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  1. Need a bunch of stuff. The SoTN doesn't happen to also be for sale does it? Anyway: Earthbound and Chronotrigger, mmm actually you already sold everything else. Hoping the SoTN is avail. Cheers, Brian
  2. I am remembering that Super Mario Advance is another title that has a known second version that is basically just a retail cart with a backsticker, but it like Metroid Zero Mission has a different ID # on the back sticker. As far as I know this is the only NFR variant that has the same back sticker # for both variants. (Remember there are other known NFRs that are basically just retail carts with back stickers that didn't have a special manufacturing run with a distinct front label.)
  3. Literally nothing. But ... 1) I know who I bought it from in 2019 (a known long time collector from NA) and I just asked where they got it and it was from a Nintendo rep years ago. 2) The Sapphire NFR has been pretty hard to come by for years, so it wouldn't make sense to desecrate one. (There is no sales data in eBay or pricecharting for example). Certainly there wouldn't be a financial reason to do it as most people would be very suspicious, and it would be much easier to sell with the proper front. BTW I'm a little mad at myself that it took me this long to notice, but I recently completed the set after many years and was going through my entire GBA NFR collection and carefully documenting the condition of each cart when I noticed. That said because the back stickers have the same serial number (unlike the Metroid variant) I'm not sure if this should be considered part of the standard NFR set or a bonus nice-to-have like the MEW and TRU distro carts.
  4. Metroid Zero Mission is no longer the only GBA NFR that has two versions that are only distinguished by whether NOT FOR RESALE is printed on the front label. Pokemon Sapphire now joins that club. Makes you wonder what else is out there. I suspect that a low number of these remain as paranoid gamers and sneaky GameStop employees probably just peeled off the back stickers, which would make them indistinguishable from retail carts. Which is probably what they were to begin with. My best theory is that these were quickly assembled when Nintendo ran out of "proper" NFR carts to send to Video Game shops. (The back stickers contain the same information.)
  5. 1) Looking at a PSP game I want to own graded. It's in pretty great shape, except there is a slight scratch in the seal. (It's on the front, about an inch long and not particularly deep.) Can this grade gold? (I'd personally consider it otherwise a solid 85+.) 2) Question for US DS collectors. Is it common for the 3rd party games that are shrink-wrapped rather than Y-fold to have some warping of the paper game covers? (I believe it's legit game as there is a pattern of air vent holes similar to many GBA games of that time period.) The warps look like raised squiggles on the back. Assume it happened over time as the paper wasn't wasn't meant to deal with shrink wrap pressure for 15+ years. Also, how badly will the grade get dinged? IE: Is it even worth grading? 3) I have a perfect GBA game that but its seal fully intact but it's lost its gloss. Is there anything to be done? IE: No way to polish shrinkwrap without destroying it right? Thanks!
  6. Just an update. I'm up to 19 games that are 95, 95+, or 100. My total graded games collection is 145 games, of which 102 are GBA. (I've been spreading my wings a bit.) Some observations. 1) Games below 90/90+, can show quite a bit of variability. 2) 95 and better is still a worthy goal, but it's really really hard. 3) Grading games definitely hits that endorphin rush from the anticipation and resolution of the actual grade. 4) Despite that I am not sure if I like buying graded games more or getting them graded myself (the long lead times really kinda take a damper out of the whole process.) I now own 2 WATA graded games. I will probably not bother cross grading them because the process is such a nightmare, and the game in question was hard enough to get that I'd have to potentially wait months for the right grade. IE: I got it at a price I am happy with today and I was buying the game not the case. That said I can still use an upgrade so who knows, maybe I'll be able to get them VGA after all, and then I can sell the WATA copies. Cheers, Brian
  7. No This is a great theory and totally makes sense. If there is a a ready easy no-hassle buyer of used games, those games will remain in circulation rather than being put in the attic or thrown out. (Drastically reducing recirculating supply and leading to rising prices.) -Brian
  8. Question for sealed collectors? I'm under the understanding that a sealed 1st print is basically unobtainium. For sealed collectors, what are people targetting instead? Thanks!
  9. You aren't the only one. I liked being able to switch screens in the later games.
  10. Hmmm. I see another TP rerelease before Skyward Sword. That's really a somewhat gimmicky wimote game, and even though the switch controllers are motion controllers, it just doesn't seem the same. That game seems best left for Wii.
  11. But it's also going to be in the best state any copy of that game can be in. It's in some heisenberg state between sealed and CIB. I think that other than the nagging doubt that a game hasn't been tampered with, most sealed collectors would consider something that's never been opened and didn't come with a seal, as equivalent to sealed (case fresh). Especially if they get it graded and the grading company doesn't riffle through the pristine contents. (not sure how to assure this other than send it in with the case and special instructions.) Overall I have to give it more thought, but I definitely see that a trashed copy of a game that still has a seal intact should be worth less than a pristine CIB, but where that crossover happens, I'm still exploring. (I think it will prove to be situationally dependent, with a few more variables needing to be thrown into the mix. At the end of the day, there are way more game collectors than sealed copies of key titles, so CIB collecting has to expand and evolve as a hobby, especially if HA is going to be able to justify to their shareholders their huge investment attempting to turn game collecting into a big new business line for their company. (There needs to be enough "product" to keep the auctions flowing.)
  12. Counter-counterpoints: 1) A CIB can't have all 10s. From what I've been reading, a 10 box means that it's never been opened, which means it should be impossible to know the condition of the contents. Also the seal would have a 0, so ... ???? 2) Well, in WATA, they consider the seal a separate grade, but if you were to go with a singular grade, a game without a seal, that was originally sold sealed, can't be NM, as it's missing a major component of the retail item. 3) While it's not the same condition, as a singular grade stops being able to fully convey everything once you start dropping down the scale. 4) Presuming NS Mint would mean a game that never shipped with a seal. I am fine with this being Mint, but if the game was sold sealed and it lost the seal over time, if trying to map to a singular score/grade, it should take a significant hit. (I don't think the community is of one mind though.) A few further thoughts: 1) It probably doesn't make sense to try and put CIB and sealed on the same scale, as it's really two distinct hobbies, but at the same time I do feel that WATA cases/grades tend to obscure the fact a game is missing its seal. 2) We shouldn't ignore the seal. All else being equal, having the seal fully intact and in great condition, is a major differentiator. 3) On the other hand, comic book collectors might argue otherwise, as it seems that books aren't allowed to be graded if they still have their factory seal intact. (Of course unlike video games, the norm for comic books is to sell them unsealed, with only a few oddball books coming sealed, so it might not be a good analogy.) 4) Apparently vinyl collectors are in the two sealed/unsealed camps as well. Sealed collectors who don't play the records and pay more, and open collectors who buy them to play, or to just get less expensive copies.
  13. Bump. Not adding anything new for now, as I want to focus on LttP.
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