After a sealed copy of Super Mario 64 that sold for $ 1.5 million, collectors are looking for the “next big thing” that will give them lots of money. One buyer in particular thinks The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim may be so as they have purchased a sealed copy for $ 600.
As discovered by Axios, this copy of Skyrim sold at Heritage Auctions the same day as Super Mario 64, and is the first time the popular auction site sells a sealed copy.
“Pure apotheosis of role-playing games, Skyrim is a game you could never get tired of,” reads the official description of Heritage Auctions. “Fans are sinking countless hours in Tamriel’s land, and the love for this game goes deep. We have not yet offered a sealed copy until now, so we can imagine this will be hard to claim!”
This copy of Skyrim has a Wata score of 9.2 A +, which is a good score which means that it is in “exceptional condition”, but it is not quite on par with the copy of Super Mario 64s 9.8 A ++.
It will be interesting to see if the value of Skyrim shoots out like any of these other games, especially considering that it’s a much newer game (it was released in 2011) and is available on all platforms ever created (ok , not really, but it feels like it!), including Amazon Alexa.
To compare it with other games sold on July 11, a Wata 9.4 A sealed copy of Tomb Raider sold for $ 144,000 and a Wata 9.0 A sealed copy of Red Dead Redemption sold for $ 384.
A few days before, someone bought a training unit for the U.S. Army in the early ’90s for $ 18,600 that “makes up a replica M16 that can be plugged into a Super Nintendo.” This rifle was used for SNES ‘Multi-Purpose Arcade Combat Simulator, which was specially developed for the US Army as a cheaper way to train shooting skills.
This Skyrim story is another instance of the growing value of video game related items. This craze can be fully seen in the Pokemon Trading Card Game, with US retailers restricting or suspending Pokemon card sales due to security issues caused by this huge demand. In addition to the popularity of opening blind packages on Twitch streams, an original Pokemon Trading Card Game Booster Box was sold at auction earlier this year for $ 408,000.
If you want to know how much money your Pokemon cards are worth, check out our guide on how to rate your collection.
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Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Jerk.