Sale of buried Atari cartridges nets over $107,000

Sale of buried Atari cartridges nets over $107,000

The endless saga of the Atari 2600 E.T. cartridges that have been famously buried (and later unearthed) in Alamogordo, New Mexico continues to profit the small city. Final November, a choice of video games (together with E.T., Asteroids and Missile Command) that have been recovered within the excavation have been put up on the market on eBay, and now we all know simply how a lot money they generated. In accordance with the Alamogordo Information, the sport gross sales totaled $107,930.15, with greater than $sixty five,000 going on to the city. As well as, the Tularosa Basin Historic Society acquired over $sixteen,000 whereas greater than $26,000 was spent on delivery and different bills. A complete of 881 cartridges overlaying 60 totally different titles have been bought general; a replica of E.T. was the very best single sale at $1,535.

This is not the final of the buried video games, both; there are nonetheless extra cartridges from the dig floating round. 100 went to the corporate that made a documentary concerning the excavation, and 23 have been donated to museums. However there are nonetheless 297 cartridges that Joe Lewandowski, the person who spearheaded the undertaking, is holding on to — he is considering that he may put them on sale if and when one other movie concerning the burial comes collectively. Lewandowski does have plans for a second film, however for now he will advise Alamogordo on learn how to spend the cash he earned for it. “The $sixty five,000 is yours,” he stated at a city assembly final week, “you are able to do what you need with it however I do not need to see it go to pot holes or sewer strains.”

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