Every month we trawl eBayâ€™s completed listings to find stuff of interest that has sold for vast sums. Why? Nobody knows the answer to that, man.
Even though Christmas was only a month ago, somebody still managed to find $2,425 (Â£1,516) to bag a complete set of American Dreamcast games. For their cash they got all 254 releases, 44 of which were still sealed. That works out to about Â£6 a gameâ€¦ which isnâ€™t bad at all.
Sticking with Sega, a brand new Master System 2 sold for Â£349.95 on a Buy It Now auction – which is over four times its original value – while a Ryo Hazuki figure went for $203.50 (Â£127.26) after 22 bids. I think thatâ€™s proof, if any more is needed, that there are plenty of Shenmue fans out there.
That Dreamcast collection sold for a mere pittance compared to the colossal $22,800 (Â£14,258) that a sealed copy of the infamously rare Family Fitness Stadium on NES ended at. Only 200 copies are thought to have been released back in 1987 due to a mass recall. Last year a copy sold for $41,000, which is thought to be the highest price a videogame has ever sold for.
I bet many people regret giving away their Nintendo Game & Watch handhelds as many of these are worth a small fortune now. One particularly desirable model is catchily named YM-901 which was only available as a prize in Japan. One of these sold for Â£500 with just a single bid while a boxed Snoopy Game & Watch also sold for $400 (Â£250) attracting 32 bidders.
After sifting through the 20 pages of high-value PlayStation listings I finally found something that wasnâ€™t a PlayStation 3 bundle – a sealed copy of Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance that sold for Â£99. A copy of the Cave shooter Ibara sold for Â£90 while one lucky seller got $125 (Â£78.18) for a factory sealed copy of Mortal Kombat 4 on PSone. I bet that looks nice on the new owner’s shelf.
THQ recently announced that they have the rights to He-Man: Masters of the Universe but I doubt thatâ€™s why a sealed copy of The Power of He-Man on Atari 2600 sold for $61.01 (Â£38.15). A sealed copy of Rayman on Atari Jaguar sold at â‚¬56.01 (Â£47.58) and somebody got their claws into Hyper Force on Jaguar at a cost of â‚¬52 (Â£44.18).
Getting out of the realms of retro, a rather attractive limited edition Red Dead Redemption Xbox 360 went for Â£2,000. This IGN competition prize was custom painted by Rockstar and had a certificate to prove it. Nobody wanted a yellow Simpsons Movie Xbox 360 for Â£800 though. Apparently there are only 100 of these around, so thatâ€™s a little surprising.
Might as well have a laugh while weâ€™re here – somebody wanted $10,000 for a copy of Kane & Lynch 2 on PlayStation 3. Joke is on them, really, seeing theyâ€™ll have to pay eBay for that listing. Derp!