Old Nintendo NES system and five games sell for $13,105 on eBay

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John Park says: "Some woman had an old Nintendo and a few random games for sale. Turns out one of them was a super rare collectors dream game, so it went for around $13,000!"

Up for auction is an original Nintendo NES gaming system with 1 hand control.  There are 5 games with it. They are, Family & Fitness Stadium Events in the original box with the dust jacket inside of the box, Major League Baseball in the original box with the dust jacket inside of the box, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 the arcade game in the original box with the dust jacket inside of the box, Super Mario 3 in the original box with the dust jacket inside of the box and the original game, Super Mario Bros/Duck Hunt.  I have had this stored in the closet for years for my kids to play but the way that electronics come & go and change from one year to the next they wanted all of the new hot items of their own now and now it's time to get rid of things that are no longer being used or wanted.  This system worked perfect when i stored it but somehow over the years, we have managed to misplace the AC cord & the television hook up.  I am listing this and selling without hook up but it I find them, i'll send them along with the rest at no additional charges to you. Please keep in mind though that any ac cord will work with this and the hook up from a VCR would hook it up just as well as the original cords!
Old Nintendo NES system and five games sell for $13,105 on eBay


  1. Stadium Events is incredibly rare, and the manual and (most importantly) the box even moreso. The value breaks down something like this:


  2. According to the nintendoage thread the seller mentioned while being generally astonished by the price, it appears that the box is what was valuable: estimates there suggested that the box was worth $10k of the $13k selling price.

    We have significant examples of 18th-century jewellery we’ve collected that have cost us less than $10k. Rare pocket watches with fascinating workmanship by renowned watchmakers often sell for less than $10k. And someone is spending $10k for a box for a game cartridge, for a game that no one’s even heard of? While going so far as to suggest that the buyer should fly to the seller’s city to pick it up, and asking about the condition of the “little tabs inside the box”? What exactly is the appeal of the box beyond simply being rare?

    1. I think the main issue here is catching them all, to use Nintendo’s vocabulary.

      There are only so many Nintendo games; one sketchy website says something like 730. It is entirely possible to amass all of those cartridges, along with all the accompanying packaging and materials. While I don’t know much about vintage jewelry or pocket watches, I imagine that most of that jewelry doesn’t come in any sort of sets one can complete. I’d also guess that there are examples of jewelry (some diamonds spring to mind) and pocket watches that have sold for far more than $10,000, but that’s beside the point.

      I think that the price of the box not only reflects its rarity, but its status as a piece missing from everyone’s collection. Of course, I could just be spewing shit; I’d be really interested in knowing about this phenomenon. Are rare objects that are part of a set worth more to collectors than rare objects on their own?

      Noting the time stamp, I’d also like to suggest that these aren’t really the questions I should be asking myself at this time in the morning.

    2. This is definitely a situation where someone really went far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like.

    3. Nowadays, console games come in plastic cases. If the plastic case gets damaged, the paper cover that tells you what the game is can usually still be salvaged and transferred to another case. The containers the games used to come in were printed cardboard — easily smashed, assuming one bothered to keep them at all. Most of us saw keeping the boxes as unnecessary, since NES cartridges are extremely difficult to destroy. To an avid game collector attempting to get a complete collection, the boxes are the hardest things to obtain in good condition.

    1. My family has that couch – it’s in the living room – and I can confirm it’s in the 10-15 year range. So no, it’s not older then the NES. :P

    2. To be exact the couch/sofa is 2 yrs old….for that matter what does my sofa have to do with an Ebay sale?…You folks needs to come up off of it and try to be happy for someone instead of worrying about trivial bs!

  3. In the vintage diecast toy car and train (Dinky, Corgi etc) collecting world it is common to find them in faked reproduction boxes sold as original as they fetch much more. For a $10.000 price tag you could get really good at producing a couple of fake boxes really fast.

    1. Actually according to the information that’s out there, there are only 10 existing copies of the game right now. There were only 200 sold. But who knows what happened to the other 190 copies. Sure wish I had one.

