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#1921 SaraAB

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 08:09 PM

Ok I picked up yet more stuff today, I finally got an elusive BETA player!! It turns out it also appears to be a very expensive model. I got a whole ton of BETA disney tapes too. There were hundreds of BETA tapes at this sale too, and I probably should have grabbed more since the ladies running it were being very nice to me and giving me lots of tapes. I saw the tapes, asked if they had the BETA player, then I offered $5 if they found it. They found it a few min later and I was very happy. So I paid $7 for a beta player, a ton of disney tapes (2 versions of tron!) and a B&W Sony Watchman.

This may go down as my most valuable haul ever because I looked up the player and they appear to be selling for $300 not including the value of the tapes. This one is in good condition but does not have the original remote, however they did include another remote. I tested it at the sale briefly but I haven't hooked it up to a TV yet. I will have to do further testing on this unit.

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 09:24 PM

No sales today because of weather so I went in a store that mainly sells older games for ebay prices and I found Sunset Riders for SNES for 1.99!! I had no idea it was worth anything then I looked it up and saw its worth about $36 so somebody screwed up majorly on that one! Of course I didnt want to be "selfish" or "immoral" so I paid them $40 for it and then promptly gave the game away for free to a homeless kid

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 09:33 PM

Holy shit!

My old boss has a Beta video camera. Maybe I should see if he wants to get rid of it. He might even have some blank tapes too.

Beta is supposed to be better than VHS as far as audio and video quality, but I think there may be a limit on how long a movie can be. Can't remember, all I know is we always had VHS, never Beta.

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 09:47 PM

Ok I picked up yet more stuff today, I finally got an elusive BETA player!! It turns out it also appears to be a very expensive model. I got a whole ton of BETA disney tapes too. There were hundreds of BETA tapes at this sale too, and I probably should have grabbed more since the ladies running it were being very nice to me and giving me lots of tapes. I saw the tapes, asked if they had the BETA player, then I offered $5 if they found it. They found it a few min later and I was very happy. So I paid $7 for a beta player, a ton of disney tapes (2 versions of tron!) and a B&W Sony Watchman.

This may go down as my most valuable haul ever because I looked up the player and they appear to be selling for $300 not including the value of the tapes. This one is in good condition but does not have the original remote, however they did include another remote. I tested it at the sale briefly but I haven't hooked it up to a TV yet. I will have to do further testing on this unit.

This is such an incredibly epic find for me that I have decided to include a picture!


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Nice! Yeah SONY brand beta players are hard to find. I have seen other brands, but the SONY ones are the most valuable and reliable. I want one!

Holy shit!

My old boss has a Beta video camera. Maybe I should see if he wants to get rid of it. He might even have some blank tapes too.

Beta is supposed to be better than VHS as far as audio and video quality, but I think there may be a limit on how long a movie can be. Can't remember, all I know is we always had VHS, never Beta.


^^That is correct and it is part of the reason VHS won the format war (the porn industry being the other part). Actually beta is/was used in television production. Now most places are digital, but if it is an older station or public access they still use a form of beta tapes...I think they were called betacam or something like that.

#1925 SaraAB

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 09:58 PM

I think that most people won't put it out because lets face it, its large and heavy and perhaps the seller thinks that no one wants it anymore. Again I had to ask for this, it was not put out. I asked at 2 other houses this weekend for a beta player so the third house was a charm. I haven't seen one in 12 years of yard sailing but I am sure they were lurking in people's houses if I just asked.

The funny thing is my mother had rented a beta video camera back in the day to make a video of me on my 3rd birthday party, because my aunt and uncle at the time had a Beta player but could not afford the camera so it had to be rented, however unfortunately the tape was lost in the shuffle of family and moving from apartment to apartment and stuff. I am really, really mad about it, especially now because I have the player that can play the tape, but to console myself I have to assume the tape would have deteriorated because of the environment it was stored in!

#1926 orcafan8

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 01:12 AM

I haven't been finding much all summer, I think I have some competition? when I ask for games I keep hearing "first thing we sold" etc. Had some good finds this weekend though.

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These are from two different sales, everything pictured was $.25 each, or $1.25 total.
2 ps2 controllers, a playstation game/mem card holder, xbox mortal kombat deadly alliance and god of war II ps2, with second disc (both games are missing original cases).

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This guy was a ways out on a dirt road, and was a reseller, said he buys storage units. Everything in the picture was bundled for $4 total.

