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Posted on Dec 31st 2008 at 05:49:31 PM by (NES_Rules)
Posted under Collecting, Classic Gaming, Modern Gaming, Collection

Another awesome year has passed, another 12 hours or so and it will be 2009. This year, I obtained a ton of games, somewhere between 600-800 games. Not bad, not bad at all. But as most of you know, buying that many games isn't cheap, so I thought I would share what I've spent this year.


Continue reading My End Of Year Collection Stats



Posted on Nov 26th 2008 at 02:58:39 PM by (NES_Rules)
Posted under Collecting, Collectors Dilemma, Collection, Polls, Opinions

Collector's Dilemma: Lending Games

Lending Games

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We've all been there. You've got a friend or two checking out your collection and someone really likes a particular game. They like it so much, they don't want to quit playing. Finally, they just come out and ask if they can borrow it. But since they no longer have that old Atari, they'll need the system as well. Plus some controller, power adapter and those old timey hookups. Maybe an old TV too.

So, what are your thoughts on lending out games/systems to family and friends? Perhaps you'll only lend to those you know very well and  trust with your life. Or maybe you don't even lend out the most common of games. Or maybe you're a really trusting person and will lend anything to anyone as long as they say they will return it eventually.

Also, feel free to share your experiences with lending games, whether they be positive or negative. Did you lend out that super rare game to a friend only to have them move away with it? Or did they return it in deplorable condition? Talk about good experiences as well, maybe you let a friend borrow a game and he was so grateful, he gave you a box of old games he doesn't play anymore.



Posted on Nov 15th 2008 at 05:50:19 PM by (NES_Rules)
Posted under Collecting, Random, Internet, Collection, Thoughts

Collecting without the Internet


Imagine with me if you will, a world without the internet. I'm sure some of you remember this world quite vividly, others could never imagine such a thing. I was fortunate enough to remember what it was like not having the Internet, anyone else remember cutting up old magazine pictures for school reports? Or hand writing everything? Well I'm getting a little off topic now, but you get the idea.

I started writing this to allow you all to imagine game collecting without the use and help of the internet. Some of you rely completely on the Internet to get your games through the usual sites, while others (like myself) buy completely from the "wild" as it's now called. But just from the simple fact that you are reading this people proves that we all use to Internet somewhat in our collecting ways.

Maybe you just use this wonderful site to track your games and occasionally chat with others, or maybe you use the internet to its fullest extent and get every piece of information you can find on a game before you buy it.

This blog doesn't really have a point, I was just thinking of how different my collecting habits would be without the internet. Maybe you would like to explain how your collecting life would be different? Or maybe the thought of not having an Internet makes you want to curl up in a ball in the corner of the room, and you don't want to think about it anymore.



I don't rely on the Internet a whole lot in my collecting ways, I don't buy from the Internet and I still keep offline collection lists. I would probably still be buying a lot of the same stuff, but it just wouldn't be as much fun. Without my printed checklists, I wouldn't know which games I had left to buy, or which ones were considered rare. I would have no idea what a game was worth and without the huge audiences of Internet stores/auctions, a lot of stuff just wouldn't be worth nearly as much. Plus, I would have no idea there are thousands of other people who collect old games and I would never get to show off my awesome collection.



Posted on Oct 27th 2008 at 12:45:24 AM by (NES_Rules)
Posted under Collecting, Collectors Dilemma, Collection, Polls, Opinions

Form or Function?

CD: Form or Function?

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Ah, the good old debate of which is better, stuff that looks pretty or stuff that works. Now, you're probably wondering how I'm going to relate this to game collecting. But anyone with a sizable collection of boxed Genesis games or loose Atari 2600 games knows the answer to that.


Continue reading Collector's Dilemma #5



Posted on Sep 6th 2008 at 02:57:35 AM by (NES_Rules)
Posted under Collectors Dillema, Collection, Polls, Opinions

Playability vs Collectibility

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Playability vs Collectibility

Let's say you bought a duplicate of a game, so now you've got two of the exact same game. One looks like garbage: the label is torn and dirty, but plays perfectly. On the other hand, the other one looks like it's in mint condition, but it just will not play. Which would you keep if you could only keep one?
For the sake of argument, let's say it's a game where you can not simply switch the boards from one game to another.
Would your opinion change if it was a game you know you would never play? Or a game that you'd play so much you'd certainly ruin the label anyway?