  4. Stadium Events I think was the only game I ever played with the Power Pad. My friend had it though, not me.

  5. “Some woman”, whose username happens to be lace_thongs35. What happened to #1 to #34? Or is that her age?

    1. The “35” was my age at the time that I registered to sell on Ebay…..I am now 39!!!….Anymore questions?

  6. @drinkcoke2009 From Wikipedia – “Today, collectors who follow the online sale of rare video games believe that less than 10 complete copies of the game exist, only one of which is factory sealed.”

    1. “Out of all the attempts to collect all the NES games, only 10 have been successful, due to the rarity and fool/money ratio in effect.”

    1. OMG! I remember that video game console. What happened to it? I always used to play the same fighting game at my step-brother’s apartment when he would “babysit” me

    1. I don’t recall anyone asking you to bid on anything that I sell!…As far as my feedback goes, did you purchase something from me?…NO you did’nt so put a muzzle on them lips and shut that piehole that you got flappin!….You make about as much sense as a freakin barrel of monkeys!..You better get your facts right about my feedback as none of the 411 that you listed is correct & I will be suing you for that defomation of character and getting another hmmm let’s say $13,105.00…

  7. Whoah! That’s a helluva lot of money for an ancient console system. I can’t believe that a game (which probably isn’t that good anyway) is worth that much. Perhaps sites like DubLi could make a killing in this particular niche of collectorship?

  8. One can only hope she spends some of the money on some sort of aesthetics awareness and presentation skills related course.

  9. i think this is just like how ps3’s were selling for like 5x the face value on ebay when they first came out. it’s just people shilling the auctions to get the prices up. whether or not the payment actually happens is another story. i don’t see a closed ebay auction as a definite, show me the paypal receipt and maybe i’ll start believing.

  10. Old Nintendo Games sounds like something that would be very easy to fake. Maybe not weekend project easy, but for $10,000 I’m pretty sure one could put together a convincing imitation.

    1. Hell yeah, a good color printing machine, card stock die cutter, adhesive, and you’ve got the makings for a steady $9,500 every year or two. (You don’t want to saturate the market or raise suspicion!) Add in the equipment to print OEM quality labels and burn eproms and you can make the cartridge as well, using any old Duck Hunt for the shell and circuit board. The manual would be tricky if you didn’t have an original to go from, but you could just buy a complete set, make detailed scans of it, then resell it later.

      I’m in no way advocating this, but pointing out that it would be incredibly easy for a smart person to fake these.

  11. Just like rare books, the main thing keeping forgeries out of markets like this is the overhead required to make a convincing one. Correct materials, manufacturing equipment, printing machines, an original to work off of to get the proper artwork, the effort to properly age, all this stuff costs more than they are worth. In fact, I’ve noticed most of these items usually hover around a price just below the point where making forgeries would be feasible or profitable.

    1. …the main thing keeping forgeries out of markets like this is the overhead required to make a convincing one.

      Also, the threat of federal prison for committing interstate mail/wire fraud.

  12. @dw_funk “Are rare objects that are part of a set worth more to collectors than rare objects on their own?”

    *Generally*, I’d have to say yes. For one, the set-dynamic seems to drive demand a bit (as it’s all a function of supply and demand). But, people like myself who collect certain set-oriented things (esp. on eBay) tend to form little unofficial friendly-competitive communities. We all keep vigils for the next true rarity in our chosen category. And when it happens, there’s this whole complicated, weird dynamic that follows. It’s funny because you can sometimes see the page coutners going up & up on a rare item, yet there’ll be no bids. So, you know others are monitoring it, too. (If you’re the seller, you can see how many are watching it — also interesting.) And then sometimes a heavy-hitter puts in an initial early bid — kind of like a big dog marking his territory. It’s like saying, “Hey, I’m an alpha-collector and I’m interested, so if you want to bid, be prepared to shell out some serious cash.” Sometimes that’ll scare certain others away. There are actually a lot of quirky phenomena associated with these situations — all of which, in the end, boil down to those last few sniping seconds (during which almost anything can happen).