Includes charmed final season, mind of mencia season 1, legend of dragoon (missing disc 1 and manual, but I found disc 1 a few months back, so now have the full game), phantasy star III, rage against the machine cd, and an apple ac/usb adapter.

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Went back to the storage guy's sale today with my mom and picked up everything in the above 2 pics for $5.

Includes: Infinite discovery guide, a psone with screen (includes cords for a ps2, and a controller), tony hawk ps1, 360 soul caliber IV (CIB), 360 MUA and forza 2, gordan ramsey F word series 3, and kane and lynch dead men.

On the not so great side...

I got 360 COD MW2 disc only and COD MW, for $ 7, but MW2 is to damaged to play or install (so I am going to look to borrow a copy to install).
Also the psone screen doesn't work, no power when I use my psone power cord, and on back the power jack is a bit chipped (powers the system though). If anyone has any troubleshooting advice, pm please?

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 08:56 AM

Okay CAGs so today I was faced with an outstanding moral dilemma. I was at my apartments annual yard sale and my wife's friend was selling a box of SNES games and she, my wife, asked if I wanted any of them. So I began taking a look and low and behold I found a complete system and about 40 games. All she wanted was simply $30 cash but I somehow turned it down to inform her she had close to $500 in the box. Mind you to highlight the box where; Zombies Ate my Neighbors, Knights of the Round, Secrets of Evermore, Illusion of Gaia and get freakin this EARTHBOUND! Yeah, I was always taught to do the right thing but let's be honest would anyone else have turned down this deal if it was their friend or wife's friend? Or did I just be an idiot?

Because I am also friends with my wife's friends (or at least the ones she actually talks to), I would've done the same thing. And in return, I think they still would've let me take the games for their original asking price. But if it was one of her other friends, I would've kept my mouth shut. I guess that makes me "bad", but for what it's worth, the games would've gone in my personal collection and not on eBay.

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 12:47 PM

I'm posting from my phone because I still don't have Internet in the house I just moved into. So no pictures this time however I
had some pretty damn good finds.

Friday: at an unadvertised sale I asked about video games. He goes into his garage and emerges with a filthy crate with a few nes games. After sifting through them there in pristine condition was a copy of Duck Tales 2 which I paid $4 for.

Saturday: found some great pics and board games at sales but nothing video game related on the way home I decided to stop at a pawn shop where I bought a copy of Sunset Riders for $5. Probably one of my favorite games growing up.

EDIT: almost forgot but I found a disk only copy of Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs The Souless army for the ps2

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 03:39 PM

So, first off, what is this worth?

This came from a storage locker buyer and wasn't cheap. I'll explain later.

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 03:42 PM

Here's the thing my wife's friend had me look up the prices and shes selling them for what they are actually worth and she's giving me 50% of what ever is made.


Here's my weird ethics . . . I might've just taken all the stuff for $30 and given her 50% later (bad on my part for not being more honest) but I wouldn't take 50% after the fact for just explaining the stuff had value. I would accept a finder's fee (something limited) but I wouldn't take half if the stuff is her's and she does all the work.

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 03:45 PM

So, first off, what is this worth?

This came from a storage locker buyer and wasn't cheap. I'll explain later.


Looks like it's worth roughly $70: http://videogames.pricecharting.com/game/nes/fire-'n-ice
How much did you pay?

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 03:58 PM

Looks like it's worth roughly $70: http://videogames.pricecharting.com/game/nes/fire-'n-ice
How much did you pay?


The problem is all the ones I see are cart only . . . this is a complete copy in really nice shape.

I feel that I paid $100 for it (as a share in a lot) but I have to explain the whole deal later.

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 04:09 PM

Looks like it's worth roughly $70: http://videogames.pricecharting.com/game/nes/fire-'n-ice
How much did you pay?

that is for cart only. a CIB is probably $125. but this one looks like it is in great shape, so who knows. it could fetch $200

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 04:18 PM

that is for cart only. a CIB is probably $125. but this one looks like it is in great shape, so who knows. it could fetch $200


There are ones with a manual at $120 on Amazon. I think you're right that its "worth" about $200 but I was wondering if anybody has any more knowledge on it.

#1935 Invicta 61

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 04:27 PM

Though I'm no pro at pricing this stuff usually a minty CIB item is worth at least 2.5 times the cart only value, especially for a rare title like that. That is absolutely beautiful, BTW. You plan on selling it?
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Posted 03 September 2012 - 04:38 PM

Though I'm no pro at pricing this stuff usually a minty CIB item is worth at least 2.5 times the cart only value, especially for a rare title like that. That is absolutely beautiful, BTW. You plan on selling it?