Posted on Aug 10th 2008 at 07:42:03 PM by (NES_Rules)
Posted under Collection, Trophies, Treasures, Scores, Deals, Milestones

Once again, another spectacular weekend of bargains. And what I like the best, is I actually got a lot of games instead of a lot of extra consoles like I've been getting lately. So, here are my treasures from this weekend.

Once again, there were a ton of sales on Saturday, more than we could ever possibly get to.

One of the first sales had a box of NES games marked $4 each, I flipped through them and there were a few I needed and most of the others were good titles as well. But I didn't want to spend $4 a game so I counted a total of 24 games. I thought about offering $20 for them all, but I knew she wouldn't take it, so I offered $40 for them all. She thought about it for a little bit and I was expecting here to reject my offer, but she eventually accepted.

Uniracers
Batman Returns
SMB2
Bionic Commando
Castlevania
TMNT The Arcade Game
Alien Syndrome
Milon's Secret Castle
Pac-Man (licensed)
Castlevania III
Shadowgate
Donkey Kong Classics
Krusty's Fun House
Popeye
StarTropics
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
Castlevania II
Dr. Mario
Yoshi
Superspike V'Ball/Nintendo World Cup
Astyanax
Spy Hunter
Dragon Warrior
Legacy of the Wizard
With the exception of Dr. Mario, they're all in excellent condition, so I should be able to replace a few bad labels I already had.

We went by an unadvertised yard sale and it didn't look like they had much, but we stopped anyway. I see a box of toys and start casually looking through it, when I spot a N64 cartridge, so I dug deeper and found 2 more. I asked the price, she said $0.10 each. I gave her $0.25 for all three, not because I wanted to save $0.05, but because she didn't want to make change.

South Park
Destruction Derby 64
1080 Snowboarding
They're in pretty bad shape, but I just couldn't leave them there.

Got these for $1 each:


I paid $0.25 for:

It was actually marked $0.10, but I gave her $0.25 and told her she could just keep the change. I'm not really into collecting for handhelds, but it's still sealed so it has to have some value in 10-20 years.

At one sale, I found this Dreamcast and stuff for $10.

She was asking $15, but once I got home, I realized the box was marked at $50. So I don't know if she said $50 and I heard $15 when I asked for the price or if it was just marked down a lot from the initial asking price. But, as I was paying for this stuff, I noticed a container on the floor with a Genesis game box sticking out. So I moved the stuff that piled on top of it and found a few more boxes. I opened a few and found games/manuals in them, so I asked a price. She said $5 for the box, which also contained a dozen+ VHS tapes. I paid the $5.

Super Baseball 2020
Jerry Glanville's Pigskin Footbrawl
Clue
FIFA International Soccer
Streets of Rage 3
Mario Andretti Racing
WWF Royal Rumble
All CIB, I didn't even look at the VHS tapes when I was there so I was happily surprised when I saw the Doors video in there. The Browns tape is from when they first came back to Cleveland and is new, I'm giving it to my brother-in-law for Christmas or something. There was also a copy of Used Cars but it was MIA for the picture. The other tapes were mostly various sports bloopers videos, I tried selling them at the flea market today, but no one wanted to buy them, but I'll go back next week and try again.

At another sale, there were two across the street from one another, so I went to one while my dad went to the other. As I'm leaving mine to go to the other one, I see him smirking while walking down the driveway. As I get closer I realize he's holding two boxed NES games. I asked him if there was more and he said there was. Unfortunately, there were no more NES games, but I did grab these for $1 each.

The NES games he got were the box for for SMB2, a boxed Dr. Mario and a loose SMB. They're marked $1 on each of the boxes, so I'm thinking he paid $1 for both, but he won't tell me.


Another sale was one that I know I've been to before because everything looked familiar. Everything but these anyway,

They were marked $1 each, I got them all for $10. Would have been nice if there wasn't so many GH though.

I also got a nice Composite selector box for $1.

I don't really need it, but it never hurts to have spare on hand.

In non-gaming finds, I picked these up:

The Jeff Foxworthy book was $0.25, the Southpark CD was $1.


The flea market wasn't all that great. There were a few dark clouds out so I think a lot of vendors stayed away for fear of rain, but it never did rain.
All I bought was this for $1.

It's complete, but the paper insert isn't in the greatest of shape. They had a few more boxed games, but no others CIB and a stack of loose discs, but I passed on the rest.

I also talked to a vendor who has been there with video games nearly all summer. I asked him if he was interested in buying my duplicates. He said he was interested, so I'm emailing him the list so he can decide.

