Guy sells his stash of 7,000 rare videogames for $1.2 million

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Dec 17, 2012

How many videogames have come through your gaming station in all your time at the console? Hundreds? Thousands? Did you keep them all? One French gamer set out on a mission 15 years ago to snag as many as he could find, and they just made him a millionaire.

The seller of this collection, identified only as a 32-year-old French man named Andre, said he's constantly unloading videogames via the Internet, but this is the most he's ever made by far, not just because the lot contained so many games, but because it's so rare.

"I perfected some full sets by getting every title of them factory sealed, just for the challenge of it," Andre said. "Some titles are extremely hard to come by brand new when they're 25 years old. Now that the mission is complete, maybe it's time to move on."

So just how rare are some of these games? The 7,000-game collection includes every game ever released on 22 different Nintendo and Sega consoles. It also includes more than 500 games from the ill-fated Sega Dreamcast console, plus rare games for Nintendo's Virtual Boy. But the rarest game of all is a Sega Genesis cartridge called Go-Net, which Andre claims is one of only two left in the world.

His collection might be 7,000 cartridges smaller now, but Andre says he's still got thousands more games that he's keeping for himself (for now). As for the buyer who'll have to fork over all that cash (plus a shipping charge of over $1,000), we only know that he or she lives in Canada. And if the buyer doesn't ever pay up, Andre's already got other plans for the collection.

"If the payment doesn't come, I'll probably list [it] again on eBay, or on Japanese auction [sites], but maybe I'll split it by selling each [full set] separately," he said. "We'll see in time."

(Via Los Angeles Times)