One of the rarest games of the Atari 2600 – a third party named Air raid, known for the distinctive T-shaped handle on its cartridge – recently fetched more than $ 10,000 at auction in goodwill stores for Dallas and the North Texas area.
Alex Juarez, an e-commerce processor from Goodwill, found the game in a trash can of unsorted, donated games and toys. Juarez explains in the video above that he recognized the unusual cartridge but consulted his father to make sure it was a valuable find. Sure enough, that was it.
“He sent me back a really exciting text [saying,] ‘You found Air raid!‘”Says Juarez.
After researching what they found, Juarez and his manager put the cartridge up for auction on Goodwill’s website. After one week of bidding, $ 10,590.79 was raised.
That’s nearly triple the most recent sale of the collectible, which was sold for cartridges only – a sale of $ 3,575 from Air raid on eBay in 2011. In 2012 a sealed copy of Air raid (including
GameRant, in a list that was updated last monthsays only five sales of Air raid (known as a collector’s item) which makes it an incredibly rare find and offer. Goodwill said in a press release that “only 12 copies of the game have previously been found and sold”.
Goodwill said the money from Air raid‘s June 17th sale “May offer a day of post-doctoral qualification to an adult with disabilities for a year; or provide employment services and community resources to 20 homeless people; or help 10 youngsters at risk earn their GED and a paycheck at the same time. ”Goodwill, a statewide nonprofit that was founded more than 110 years ago, uses the sale of donated items in its thrift stores to train and educate those in need Offer recruitment services.
In 2013, a North Carolina woman found a copy of the extremely rare NES game Stadium events on goodwill in Charlotte. After trying to sell it to a local game store (who couldn’t afford to pay her the value), it was auctioned off for $ 12,000. A sealed copy of this game that was sold in 2015 for $ 35,100.