On the way home from the market a small garage sale produced this:

I paid $20 for it. It's more than I would have liked, but I've wanted a Guitar Hero game for along time now. The game disc was in a paper sleeve and the strap is missing, unfortunately.




Posted on Aug 7th 2008 at 01:03:53 AM by (NES_Rules)
Posted under Collectors Dillema, Collection, Polls, Opinions

Welcome to my newest blog series, happily called the "Collector's Dilemma". In this weekly series, I will give a short introduction and then turn to you, the readers, to get your opinions on a very important topic to the collecting community.

What to keep, oh what to keep?

What to keep, oh what to keep?

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As collectors, we all face the inevitable scenario of duplicates. Some of us insist on keeping everything just in case something happens to the other one, but most of sell or trade off one of the others. I don't know about the rest of you, but I scrutinize both pieces and first check for any variations; assuming they're both the same, I keep the higher quality one and sell the lesser one. However, with my recent acquisition of a near mint boxed Power Pad,  I've come to a serious dilemma. See, the problem is that I already have a boxed Power Pad, though the box is in poor condition.
So now, you're probably wondering what the dilemma is. Keep the near mint one and sell the crappy one, case closed. But here's the kicker; the poor condition is the one from my childhood, yep the same Power Pad little 3 year old NES_Rules used to play World Class Track Meet on, also the same pad I learned that you can "run" with your hands a hell of a lot faster than you can with your feet.
So, this week's dilemma is: what to keep, the treasured childhood memory or the near mint treasure that looks a lot nicer on the shelf. So, members of RF Generation, which would YOU keep? Of course, one could just keep both, but for the sake of argument, let's say you can only keep one.





Posted on Aug 3rd 2008 at 04:15:45 PM by (NES_Rules)
Posted under Collection, Trophies, Treasures, Scores, Deals, Milestones

Saturday was an awesome day of sales, there was simply too many to get to them all so we had to hurry at each one to get to as many as we could. In total, we drove 50 miles of garage saling. But it was worth the $8 in gas for all the stuff we got. The very first house we stopped at had this stuff:

The Captain N and the Double Dragon next to it are still sealed. Everything was marked $1 each, I got my normal 6 for $5.
It was kind of funny getting that stuff, the guy had boxes of VHS tapes, PC games (mostly edutainment), and books. I just happened to see the Sonic R and then the Battletoads VHS so I dug a little deeper and kept pulling out the video game related VHS tapes. Oddly enough though, he didn't have any other video games.

There was a neighborhood sale in the same area but they had one a few weeks ago and it was expensive junk then so this week it was 1/2 off junk. We didn't even stop at the majority of them.

It was a while before I got anything else, but it was worth the wait. For $2:

There's actually 3 copies of Sewer Shark, I have no idea why though. The other game in the jewel case is Sherlock Holmes: consulting detective vol. II. The Genesis games are all CIB and I have no idea what that USB cord is for. I paid asking price on that one. The lady was nice and friendly so I didn't feel like ripping her off more than she already was.

We went to another sale that I knew we have been to before (had nothing the last time) but we were already there so I went up to it anyway and came back with these:

Nothing amazing, but it was only $2 for it all.

Next up was a huge neighborhood sale, two streets long and nearly every house was participating. Of course a lot of it was junk but I managed to find a couple treasures.


These were actually from two different houses. Both are factory sealed although the GBA game is missing some of it's shrink-wrap. I paid the asking price on Trouballs at $1, I offered $1 for the other, we settled on $1.50. Once I got home and peeled off the Trouballs price sticker there was a $0.75 sticker under the $1 sticker. Wish I had known that before, I would have peeled off the $1 sticker.

Also from that neighborhood sale:

Paid asking price of $1 each.

At one of the houses, as we walk up to the garage the woman asks "are you here for the garage sale" we tell her yes, expecting her to say it was closed. But she said that everything in a large pile was free and there was more at the curb. So I went and got the truck and we filled it up with boxes and bags of kids toys. Some of it will go to my niece but we'll probably sell the rest to a guy at the flea market for a few bucks. There was a couple things in there for me as well. The video game related stuff:

Most of the toys are circa 2002 but the Luigi on the cloud is from 1989.

Unfortunately, half way through this neighborhood sale, my mom called us. We had to take some stuff to a golf course for an outing we were having. So we stopped and left my dad's truck (which was pre-packed the night before) there and we continued our expedition.

