Sunday, April 17, 2016

Collector's Quest Episode 27: NES Value Charts

These are the charts we discuss in episode 26. The charts show Video Game Price Charts (VGCP) value for the top NES games, both loose and CIB, and they also show the current eBay price as determined by recent sold auctions. The True CIB and True Loose columns show my determined value, based on experience, forum prices, and of course the VGCP and eBay price already listed. The final column is the % of the total value of a CIB game that the cart makes up. Example, if a CIB game is 100 dollars, and the loose cart sells for 60, the cart % of the value is 60%

The second chart: Carts With Values Close To CIB is entirely derived from the VGPC. The VGPC has is a nice guide to pricing but not the end all be all in determining value. Please take this chart with a  grain of salt, and use it to establish a way of thinking rather than a definitive answer.

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Saturday, January 9, 2016

I Have The Power! Every Issue of Nintendo Power and the Top 285 Nintendo Games

Welcome to 2016!!!

Just an update for those of you read here but don't follow me on Instagram. For all of 2016 I am going to post an image of every Nintendo Power all 285, I know big deal. Here is what I am doing to spice it up, in the last issue of Nintendo Power they named their top 285 games, so I decided I would match that rank with the issue of the Nintendo Power it corresponds with. The picture above is an example, NP#1 with the #1 ranked game Zelda Ocarina of Time. I am not going to just go 1-285, I am going to make it a bit more random so everyone doesn't know what to expect, I am also going to sprinkle in 15 personal choices that encompass the WiiU and 3DS.  Hope to see some new faces on IG, make sure if you read here to send me a message on IG so I can follow you back.

Happy New Year all

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Star Wars Collecting Revisited & Podcast

With the Force Awakens coming out in two days I was inspired to revist a post I made in May of 2013. In this post I put together a small checklist of Star Wars games from the 8 bit to the 64 bit era. While my list was good it was not enough, it also had some errors and omissions. The new checklist goes beyond 64bit and now covers the range of original NES to the current gen systems. As the Collector's Quest Podcast is now up and going strong we also decided to do an episode on Star Wars game collecting whcih you can find on SoundCloud or iTunes.

This checklist is not yet complete and still a work in progress. If you see any errors please let me know.

Star Wars Game Checklist (Work In Progress)

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Collector's Quest Returns

The Collector's Quest Podcast has returned after a 6 month hiatus, and things have changed.

1.The biggest change is that we have a new host, Bobby the former host had to leave for work reasons, the new host is Kat, she is an awesome collector and you can find her on Instagram at Katslevania.

2. The old links you had for SoundCloud and iTunes are no good. Please find and listen to the Podcast at I hope to have us back at the old iTunes link soon, but if that doesn't work I will get everyone the new one.

3. The goal, originally the podcast was formatted in such a way that Bobby asked me a ton of question about collecting and I handed out tips and talked about what it is like to be collector. All of that was fine, but it was just my POV, we now have two collectors, so double the knowledge double the power, and to add to that we are bringing on other collectors as guests to share what they know as well. More Better

The goal of the show is still the same. We want to talk about collecting for multiple system and share our experience and thoughts, we want to chat about games, we want to have some fun talking about this think that is taking up our free time and money.

As always, Thank you for reading and hopefully listening


Friday, May 29, 2015

An Update and a Contest, Win a Jigglypuff Amiibo

So I haven't post anything here in a bit and the podcast that was going pretty regular is MIA. Why? For good reasons, Bobby the host of Collector's Quest just graduated and got a sweet new job, which also means he has to move across many states. All of these awesome things happened to Bobby all at once, so we had to shelf the podcast until things settled down. For those who might be worried that him moving will end the podcast, do not fear, we actually live closer to each other now, so location is not the issue.

