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More often than not, when gamers get nostalgic for the games of yesteryear, Nintendo consoles are the ones that come to mind. There are some ridiculously valuable games out there for NES NES Games With Prices That Will Blow Your Mind [MUO Gaming] NES Games With Prices That Will Blow Your Mind [MUO Gaming] Old video games have reached the point of being collectibles What used to be a fun family activity has become a gold mine for collectors. Sure, there are plenty of NES games that you can... Read More , and on the Sega side, the Genesis/Mega Drive has its fare share of sought after games The Most Rare & Valuable Sega Genesis/Mega Drive Games [MUO Gaming] The Most Rare & Valuable Sega Genesis/Mega Drive Games [MUO Gaming] I've come to realize that I tend to write about Nintendo too much. While I absolutely love all of the old-school Mario, Zelda, Metroid and other classic games available from Nintendo, we must remember, "Genesis... Read More as well. If you really want to spend some big money (or make some big money if you are lucky enough to own any of them), the Atari 2600 7 Atari 2600 Games That Are Worth Going Back To Now 7 Atari 2600 Games That Are Worth Going Back To Now Atari 2600 games are generally incredibly simple. However, there are a few games that have stood the test of time. You will need to go into them understanding that these are where video games started,... Read More is actually a gold mine.

Sure, Stadium Events and the NES World Championships are worth some big money on NES, but Atari has some games that easily compare with those from a pure value perspective. If you have one of these in your collection, consider yourself among the lucky few. If you happen to spot one of these on Craigslist or at a garage sale 4 Ways To Find Classic Video Games For Below Market Value 4 Ways To Find Classic Video Games For Below Market Value Classic video games are usually popular because they’re the best examples of their era, so it’s little surprise that gamers flock towards these titles. But even the best games, unlike books and movies, eventually go... Read More , jump on it as fast as humanly possible, as you will have just won the video game collecting lottery.

Air Raid

Air Raid is generally regarded as the holy grail for Atari video game collectors. It’s so rare that only a few are known to exist, and even less with the actual box. Without the box, the game sells for somewhere between 13-14 thousand dollars. No, that wasn’t a typo, just the cartridge is worth around $13,000. With the box, the last one that hit the market sold for an even more mind-blowing  33 thousand dollars. That means the little bit of cardboard is actually worth more than the game itself. It’s pretty nuts. What’s even crazier is that the game is actually a commercial release, whereas most of the really rare games were never sold in stores.

AirRaid

The game features a very distinct design, as it comes in light blue, and it has a t-shaped handle on the top. It’s actually very cool looking, and if you ever happened upon one, you would know you found it right away. If you have Air Raid in your collection, I, and collectors around the world, envy you.

Red Sea Crossing

This game was not even known about by Atari collectors until 2007. It was all but lost to history until someone found it at a garage sale. The reason Red Sea Crossing was so hard to come by is that it’s a Christian game that was only sold by mail order. On top of that, only one ad for the game’s original release has actually been found, which explains why no one bought it when it was new.

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So how much is this insanely rare game 5 Rare Games You Can Buy Cheap on Digital Marketplaces 5 Rare Games You Can Buy Cheap on Digital Marketplaces Read More actually worth? The last loose cartridge sold for $13,800, which is just staggering. No copies with a box have ever made it to the public, but it’s easy to imagine that if one did, it would probably sell for around the same price as Air Raid. If you happened to order away for this game when you were a child, and you have one hanging in your closet, consider yourself incredibly lucky. If you had it, and were the person who sold your copy at a garage sale, then that really stinks.

Birthday Mania

This is another special order game, but it comes with a very interesting twist. Buyers would custom order it as a gift, and the name of the recipient would be added to the title screen. There was also a spot on the front to write the name of the person getting the gift. This is about as custom as you are going to find in terms of video games. Sadly for the company that made it, but happily for collectors today, the concept did not catch on at all, and as such, copies are incredibly hard to come by. It’s so rare, in fact, that only two or three copies are known to exist.

BirthdayMania

Sadly, this game has never been sold to the public, so it’s hard to put a true value on it. That being said, there is a record of a $6,500 offer on a copy, so that’s really all we have to go on. Perhaps more copies will surface someday, but for now, this is easily one of the rarest video games available on all platforms, and one that collectors the world over would be willing to pay insane amounts of money to have in their collection.

Conclusion

For game collectors the world over, these are the Atari 2600 games they wish they had. I know I do! How about you? Do you own any of these incredibly rare games 8 Of The Best Retro Gaming YouTube Channels [MUO Gaming] 8 Of The Best Retro Gaming YouTube Channels [MUO Gaming] Read More ? Are you going to look for them next time you to a garage sale? What are the rarest games in your collection? Hit the comments section below and let us know!