    1. Thanks for the informed reply; I didn’t really think about the community behind it.

      The community aspect causes what was “just a box” to be much, much more than that. Rarity in and of itself is not a particularly valuable thing; the desire to collect a given rarity has to exist. Communities of collectors can direct that desire, identify the spaces in common collections, etc. I’d be interested to know the tone of these communities, whether there is infighting for treasured objects or warm camaraderie based on a mutual (and likely rare) interest. Without an interested community (which creates a market) there’d be no reason to take that box down from the attic.

      It might also be interesting to examine the differences between real rarity and what I’d call false scarcity. Is there any difference between an object that is rare beyond our control (gold, ancient Greek relics) and an object that is rare only because it was designed that way (Magic/Pokemon cards, the 1990 Nintendo World Championships carts)? Economics says no; both just obey the laws of supply and demand, regardless of how “honest” the supply is. Can objects that were designed to be scarce later become “really” rare? Are falsely scarce items more desirable when their scarcity was an accident or unforeseen? I can’t imagine that the makers of Stadium Events was planning on making a “collector’s item.” Is the market larger for really rare things than falsely scarce things? Is all art just an exercise in creating a false sense scarcity?

      Of course, it would be hard to call Stadium Events a falsely scarce item; it’s the box that’s scarce. And even that has more to do with how contemporaries treated packaging than how many boxes were manufactured. Is it real ironic or Alanis ironic that the actual product (which is probably free online as a ROM) is the least expensive part of its packaging?

      What does it say about us, as a society, that mere rarity can cause something that is as objectively worthless as product packaging to cost as much as 10 ounces of gold or a few thousand dollars short of an appendectomy?

    2. ” sometimes a heavy-hitter puts in an initial early bid — kind of like a big dog marking his territory. It’s like saying, “Hey, I’m an alpha-collector and I’m interested, so if you want to bid, be prepared to shell out some serious cash.” ”

      when i was completing my collection that’s what i would do. it was funny thinking about the snipers realizing at the last minute that there was no way they would outbid me.

  13. The re-release of “Stadium Events” was World Class Track Meet, and it was produced and sold in large numbers, as it was a pack-in game for Nintendo’s Power Set bundle, which included (among other items) the NES console, Power Pad, and World Class Track Meet.

  14. I have a Nintendo NES gaming system, with duck hunt and the gun, 2 controllers, some weird peacock game, and super mario 2 or 3 everything works perfect…so my question is how much would all that be worth?

  15. In the last 10 seconds, it went from $8,800 to $13,005. Some bidder was trying to snipe it in the last seconds with several bids but the winning bidder must of had a very high top bid.

  16. @ primalchaos:

    As dculberson pointed out, an older cartridge could always be substituted, which eliminates at least one huge part of the problem. I worked in the fine art restoration business for many years, and I can tell you that forgeries aren’t nearly as rare as you’d think, and they’re not always noticed, especially not right away.

    Forging a Nintendo game to the satisfaction of a collector on eBay would be far easier than passing off a fake Warhol, and yet those spring up all the time. Because the sad fact is: there aren’t enough people to examine this stuff. When the purported Marilyn Monroe stag reel surfaced, the first thing I thought of was how easy it would be to fake it. The collector obviously wants to believe it’s real, and, regardless of its authenticity, unless the thing is shipped off to a lab, presumably at the owner’s expense, the world can never be sure.

    The film was allegedly sold to an anonymous New York collector for $1.5 Mn., but the middleman declined to identify either the buyer or the seller. On its face, it certainly appears to be a hoax, but nobody knows for sure. It was reported at the time that the owner had no plans to release the video or make it available to historians. I can tell you from experience that millionaire collectors don’t always want to part with their most treasured items, even for a brief time. So, again, if Monroe really did have a stag film, how could it be verified?