On the way back to the sales, there was a small unadvertised yard sale but it didn't look like much so my dad wanted to just drive by, and I agreed until I saw a small black fabric case on the table and some cords hanging down. I know I've seen N64 system/game cases before and I just had a hunch that that was what this was. So I backed up to the sale and took a look. The cords turned out to be an old walkman and the case wasn't an N64 one. I was so disappointed that it didn't say N64 on it, I almost didn't see "Sega Game Gear" embroidered onto it. I asked the price, he said $10, that's what I paid.


The games:
T2: the arcade game
the lion king
dynamite headdy
Ecco the Dolphin
Batman Returns
Greendog: The Beached Surfer Dude
Pac-Man
RoboCop versus Terminator
Star Wars
Taz-Mania
Sonic the Hedgehog 2: Sonic and Tails
Fatal Fury Special

IN noN video game related finds, I got some other goodies too.
For $1 I got this sweet trench coat:

Should be perfect if deer hunting season is as rainy as it was last season.

For $2.50 I got this sizeable box of miscellaneous wires:

She was asking $3, I offered $2, we settled on $2.50. I still have to go through it all. There's a lot of composite cables (some high end gold plated ones too), coax cables, and speaker wire.

CDs were from a couple different sales but were all $1 each.


And for $0.50 I got this antique coax switcher.

Will be perfect for my Genesis and 2600, no more unplugging and switching for me.

The flea market today wasn't spectacular but better than it has been in recent weeks. I'm seeing more and more vendors specializing in overpriced classic games though.

I did manage to get this off a woman for $4:

When I asked the price she whispered $4 and I thought she said $40 but when I asked her to repeat it, I heard her say $4, so I bought it for that. I was prepared to pay $5 for it though. The box is in excellent condition with just minor shelf wear and the pad itself is like new. Now I have to decide if I should keep this one or the one from my childhood which is not as nice condition. She also had what appeared to be a CIB Genesis 2 Core System, but it was $20 and boxed Genesis systems seem to be everywhere.

A few spots away was a guy with a bunch of random stuff but I spotted a PS1 with a couple games, he said $25 for it, I passed on it. But then I saw Caveman Games for the NES sticking out of a box, so I looked inside to see a pair of Genesis systems, a tangle of wires, and a few games. He said the whole box was $2, I didn't even bother looking to see what all the games were.


I guess this weekend was good enough to make up for the deplorable one last weekend. There wasn't anything one thing that was spectacular, but it was all priced very good and I managed to fill in a few holes in my collection so I guess it was a successful treasure hunt.



Posted on Jul 27th 2008 at 03:54:40 PM by (NES_Rules)
Posted under Collection, Trophies, Treasures, Scores, Deals, Milestones, Dissapointments

Well, this is my first blog post as a staff writer and I wish it could be more interesting than it is. However, this weekend was dismal for treasures, so I guess this post will be to show that even I have bad treasure hunting expeditions.

Well, without further ado, my treasure from this weekend's garage sales:

Yep, just two loose games, common ones too.
I paid $3 for both.

Non-gaming related finds weren't much better either:

The records were $0.25 each. The Bob Dylan CD was $1 and everything else was $1.
The sale that had the records also had a N64 with about 10 loose commons for $20 but I passed on it, if I had known this weekend would be so bad, I would have bought it.

What really bothers me is that I have no idea why the sales were so bad either. The weather was great, we shopped from 8:00-2:00, and put nearly 75 miles on the truck. There just wasn't anything good, there wasn't even much stuff at high prices. I fear the area is drying up.

The flea market today wasn't any better. I saw a couple Genesis systems with 1 game for $5 but I'm sick of seeing those things. I almost bought a sealed Mega Man 64 for $15 but decided against it. Another woman had a box of PS2 games (around 60) that she wanted $4-5 each for, I offered her $100 for the box full but she declined. One of the usual game vendors had a SMS with hookups and 2 loose games for $42, I really wanted it but that's just too much for me to spend on a system I know I can find for a few dollars eventually.


And to give a little more flesh to this post. I've decided I'm getting rid of all my duplicate games and systems in one fell swoop. I've got a potential buyer for it now for $1000 but if that doesn't work out I'm going to offer the deal to some of the flea market vendors. I think it's a really good deal considering it's over 300 games and 35 systems. But I just need to get rid of it and have more space.




Posted on Jul 21st 2008 at 12:50:52 AM by (NES_Rules)
Posted under Collection, Trophies, Treasures, Scores, Deals, Milestones

Like last week, this weekend was another one for the record books. I didn't get a whole lot of games, but a lot of hardware instead. Including another system I never thought I'd actually find.