Yeah, I can't justify holding it . . . I collect but I'm not a collector.

#1937 pitfallharry219

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 04:48 PM

Value aside, that is a great game.

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 05:04 PM

The problem is all the ones I see are cart only . . . this is a complete copy in really nice shape.

I feel that I paid $100 for it (as a share in a lot) but I have to explain the whole deal later.



I would put it up on Amazon for $185 (Collectible like new) and post front and back shots.... should net you the $150 (I would ship it priority/signature required) ... but meh, that's me , congrats on the find...
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#1939 cheeky

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 05:28 PM

There are ones with a manual at $120 on Amazon. I think you're right that its "worth" about $200 but I was wondering if anybody has any more knowledge on it.


$200 might be a stretch.

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 06:16 PM

$200 might be a stretch.

http://www.ebay.com/...=item4169eb27ac


Looks like a BIN (which may or may not be a market price) but I think you may be right. I'll probably float it pretty high on Amazon and see if the holiday season helps to move it. I'm a very patient seller.

#1941 Invicta 61

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 06:50 PM

That's right, I haven't posted a find since 6-16-12. Time to play catch up.

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Paid $8 total. Brain Dead 13 is actually rather rare.

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Original game boy case $0.25.
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Posted 03 September 2012 - 07:27 PM

Friday-Saturday "finds"

Second sale on Fri. advertised games . . . but only had 5 PS2 titles. Instead had several boxes of books . . . many textbooks. I picked up over $400 in value for $20 but this pickup slowed me down for other sales :-(

I can't find my best find right now . . .
Not pictured a FF7 (PS1) complete black label with nice discs for .50. In a pile of crap PS1 games . . . nothing . . . nothing . . . bingo! Almost didn't bother to look at the one on the bottom.

These are from 3 sales:
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$2 for Zelda, $2 for Jaws, $4 total for the 3 PSP games . . . tennis and golf are sealed.

I did see an Xbox with 100 games . . . all but 2 were crap (SW Battlefront and Morrowind). Guy wanted $300 for all and wouldn't sell the 2 games separate.

Finally, I found these:
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Each marked $1 but I paid $2 for all. Pair of NES controllers, NES power, standard Nintendo TV hookup, a DC VMU, and an old-school videogame hookup. Not bad but not exciting.

#1943 Invicta 61

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 07:57 PM

Picked this up at a 10:00 sale on a Friday while I was on vacation. I was the first to arrive as they were setting up.

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Sears Video Arcade II, Atari 2600 Jr., Sears paddles and Joysticks, Star Raiders controller and 17 games. $20. They were rather dirty but they cleaned up nicely. The cassett tape in the front is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Coming out of their shells. The guy then asks if I wanted a Commodore 64. Hell yeah! He goes out to his shed and pulls this old cardboard box out with the keyboard, floppy drive and printer. They are completely filthy, smell of either mildew or urine and have mouse droppings all over them. PASS!


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Grabbed these at an advertised sale in a nearby town on Saturday at 7am. Pulled up as he was setting everything out.

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The NES games were $1 each, the Genesis games were $2 each. Originally the guy had brought out a complete copy of Toejam & Earl but pulled it out saying "my daughter likes this one". He also had a Genesis system for $20 but I don't need another one.

This sale was near the first one and was scheduled to open at 8am advertising hundreds of games CDs and movies.
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Grabbed these for $1 each. Only a few games, but they had boxes full of CDs. As soon as I walked up they said they would make me a deal on the whole lot. :-s I would guess there were roughly 1,000 CDs. Happy to get Thunder Force V. As I was walking away I heard them saying "well, it's 8:00". :)


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Got to this sale at 10:00. They had a PS2 with mostly PS1 games. Nobody at the sale was interested until I started looking at it. All games were $1 each except for Digimon 3 $3 and Dragon Warrior VII $4 Which included the game guides.

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 08:12 PM

I remember paying a shitload for that Metallica Live Shit box set. I bought the CD/VHS version first, then bought the CD/DVD set when it came out a few years later. It's still probably my favorite live album.

#1945 Invicta 61

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PS2 with modem, controller, two guitar controllers (not pictured), all hookups and 16 games $25. Odd having the guitar controllers but no Guitar Hero games, I went and picked up a few for $2 each at GS to go with it. This system went to my nephew who is getting lots of use out of it..... and driving my sister nuts with the Guitar Hero games.

