a fair assessment and a chance to understand what the best steps are for you as a potential collector or seller of the game.

“There are quite a few different options depending on the state of the game, system and value that will be important when speaking with an expert, for this reason I would not recommend a local game store as a point. reference.”

Local Australian collector Nick Maver says nostalgia drives his collection.

“The nostalgia is huge… it all started when my dad bought me (2009) Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 Prestige Edition – that’s what started it all,” he said.

“There is still this memory of this edition, which I still have, and I will never sell it.

“For me it’s about having that [collection] there, I’m not the type to take it (the collector) out of the box … I leave everything as it is and try not to touch or damage anything.

An overview of the collection of over 250 individual Nick Maver's collectibles
An overview of the collection of over 250 individual Nick Maver’s collectibles (New)

With a collection of over 250 individual game pieces across PC, Xbox, Nintendo, and Playstation, Mr. Maver is well aware of the investment he’s sitting on.

Mr. Maver’s collection includes the iconic Street Fighter series, with one collectible from that series valued well over $ 1,000. Many of his investments are either unopened or kept in near perfect condition.

“I collect everything… the console doesn’t turn me off, it’s all that’s going to be collectable and keep its value in the future,” he said.

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“I have a few rare ones – I have Project CARS 2 Ultra Edition and there are only 999 in the world, a valuable item.

“I have a Street Fighter II remake, which is a Nintendo 64 cartridge, so they remake it and they’ve made 1,500. Out of those 1,500, and it was absolute random choice through the machine from packaging, that there were 500 translucent cartridges that were packed – no one knew what they were in, you just had to open it like a golden ticket and find out if you had it.

“It turns out I have one.

Nick Maver's iconic Street Fighter II collectible
Nick Maver’s iconic Street Fighter II collectible (New)

Mr. Maver keeps his hands on a lot of vintage collectibles, but he’s also taken advantage of that.

He bought the $ 900 copy of Assassin’s Creed, waited two years and then sold it.

“I sold the Legendary Edition of Assassin’s Creed Origins, there were only 999 … I sold it for just over $ 2,500.

“The Xbox Project Scorpio Edition, when it first came out – I bought it for $ 600 [in 2017] and sold it for $ 3000.

“I like to enter my [collection] the room … it’s full now. “


John C. Dent