The day started off really, really bad. The first 5-10 houses were a walk up to the garage, see piles of baby/kid's clothes/toys and walk away. Neither my dad nor I found anything worth even looking at. Luckily, things got better for us both.

My first find of the day was a stack of PS2 games, there wasn't much I really wanted, but the prices were good, they were marked between $0.50-1.50, I didn't feel like adding it up and I don't think the woman selling them did either so I offered $10, there was about $14 worth as marked.


Continue reading Treasure Hunt Chronicles #13



Posted on Jul 13th 2008 at 03:43:20 PM by (NES_Rules)
Posted under Collection, Trophies, Treasures, Scores, Deals, Milestones

After a horrible weekend of hunting last week, I got some amazing deals this week. Before we left the house I wanted to go to sale that had video games listed in the ad but they didn't open for another hour so we went to some other ones first instead and I was just hoping the games would still be there.
The very first sale we stopped at had this:

It was marked $10, so I offered $5. He asked his wife who was thinking about it, and they agreed on $7 and I reluctantly agreed but they apparently didn't hear me and then said $5 was fine. The SNES and games are for sale, some of the manuals too.

We went to a few more sales and I didn't find anything at them, but by around 10:00 we stopped at the sale that advertised games, I saw some overpriced PS2, Xbox, and GameCube games and figured that was what was advertised, until I notice another box with the lid half closed "PC games $0.50 each, PS games $1 each" was written on it. I looked through them and there was nothing I really wanted so I offered $5 for everything, they too $10.


And since I don't collect PC games, they're all for sale if someone wants them.
Zoboomafoo  (CIB)
NASCAR 2001 (CIB)
Disney's Dinosaur (CIB)
Formula 1 '98 (CIB)
dora the explorer: barnyard buddies (CIB)
jumpstart: wildlife safari field trip (game only)
rocket power: team rocket rescue (box only)
rayman brain games (CIB)
land before time: return to the great valley (CIB)
my disney kitchen (game, box)
Gex 3: dep cover gecko (CIB)
army men 3D Collector's edition (game, box)
land before time: great valley racing adventure (CIB)
disney's hercules (CIB)
mort the chicken (game, box)
destruction derby 2 (game only)
NASCAR 99 (CIB, plus an extra box)
007 Tomorrow never dies GH (manual, game)
Tigger's Honey Hunt (CIB)
Crash bandicoot (game only)




Some other small scores:

NFL Quarterback Club 99 is CIB and even smells new, the game is still in the plastic bag and there was a Controller Pak in the box as well (paid $1). Carrier is the first DC games I've bought in a LONG time, I almost didn't even recognize it as a game when I saw it (paid $0.50). The Mario figure was $0.25.


Paid $2 for everything. Anyone know if the PS2 remote is worth anything?


$2 each, would have been nice if it was FF7 instead of 8, but I'm sure I can sell it for a profit. Both those games are for sale.

And the best find of the day and probably the best find of the year, maybe even my best find ever. This sale had some electronics I was casually looking at but couldn't find anything I wanted, but as I was about to leave I notice a brown paper grocery bag on the ground with a piece of paper on it. The paper was folded over and all I could read was "Turbo" and "Gaming System". I couldn't think of what it could be so I looked inside the bag expecting an old Pong system, boy was I wrong. Inside was a thing of beauty: A TG16 with a bunch of games. I didn't even check to make sure it was all there or how many games there were. I took the bag to the woman selling it and offered her $10 for (it was marked $15). She accepted my offer.


alien crush (game, manual, jewel case)
blazing lazers (game, manual, jewel case)
blody wolf (game, manual, jewel case)
boxy boy (game, manual, jewel case)
bonk's revenge (game, manual, jewel case)
cadash (game, manual, jewel case)
devil's crush (game, manual, jewel case)
fantasy zone (game, manual, jewel case)
galaga 90 (game, manual, jewel case)
impossamole (game, manual, jewel case)
jack Nicklaus turbo golf (game, manual, jewel case)
JJ and Jeff (game, manual, jewel case)
keith courage in alpha zones (game, manual, jewel case)
legendary axe, the (game, manual, jewel case)
ninja spirit (game, manual, jewel case)
pac-land (game, manual, jewel case)
r-type (game, manual, jewel case)
sidearms (game, manual, jewel case)
silent debuggers (game, manual, jewel case)
sinistron (game, manual, jewel case)
splatterhouse (game, manual, jewel case)
super volleyball (game, manual, jewel case)
takin it to the hoop (game, manual, jewel case)
tricky kick (game, manual, jewel case)
tv sports football (game, jewel case)
veiguues tactical gladiators (game, manual, jewel case)
vigilante (game, manual, jewel case)
world class baseball (game, manual, jewel case)
final lap twin (game only)
parasol stars (game only)
cyber-core (game only)
dungeon explorer (game only)