    Surely you can see what I’m driving at. Compared to faking a 60 year old 16 mm film, creating a fake Nintendo cartridge seems like a walk in the park. Gawker did a good job of questioning the veracity of the broker, and yet many people still think that Marilyn Monroe made a stag reel. So, it is possible that a film, real or fake, never existed at all, but what is the final word?

    To your suggestion that the packaging would be too expensive to forge, I must disagree. I have an original copy of Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! sitting on my desk, and I am confident that I could not only find a suitable cardstock equivalent, but I could also age it with relative ease. It might not stand up to scrutiny under a microscope, but not all forgers are concerned with that. They only need to dupe one person, as evidenced by countless terrible (yet initially successful) forgeries throughout history, and collectors rarely investigate. To people willing to shell out tens of thousands of dollars just to have that final piece in their collection, I would imagine that wishful thinking beats suspicion in almost every case. Simply put, if the item turns out to be a fake, they can no longer brag to their friends about owning the real deal.

  17. “And then sometimes a heavy-hitter puts in an initial early bid — kind of like a big dog marking his territory. It’s like saying, ‘Hey, I’m an alpha-collector and I’m interested, so if you want to bid, be prepared to shell out some serious cash.’ ”

    that describes how i bid when i was completing my collection. i would then think about how the snipers who tried to outbid me at the last minute suddenly realized that there was no way they would get it. *laughs maniacally*

  18. Haha I was just playing stadium events at a friends, what an absolute piece, horrible game, horrible controls. I am going to tell him it’s worth $2000 i wonder if he still has the box.

  19. Come on people! Selling your old Nes system and other common games is not going to make you the type of money like the 13 thousand that the lady got selling her Nintendo. The only game is was really rare in that picture is the Stadium Games cartridge, the rest of the games aren’t really worth anything.

    I’ve had have Super Mario Bros. 3 in the box, many times and the last one I sold on ebay was for $12 dollars. Tough to sell Mario Bros games now, because you can buy them in the Wii store for about $5 bucks. Duck Hunt is worth a $1 or $2 if anybody even wants it. Sports games are totally worthless. They aren’t even worth wasting your time posting on ebay, I throw hockey, baseball football etc games in the garbage. Ninja Turtles is worth $4 to $10 bucks.

    The Nes system itself isn’t really worth much maybe $20 -30 bucks if you’re lucky. I sold a Nes system in the box on ebay along with 5 games and all I got was $53 dollars for it about 2 years ago. I it took about 2 hours to pack to damn thing, so it wasn’t really worth posting and selling on ebay.

  20. “the game itself can be had for $500


    BTW, That is the PAL version (European release) of this game and not NTSC. PAL version is much more common ,and only worth 100 or so

    There are ~10 CIB (Cart, Instructions, Box) copies of the NTSC version known therefore it makes this the rarest officially Nintendo licensed released title for North America.

    With thousands of NES and games collectors now in the market, and this title being a requirement to have an officially licensed set (the main drive for a NES collector) you can see how having only ~10 CIB copies can drive the price up. Carts alone are a little more prolific, but they are still in the ~50 accounted for range

    This is only the first open auction sale in years of this title CIB, and only the 3rd or 4th CIB auction in the past 12 years of Ebay.

    Stadium Events, along with the NWCs, and Myriad 6 in 1 are the Holy Grail’s of NES collecting. They are to game collecting what Action Comics #1, Detective Comics #27, 1914 Babe Ruth rookie card, a 1933 Double Eagle, or even a 60s GI Joe Prototype are to their respective hobbies.

    If game collecting continues to pick up steam in the future, and unless there is an undiscovered cache of these are found. Expect the value to considerably climb with each progressive sale.

  21. I wonder how many of these are sitting in people’s collections who have no idea they’re rare. Personally I’ve never seen the game (and I’ve seen a lot of Nintendo games).

    Of course all my common, worthless games are sitting in their common, worthless original boxes with their common, worthless manuals.

  22. re: dw_funk

    same poster again here with some random ramblings.

    To add some back story, after some success in Japan and EU, the Stadium Events game was manufactured as a test run for the US. Circa 1986, Bandai sold it in select dept stores, in select regions of the country, for only a few months.