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Dukes of Hazzard thermos $8. $1 each for the rest. Grabbed the thermos because they are harder to get than the lunch box and the boxes bring a bigger premium when complete. I had a Dukes of Hazzard lunch box when I was a kid. Hoping to find one at a sale, guy at a flea market had one for $125. :-o
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#1946 SaraAB

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 08:48 PM

Picked this up at a 10:00 sale on a Friday while I was on vacation. I was the first to arrive as they were setting up.

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Sears Video Arcade II, Atari 2600 Jr., Sears paddles and Joysticks, Star Raiders controller and 17 games. $20. They were rather dirty but they cleaned up nicely. The cassett tape in the front is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Coming out of their shells. The guy then asks if I wanted a Commodore 64. Hell yeah! He goes out to his shed and pulls this old cardboard box out with the keyboard, floppy drive and printer. They are completely filthy, smell of either mildew or urine and have mouse droppings all over them. PASS!

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Grabbed these at an advertised sale in a nearby town on Saturday at 7am. Pulled up as he was setting everything out.

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The NES games were $1 each, the Genesis games were $2 each. Originally the guy had brought out a complete copy of Toejam & Earl but pulled it out saying "my daughter likes this one". He also had a Genesis system for $20 but I don't need another one.

This sale was near the first one and was scheduled to open at 8am advertising hundreds of games CDs and movies.
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Grabbed these for $1 each. Only a few games, but they had boxes full of CDs. As soon as I walked up they said they would make me a deal on the whole lot. :-s I would guess there were roughly 1,000 CDs. Happy to get Thunder Force V. As I was walking away I heard them saying "well, it's 8:00". :)


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Got to this sale at 10:00. They had a PS2 with mostly PS1 games. Nobody at the sale was interested until I started looking at it. All games were $1 each except for Digimon 3 $3 and Dragon Warrior VII $4 Which included the game guides.


That digimon game is worth like $40 the last time I checked, I know because I have it, probably paid 50 cents for it a few years ago. The guide must be insanely rare, it would probably fetch a lot with the guide.

An update on my beta player, it seems to work just fine, but the tapes are former rentals and have obviously seen better days. Some of them have a lot of snow lines in them, and I don't have a remote to adjust the tracking. A few of the tapes are crystal clear though. I am not complaining as I got the tapes very cheaply, and that stupid remote I got with it is not for a beta player, its for some type of light up sign, and goes for like $15-20 on ebay. I will have to sell it. Kind of funny though.

#1947 Invicta 61

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Found this at a "Huge community sale" that included exactly 3 houses. :wall: Cobalt blue Game Boy Advance SP with two chargers, USB adapter cable, Final Fantasy VI and Lego Star Wars $6.

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Intellivision II, Pitfall, Mission X and four
early eighties computer magazines $20. Ran across this at an estate sale. Apparently the guy was big into electronics in the late 70's early 80's. They had an original Intellivision without box and about 20 games they were asking $150 for. It was dirty as hell, so I asked if it worked. They didn't even have all the hookups for it. I offered $20 for the boxed Intellivision II, two of the games and four magazines which was accepted. They wanted me to take more of the magazines. They also told me I had missed out on a complete Commodore 64 that they had sold for cheap. The buyer had told them they were going to build a super computer. :-s Who did they sell it to, Lex Luthor?
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#1948 Invicta 61

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 09:41 PM

Went out of town since the local sales didn't sound appealing.

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Atari 800 with 12 games $35. His original asking price was $55 for everything individually priced but I was able to talk him down a bit, this was on the cusp of what I was willing to pay. I'd only heard of one more of these locally on Craiglist and the guy was asking $150. Now I'm curious if this is the same one.

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Paid $4 for everything pictured. That is now my second copy of House of the Dead. Going to see what I can get from the Masters of the Universe lunch box.

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RC car $5 at the same sale as the previous stuff.

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XBox demo discs $0.50 each. They had quite a few of these, I just grabbed the ones with decent titles. WWII photo book $3. The book has hundreds of pictures showing different aircraft manuvers and tactics.

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70's Peanuts lunch box. $7. The guy said it was his when he was a child. Said he also has the thermos but couldn't find it.

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Coleco Telstar Ranger $10. I tried negotiating down but they wouldn't budge. I probably should have left it. I think someone else here found one of these earlier this year.
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Posted 03 September 2012 - 10:07 PM

You are catching up fast lol

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 10:12 PM

You are catching up fast lol


And looking at a whole season of finds is turning me green with envy.

Some pretty nice stuff!

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