In non-gaming finds, I got a really nice, big Jim Morrison/Doors poster for $1, I don't have any wall space big enough for it however.
Also got one of those backpacks that you put water in and it has the tube to drink from for $2, needs a good cleaning but a very good price regardless.
One sale had a REALLY nice Remington 870 Wingmaster for $300 that I would have bought in a heartbeat but it was only a 20 gauge instead of 12.




Posted on Jun 29th 2008 at 05:51:02 PM by (NES_Rules)
Posted under Collection, Trophies, Treasures, Scores, Deals

Not a bad weekend, although the garage saling ended quite abruptly on Saturday.
The very first house of the day didn't seem to have much at all, but I glanced at the rack of books to see there was something decent (I've never been much of a reader, but recently I bought a Zeppelin book to read during the slow times at work and have gotten 300 of the 400 pages read in a couple days, so I was looking for something new) when I spotted these marked $0.50 each:

I paid $1 for them all. I started reading one of them, but got bored by page 4.

A few houses later had box full of NES games marked "2 for $1", I looked through them and there was only a handful that I needed, but the others were good titles. I offered $5 for everything, she accepted (a little too quickly actually, I probably could have gotten it cheaper).

Amazingly, this would be the most expensive purchase of the day.
Everything in the top 2 rows except Mickey Mouse is for sale.

The next house had a few PS2 games on the table, mostly ones I had or I wasn't interested in all were $3 each. I only picked up one:

Under the table, though, was a box of N64 stuff marked reasonably at $35, easily $50 worth of stuff but I passed anyway. They also had a boxed PS2 for $30, passed on it too.

At one of the last houses, the woman said everything had to go, so I new we could make some deals, but there wasn't much left. All I got was:

All for $2 (The SNES/N64 RF cord was $2, everything else was $1 each). Again, she accepted my offer too quickly, I could have had it for less. I really need to start my offers lower.

Right before this sale, we picked up some free firewood along the curb and took it home before continuing the garage saling. After we unloaded it, we went back out for round #2, which ended quicker than I would have liked. We came out from a garage sale and when I turned the key, nothing happened. The damn truck wouldn't start.
Now, this happened to me the other day when I was at the store, I had it towed home, my dad and I cleaned the connections on the starter and it started fine probably 100 times until this time. So, we had it towed again. My dad walked to another nearby sale because AAA said it would be an hour before the tow truck got there, but it was more like 5 minutes. So he had to run back before we left him.


Flea market on Sunday wasn't bad at all. There were a lot of people not at the flea market because it looked like it was going to rain, but it held off until after noon so I managed to get some deals.

For $2 each I got:

All stuff I needed, even some "rare" games in there. Strider is missing the manual unfortunately. Crystalis had some major dirt issues, but it's squeaky clean now.

For the first time in a couple weeks, the guy I trade with was set up while I was there so I was able to make a pretty good deal. I traded a loose Super Mario 64 for:

Madden '93 is CIB, but the other is missing the manual but has the poster. I didn't really want the Maddens but I would have traded just for the other stuff so they were free in my eyes.
The dumbass that is Adam Anderson had to use some permanent marker that will NOT come off, and he just HAD to write his name on there twice too.







Posted on May 28th 2008 at 09:35:09 PM by (NES_Rules)
Posted under Treasure, Trophy, Collection

Well, the site was down last weekend, and coincidentally, so was I. Friday evening, my dad and I went to work on the rental house, but I couldn't leave right when he did, so I left an hour or so later and rode my bike since it's only 4 miles, we did all we wanted to and I loaded the bike into the truck and rode home. Now is when the trouble began, I rode the bike from the driveway to the porch, and I was feeling energetic so I thought I would jump off the bike instead of getting of like a normal human being.  I cleared the bike fine, but I landed kind of weird and my knee went sideways and the rest of my body went the other way. Next thing I know I'm on the ground and I know that I've twisted my knee AGAIN (this is the third time now). After laying on the porch for a while in pain and waiting for help (which never came) I hobble inside and hope I'll feel better for garage sales in the morning. But I didn't feel better at all Saturday or Sunday (so no flea market either). So I had no finds whatsoever that weekend.

