Michael Thomassone owned 11,000 unique video games. Then he sold them. He sold them for a very great deal of cash indeed. You'll be envious either of the collection... or the cash.
The US-based games merchant put his haul up for auction and saw 56 bidders including the winner, “peeps_10091970” and another bidder called “catch123" go head-to-head at the $150,000 mark.
According to Yahoo
, "The bidding escalated so quickly that even cash-rich Oculus founder Palmer Luckey (who put in bids for $50,000 and slightly more than $90,000) quickly backed out."
The winning bid from 'Peeps' was $750,000 (or $68 per game), which was "in line with his valuation of between $700,000 and $800,000."
According to Yahoo, "Thomasson’s collection began in 1998, when he ran a game resale website and managed a retail game store. It’s a treasure, for sure, boasting more than 20 complete U.S. sets (that’s the system plus every official game). Several thousands of games are still in their original factory shrink-wrap.
Ironically, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that Thomasson may hold the record again someday. This was actually his third collection of games. The first he sold in 1989 to buy a Sega Genesis, and then he sold a larger one in 1998 to pay for his wedding."
For his part, Thomasson said, "“Although I am selling this collection, please do not misunderstand and come to the conclusion that I am leaving the hobby,” Thomasson said of the sale. “I simply have an immediate family and extended family that have needs that need to be addressed. While I do not wish to part with these games, I have responsibilities that I have made to others and this action is how I will help meet them."
Keep collecting kids.