Does anyone actually buy this crap??? VGA graded games

SmaMan

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Are you at least able to see what your game would be graded before it gets sealed away for (almost) forever? ...Not that I would ever want to do this. Just wondering.
 

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Of course I wouldn't buy a VGA game but...

if some shithead gives me a grand for my sealed Turrican for Mega Drive (or whatever game) I wouldn't say no.
 

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Did he say he still wants VGAy (LOL XD) games, but just not Golf? In that case: fuck him too.

PS. That did look like a lot of fun. If I got hold of someone's 85+ sealed Ocarina of Time, for example, I wouldn't stop at the case. Oh no, that golden motherfucker is getting ground to dust.

I'd take a sledge and aim right for the middle.
 

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I wonder how many of those graded games are clever reseals? XD You know peeps are getting fucked.

That's definitely a possibility. I went to a convention where one of the vendors bragged that he could reseal a game perfectly...H-seam and all. He even added: "you'd need to open the box to be able to tell."

There are certain things to look for (I won't get into them now) but, I'm pretty sure, if you know what you're doing, have the equipment, etc. it can be done.

Jon
 

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Pretty soon, collectors would have to use radiation detection to tell if the game was factory sealed before the Fukushima meltdown. XD
 

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That's definitely a possibility. I went to a convention where one of the vendors bragged that he could reseal a game perfectly...H-seam and all. He even added: "you'd need to open the box to be able to tell."

There are certain things to look for (I won't get into them now) but, I'm pretty sure, if you know what you're doing, have the equipment, etc. it can be done.

Jon

Hey Jon, how you been man? I agree. Big money = big scamming, I think it's far too lucrative for it not to be happening or at least people working on it.
 

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LOL, what's the point of VGAing a game with a fucked up box. An even stupider fuck than the normal stupid fucks.
haha Now I'm envisioning one of those E.T. burials being sent in for grading, with a half-corroded and barely readable cover.
 

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Well then, $2000 sold. XD
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Well then, $2000 sold. XD
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Yes! I remember this one from a few years back. Brought the lulz then, and brings the lulz now. That box looks like it was shoved up someone's ass and shit back out.

I wonder how much money was wasted getting it graded.
 

Jon

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Yes! I remember this one from a few years back. Brought the lulz then, and brings the lulz now. That box looks like it was shoved up someone's ass and shit back out.

I wonder how much money was wasted getting it graded.

If someone actually paid $2000 for that, they got royally screwed. Not only because of the piss-poor condition, despite it being sealed, but, that's not even the original release version. Black round seal, hang tab box, 5 screw cart, no country code, and no NES-GP...that's the one you want. Opened, of course.:D

If I had to guess how much it costs (per game) to get VGA graded, it's probably under $50 each. They're very picky about condition when it comes to sealed stuff but, let's put it this way: 85 is beautiful, flawless condition, IMO. If you get any higher than that, it's because the factory, miraculously, did a better job shrinkwrapping the game.

Yes, they rate the fucking quality of the shrink wrap. They send you a letter explaining, in detail, why it got the grade it did. Oh, and they seal it in ultra hard plastic so you can never enjoy the game you paid hundreds...possibly thousands of dollars for.

Jon
 

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If someone actually paid $2000 for that, they got royally screwed. Not only because of the piss-poor condition, despite it being sealed, but, that's not even the original release version. Black round seal, hang tab box, 5 screw cart, no country code, and no NES-GP...that's the one you want. Opened, of course.:D

If I had to guess how much it costs (per game) to get VGA graded, it's probably under $50 each. They're very picky about condition when it comes to sealed stuff but, let's put it this way: 85 is beautiful, flawless condition, IMO. If you get any higher than that, it's because the factory, miraculously, did a better job shrinkwrapping the game.

Yes, they rate the fucking quality of the shrink wrap. They send you a letter explaining, in detail, why it got the grade it did. Oh, and they seal it in ultra hard plastic so you can never enjoy the game you paid hundreds...possibly thousands of dollars for.

Jon

Yeah, fuck that. One of these days I'm buying one for the express purpose of bashing open.


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Last time I purchased sealed "classic" games it was about five years back when I was finishing up my loose NES library. Just wanted clean fresh carts. Opened up the sealed copies, kept the game, sold the boxes and never looked back.

I'd do the same today if people weren't being crazy with some of the pricing for titles that are otherwise crap and go for pennies in loose cart form. I can understand sealed games commanding a premium, but I can't understand why people would keep these games sealed and never play them.
 

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I can't understand why people would keep these games sealed and never play them.

Well, there's different types of collectors out there that collect for different reasons. It's possible with these old VGA games that the buyer already has an open/loose copy(or the ROM) that they use to play... And the VGA copy as a sort of treasure.

For a instance, I collect comics. As far as physical copies go, I focus on vintage comics from the 30's to 60's. Preferably graded as I want to preserve them. New comics are easily available in digital form so those I just download and read.
 

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For a instance, I collect comics. As far as physical copies go, I focus on vintage comics from the 30's to 60's. Preferably graded as I want to preserve them.

I've seen people bring up this point before, but the analogy doesn't work. A vintage AF15 or TEC27 can be opened carefully, read, and enjoyed. Can't do that with a sealed video game.

I'm not into CGC slabs either, but at least you can break those apart, enjoy the comic, then have it re-slabbed for a Jackson. Can't do the same with a video game. With CGC slabs, and boxed Transformers or GIJOEs, you're also able to display for artistic content. The number of video game boxes that would qualify for this criteria is miniscule.

To each their own. Maybe I'll start a grading service for condiment bottles. There are some rare ones out of the 57 varieties.
 

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For a instance, I collect comics. As far as physical copies go, I focus on vintage comics from the 30's to 60's. Preferably graded as I want to preserve them. New comics are easily available in digital form so those I just download and read.

So do you read your vintage comics? I used to collect Vintage X-men comics and read them once in a while, flipping through the pages makes me nervous as heck as I don't want to damage it.
 

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Last time I purchased sealed "classic" games it was about five years back when I was finishing up my loose NES library. Just wanted clean fresh carts. Opened up the sealed copies, kept the game, sold the boxes and never looked back.

I'd do the same today if people weren't being crazy with some of the pricing for titles that are otherwise crap and go for pennies in loose cart form. I can understand sealed games commanding a premium, but I can't understand why people would keep these games sealed and never play them.

I only actively seek out the box for a game if it can hold the game within it somehow. Like Genesis, PCE, most disk based consoles, etc. I've gotten boxes for SNES games and stuff and they end up just sitting there taking up space.

But in my opinion, THAT is how you display a collection; one you can still interact with.
 

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So do you read your vintage comics? I used to collect Vintage X-men comics and read them once in a while, flipping through the pages makes me nervous as heck as I don't want to damage it.

I try to find digital copies of the vintage to read. Also, if its something that's considered a "readers copy" (which is low grade, terrible shape) and I can get cheap... I'll read it
 
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