Luckily, this weekend was a little better, but didn't start off well. I woke up at 8:10 to see my dad driving out the driveway, so I get up and ask my mom why I was left. She said he said he was going to a couple close ones because I apparently take too long to get ready. At around 9:30 I'm getting pissed and call my dad to see where the hell he is. He says he's at a garage sale and they have a GameCube for $20 and wanted to know if he should buy it. But, we get horrible cell phone reception here so I could only hear every other word and he could only hear every other word, so I just told him to come get me NOW. Basically, he went to an entire neighborhood sale without me. I ended up buying the Gamecube and when we were on the way to another sale, we passed a sale he had been to but it looked like a box of PS2 games sitting there but he said there wasn't anything good there, so I dropped it. We ended up going by again and I made him stop, sure enough a box of probably 50 PS2 games. After that, the day was normal, except he actually drove for once instead of me.


Platinum Game Cube with the Game Boy Player, bought mostly just for the GB Player.
GameCube games
Time Splitters Future perfect (no manual)
NFL Street (CIB)
Def Jam Fight for NY (CIB)
True Crime New York (no manual)
ATV quad power racing 2 (loose)
4 Mb InterAct memory card
All for $20. I tried getting it for $15 and the kid was going to take it but his mom stepped in and gave the "that thing cost hundreds new" and I didn't feel like explaining the games were scratched to hell (they did end up all working though) and the systems were nearly worthless with the Wii's backward capabilities.

That sticker on the GC was one hell of a pain in the ass to take off. I spent nearly half an hour getting it off.

PS2 games (all CIB)
Star wars battlefront II
Cabela's dangerous hunts (GH)
Godzilla Save the earth
Driver Parallel Lines
Jak II
Paid $20 for all 5. There was an entire box (maybe 50) for $5 each but I just picked out the ones that looked the best.


I also picked up this really weird plug n play, the system looks like a penguin and it comes with 111 in 1 Famiclone cart, the label shows games like DK64 but in reality, it's all NES era games, but there is actually 111 different games, which really surprised me. Also comes with a light gun and something I'm not sure what it is; it's a set of 2 LEDs on a little plastic bracket connected to a headphone-like plug. But there is no place to plug it into. The system also has a wireless controller which is nice.


That's it for gaming stuff, not much, but much better than last week.

CDs
Neil Young - Decade
Michael Stanley Band - Right back at ya (1971-1983)
WASP - Double Live Assassins
Double albums were priced $2, singles were $1. But she didn't realize WASP was a double album, so I got them for $4. I debated getting the Neil Young album because I already have it on vinyl, but it was worth $2 to not do the digital conversion.


Records
$0.50 each for:
J. Geils Band - Freeze Frame
Meat Loaf - Dead Ringer
U2 - under a blood red sky

All for $4:
Poison - look what the cat dragged in
Kansas - Power
Cinderellla - Long Cold winter
John Cougar - American Fool
David lee roth - skyscraper
Heart - Heart
Fleetwood mac - tango in the night
bruce springsteen - tunnel of love
david lee roth - eat 'em and smile


We also stopped at this new store called ReStore which is basically a GoodWill for building supplies, to look for stuff for the rental house we're remodeling. It's a really nice place with good prices, but they've got a free section run by my school and I snagged me some 3 ring binders for next semester. What was funny though is that they have you sign a paper saying that you won't hurt yourself with the stuff you take.


Flea Market was terrible, many people but no deals. There are now 3 vendors selling video games, one guy I like because he trades with me and his prices are reasonable and always has new stuff, the other two charge at least eBay prices and have the same sun faded crap week to week, but they also walk around buying anything of value before I can get there.
The only thing remotely interesting I saw was a CIB Mattel Electronic Football game, the box was a little beat up, but not bad. I turned over to see the price sticker: $45. I offered $1 but he ignored me.




Posted on May 12th 2008 at 02:24:57 PM by (NES_Rules)
Posted under Collection, Milestone, Treasure, Hunt

This weekend was very bad for garage sales, I only found a couple gaming related things at garage sales and nothing at the flea market. So I was planning on postponing this until next week and do 2 weeks at once, but I got a little surprise when my cousins came to visit last night.

I don't know why the garage sales were bad, but they were, we went to maybe 30 garage sales and this is all I came home with.

A football PS2 skin and a Naruto demo DVD. I didn't even want them, but that's how desperate I was to buy something. I thought the Naruto DVD was a playable demo, but its not. They were $0.50 each.

