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  1. I believe My family owned a SNES first? Although the first console for solely me would probably be my atomic purple game boy with Pokémon yellow.
  2. I think for a lot of folks here, and for me especially, buying for the personal collection is the ultimate goal. As long as you have the means and it makes you happy, fuggit.
  3. The double standard in that sub is extremely nauseating. I haven't been there in a long while, but what you say is exactly my experience. Collecting purists can eat my shorts.
  4. Managed to snag that vga 95 SOTC special edition. For $450 shipped, I'm quite pleased. Eventually when I grade my sealed PS2 copy, it'll be a nice little pair.
  5. yeah this is why i grade my own games. i have my own grading scale and can use my own eye balls so duh. for real though i collect both scales too - i've basically stopped crossing altogether. if anything, i've begun to prefer vga slabs throughout the year.
  6. Fun ones to add that I’ve crossed: 90 -> 9.4 A++ 85 -> 9.2 A++
  7. Not a great pic but this arrived yesterday.
  8. I’m sure it’s been posted already but super happy to have one of these! Somehow managed to survive the shipping and handling part practically unscathed.
  9. Been playing it over the night like a mad man. Enjoying it so far. I didn't have super high expectations for it honestly, but after replaying Super, Fusion, Zero mission, and playing Metroid 2 in the form of AM2R, I think Dread is a great addition.
  10. Neat. Can't wait to see the holder. Also hoping they do custom holders (even if more expensive).
  11. Good to know. In this case, it would be less about what is mint vs near mint (as those are very complex, subjective terms) and more about the types of flaws you might see on cardboard box vs plastic dvd case games. Hopefully that makes sense. Essentially a reference guide. In practice you could use the info in the guide to determine if your game is minimally damaged and therefore in better condition, vs quite damaged if it were to hit several condition flaws. But it wouldn’t explicitly say “your game is mint if X, Y, and Z.”
  12. Hey all. I didn't see a topic on this so wanted to ask: would folks find interested in this type of guide post? It would cover stuff like: - Common issues with boxed games and DVD-case style games (e.g. softened corners, subtle vs. obvious creases, Y-fold ripping, etc) - Common seal issues (e.g. H/V-seam vs Y-fold, corner pokes, seam rips) - Not-so-common issues, like subtle sun damage and seal discoloration. Having been collecting for a few years, I have my own checklist of things to reference when assessing condition. Above are some examples. I'd need to reformat it a bit but I'd include picture references and all that. Note that this would not be specific to sealed games, but CIB too.
  13. this is a tangent but i remember vividly when poketubers were really starting to pick up, i watched this newer guy unironically tell his viewers to grade all the commons, uncommons, and holo rares. That way you have the strongest position in the market. You know, for all the cards no one gives a shit about. Capitalism baby!
  14. I sometimes go back and forth. If I can’t sell it, occasionally I have a change of heart and it goes back into the collection. That said, I have more stuff than ever that I’m ready to sell.
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