Those Atari games unearthed in a New Mexico landfill back in April are popping up on eBay. The Tularosa Basin Historical Society of Alamogordo has launched eBay auctions for nearly 100 titles, including the infamous Atari 2600 version of E.T.
Prices range from around $50 to over $500 right now with just over 7 days remaining on the auctions. E.T. is attracting the most bids right now with one cartridge sitting at $635 with 22 bids.
Each title includes a Certificate of Authenticity. But, will it play? Well, it was buried for 30 years and “the seller does not represent that this item is operable.” I doubt any of them are playable. But, there’s only one way to find out.
The Tularosa Basin Historical Society plans to sell another 750 or 800 more through eBay. Tularosa Historical Society VP Joe Lewandowski told the Alamogordo Daily News, “We don’t have an idea of how much they’re going to be. No one has ever done this before, and after this no one is ever going to do it again.”
He added, “We’re selling them on Ebay because it’s the best thing to hit worldwide and this is a worldwide phenomenon. I got people from England, Spain, Italy, Thailand, and basically places all over the world asking for them.”
9 titles will be sold including E.T., Asteroids, Defender, Missile Command, Warlords, Star Raiders, Swordquest, Phoenix and Centipede.
The vast majority of Atari cartridges remain in the Alamogordo Landfill. The dig was more about proving the myth was real, versus getting them all out of the ground. That would cost a good bit of money.
If $600 is a bit too much for you, you can check out the Atari: Game Over documentary on Xbox consoles and online on November 20. You’ll learn more about the video game crash that led to the mass burial of Atari games and this year’s excavation. Check out the trailer for the documentary below.