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  1. Things are going up in price across all spectrums of collectibles (especially sealed & graded) these days. Take a look at some of the ending prices of graded VHS sealed movies in LCG's latest auction that ended a couple days ago. One example is a graded VHS Return of the Jedi video selling for $14,656! Crazy crazy times in the world of collecting for just about anything, especially pop culture. https://auction.lcgauctions.com/Lots/Gallery
  2. The Genie is out of the video game collecting bottle. I honestly am starting to think that we are just in the beginning stages of these exuberant prices being fetched these days on the name brand titles (Mario, Pokemon, Zelda, etc), comic related titles, (Spiderman, Marvel, etc.) sport titles, (Jordan vs Bird, TecmoBowl, etc) and the crowd that loves popular fighting/RPG games. The big Heritage Auction that ends in 2 days is going to be a feeding frenzy of cash being spent. Of course there will still be instances like the Atari 2600 Spiderman but most of these games, especially sealed are just not easy to find. We have comic collectors, card collectors, action figure collectors and so much new blood coming into the hobby now from every possible direction. When I first started collecting, there were zero grading companies, now there are 5 or 6. The nostalgia for videogames is what has grabbed all these new collectors into the hobby. Everyone in the world has played video games and most people have very fond memories growing up playing games with their friends, getting a game for their birthday/Christmas, etc. Most of these people didn't even know that people collected video games but now that it has become a main stream hobby, loads of people are jumping in. The numbers/prices don't lie. I used to be more skeptical about it all (prices skyrocketing) but I see stuff selling for thousands every day now on Ebay and FB groups, various auction houses, private sales, etc) It seems the hobby is really split in 2 halves now for whatever reason and I am afraid that is just how it is going to be going forward. I don't ever see prices coming down for the vast majority of this stuff but I can still see stuff going much higher in price/value. I would love for every type of collector to get along/respect other collectors, but it obviously isn't going to happen anytime soon. I see alot of the same stuff (bickering between collectors)on the sports card and action figure forums that I am also a member on, so I am used to it but it still is sad to see. Just my humble opinion. Happy collecting to all of you!
  3. Yeah, I also think that some prices have been slowly coming down lately but the "Big Name Titles" continue to go for premium/high prices. I think the reason prices on CertifiedLink went lower than expected was because some collectors are getting ready to go all in on Heritage. Next weekends Heritage Signature Auction should give a solid indication as to where things are in the market with sealed/CIB's for the big name titles. My hot take is that some records will be broken!
  4. True. A WATA 9.4 did sell on Hertiage for i think $144,000 though. Yeah, you are right though.
  5. A WATA 8.0 (C+ Seal) N64 Super Smash Bros sold for $30,000 on Ebay. https://www.ebay.com/itm/255164263856?hash=item3b68f9adb0:g:b9MAAOSwOJ1hW~Js
  6. Yeah, the grades can really differentiate when cross grading from VGA to WATA (and I would imagine vice-versa), but JoneBone's crossover guide is the most accurate reference available. I have cross graded 75's that came back 8.5 or a 9.0, VGA 80's that came back 9.2 or 9.0, 85's that came back 9.2, 9.4 and once a 9.6, so it really is a crap shoot with any crossover that you attempt between VGA and WATA. I honestly think that you probably could/would receive a higher grade, if you cracked the game out of the VGA case by yourself and then sent it to WATA raw to be graded by them..
  7. As someone who owns around 170 sealed mainly Nes games (about 50 VGA graded and 5 WATA graded), I really want this sealed market to flourish and be real, but I still can't quite come to grips with how much these games have skyrocketed in value over the past year or so! It just isn't natural. The next time that I have time to fly back to the States (and not be required to be quarantined in Taiwan for 21 days, upon my return), I plan on bringing some of my games back (my carry-on) and cosigning about 15 of my games with either Heritage or Goldin. I need to to go through the whole process and see the money in my account to believe it, lol. (One question here for some of you who have sold on Heritage or Goldin, is there any way around the 28% Capital Gains Tax?) Aside from the occasional big sale on Ebay, you usually don't see the big ending prices anywhere, except on Heritage Auctions and now Goldin Auctions. Ceritified Link doesn't get the prices of the other two. So who are these buyers? Are they the same group of guys (investors) buying from the Auction Houses at inflated prices and then putting them up for sale again for the next auction and doing it all over again with each new big auction (setting new record prices for various games from different systems each time)? I also realize that these could all be legit buyers that only want to buy their games from a "reputable" Auction House and they are just filthy rich people and want to spend their money on whatever they choose and in this case, video games? Anyways, it has been months/a year or so now with this craziness and I still really don't know what to honestly think about what is going on with these 4, 5, 6, and 7 digit sales. I also believe that if some of these games that are selling for these record prices at the Auction Houses were listed for the same price that they sold for at Heritage, on Ebay, they would more than likely just sit and not sell. I have observed that almost all of the high end games on Comic Connect just sit there with no buyers. Why? You would think that they would all be bought up, if they were listed at or below what they are selling for at Heritage and now Goldin Auctions. anyways, i am just a very confused and conflicted person. My apologies:).
