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Woman Stumbles Across $15,000 NES Game, Pays $7.99

Posted on April 20, 2013 AT 07:00am

A north Carolina woman purchased one of the rarest videogames sold in the U.S. for $7.99 at her local Goodwill, Kotaku reports.

The game in question is Stadium Events, a game designed for the Family Fun Fitness mat (which later becomes the Power Pad). When the woman showed it to Wilder Hamm, the owner of Save Point Video Games in Charlotte, N.C., he could hardly contain his excitement.

“Normally in this business, we try not to show our cards,” Hamm told Kotaku. “We’re not in the business of ripping people off but, you show that kind of excitement, they start expecting a mountain of money.

Hamm reports that the woman’s copy of Stadium Events was in great condition—the box, the cartridge, the instruction manuals. Only the top of the plastic had been cut open to verify the box’s contents.

“She knew exactly what she had,” said Hamm. “When I asked her what she expected to get, she said she expected $7,000 to $15,000, which is on target.”

Unfortunately, Hamm’s store did not have that kind of money to purchase the game from the woman. And while he offered to sell it on consignment, she decided to handle its sale herself.

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