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    8 very rare (and very expensive) video games

    Mental Floss) — If you’ve ever collected baseball cards, comic books, stamps, or maybe those limited edition commemorative plates, you understand the concept of the “Holy Grail” item.

    It’s that last, hard-to-find, incredibly rare, usually expensive piece that you have to have before you can officially say your collection is complete. If you’re a collector of vintage home video game cartridges (or “carts”), sometimes that can mean paying a pretty penny for the pièce de résistance.

    1. Stadium Events (Nintendo Entertainment System)
    Price Range: $13,000 — $41,300; $10,000 for the box alone

    Why So Expensive?: Stadium Events was released by Bandai in 1987 as one of the few games available in America that was made for the company’s Family Fun Fitness mat, a soft, plastic controller you walked, ran, and jumped on to make the characters move.

    Nintendo bought the rights to the game and the Fitness mat in 1988 and re-released them as World Class Track Meet and the Power Pad controller. To avoid consumer confusion, Nintendo pulled all copies of Stadium Events from shelves and had them destroyed, but not before approximately 200 carts had already been sold. Of those 200, collectors believe that only 10 to 20 complete copies of the game exist today, making them a real rarity.

    read more http://www.cnn.com/2010/LIVING/03/20/mf.rich.off.video.games/index.html?hpt=C2

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