Extremely Rare Atari Game Found in Family's Attic

Extremely Rare Atari Game Found in Family's Attic

A complete copy of Air Raid has reached nearly $18,000 after one day of bidding.

It's the kind of thing Antiques Roadshow dreams are made of: somewhere in your attic, among the old, broken toys and clothes you've long outgrown, is a rare treasure that can be sold for tens of thousands of dollars. For Harv Bennett, this dream came true when he pulled a copy of the 1982 Men-A-Vision game Air Raid out of a box after being in storage for years. Considered one of the rarest Atari games, another copy sold for $31,600 on eBay in 2010. Bennett's game appears to be in pristine condition, and is the only known copy that still has a manual.

Bennett received Air Raid when he was the assistant manager at a small drug store that also sold video games. A representative from developer Men-A-Vision (which never made another game) gave him a copy to try out with the hope that he would order more to sell in the store. Bennett wasn't impressed by the game, but when he let Men-A-Vision know, they didn't want it back. He took it home, put it in his Atari cabinet, and eventually put it in storage, where it remained until he spotted it listed on an Atari-centric blog. He knew he still had it, and his daughter made a video of him searching for, and finding, Air Raid among his very impressive collection of Atari games.

Instead of selling Air Raid on eBay, Bennett and his daughter Alana turned to Game Gavel, a video game auction site. "Ebay sells everything, and GameGavel sells games," he said. "I'm not just giving it to some big machine that sells everything and you're just a cog." According to Game Gavel founder Mike Kennedy, "We really have a hardcore community of retro gamers so it's a great place to feature an auction like this." The auction started on October 24 at $1, and currently stands at $17,850. Bidding will end on November 4.

Bennett plans to use most of his Air Raid profits to help his daughter fix up her new house, and then wants to sell his Atari game cabinet, which is also a valuable collector's item. "The money is great," Bennett said, "but the fun I've had with my daughter in finding the game and the super positive support from everyone involved... That's the value for us."

Source: Polygon via Kotaku

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Cool story good for them wish my crappy old nes games were worth more the plastic they made out of but sad face no.

Man, that's gotta be a rush. I remember going through my attic and finding the 3 Panzer Dragoon games for the Saturn, but that's nowhere near tens of thousands of dollars. Keep looking, you may have http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pepsi_Invaders (Pepsi Invaders!)

Maybe I should dig around in my Dad's old NES and 2600 games to see if there's anything nice there.

But is the pre-order bonus swag included?

I have a bunch of random Atari games too... someone remind me to look through my games when I get home Sunday XD

Wish I could find cool stuff like that in my attic, all I have are PS1/2 games and old Pokemon plush toys (some of which are f**king huge) My SNES is in my parents room.

Good for him though, nice what he using the money for.

DVS BSTrD:
But is the pre-order bonus swag included?

The real issue is that he already used the code for the online pass, shame for the Ebay buyer who misses out on the second joystick not working...

:) Glad they recorded it

Couldn't help but be happy for them

Damn lucky people

TizzytheTormentor:
Wish I could find cool stuff like that in my attic, all I have are PS1/2 games and old Pokemon plush toys (some of which are f**king huge) My SNES is in my parents room.

Good for him though, nice what he using the money for.

Give it 20 or 30 years. Maybe then your stuff MIGHT be worth something.

They we very smart too record this video, gave them good press. With luck a buyer will be willing to drop $30k or more for the game.

I remember an old WW2 vet who acquired a Japaneses Rifle when he was serving in the Pacific (had a story about using it to save his life). It had a bayonet, the proper markings, everything. I went too bid on it at auction, but sadly a dealer came in and out bid me. I budgeted $800, the Rifle sold for over $1400.

Now we won't have to foreclose on the house honey.

Thank the good old USA crappy economy and horrible social security for forcing us to dig through our ancient game collection in the hopes of finding something valuable.

I wish I could find rare things in my attic and get almost 20 grand for them... that would be awesome. -whimsical sigh-

I really hope he scanned the manual, or that whoever buys the game does (at least, assuming it isn't available online already). It'd be a shame for the last known copy to get lost or damaged or something.

Best I could do was a PSX Tactics Ogre, with manual and original case, on eBay for $200. Bugs me that when I gave my Sega Saturn away, my Japanese Castlevania Symphony of the Night went with it. It now sells for $1400. Hindsight is 20/20 I suppose.

My god people just take the games out, how could that search be effective just moving shit from place to place?

LOL, don't mind me, just drives me nuts seeing people search for something by moving shit around but not REMOVING shit from the container.

DrunkOnEstus:
Man, that's gotta be a rush. I remember going through my attic and finding the 3 Panzer Dragoon games for the Saturn, but that's nowhere near tens of thousands of dollars. Keep looking, you may have http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pepsi_Invaders (Pepsi Invaders!)

I loved the Panzer Dragoon games to death. Especially the boss fights. I don't remember which game it was in, but in one of them, the first boss was a gigantic battleship/aircraft carrier for the Imperial fleet. Easily one of my favorite boss fights of all time.

I don't understand why anyone would pay so much just for the sake of owning an orignal copy.

I mean first off, it's an Atari Game, it's not like it's going to be that much fun.

2ndly, if you really wanted to play it there are ways... Ways I can't discuss here, but waves nonetheless.

15,000 for a hunk of plastic and a sticker? Love video games as much as the next guy but they aren't meant to be collected. Their meant to be played, thrown in a shoe box and busted out every now and then for sake of the nostalgia. It's like those people that pay X amount for the orignal copy of Superman.

Who cares about the original so long as we can re-print copies of it? The story is what matters.

Fappy:
I have a bunch of random Atari games too... someone remind me to look through my games when I get home Sunday XD

It's Monday morning here in Australia, so it's probably Sunday or Monday wherever you are. Look through your games! :P

"The money is great," Bennett said, "but the fun I've had with my daughter in finding the game and the super positive support from everyone involved... That's the value for us."

Good for him! I wish I had some ultra rare thing just lying around, but alas, I do not. :(

 

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