In non-gaming finds, I did get this really nice bike,

It had two flat tires when I bought it, one just needed air, the other had to be patched. Other than that it's like brand new, almost like the kid rode down the drive way, hit a nail and didn't want to get the tire fixed. Paid $10 for it. It's not the type of bike I was looking for, but it shifts through all the gears unlike my current bike and I'm sure I'll be able to sell it for a profit when I find a good road bike.

I also got a box of around 50 records plus some odds and ends for $2. It's mostly junk records but some good stuff as well as stuff that I don't recognize the band's name, so those are always interesting to get, discovering new bands is awesome.

And now, for what made me make this blog today. Some free Genesis stuff! This has a kind of interesting story behind it too.
Last summer, I went to a garage sale next to my aunt's house and while I was there she stopped by. She asked what kind of stuff I was looking for and I told her old video games. She said her son had an old Sega somewhere in the house that I could have, but she had to find it first. Weeks went by and I never heard anything about it again, but I was expecting it to be a small group of sports games and a bare console and didn't really care.
Now, a few weeks ago, I find out she gave the Sega stuff to my cousins. Luckily, they come over my house often and enjoy my game room a lot, and since they didn't want a Genesis, they decided I could have it. I still wasn't very enthused about it, but willing to take it off their hands. Several weeks went by but every time they came over, they forgot to bring the goods, so I was starting to think I'd never get it. But last night they surprised me and walked in with a box with a picture of a Genesis on it and a box of CIB games. I was amazed when I saw the Genesis box and games, much more than I expected. I immediately let them in my game room and let them play Wii Sports and their favorite, Warlords, while I sifted through the stuff.


2 Genesis 1 units
Genesis 1 AC cord
Genesis 2 AC cord
RF Switch
2 3-button controllers
2 6-button controllers
6-button High Frequency controller
2 Jurassic Park posters
Toejam & Earl poster
Sonic 2 poster
Sonic (Not For Resale, CIB)
Sonic & Knuckles (boxed)
Castle of Illusion starring mickey mouse (CIB)
Contra Hard Corps (CIB)
Ecco the Dolphin (CIB)
Shadow Blasters (CIB)
Aladdin (CIB)
Madden 95 (CIB)
Eternal Champions (CIB)
NBA Jam (CIB)
WWF Royal Rumble (CIB)
Sonic 2 (CIB) I think this is by far the most interesting thing in the lot because it is the Mega Drive version, I have no idea how it ended up here in the States, I guess this is my first import. Will this work in my US Genesis or will it need a mod to work?



Posted on May 4th 2008 at 05:06:13 PM by (NES_Rules)
Posted under Collection, Treasure

Friday wasn't all that great in terms of finds, mostly because of a threat of rain kept people from having a lot of sale. But I did have a somewhat unusual find.
While at a garage sale looking through a stack of $1 NES games, the guy selling the games is talking to his buddy about Nintendo. And basically, the guy said he was looking to buy an NES but was having a hard time finding one for sale, so I stepped in and told him that I had one I'd sell. I told for $30 I'd bring it on Saturday because I knew I'd be in the neighborhood again. Unfortunately, when I went back on Saturday, he didn't have the money to pay for it. I gave him my email and told him to let me know when I could drop by with it next Saturday because I'll be in the area again, so we'll see what happens. 
I did buy some games from the guy though, a little dirty, but for $1 each, I won't complain.
Rampart
Guerilla War
Base Wars
Star Wars
Championship Bowling
Exodus: Journey to the Promised Land
Days if Thunder (I forgot my lists and I didn't think I owned it, but I do.


3 PS2 games for $2. I talked them down from $2 each.
Corvette (missing manual)
American Chopper (CIB)
Ultimate Spiderman (CIB)


Today, it was little bit cold this morning and it kept a lot of people away from the flea market, but I managed to find a couple things.
NES games:
Orb 3D
Trog!
Yoshi
Donkey Kong Classics
Airwolf
I traded a loose DKC2 + $10. Maybe not the best deal, but I'm sure I only paid a buck or two for the DKC2.

The guy also had a Deluxe NES in the box with everything but the Gyromite cart for $100. I almost had it for $50 though. He was trying to call his son to get a price on it, but he wouldn't answer so he was going to give it to me for $50, but just then his son called back and he upped his price to $100. That kind of irritated me, because he didn't know what the DKC2 sold for and didn't call to get a price check on that. I didn't want to bitch about it though, because he's normally good to me and likes to trade.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
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