The blank cartridge was found in a box of Nintendo games in the back of a crowded dressing room in Patricia Martin’s home, according to auction house Harritt Group Inc.
“At first glance, it was a heartwarming wave of classic Nintendo nostalgia. All the classics were there, Super Mario Brothers, Duck Hunt, Qix, and even an NES console. So we did what all ’90s kids would do – turned on the console and tested the open games. It was a great day! ” the Harritt group wrote in item description. “At second glance, it was quite another thing. The seemingly ordinary collection included an extraordinary unopened copy of Super Mario Bros. 2. “
The unopened copy of the popular game received a near-new condition rating of 9.8A +.
Rare collector’s item sold for two weeks auction by Harritt Group Inc. to a Florida businessman. The money will be shared among family members of Martin, who is originally from Lenoir City, Tennessee.
Collectibles such as trading cards, comics, money stubs, and video games have become popular among financial investors looking to profit on hard-to-find items with cultural significance. A copy of Super Mario 64 rated 9.8 set the record for the most expensive video game auction ever earlier this year, raising a whopping $ 1.5 million.
In September, a 9.6-inch copy of Spiderman’s very first comic book appearance set the record for the most expensive comic book ever sold. The 1962 Amazing Fantasy No. 15 comic was sold to Heritage auctions for $ 3.6 million.
The craze for collectibles has created aggressive and sometimes even dangerous conditions for collectors and investors.
After a high profile attack on sports trading cards at a target in Wisconsin store in May, the national retailer elected to remove Pokemon and sports trading cards from store shelves nationwide due to safety concerns for customers and staff.
Over $ 50,000 in sealed sports card boxes stolen from Knoxville collectibles store in May when a thief broke and ran away with some of the most requested products. A few days earlier, around $ 25,000 in sports cards was stolen from a souvenir store in Lexington, Kentucky.