A French video game collector has sold a collection of more than 7,000 video games for $1.23 million on eBay.
"I perfected some full sets by getting every title of them factory sealed, just for the challenge of it," Andre, 32, who did not disclose his full name, told the Los Angeles Times. "Some titles are extremely hard to come by brand new when they're 25 years old. Now that the mission is complete, maybe it's time to move on."
More than 300,000 people have viewed the eBay auction page, which includes photos of the gaming sets and an exhaustive listing of all 7,000 titles.
The collection of 22 individual sets includes every title from a number of Nintendo gaming systems, every Sega console game ever produced and all of the games for the lesser-known NEC gaming systems.
"What was important was the completion of each full set, every game of all those systems, all complete in box with instructions, or even brand new factory sealed," Andre said.
And as Yahoo! Games noted yesterday, the winning bidder, who is from Canada, will have to pay more than $1,200 in shipping costs alone.
Even though Andre says it's time to move on, he says not to worry that he will be left without any video game options, telling the L.A. Times that he still has thousands of other games in his collection.
He even has a contingency plan in case the winning bidder does not come through with his payment.
"If the payment doesn't come, I'll probably list [it] again on eBay, or on Japanese auction [sites], but maybe I'll split it by selling each [full set] separately," he said. "We'll see in time."
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