I’ve always thought it would be a neat little hobby to collect the old NES games that we all used to play so much when we were kids. Mostly because they now carry such a decent amount of age, and are a thing of the past—being cartridges. The boxes and manuals are nothing less than pieces of art.
eBay is the logical place to begin looking for them, but as I’ve found out a time or two already, shipping is a pain. Most sellers unfortunately don’t recognize the value that the original box carries to a game, and don’t wrap it properly to ensure that it doesn’t gain any wear through shipping. In a couple of cases for me so far, boxes that have left the seller in near mint condition, have arrived in the condition of being almost garbage due to crushing.
Now I definitely check with the seller before the shipping process begins, and if there aren’t padding mentioned and space between the game/box and the shipping box, I’m staying away.
I’ve not got many at all yet, just 12 games that are complete in box. Everything else is just the cartridges from back in our childhood. I’m going to try my best to get only complete in box, or complete them myself. But with over 600 out there, it’s going to be a nice long hobby of picking one up here and there. Plus there are the systems that follow the NES, if I ever make it that far!
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