So What about me, why am I not posting? I am just the general sort of busy with work and life that is leaving me very little free time. I have been posting on Instagram though, so if you don't follow me there, you are missing out. Instagram has been great, it allows me to show cool little collection pieces in a bite size, on the move, no hassle, no involved reading fashion. I am really enjoy the format of Instagram, so much so that I am doing a giveaway, it is pretty easy and the time commitment is low. Presents the #JigglyJohnny Contest
Win a new Jigglypuff Amiibo in three easy steps
1.       Follow me @Johnny_iucci
2.       Like this photo
3.       Repost this photo (on Instagram) with #JigglyJohnny and #Amiibo
A winner will be selected no later than June 14th or when I hit 500 followers

Thank you for Reading and look for new podcasts and posts soon.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Blockbuster World Video Game Championships 2 Cart for the Sega Genesis

It is not very often in the video game collecting world that you get to show off an item that is truly rare. A lot of supposed “Rare” games were sold by the thousands, tens of thousands, and in some cases hundreds of thousands. These games get called rare erroneously, or because they are rare in comparison to major titles that sold a million plus. Some people say rare when what they should say is expensive; this is common in video game collecting. Today's post is not about addressing the issue of “Rare vs. Expensive” or to put a spotlight on the false rarity claims volleyed back and forth by collectors. Today is a day to show off a real jewel. Today I proudly present The Blockbuster World Video Game Championships 2 cart for the Sega Genesis.

How This Landed In My Lap
The how is pretty straight forward, it was posted that it was for sale on the forum. The forum post linked to a 10 Day Auction on eBay. The auction had a few things leaning in my favor, the seller was new and the item was in Canada, also during it's first run, no pictures of the board were taken and the label is not in the best shape. These factors kept interest in the auction low and doubt high. When the dust cleared I was the high bidder at $1631, but I didn't meet the reserve. I contacted the seller immediately and let him know I was still interested. My eBay message lead to a Skype call, where we discussed the price. We did not come to terms so the item was relisted on eBay. Something happened in the relisting though because the auction wasn't easy to find, for instance if you typed Blockbuster and Genesis on the US eBay site the auction didn't come up, at least not for me. The auction format had also been changed to BIN / BO with the price at $4000, it was lowered to $3500, and eventually $3000. After about two weeks an only a few offers the seller and I spoke again and came to terms at $1900. The Seller was Game Hoard a retro game shop in Ontario Canada. They do not have a full online presence yet but you can check them out on face book, the store looks great. Paul of Game Hoard was easy to work with and fair, and the transaction couldn't have gone smoother.

So is Your Genesis Collection Complete Now?
In the world of set collecting people are constantly trying to tell you what is necessary for a set, even if you specifically let them know the parameters and the rules you are following. This Cart is a competition cart with modified versions of NBA Jam Tournament and Judge Dredd on it, and was never sold or given away like it's Nintendo counter parts. Given that this cart was never sold, I do not count this as necessary for a complete Sega Genesis set. When I posted my complete Genesis set I had some people insist this cart was necessary, I didn't agree then and I still disagree now, owning it has not changed my mind. I consider this to be more of the Ruby or Emerald Weapon of the Genesis set,not necessary but an awesome bonus.

I am really happy I got the opportunity to add this to my collection, it is estimated that only 67 or so were made, and that most were destroyed because Acclaim, the maker of this cart, asked that all of them be sent back after the competition in 1995. Acclaim is said to have wanted the carts back so that they could repurpose the parts and or destroy them, both of those scenarios are horrifying. As of now the confirmed number of these carts known to be in collectors hands is 10 or less.

The story of the Blockbuster Video Game World Championships is pretty interesting and I really want to share it with you guys here, but instead I am going to talk about it on our next episode of Collector's Quest so please take a listen Episode 4 is up now and hopefully Episode 5 the Blockbuster one will be up by next week.

Full disclosure, I had originally written about 4 pages on the history of the Blockbuster Championships and compiled some really good info. I was going to post but I decided I had a few more pages I could write to expand its scope and also I wanted to do a bit more research before I posted it, but through a series of silly mistakes I saved over it. Like a true novice I didn't save any back ups. I am unsure if I will find the will and time to rewrite it.
I am posting pretty frequently on Instagram (Johnny.Iucci) I find it a really good way to show off parts of my collection that don't warrant a whole post, and also to show the games I am currently buying.

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