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Hold That Thought—Don’t Sell Your Games!

If you’ve decided to take a look at the worth of some titles you may have let slip away over the years, you may find yourself shocked. While many of the games we let go of tend to fade into obscurity, gathering dust in a used game bin somewhere or sitting on a shelf wishing for love, there are others that, like a rare wine, seem to only increase in value as long as they’re playable.

In high school, I foolishly let go of several hundred games from my childhood. I’d just built my first computer, and I had an Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, surely I’d never want to play any of those old games again right? Oh how wrong I was.

Not only am I now finding myself trying to regain all the titles I let go for pennies on the dollar at our local GameStop, I’m wondering just how much money I put in their pocket when they resold them. Many of us have been there. We’ve seen games we let go for a few bucks at most suddenly be sold for $30, $40, maybe even $50 or higher depending on the title. It’s some rough stuff. So imagine how the former owner who let one of the rarest NES games escape their grasp in 2016 for only a few dollars at a garage sale must feel.

Rare Nintendo Game Found At Yard Sale

Especially after it made the news, and the buyer was able to flip it for several thousand dollars. Only 200 copies of Stadium Events was produced for the Nintendo Entertainment System, and it was generally thought not to be all that fun or eventful to play. For this instance in particular, who knows how many times the copies of this game that have stood the test of time have changed hands without previous owners knowing the true value in the rarity of it.

I mean, my heart sank when I saw that Clock Tower for the Playstation is pushing $50-$80 consistently online when I know I let it go for $3. I couldn’t imagine letting several thousand slip away. So the moral of the story is, don’t sell your games. Or, if you do sell them, make sure you know their worth before you just pitch them to GameStop or sell them in a garage sale.

Is there a game you’ve ever let go for a low price only to have it increase astronomically in resale value?