Atari 2600 Air Raid Cartridges Popping UpBy Benjamin Opal
A couple weeks ago, Tanner Sandlin of Austin, Texas, dug up a boxed copy of Air Raid for Atari 2600, and sold it on eBay for $31,600. Inevitably, people are digging through their closets to see if they’ve got easy money collecting dust. Now, two more Air Raid cartridges are on sale, though they lack the original box that made the first auction so successful. The first auction is for a cartridge in good condition, and the seller is the second owner, having purchased the game from the original owner in April 2009. Current bids are over $1,600, with five days left in the auction.
The second Air Raid cartridge is kind of funky looking, covered in brownish soot with some weird holes in the label. But the owner — who gives no details on how the game was acquired — claims that the game itself works great. Of course, Air Raid isn’t known for being a good game. Sandlin still had his copy precisely because all his friends would immediately return the game after borrowing it and realizing it was terrible. Only a dozen copies were known to exist before Sandlin dug out his boxed copy, having seen the recent craze over Stadium Events. Everyone’s trying to capitalize, which makes for an interesting time in classic game culture. [via GameSniped]