Trophy Room 2007
2006 may have been a tad disappointing but 2007 was a hit from the beginning. I went out hunting nearly every Saturday in the summer and scored several decent finds. In the process I managed to build-up my collection and score a couple monumental prizes.
Super Scope ($6)
Hunting season started early this year. In February I had to take a trip out to Davenport Iowa, which I highly recommend against doing. It's probably a nice city in the summer but was fairly miserable in the heart of winter. While I had a few free minutes I ducked into a thrift store and found a Super Scope in box for $6. I thought it was a tad overpriced, and it was missing the pack-in game, but bought it anyway.
Pico with Six Games ($10)
Spring rolled around and on my first expedition I found a Sega Pico with six games for $10. They wanted $15 but I managed to talk them down. Since the Pico I found last year was such a smash with my daughter I had to get some more games for her. I'll hang onto the extra system in case something breaks on the first one.
Box with Intellivision and games
I first noted this incredible find on my Midwest Gaming Classic 2007 review. I decided to take a scenic route up to the show and hit a few garage sales on the way. We stopped at a neighborhood garage sale in Bristol Wisconsin. At the third house I spotted an Intellivision in a box with a few games for $5. The Intellivision looked like hell, I still haven't tested it but am confident it doesn't work. However, there was a nice assortment of games including the rare "The Jetsons Ways with Words" game. Even though I don't have the computer attachment required to play it, I have no plans to sell it.
Gauntlet and Five Atari 2600 Games ($10)
Found these at a gigantic yard sale, maybe the largest I went to all year. The only problem is they were not bargaining on prices, period. They had a bunch of NES games for $5 each which was a rip-off, still I couldn't pass on Gauntlet in box. They also had an unbelievable number of Atari 2600 games at $1 each. I took five that I didn't have and called it a day.
Mattel Handhelds (50¢ Each)
The next weekend I spotted an estate sale which I dropped in on. I found a few of those old Burger King glasses from the 80s (i.e. those Star Wars one) and a pair of original Mattel handhelds. The football game was actually brand new. OK, the box was a bit worn but it hadn't been opened. The Mind Boggler game was used but in good shape.
Sega Genesis and NES Games ($1.00 Each)
It was Labor Day weekend and I was ducking out to the grocery store to stock-up for the holiday festivities when I passed a garage sale on my street. I pulled over and saw a nice stack of Genesis and NES games for $1 each. I grabbed them all and went on my way.
Box of Thirty Games ($30)
Fall rolled around and garage sale season was nearly done. Spotted one near my house on a Saturday so I paid a visit. I was not disappointed, they had a box of NES, Genesis, Super Nintendo, and N64 games for various prices. I counted thirty games in the box so I offered $30 and they were happy to unload them. This purchase brought some closure to the 2007 hunting season; it included the Super Scope cartridge and World Class Track Meet. So I can actually use the two bulky accessories found earlier in the year. Although this added a few duplicates to my collection I considered it a great find.
Four Sega Genesis Games (99¢ Each)
With summer long forgotten I stopped at a Goodwill store on the way to somewhere else. It was worth the 2-minute detour when I spotted a few Genesis games I didn't own priced at 99¢ each. Yeah, that's the Barney game and yeah I bought it. I won't let my kid watch Barney, I suppose the ban extends to video games too. However, I own plenty of other Genesis games that I'm unlikely to play so whatever.