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