    It was solicited with the Family Fun Fitness mat and was presented as a secondary title. The Family Fun Fitness mat included a pack in game Athletic World which was their primary title.

    After the initial success of ROB the Robot, Nintendo of America was looking for a companion piece and liked the exercise “gimmick” so much that they purchased the rights from Bandai. Nintendo then turned it into what the masses now know as the Power Pad. The remaining Bandai stock was immediately pulled from the market (what little of it there was in the 1st place) and suposedly destroyed. This left only what was initially sold in the test run to be available today.

    Considering we are going on 25 years since Stadium Events was originally released and there have still been only a handful of transactions, its looking pretty good that an unsold pallet of them won’t suddenly turn up. Its always possible for a random attic find, with this auction being a perfect example of that.

    Concerning the irony question; at the time NES was targetd towards children. We all know how well kids take care of things, plus boxes and manuals were tossed in the dumpster left and right. people just wanted to play! those 2 factors along with the number available, well, you can see where this is going. kinda like putting a mickey mantle card in your bicycle spokes or using a 10c comic cover for paper mache.

    The true most ironic part over the years is when collectors claim to have an SE, know where to get one, or had one as a kid, and it turns out to be the extremely common Athletic World.

    As for the community behind it, there have been both good and bad outcomes concerning this cart over the years. in this case the community banded together and helped to inform the seller of the jewel she had found. However, in the past people have also done the opposite and shady deals have been made behind the scenes with the original buyer left in the dust.

    When high dollars are at stake, it tends to bring the worst out of people and the worst people out, no matter what it concerns. Most of the time, the NES community is generally supportive and very helpful.

    When it comes to game collecting, some people are satisfied with merely a ROM, some with cart only, some CIB, and some even factory sealed (now that gets more expensive than many can imagine). I guess there are too many factors to list as to why people have certain preferences. even with the ROM readily available, an SE cart routinely hits 1500-2000 in today’s market.

    Anyways, it is always glad to see interest in this hobby, and if you would like to check out a big chunk of the game collecting community, here are some spiffy links:


  23. I have an unopened copy of stadium events. It is still wrapped in Christmas paper that I will not remove due to sentimental reason as it was a gift for someone who passed. Maybe it’s time to sell it.

  24. Wow!!! For that price I am willing to sell Both of the Nintendo’s I have both with dual controllers and most of the games! Yup thats right you get duck hunt, and much much more. I never threw anything out including my baseball card collection that started in 1955 with my first full league set. Hey maybe I am worth more than a plug nickle. My comic book collection is and will never be for sale. Little Lu Lu lives forever!

  25. Anonymous22:

    PS3’s weren’t even reselling for $100 over retail when the system launched. You’re thinking of the Wii. You could find a PS3 without any trouble from pretty much a week after launch.

  26. @drinkcoke2009 – You can’t really quantify the word “rare,” but something becomes rare when there are simply more people that want the item than there are actually available. If there are 10 of a certain item, and nobody wants them–they’re not exactly rare.

  27. I have that and about 50 games. still plays good. I knew that woud be worth something one day. Now I know what my is worth even more with all the games that I have.

  28. Has anyone thought of the prospect that it’s a scam bidder. Has anyone tried to sell anything on E-bay, of signifigant value, and actually get a paying bidder, not easy. E-bay sure does get alot of free buzz.

  29. I had the Stadium Events the game pad. Well I sold my Coleco Vision for 700 dollars with around 100 Games. I wish we would have had the Stadium Events I would have been rich. For a week or so.

  30. Yes i never thought a nintendo would ever go for that…I still have one with a bunch of games and two controllers and gun…If i could that for mine i would sell mine….

  31. I have the same game system. My grandchildren play with it…if they have no choice. I am going home to gather it, I think I have 5-6 games with it..and then on ebay it will go.
    I am glad I spotted this on yahoo.

  32. Wow, this is amazing, but some people just keep everything, because my younger brother still have this same nintendo system too with super mario (my all time favorite) and other games.

