A world record breaking collection of video games has been sold to the highest bidder.
Michael Thomasson earned his place in the 2014 Guinness World Records book by amassing a personal collection of video game titles, consoles, controllers and other assorted paraphernalia. Last week, he decided to sell the entire lot and someone forked over $750,250 for every last scrap of gaming greatness he kept in his house for almost 20 years, a profit of nearly $50,000 for his collection.
Thomasson announced just a few weeks after winning the record that he had to sell his collection to help with some “family obligations.” The winner of the online auction just picked up over 11,000 games from the early ColecoVision to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and just over 100 consoles including some rare finds like the Apple Pippin and the Casio Loopy. He even has one of the rarest Nintendo cartridges in the world: a Nintendo World Championship cartridge worth over $100,000. Despite Thomasson’s massive collection, he did not set a new sales record to match his collection. That honor goes to a 7,000 game set sold for $1.2 million presumably by someone who needed to sell it in order for pay for their carpal tunnel surgery.
We’re glad that he was able to make so much money off of it but we’re also kind of sad to have to see Thomasson unload his entire collection. He spent 20 years scrimping and saving his pennies so just he could buy a new game to add to his stockpile and now he’s unloading the entire thing in one fell swoop. Let’s hope he’ll be able to use some of the money to start a whole new collection so he can beat his old record all over again.