  8. That my be true, but I do sincerely feel bad for the "Average Joe" collector in today's video game hobby. It seems like they are being priced out of the hobby. This guy (YouTuber/collector) seemed like a nice guy that was genuinely bummed out about the state of the hobby and not buying a single video game at a video game expo. Yes, you are right about the graded games just being there for marketing purposes. I did read somewhere that Goldin Auctions had a booth there with graded games to promote them for their second video game auction coming in the near future.
  9. I came across this fun little video today on Youtube. Thoughts?
  10. Heritage Auctions just opened the bidding for their Signature Video Game Auction and it appears there is going to be a ton of money spent on their games once again. My hot take (a no-brainer) is that the total amount of money that they generate from this auction is going to break shatter their previous record by a mile. There are still 22 days left and you have a Zelda sitting at $234,000, A Tyson's Punchout at $60,000, A Sonic at $60,000, Super Mario Bros at $276,000, A Super Mario Bros 2 at $31,000 and countless other games already in the $10,000 to $20,000 range. We all know that the real action starts at the end, so who knows where these prices are going to end up at?! It still boggles my mind to see this much money being spent on video games. Like I have said in the past, video game prices have already obliterated action figure prices in only this past year and video games are now comparable to many other high end hobbies. It has happened so fast, like an out of control freight train (shaking my head)! So many of these games could have been bought for pennies on the dollar (sigh), just 2 to 3 short years ago. It seems like the Karl Jobst video has done nothing to stop this video game madness and it may even have had the opposite effect on the hobby (bringing in even more people/collectors/attention/speculation/investors).
  11. Atari 2600 WATA 8.0 Adventure sells for $80,000. https://www.ebay.com/itm/234076453709?hash=item36800b3b4d%3Ag%3AeCkAAOSwL4tgtsRJ&nma=true&si=mdOX%2BnMVPOWLIXF1d8vkNA2fV34%3D&orig_cvip=true&nordt=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557
  12. Well that recent Heritage Genesis WATA Sonic The Hedgehog 9.0 selling for $2400 (and of course the big sealed sale) have increased the price on getting a nice game box, manual and cartridge in price ten fold and I don't see it coming back down anytime soon. Here is one that sold for $408 today (only a nice box and manual, with a terrible cartridge). https://www.ebay.com/itm/403161236057?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2047675.l2557&nma=true&si=mdOX%2BnMVPOWLIXF1d8vkNA2fV34%3D&orig_cvip=true&nordt=true&rt=nc Here is nice box and cartridge that I bought about 6 weeks ago for $31 https://www.ebay.com/itm/384317870928?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649 Here is a solid manual that I picked up about a month ago for $10.49 https://www.ebay.com/itm/313632301653?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2047675.l2557&nma=true&si=mdOX%2BnMVPOWLIXF1d8vkNA2fV34%3D&orig_cvip=true&nordt=true&rt=nc So, I got all 3 in great shape for a mere $41.49, while yesterday's (only 2 pieces) nice box and manual sold for 10 times more than what I paid for my complete Sonic 1 CIB. Gotta to love this wonderful hobby that we are all participating in. The word is out about Sonic 1 and the "investors" are out in full swing!
  13. Oh boy, here we go! Chris Pratt, Jack Black and Seth Rogan have been cast in a new Mario movie scheduled for release on December 21st, 2022. I wonder if this is going to add even more fuel to the whole Mario/video game collecting madness!? Stock up on/Buy all things Nintendo before prices really go crazy, lol!!! Nintendo casts Chris Pratt as Super Mario for 2022 movie (yahoo.com)
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