  33. Which box is worth 9000$? Are you sure the box alone is worth the most because i see people selling original nintendo nes in box for 200 or less.

  34. I have the same game in the box that was 1992, if you want to get it, trying you to fly here to pick it up……..

  35. my family always thought that I was a wierd kid for keeping all of my NES, Super NES, and N64 games still in the box when I wasn’t playing with them. Now I guess that I can tell them, I’m sitting on some money! Bet their not LAUGHING so hard at me now! All my systems still work. To part from my NES would be very hard, but everything is for sale for the right amount.

  36. Wow! My friend had this game, and we used to play this with the powerpad nonstop for like 3 years straight!
    Damn, I doubt he still has it.

  37. hey what if you know someone else that have the some game but they have superspike v’ball and nes open golf plus more stuff to the game.

  38. Moderator note: To the dozens of anonymous commenters who have old Nintendo systems to sell, this thread isn’t eBay.

  39. Are you all actually reading the article and posts? Your old Nintendos aren’t worth anything. This one sold for thousands of dollars due to one of the games being a collectors’ item. /The/ collectors’ item. Tons of people still have the original system and games, with boxes and manuals and everything. The NES itself isn’t just a collectors item, either; people still play them a lot. For example, mine has been sitting in my living room and getting played anywhere from once a week to once a day since, well, 1985. I have a huge box of games, too, maybe about 70, with most of the really popular titles, and I bet the sale of my system, games, and controllers would net me about $250, if I took the time and used the patience to sell each item separately. Not even close to being worth it. Much better just to enjoy at home.

    @StevenDean That’s a pretty nice collection of games, but it isn’t worth any more than $100-$150. Not worth the sale unless you really don’t care about it and don’t even know anyone to gift it to.

    @Anon Your Atari with 10 games and 2 joysticks is worth about $35, depending on the games and condition.

  40. I have all the pieces of the box i just need 2 more games i have teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt,and Super Mario 3 and alot MORE.Thank you for telling me about this.

  41. Hmmm…we love our old console…best final fantasy EVER…rather get drunk and try to play this crazy nonsense than anything else…e-mail me :)

  42. I seriously wonder regardless of the game and price who went through the pain of reading that clump of text. If I was even going to buy something like that it would have been better to organize and make it look more presentable.

    She/he could have sold for twice as much if people didn’t have to squint in the details.

  43. Seems like the way to go is to make a convincing fake box, toss an old copy of Battletoads inside and then shrink wrap it and sell it as unopened, mint condition Stadium Games

  44. PLEASE EVERYONE DON’T BE FOOLED BY ALL THE PAL COPIED OF STADIUM EVENTS UP ON EBAY. Pal copies are only worth $300-$400. You can tell they have the blue or yellow manual and the white seal of quality on the box. ONLY the NTSC (USA) version of Stadium Events is worth BIG BUCKS. It has the white and green manual and the Gold circle seal of quality on the box. People are getting robbed on eBay right now, just crazy!

  45. ten copys my ass…isnt this the game that has the pad that you do olympic games on like running and hurdles..if so i have this game in storage with the pad…

  46. I can’t believe people spend that kind of money for an investment. To each his own, I guess.

    The lady basically sold Stadium Games for $13,000 – I assume it was an opened game…on Ebay there is an unopended NTSC copy of Stadium Games (maybe the only one in the country) that went up about 12 hours ago and is already at about $12,000!!! Geeee.

    Hey, can I borrow some money from anyone…I’m about $11,950 short!

  47. @Anon 96

    10 copies of the version that was recalled.

    Most people sent theirs back when they were recalled making any that were left over very rare.

    Nintendo bought the rights to the mat not long after release so they ordered a recall on the original release so they could either destroy or rebrand it.

    Also, to all the people on here saying they have a copy of “Stadium Games”, please note that the PAL version is not worth anywhere near as much as it was never recalled. Only the NTSC American version was recalled, therefore making that the rare version.

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