$16K Deluxe NES Set now selling on eBay

Videogame collecting can be an expensive hobby, especially if one hopes to nab every last rarity. It can also be a confusing pursuit since no one really has a handle on how vintage gaming items are valued, and there's always the risk of getting hosed. Take this recently spotted $16,000 Deluxe NES Set now up for auction on eBay. We don't really know what to think about this seemingly insane offer, except that we wish we had richer friends.

Selling out of Quebec, Canada, the plastic-wrapped, factory-sealed NES Deluxe Set features R.O.B. The Robotic Operating Buddy, the legendary Zapper, an NES set, two controllers, and both the Gyromite and Duck Hunt games. Normally, this would sell in flea markets for a few hundred bucks max, however this particular set has been slapped with an 8.5/10 condition ranking by the Video Game Authority rating association, which supposedly means it's worth a ton more.

According to the seller, the console's $15,999.95 starting bid also reflects the rarity of this particular Deluxe Set, which he claims was part of Nintendo's very first New York City test run, writing, “Here it is, right in time for Christmas! Up for your consideration is an authentic October 1985 version of the Deluxe Set, which was distributed during Nintendo's first test market for the official launch of the Nintendo Entertainment System. 100% Brand New and graded by VGA. A true collector's dream offered to you for the Holiday Season!”

The auction runs until December 23. There are currently no offers.

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  • DirkSteele1 - December 16, 2011 5:16 p.m.

    The Video Game Authority tag is a huge con when it comes to collecting vintage videogames. That plastic box (to protect your game from all manner of things including fading UV light) along with a little medal sticker seems to add £hundreds to game values....Probably because the VGA charge similar amounts to grade the game and the seller is trying to recoup some of that pointless expense. It is taken to a whole new level when I see a PS3 copy of Final Fantasy XIII selling for more than £150 when I could buy a copy in the same condition from Amazon for about £10. At least it makes a tiny bit of sense for games that came in flimsy cardboard boxes (SNES etc) BUT in the days of hard plastic cases, WTF?
  • R-ape - December 16, 2011 4:26 p.m.

    "Here it is, right in time for Christmas!" You'd have to be some sort of rich (and slightly insane) antiquarian to consider this an xmas gift. Sure, they're good classic games, but emulators weren't made for collecting dust.
  • ThisIsMyFuckingThirdAccount - December 16, 2011 2:44 p.m.

    !!! DAMMIT. I only have $15,900 after getting that Need For Speed World car for myself. Worst. Christmas. Ever.
  • codystovall - December 16, 2011 2:05 p.m.

  • ssj4raditz - December 16, 2011 12:30 p.m.

    Hmm... New car or NES? Tough choice...
  • fuzzybunny566 - December 16, 2011 11:27 a.m.

    Ooooo! Free shipping! Now it's something to consider.
  • Turboash - December 16, 2011 11:19 a.m.

    *cough* sucker *cough*
  • db1331 - December 16, 2011 11:02 a.m.

    And I thought my sealed Nintendo Monopoly set was cool.

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