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  1. Connie
    September 29, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    I have 60-100 different games.....also have 5, 2600 Atari systems....I think one looks like wood....I will have to dig them out of the crawl space and see what I have....

  2. jesus lopex
    August 30, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    i have an atari in the box is that worth anything is the original

  3. JO ANN JOHNSON
    August 10, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    I HAVE AN ATARI VIDEO COMPUTER SYSTEM, SN 82253045, THAT WAS PURCHASED NEW AND NEVER OPENED UNTIL 2014. IT HAS AN ATARI COMBAT GAME PROGRAM-COMBAT-CX-2601.. I WILL GIVE YOU MODEL NUMBERS FROM THE BOX. IT IS MISSING THE TV/GAME SWITCHBOX. MODEL NO. C )(-2600A.. ALSO HAS A PAC-MAN C )( 2646 AND ASTEROIDS C )( 2649. IF YOU INTERESTED LET ME KNOW AND I WILL SEND YOU PICTURES OF THE SYSTEM AND GAMES THAT I HAVE.

  4. Jack Hoehn
    June 30, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    Looking to find out what Atari Missile Command is worth. this one is rare because it has the designers initials at the end of the game. if you score no points on this game the letters RF will appear on screen. Several hundred perhaps a thousand where produced before Atari found out and removed the initials. this from an article in Video Review by Phil Wiswell

  5. Krynos
    February 6, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    Almost everyone has E.T. now. I have 3 copies that came with different systems I bought. The first copy I got from the Hock Shop for $3

  6. chum
    December 4, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    I have supermn, et,

  7. Beverly Neece
    September 29, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    I have the E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, what is it worth? and it is for sale. No box.

  8. john stephens
    September 26, 2015 at 11:25 pm

    I have 2 copies of air raid, 1st in the box not even the slightest scrath, however a tiny black dot assuming from a marker thats not noticeable without heavy looking. 2nd copy no box perfect cartridge.

    I now have 2 copies of birthday mania also. 1st from family, it has the name Jason p.

    The 2nd was bought by me in buffalo new york june 18th 2015 at garage sale for 1$. The name is Jesus.

    I will be selling these in 2016/2017 if you want to buy sooner, offering livestream video of me holding, and playing the 3 games, and showing up close the air raid still in box.

    Make a comment with an email or something if ur interested in buying sooner and ill contact u within 1 week max of the dated comment. Will be checking this site regularly at least once a week for months.

  9. Ian
    May 7, 2015 at 5:16 am

    actually just a couple months ago 1000's of 2600 carts were really dug up in Alamagordo the myth was true come to find out.

    • Kevin t Jackson
      September 28, 2016 at 2:16 am

      I have et pacman mrs pacman and few more from my childhood days for sale.

  10. beetle juice
    May 2, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    I have air raid I guess e.t. game is just an urban legend people digging up the game. I remember playing it many years ago and it was lame

    • Dre Gil
      May 15, 2015 at 4:56 am

      Do u really have the blue cartridge air raid

  11. Anonymous
    December 28, 2014 at 6:10 am

    Winter games by EPYX.... Pele soccer.... Crystal "something" .... Haha

  12. tina
    May 4, 2014 at 12:16 am

    I have two boxes of Atari games. Qbert and e.t. and pacman are just a few. They aren't in the case but wanting to sell.

    • Rebecca Christy
      November 25, 2016 at 10:21 pm

      How much are you selling qbert

  13. Rick
    November 20, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Air Raid loose don't go for 13-14K more like 2-3K! boxed without the manual 13-14K!

  14. Fred M
    November 20, 2013 at 6:32 am

    I have a big box of the Atari 2600 Cartridges that I will go through when daylight comes. I also have the deluxe Atari 2600 with all the extras in working condition last I checked.

    • Dave L
      November 20, 2013 at 4:18 pm

      Let us know what you find!

      • Sherry Davidson
        May 17, 2016 at 10:12 pm

        I have a few games....river raid, 2600 centipede, Sky Diver, Pole Position, Burger Time, Pitfall2, Jr PAC Man, missile command, words zapper, Venture, Food fight, Centipede 7800, Karateka, Pele soccer, 7800 ms PAC man, combat, pole position 2, 7800 Xevious , 7800 winter games, 7800 dig dug, pitfall, 7800 robotron 2084, donkey Kong Jr, 7800 chop lifter, 7800 asteroids

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