The title will make sense later.
Last weekend I traveled solo to the Barrie Game Exchange as this will likely be the last big convention before next fall. That’s a huge drought, but it gives me time to save up some money to buy more games.
After being at so many of these shows, you start to recognize the same people (both dealers and customers) which is both good and bad. You know the dealers who are willing to haggle, and those that expect to receive no less than top dollar Ebay sold listing prices for their wares. The other customers is kind of fun as you get to catch up on how their personal collections are coming along. Watching the people new to the hobby is kind of fun, but I have to bite my tongue and not tell them that this is almost the WORST time to get into collecting games… prices are crazy high! I saw one guy trying to sell his good condition Little Sampson for $1700. Good luck with the sale! Another dude was selling a boxed copy of Phantasy Star IV on the Genesis for $150… it’s a great game, but not worth that much! However who made me the expert; the price of games literally seems to fluctuate daily. For example, you’ll remember I traded for the Snow Brothers for the NES a few weeks ago, and already the price guide is telling me it is going for an additional $70! As I say, it is the wrong time to start collecting retro games, and pity those of us schmucks who are already in too deep!
Anyways, lets check out my loot from the Barrie Game Exchange:
That’s right… Greg Norman’s Golf Power is now mine… no big deal… no really it is no big deal! Just another crappy sports game that I didn’t have. In fact this is what I was looking for… any of the 30 remaining games that are not on my wish list. The other 12 NES titles pretty much out of reach… for now.
These next two games are titles that I’ve passed over for the last six years, but have no idea why. I’ve never played them before, but the price wasn’t usually too bad. For whatever reason I decided that today was the day to pick them up. Of course I didn’t pay sticker price, but I have to say that in order to keep my marriage intact.
These three games were not purchased at the show, but were picked up in the early years when I was still trying to define what exactly it was I going to start collecting. Back then I bought everything that was cheap, but as my goal is to have a complete North American NES collection (minus Stadium Events) these games don’t really count. They are unofficial and therefore have no business in my stash of games. None of them are particularly valuable. In fact I think the Adventures of Dizzy goes for a mere $19 in good condition (which my copy is not). I’ll be lucky to get $10 for it. Captain Comic is what I’ll probably get the most for listing it at $18 and taking $14. Quattro Sports is pretty useless and isn’t worth really anything. The only other games I have for sale are most of my PS2 and XBOX 360 games. I’m keeping a few for the memories, but most of them have got to go immediately!
Okay, onto the big news. I’m kind of a big deal now thanks to the Retro Game Bros.. They saw a slightly below average looking dude and decided to include a few seconds of me in one of their awesome YouTube videos. It took place a few weeks ago at the Durham Video Game Swap, and I think this makes me a star! They have about five or six videos that they’ve made and they are actually really well done. I met their video editor/videographer a few times and he seems to be a really friendly guy… more importantly he does a fantastic job creating their videos! Also, you know how some people just have it on camera… Matt and Evan are quite the personality and I recommend checking them out at retrogamebros.com
That’s all for now, so until next time….
SEGA Corner: There hasn’t been a lot of news on this recently because honestly there isn’t much I need for my small SEGA collection. The few remaining games I need are the first Mickey Mouse game, Quack Shot, Gaires, and Air Diver on the Genesis. As far as the Sega Master System is concerned I only need Fantasy Zone and Psycho Fox. Thanks to the Sega Dude and a few lucky pickups I have managed to score the rest of the games that I have nostalgia for.